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E28 vs. E30 Bumpers
This article discusses the front bumper and rear bumper of the E28 with the main focus being on contrasting it with E30 parts.
Last Updated: 09/04/2016
Parts Group: Bumper assembly
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When buying a bumper for an E28, it's easy to mistakenly end up with an E30 bumper instead. They look similar and are from the same time-frame. I personally have gotten confused, and I shipped an E28 bumper all the way across the country when really the customer wanted an E30 bumper.
The width is different; the E28 part is noticeably wider, so simply holding the part up to a car or the part being replaced will show the difference, if any.
Also, the rear E28 bumper has three shock absorbers whereas the E30 only has two.
The front E28 bumper is also more V- shaped than the equivalent E30.
When you get into the details, there are many more differences, but these are some major visual cues.