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Old 12-16-2019, 09:15 AM   #1
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Looking to buy a driveshaft from 330ci manual 5 speed I believe a 4 door 330i will work as well. Send pms about prices. Im located in NYC
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Looking to buy a driveshaft from 330ci manual 5 speed I believe a 4 door 330i will work as well. Send pms about prices. Im located in NYC
I've been through a couple of driveshafts on my 325i and my advice would be to search your local junk yards using car-part.com to see what you can find locally.

http://www.car-part.com/

Being able to get your hands on the drive shaft prior to purchasing is pretty important if you don't want to get stuck with another bad part.

This last time around I looked at 3 used ones before finally finding one that didn't have a bad rear U-joint. That rear joint seems to go bad first and will lose it's grease, then get notchy causing vibrations in the rear of the car. With continued use the rear U-joint will eventually seize up from lack of grease and then really cause vibration issues.

To test the U-Joint you need to apply some torsional load with your hands and then flex the joint in all directions. If it's nothing but buttery smooth then it's not worth buying. Typically the front U-Joints don't go bad, so you can compare the feel of front and rear to help diagnose a bad rear joint.
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Old 12-16-2019, 02:45 PM   #3
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Thanx for the reply , but i work at parts store and i know about car-part.com but there is nothing near me at all for a manual . and nobody makes new or remanufactured driveshaft for 330ci manual and im not spending 700 on the new shaft knowing it will blow up. I just need a shaft to send to a machine shop so they can make me a 1 piece , but meanwhile i need to drive the car as well. So it dont really matter if the u joints are shot of not.
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