The most responsive used parts resource for the 3-series
E21, E30, E36, E46

... by name, part
number or model
Back to Main Website
Picture of part of a car
Contact us with any questions
I didn't know what I needed for my little car (a 1988 325 Convertible) in anticipation of a 2000+ mile road trip but they took care of everything.

I started my road trip with a much-improved car and I had a nice journey.

I arrived safely and without incident (except for a speeding ticket -- maybe it ran too well)!

-- Shelley Dunn

The service has been great!

-- M.E.

It's a pleasure for me too, dealing with someone who takes a genuine interest in going over the top in personalized customer service!

-- H.C.

Just want you to know that you all have incredible customer service and are a pleasure to work with. I’m sure I’ll use you again and would definitely recommend.

-- Josh West

I'm so happy to have found you on the computer ... Nice to find people like you ... Thanks again for all your help & if I need anything else, I'll definitely check with you first.

-- D.M.

I can't thank you enough. Hope we can do more business.

-- J.
Tech Article

BMW E30 3-Series Seat Back Covers - Driver / Passenger fit

Last Updated: 01/10/2022
Parts Group: Seat cover
This article discusses the upper outboard seat back covers for the 2-door E30 with the main focus being on the difference between Driver and Passenger side. The information herein is based on my own car and used parts that I’ve bought from various junkyards.

The seats on 2-door E30 cars can tip forward. To make them do so, the outboard side of each seat, driver and passenger, have large black plastic handles that fit above trim bezels, that slide onto metal pegs that are part of the seatback mechanism for pivoting forward. On sports seats, the hard back seat backs have slits in them for these metal pegs. So do the seatback side covers. So, each outboard cover has a slit cut into the vinyl or leather.

To enable the driver to stand by the driver door, reach in and pivot the passenger seat forward without having to reach around to the outboard side, passenger seats also have the handle (albeit smaller and shaped differently) and metal peg and slits on the inboard side. That's why it matters, for sports seat seatbacks, whether one is buying a driver side or passenger side. If one buys mismatched parts then there's a slit where there is no metal peg, or there's no slit yet one is needed. Cutting a slit is viable; making it vanish is not.
style element

3SeriesParts.com, a Division of OCLES, Inc. (C) 2003 - 2022 All Rights Reserved.

OCLES is an acronym for Old Car Life Extension Systems … enabling older cars to live longer!