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    Hi,

    I want to export my car to South America, the country where I need to send it doesn't allow RHD cars, so usually people receive the car and arrange to switch it to LHD.
    The problem is that most of the garages out there have experience with Japanese cars, but not with Germans, there aren't many of them

    I would feel much better if I can switch to LHD here in a garage that offers me some guarantee so I can be sure is perfectly done before sending it.

    Any ideas please?

    Thanks a lot. (please limit to comment on my post and avoid asking "why you do that?, why you don't buy from other eu country, etc.. "

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    Well, looks like nobody know about that, so, supposing I do the conversion after the shipping (on destination country), what "main" LHD parts do you reckon I would need to do a proper conversion. I could buy it from here and send it with the car so at least I know they are going to use quality parts.

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    I think it would be a lot more than the cars worth. I know you didn't want any negative answers but its a reality.


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    Oh boy! These are the things that come into mind at a quick glance.

    *Complete dash and center console. All electrics (fuse box, modules, wiring racks) moved to other side. You could need the main wiring loom from LHD to make this properly.

    *Co-driver seat mat removed and changed from left to right or new seats from LHD.

    *Steering rack. There could be a molding in the fire wall to make opening for spindle. Some parts could be in the way of steering spindle and need to be moved to other side and parts taken from LHD.

    *Pedals and brake booster changed to other side. Luckily even LHD E46s have both the booster and engine ECU in the same side, so there is enough space without moving the engine electrics. New brake pipes from main cylinder to ABS module.

    *Headlights from LHD.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by petrolmarty View Post
    I think it would be a lot more than the cars worth. I know you didn't want any negative answers but its a reality.


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    I don't think so, lavour costs over there are quite cheap , and people with a lot of experience converting cars, mainly 80% of used cars comes from Japan to Paraguay. RHD to LHD in Paraguay it's a normal thing.

    I have spoken today with a specialist, he said that he can do the change and he has everything I need... anyway I still prefer to buy some key parts like steering rack.

    I will share my experience once is done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clavurion View Post
    Oh boy! These are the things that come into mind at a quick glance.

    *Complete dash and center console. All electrics (fuse box, modules, wiring racks) moved to other side. You could need the main wiring loom from LHD to make this properly.

    *Co-driver seat mat removed and changed from left to right or new seats from LHD.

    *Steering rack. There could be a molding in the fire wall to make opening for spindle. Some parts could be in the way of steering spindle and need to be moved to other side and parts taken from LHD.

    *Pedals and brake booster changed to other side. Luckily even LHD E46s have both the booster and engine ECU in the same side, so there is enough space without moving the engine electrics. New brake pipes from main cylinder to ABS module.

    *Headlights from LHD.
    First, thanks a lot!

    Questions:

    - Why you need to do any change on seats? why you can't just seat and drive from the passenger seat? is there any difference?

    - why you need to touch the center console?

    Thanks again!
     
     

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    I found someone that sells a lot of pieces from a 318 4dr , would it be "compatible" with a 330ci? (dash, steering rack, etc...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThepiT View Post
    - Why you need to do any change on seats? why you can't just seat and drive from the passenger seat? is there any difference?
    there are air bag sensors in the seats so best to change the seats than mess with the wiring to the safety system

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    I found someone that sells a lot of pieces from a 318 4dr , would it be "compatible" with a 330ci? (dash, steering rack, etc...)
    yes just keep your speedo
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by payno View Post
    there are air bag sensors in the seats so best to change the seats than mess with the wiring to the safety system


    yes just keep your speedo
    Thanks! why the speedo?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThepiT View Post
    Thanks! why the speedo?
    by that I mean the whole cluster as it has the correct mileage and I would not think it would be any different to a LHD one
     
     

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