In fact, it is very difficult to determine whether it is an original rear spoiler of a BMW E36 Class II / 2 Motorsport International or one installed in the coupe variant, the special model BMW E36 AVUS Edition with the special equipment (SA) 766, especially if this is still mounted on the tailgate. In contrast to the BMW E36 M3 GT Motorsport International special model, these spoilers do not have an oval recess on the underside of the spoiler, where the KBA sticker can be glued in a frame. At that time, BMW AG had the original spoilers of the BMW E36 Class II / 2, the BMW special edition model AVUS Motorsport International and the special model BMW M3 GT of the E36 series from the company PFEBA Kunststofftechnik GmbH, Wertstraße 36, 73240 Wendlingen/Neckar, which has been insolvent since 2003 produce order.
If the spoiler is still installed on the tailgate, the inexperienced person can primarily only tell from the accuracy of fit or processing of the spoiler whether you have an original BMW E36 Class II / 2 spoiler in front of you. It’s the little things in the shape, bend and curves that are difficult for the untrained person to see that distinguish the original from the replica. Since the sedan, the E36 Class II / 2, in contrast to the visually identical spoiler of the BMW M3 GT, has no cut-out for the sticker, this cannot be taken as a clear indication of the originality of the spoiler in the coupe variant either. However, ONLY have!!! the vehicles, which also left the factory as Class 2, on the lower parts of the Class 2 spoiler NO! Cut-out for the sticker! Only the retrofit kits had this recess! The reason for this is relatively easy to explain;
The Class 2 has a so-called type approval from the KBA in the general operating permit, since it left the factory that way. For all other vehicles, the type approval was not approved by the KBA and therefore had to be entered, as conditions had to be met for operation on the road. The rear spoiler could only be installed if an M Technik front apron and the so-called “GT corners” were installed on the vehicle. Therefore, an expert opinion is always included with the assembly kits. The sticker was not included in the mounting kits. Not even with the spoiler parts (you could order the upper and lower part of the spoiler separately). The sticker was only included with the complete rear spoiler retrofit kit. This also included the drilling templates.
So if you want to be absolutely sure, the spoiler has to be removed from the tailgate.
In the following we have a few pictures of a spoiler of an original BMW E36 Class II / 2 Motorsport Limited Edition, which we are currently restoring. You can also find the corresponding documentation of the restoration of our BMW E36 Class II / 2 here on our website under the heading ” Restoration”, where you can also find out the current status of the restoration, as well as a BMW E36 M3 GT that we restored years ago, which you can also find here on our website, attached, for comparison.
All Class 2s shipped from the factory with a rear spoiler fitted without the recess (bead) on the rear right side for the part number decal. Only spoilers of the retrofit kits for the sedans have this recess!
The reason for this is that the retrofit kits of the Class 2 rear spoiler must be entered or the part number of the rear spoiler must be visible in the ABE, which must be carried along! This is not the case for vehicles that left the factory as “real Class 2”, since these vehicles have received a general type approval from the Federal Motor Transport Authority and the spoiler is therefore “factory delivery condition”.
This is a picture of the rear spoiler retrofit kit for the lower part of the BMW E36 Class 2 for the sedans. The recess or bead (arrows) is clearly visible here.
As you can see, there is no recess on the right side, only the label of the manufacturer PFEBA and the original BMW part number are attached to the original rear spoiler of the BMW E36 Class II 2 Motorsport International.