Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Jdm LHD e36 import

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2023
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    10
    My Cars
    1992 325i sedan

    Jdm LHD e36 import

    I have an e36 with a bit of an interesting story and I'm just wondering if anyone has a similar story since I can't find one like it online. I recently acquired a 1992 bmw 325i with around 75k km on it, and the seller told me that it was imported from japan by him around 10 years ago. It's LHD though, he told me that thats due to the fact that BMW produced LHD cars for the jdm market since having LHD cars in Japan was viewed as exotic and a status symbol back in the day. It's calypso red and has a fully gray front and rear bumper(see picture). I don't distrust the guy and nothing has seemed wrong so far but I just can't find any info about LHD jdm e36s online.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Bay Area
    Posts
    574
    My Cars
    E36 M3, W204 C63, etc et
    Is the tach in KPH? Carfax? VIN #?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2023
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    10
    My Cars
    1992 325i sedan
    Dash cluster is in KPH, the VIN is WBACB41070FE56068, there was a problem with the title/getting it registered correctly so it was only very recently fully registered

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Hudson, NY
    Posts
    262
    My Cars
    '97 328IS/'16 F31
    While not always true, a lot of BMWs sold in Japan were LDH because it was a symbol of wealth. I am surprised with this one though due to the fact that its such a low trim level car, usually see this on higher spec models.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2023
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    10
    My Cars
    1992 325i sedan
    It also has an original japanese first aid kit(even with shrink wrap still covering it) which would be crazy commitment to somehow faking it being jdm lol.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Yeah I think its completely base with no additions for a 325i, automatic, no leather seats, no sunroof, but once I manual swap it I think that will be kinda nice, no needless frills.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Hudson, NY
    Posts
    262
    My Cars
    '97 328IS/'16 F31
    Unpainted bumpers too, super base, but for sure will be a great little car

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2023
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    10
    My Cars
    1992 325i sedan
    just got my first job to start saving up for parts currently deciding whether to save for some nice coilovers or for paint matching the sideskirts + m3 type bumpers first

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Hudson, NY
    Posts
    262
    My Cars
    '97 328IS/'16 F31
    start with regular maintenance and a mechanical refresh, its not that exciting but it amazing what new bushings and a new cooling system can do for these old cars

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    9,094
    My Cars
    1997 328i
    You really want to start with changing all the fluids. We always tell people to bullet proof your cooling system, all the plastic parts can fail. If you ever spring a leak take it seriously, NEVER limp your car home after finding a leak, if you do it will crack and warp the head, there's more than 1 a month and its $$$$. Call AAA and get a tow.
    Attn. NEWBIES: Use the search feature, 98% has already been discussed.
    Click the search button, select "search single content type", select the "e36 sub forum" specifically, try the "search titles" then try the "search entire posts".

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2023
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    10
    My Cars
    1992 325i sedan
    Yes I am planning on overhauling the cooling system first, I have the iron block so theres not as much risk of warping if an issue arrises, but I am still going to overhaul the system just to be as safe as possible.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    9,094
    My Cars
    1997 328i
    Yes, this is the risk, the aluminum head warps and cracks on the iron block. 99% of us on the forum have this potential.
    Attn. NEWBIES: Use the search feature, 98% has already been discussed.
    Click the search button, select "search single content type", select the "e36 sub forum" specifically, try the "search titles" then try the "search entire posts".

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Hudson, NY
    Posts
    262
    My Cars
    '97 328IS/'16 F31
    Quote Originally Posted by Glixe View Post
    Yes I am planning on overhauling the cooling system first, I have the iron block so theres not as much risk of warping if an issue arrises, but I am still going to overhaul the system just to be as safe as possible.
    Yeah essentially we all have iron blocks, the aluminum head is the issue. Just do maintenance first before the fun parts. it seems lame but will save you big time down the road.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    54,706
    My Cars
    11/88 E32 750iL+98 E36M3
    My 11/88 E32 750iL Japan spec car is also LHD, as mentioned above, that was a symbol of wealth in those days to have a LHD imported car. In those days import duty for cars with more than 2000cc was 20%!
    WBACB41070FE56068
    Prod. Date 1991-08-07
    Type 325I
    Series E36 (3 Series)
    Body Type Sedan
    Engine M50
    Drive rwd
    Colour calypso-rot
    S411 Window Lifts,Electric,Front/Rear
    S415 Sun-Blind, Rear
    S423 Floor Mats Velours
    S428 Warning Triangle And First Aid Kit
    S498 Headrests Mechanically Adjustable, Rear
    S679 Rear Window Antenna
    S687 Radio Preparation
    S530 Air Conditioning
    S564 Interior Light Package
    S218 Leather Sports Steering Wheel II
    S807 National Version Japan
    S818 Battery Master Switch (removed in Japan + returned to Germany, only used for transport from Germany to Japan)
    Shogun tricks and tips for the E32 series are HERE!

Similar Threads

  1. Looking for lhd e36 convertible door cards, interior
    By Bimmergod1337 in forum BMW Parts Wanted
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-20-2022, 03:41 AM
  2. E36 WTB: E36 imported 320i 5-speed Sedan or Touring
    By boggymino in forum 3 series & Z Series
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-20-2021, 12:40 AM
  3. E36 e36 m3 front lip (imported from germany)
    By Ruffriderisback in forum Exterior Lighting & Body Parts
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 01-29-2016, 09:40 PM
  4. Question about RHD and LHD e36
    By themullethawk in forum Suspension Tech and Handling sponsored by eBMWParts.com
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-10-2014, 12:09 PM
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-16-2011, 02:46 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •