We sell good, original BMW, used E30 glove compartment a.k.a. “glove box” units (part number 511618884243) for the E30 3-series BMW made in the following years: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991.
This part fits all E30 models: the 318i, 325, 325e, 325i, 318is and the M3. The price is $40 plus shipping.
At the time of this writing (early in 2014) we have two units in stock. We continually replenish them so I expect we’ll have this item in our inventory indefinitely.
The plate comes already attached to the bin body with three 8 mm bolts. You need only loosen (not remove) the three 10 mm nuts that are attached to three bolts that point down vertically from a sort-of-shelf-like structure by the firewall.
- Hanging straps
- Flashlight holder
- Wire clips that attach flashlight wire
We do, however, offer the above-listed parts separately. It’s rare that we have a latch with matching key, but we do sometimes have those in stock, too. As to the flashlights, they are super-rare and I have not seen one in working condition for many years. We also offer some informal guidance as to removal and installation.
If you like reading, here’s an informal technical story about this part.
There is a design difference between the after-1986 model glove compartment and the earlier models.
The early model’s BMW part number is 51 16-18884243.
BMW calls the color of the part that we sell “anthracite.” It is basically a very dark gray, almost black. Allegedly, this part was also available in other colors, but we have not seen any examples.
We know you have a choice as to alternate vendors for this part. We try to be competitive with affordable prices, friendly service — and you get an original BMW quality part, albeit used.
The used units that we offer are in decent shape. Even so, being 25 years old or so, they tend to have a few cosmetic bumps and bruises, but no major gashes or pieces ripped off. Here are more details about our satisfaction guarantee.
Here are some typical reasons why E30 owners replace their cars’ glove compartments.
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