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Old 11-02-2008, 07:30 PM   #1
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Canadian e30s and Airbags

Hey Guys

I'm looking to buy a 1990 e30 and am trying to figure out if it should have a drivers side airbag or not.

I've read conflicting things about the US cars, one source says that the airbag was optional in 1990 and the other says that they were standard. Neither refers to Canadian cars though...

I've seen Canadian cars with airbags from 1990, but the one that I'm looking at does not have one. Was the airbag optional here in Canada?? Is there a way to check if there was one from the factory that has been removed??

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Old 11-02-2008, 07:53 PM   #2
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No Canadian-spec e30 should have airbags. Pretty sure airbags were standard for the US equipped cars post '90.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:06 PM   #3
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my 01/90 e30 has airbags, its a USDM car.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:27 PM   #4
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My stupid 318is has an airbag..
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:56 AM   #5
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My 1990 doesnt have bags, but its a 89 build date, I think 1990 build dates have them, so check the date.

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Old 11-03-2008, 01:00 AM   #6
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My 90 M3 has an air bag with a late 89 build date, it's Canadian-Spec. Kind of wish it didn't have one, supposedly it was an option, on the M3s atleast.
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I think mine only has 1 though (steering wheel). Is that right?
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I think mine only has 1 though (steering wheel). Is that right?

Yea, there is only one. Just the driver side death bag.
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:32 AM   #9
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I can answer this, and with authority.

The airbag was standard on all US cars beginning in the 1990 model year. It became an OPTION on all Canadian cars at the same time.
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The airbag was standard on all US cars beginning in the 1990 model year. It became an OPTION on all Canadian cars at the same time.
Is there a way to tell if the car was built with one or if it was removed sometime later on??
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^^Wiring probably. My car deifinatly DOES have the airbag, but the check control panel doesn't have an SRS light.
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Old 11-04-2008, 12:58 PM   #13
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I think mine only has 1 though (steering wheel). Is that right?
Yeah, all cars only come with one steering wheel
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Is there a way to tell if the car was built with one or if it was removed sometime later on??
You can take the last 7 digits of the VIN to a dealer, or find a decoder online. Gives you the full options list.

There are other clues like the different knee bolster, but that can be changed too.
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^^that's why greg didn't recognize my knee bolster.

Not ALL cars come with just steering wheel airbags, mabye just all e30's do.

(my e36 has 4 airbags)
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