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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, May-07-2019, 07:28:25 PM   #1
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Default 95 to 99 door cards

Hopefully I won’t get too toasted for asking this question but are the door cards interchangeable from 95 to 99?
The reason I ask is that I will be upgrading the audio in the car and it seems as though the ‘96 and later cars had larger speaker enclosures in the doors which creates more options for updated speakers.

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Default Re: 95 to 99 door cards

By the way, I have a ‘95.
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Default Re: 95 to 99 door cards

Yes they are interchangeable, but the speaker openings are the same.

You will also get useless side SRS panels that reduce the armrest in half.
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Default Re: 95 to 99 door cards

The door panels for 92-97 are all the same. Your 95 uses vinyl in the middle inserts and 96-97 were changed to leather center inserts. All of them are vinyl on the bulk of the panel (you'd be surprised how many think they are all leather).

98-99 added SRS air bags (and as Jon said, they mount up fine).
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Default Re: 95 to 99 door cards

Actually he’s right. The older models use a different way of mounting the speakers and this also means holes are different, though I’d need to double check.

The location of the holes is also different.

Maybe above does not apply to US, I don’t know.
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Default Re: 95 to 99 door cards

They are the same for his car. 9/94 is the speaker style change and regardless, the panels should be the same.
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Default Re: 95 to 99 door cards

Thank you gentlemen, that answers a lot. Especially the universal fit and SRS info.
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Default Re: 95 to 99 door cards

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They are the same for his car. 9/94 is the speaker style change and regardless, the panels should be the same.
I can confirm this as I was able to use 96+ and bavsound speakers in my car. My build date was also 9/94
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Default Re: 95 to 99 door cards

If it matters or not, but 9/94 is the old speaker cutoff date, so you were already in the clear regardless.
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