BMW motor cars have always been a status symbol for the middle class, and in South Africa it is no different. The BMW 3 Series (E46) is one of the motoring manufacturers flagship cars. The car was initially released in May 1998 and is well known for it’s elegant interior and exterior design, mighty horsepower and also it’s durability, evidence of this, is owners of these fine automobiles still possessing them after 15 years.

Like most of the finer things in life, there needs to be some maintenance done to ensure that it works soundly, and cars are no different, South African owners of the BMW E46 may be wondering how they can get their hands on spare parts for their prized possessions.

BMW Scrapyards in Pretoria

One of the easiest ways to find spare parts for the BMW E46 would be to check out the numerous scrapyards located around the country, people living in the big cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban may have an easier chance, as most scrapyards are based in and around these areas. South E46 Motorists can simply “google” which scrapyard is nearest to them and bargain for that all important part to have their Beamer back to purring on the road. Check out the map for more details


Online shopping is all the rage in South Africa, there are a number of websites that E46 drivers can turn too to look for their spare parts, be sure to do your research, as many sites offer different prices depending on availability, and also take into account the cost of having the part packaged and shipped to your door. Be weary of websites that offer private sales, always opt to meet somewhere to do the exchange, take a friend along and do cash transactions for safety.

BMW E46 Car Clubs/Forums:

Car enthusiasts are a special breed, and there are many motoring clubs and forums all around South Africa where petrol-heads of all ages get together to talk about their cars, visiting these clubs and talking to fellow car lovers might be just what you need, as someone in these forums will definitely know of a neighbour or old friend who had a BMW E46 which couldn’t be salvaged after an accident, which is being stored in their back yard.

Talk to your Local BMW Dealers and Mechanic:

There are numerous dealership all around the country, from Cape Town to Calvinina. Popping into your local dealership and chatting to the salesman or mechanic may just be what you need to get the right advice on where to find the part for your E46.

BMW drivers know the value of looking after their cars, so knowing where to find their spare parts are vitally important, since the old adage; if you take care of you car, then you car will take care of you applies.

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