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Old 01-18-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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Question 1994 318iS weird differences

I'm getting confused.

I have a '94 318iS as my DD ... it is not quite the same as a '93 and it's not quite the same as a '94??? The way cool Russian VIN Decoder tells me that it was manufactured 1993-11-12. (is that Nov. 12 or Dec. 11??)

I picked up a '99 M3 so now I'm back to 2 cars and can take one out of service for a while and not end up stranded. That means I can do some maintenance items that I was afraid to start in case I had to run out and get something to finish the job... Voice of experience is LOUD ;-)

Now I'm trying to find things like belts (my 318 has 3 seperate belts), ignition wires (just changed a bad coil and the wire that went to it is badly corroded and can't possibly be sending good spark)

Wires are either '91-'93 or '95-'99 Which ones do I need? (there's over a hundred dollars difference in the low end!)

What the heck are the belt sizes??? Very few on-line stores seem to list the 3 belt ones and the few that do all say either discontinued or out of stock.

Thanks for any info you can offer, the closest dealer or independant are over 200km away (and I'm not paying Dealer's prices or Rudy's for parts)

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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wow, the dreaded 3 belt setup, yikes. ebay it or
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:59 AM   #3
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Wishing I had measured when I swapped out the alternator in the summer but too late now... Anyone know what the correct belt sizes actually are? I'm assuming/hoping that they're not total odd-balls and I can pick them up at almost any auto part store. I noticed that they were all due for replacement when I did the alt but thought at the time that I could just punch the year and make into a part finder but no such luck... they almost all list the 2 belt sizes... or is it easy surgery to change to that setup? It's -35C with windchill out right now so I'll not be running out to pull belts to measure them just now!
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