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Old 07-03-2017, 01:36 PM   #1
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E90 323i/325i Driveshaft and EXPERT Question



Hello,

I'm looking for a 2008 323i 6 Speed Manual Driveshaft. My U-Joint has wear, and as we all know the U-Joints are NON serviceable.

Question: Will a 325i Driveshaft fit? Both the 2007+ 323i and 325i use the same N52B25 engine.

Any experts on this issue? Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:48 PM   #2
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I think you'll find the 325i was only made until 2006, so I'll assume that's what you mean.

The driveshafts are not interchangeable, as they are different lengths. The 323i is 1565mm, the 325i is 1539mm. The 2007+ 328i shaft is interchangeable with the earlier 325i, but not the 323i.

The reason for the difference is the diff, whose housing is longer on the 323i.

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Old 07-06-2017, 01:56 PM   #3
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Hi TSI,

Thanks for the response. Would you suggest replacing the differential with a used one from a 325/328i, and then order a remanufactured driveshaft?

I'm having difficulty finding a driveshaft for my 08 323i, and perhaps upgrading the driveshaft would be a less expensive option.
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Old 07-06-2017, 02:58 PM   #4
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In a word, no. Changing diffs (although the ratio is the same) can open a large can of worms. It'll be far easier, and likely cheaper, for you to simply get a replacement 323i driveshaft.

A lot of truck driveline shops can rebuild them with new ujoints and then rebalance. It'll likely cost about $500. Alternately, your part number is 26107551208, which can be found in Germany for about 500 euro+shipping (no EU tax to pay!)
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Old 07-06-2017, 10:36 PM   #5
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Put it this way, the 323i differential is a nightmare, nothing but a ticking time bomb. We get a few calls for them every day, by far the most unreliable part on any BMW in the last 10 years. So changing everything (will need CV axles too) is a VERY good idea.
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