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Old 02-14-2007, 10:51 AM   #1
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Were to get Oxygen Sensor

Were is the cheapest place to get Oxygen sensors for a 1996 328is?
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Old 02-14-2007, 11:00 AM   #2
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^^ i believe they are not that much more expensive at the stealerships than from third party suppliers.. try calling up cdn tire and then the stealerships to compare.
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Old 02-14-2007, 11:44 AM   #3
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partsource - they get the same parts as the dealer.

also try pythonparts.ca
(they're local but don't allow pick ups)
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Old 02-14-2007, 01:51 PM   #4
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Before you go buying anything, find the Bosch part number for the oxygen sensor you need, and search. Odds are they've used the same sensor in some crappy American car. The E30 sensor for instance, is the same as the early 90's Mustang one (I think all BMWs of that day use that one, E28 for a fact). All you need to do is crimp on the connector from your old sensor and you're done. The E30 O2 sensor is like 180, the Mustang one is 54. Exact same sensor, different connector.
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Old 02-14-2007, 03:15 PM   #5
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Before you go buying anything, find the Bosch part number for the oxygen sensor you need, and search. Odds are they've used the same sensor in some crappy American car. The E30 sensor for instance, is the same as the early 90's Mustang one (I think all BMWs of that day use that one, E28 for a fact). All you need to do is crimp on the connector from your old sensor and you're done. The E30 O2 sensor is like 180, the Mustang one is 54. Exact same sensor, different connector.
he's right! Check www.bimmerforums.com for more info on this....there's a thread in the e36 forum about this!
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Old 02-14-2007, 08:15 PM   #6
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I saw that thread before. I believe the O2 sensor from a 94 Ford Econoline 5.4 liter V8 is compatible with E36 (not sure about which years).
You will have to cut off the connector and use your old one.
Do a search for the thread and you can get more details.
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Old 02-15-2007, 03:54 PM   #7
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with most BMW's (and i do say most) any 4 wire O2 sensor will work
older ones may have 2 or even 1 wire (i havent any idea of the older ones) but i have replaced both my O2 sensors with universal bosch ones, and they work perfect, btw, if you plan on driving your car on actual roads, i suggest you not just "crimp" them on, as sooner or later (with heat, cold, water, mud etc etc) they will corrode and break off...
heres a better way of doing it, you can crimp them on, but just make sure when you do it, put heatshrink tubing on them, so that it will seal all those harmful elements from the wire, taking a little extra time doing the job right will make it last a long time...
another way (makes it look more professional and less bulky) is to do the "western union" style of wrap, solder it together quickly (if you take too long to solder the wires become brittle), and then heatshrink tube them...
call up your local parts dealer though, find out a price of OEM with the connector and a "universal" one
the difference in price is about 150-200 i think because of the OEM bmw "screw" on harness...
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Old 02-15-2007, 04:00 PM   #8
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^^ hmm.. does that include all bosch items like alternators, and the such? interesting..
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Old 02-15-2007, 04:01 PM   #9
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Yes, get the Bosch part number and shop around. I got the rear sensors for my 97 540 for $95 each at a local shop. The stealership was selling them for $328 each!!!!! Do your research!
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Old 02-17-2007, 07:34 AM   #10
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if your interested i have a bosch one good used used for 1 week pm me let me know.
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Old 02-17-2007, 05:05 PM   #11
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You can always get a used one from Luxtec, just an idea.
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Old 02-17-2007, 06:16 PM   #12
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where can i get an o2 simulator for the sensors after the cat... i have no cat btw
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^^ pre-cat /post-cat o2's are the same, they just have longer wires.

Only reason i know is cause i asked nelson this morning
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^^ pre-cat /post-cat o2's are the same, they just have longer wires.

Only reason i know is cause i asked nelson this morning
He's looking for a O2 sensor sims, to trick the ECU into thinking it's getting proper O2 readings.
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Oh, sorry, i'm not reading


AA makes them.


Or, i saw someone on bf.c make a sort of socket for the normal O2 sensors that simply elevates them out of the direct flow of exhaust gases. Do a search on bf.c, you'll find it.
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