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Old 08-30-2014, 03:00 PM
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Parts Equivalent for 318i in the USA?

Hello! New guy in the fórums...
I am considering purchasing a BMQ 318i (E90) 2008 in Panama, normally in order to avoid getting ripped off by local dealers I buy parts in the USA.
Model 318i does not seem to exist in the USA, however, and shipping from Europe websites would be of course both slower and more expensive.
I asume most of the parts should be similar to a 328i, how can I tell which is the closest thing to it?
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:43 PM
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Four cylinder versions of the E90 (as well as the E46) were not sold in the USA. Therefore, most driveline parts will probably not be interchangeable.

In 2008, the base model for the US was the 328i. This car has a naturally-aspirated six cylinder (inline), with a displacememt of approximately 3.0 liters. This car may share some electrical and body parts with the 318i in Panamá. But the engines are very different.

What kind of parts are you trying to buy?

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Old 09-01-2014, 05:53 AM
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What kind of parts are you trying to buy?
Not really buying parts, not yet anyway... I am trying to figure out how easy/hard would be to buy parts for a 318i outside, again, because the local dealers (not only BMW) are used to grossly overcharging for parts. Considering BMW are not known for cheap maintenance costs, it's an important aspect of the decisión.

So, the 318i not being in the market in the USA, closes quite a few avenues for that.
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:30 AM
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So, the 318i not being in the market in the USA, closes quite a few avenues for that.
Check shipping from the European mail order places? Schmiedmann.com is one of the bigger ones. Cheap for US shipping, don't know about Panama.
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:24 AM
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Check shipping from the European mail order places? Schmiedmann.com is one of the bigger ones. Cheap for US shipping, don't know about Panama.
Awesome tip, thanks.
Just as an example, It quoted $98 DHL shipping to Panama of a $130 shock absorber (3.7 Kg), I guess it is not terrible but not precisely cheap either.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:04 AM
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Awesome tip, thanks.
Just as an example, It quoted $98 DHL shipping to Panama of a $130 shock absorber (3.7 Kg), I guess it is not terrible but not precisely cheap either.
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Awesome tip, thanks.
Just as an example, It quoted $98 DHL shipping to Panama of a $130 shock absorber (3.7 Kg), I guess it is not terrible but not precisely cheap either.
Wow, that is painful. Does the $98 include import taxes and fees, or is it all shipping cost?

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