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Hello 

 

I am after advice on how I go about buying the right aftermarket rear shock absorbers for my car, that will match the OE Spec and Standards (not after an upgrade).  I have already going down the OE Road via Cotsworld but its still to expensive (£124.93 - Each). 

 

With my car being an e46 330i Sports Touring, I would assume that it was built with M Sport Suspension setup and possibly also designed to carry extra load compared to the Saloon or Coupe version. 

 

I know I could just go on ECP or GSF and enter my reg number and they would recommend some shocks and then all I would have to do is choose from a range of brands and prices, but from past experience this does not always guarantee perfect OE replacement and fitting. Particularly with my car being a sports model, I would like to replace them with sport equivalent shocks and not accidentally buy SE.  

 

Therefore, I would very much appreciate if someone could teach me the method of identifying the direct replacement aftermarket for OE fitment? as I am sure this won't be the last time I find myself in this situation, even with a different car.

 

I would still appreciate it if someone brainy just send me the links to what I need, as it would save me time on this occasion? but I would still like to learn the method. 

 

On ECP I am tempted to go with this https://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/c/BMW_3+Series_3.0_2002/p/car-parts/suspension/suspension-and-steering/shock-absorber/?635110010&1&ae0359dfa1ab9aa71a1ba60ff10d1e6b87049ef5&000925

 

Thanks to All. 

 

Edited by Mr_530i
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You need to use RealOEM to find the part number and then go from there

 

Monroe or Sachs should offer you the right rear dampers

 

ReaOEM for a Jan 2002 E46 330i Touring (took a guess at the year build): http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=EN52-EUR-01-2002-E46-BMW-330i&diagId=33_0841

 

The specific part number brings up this Koni shock on eBay:

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CLEARANCE-BMW-3-Series-98-05-KONI-Rear-Shock-Absorber-8040-1250SPORT-/263052937599?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW&epid=2208579278&hash=item3d3f2d497f:g:U18AAOSwc49Y7Zso

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@Mr_530i

 

I'd change the top mounts pal; they're not a lot and it's a good preventative too IMO, whilst everything's out!

 

Bilstein damper here on autodoc.co.uk

 

https://www.autodoc.co.uk/bilstein/638548

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My garage went through a similar situation, we found that most suppliers of OE parts come in pretty expensive, the only one that was affordable was http://www.bmw-auto-parts.com/ 

 

Previously we have used both ECP and GSF but found that by using a specialist supplier we get exactly what we need and don't have to compromise like we used to.

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