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BMW E36 Parking Distance Control (Parking Sensors)

4th February 2008

BMW E36 Parking Distance Control (Parking Sensors)

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The guys at BMW have never stopped amazing me. I used to have a BMW E30 before and every now and then, I was discovering some facts that made me say Wow! The BMW E36 is no difference. I’m feeling that every now and then, I discover something that makes me say wow too!. Today, I’ve discovered that the BMW E36 cars have come with an optional Parking Distance Control (Parking Sensors). It’s a rare option but what’s important is that it exists. Take a look at these photos which show how this toy is supposed to look on your BMW E36:


I think this option has came to life in 1995. Imagine that you’re parking your car and being able to know exactly when to stop. Before anyone asks, I’m very very good at parking, but I think that this option is really cool and makes you enjoy your car even more!

You can see the full diagram for such a system here in case you’d like to install one. I’m not sure whether it’s available but I think you can find it if you tried.

The one thing that I want you to notice is how creative BMW guys were in 1995. I’m not saying that they’re always that ones who invent new options and features, but they’re definitely one of the most important leaders in the car market. They just put the standards.

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  1. 1 On February 4th, 2008, Dennis said:

    It’s a pretty nice feature, i’ve got it installed on my bmw e36 320i touring from 1995. btw if you want it installed it cost around 240 euro, just need to drill 4 holes in your bumber and do some wirering (dunno if its prewired on some models?), and then you got PDC installed.


  2. 2 On February 5th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    Hi Dennis,

    Cool! Is that the original PDC kit? Can you send me some pics of it please?

  3. 3 On February 6th, 2008, Dennis said:

    Hi Tony

    Sorry for the late answer im installing a new M3 front spoiler at the bmw at the moment 🙂

    You can find the PDC kit at choose your language, select 3-series, E36, choose “Spareparts – electronic parts like window lifter/wiper-system/various parts”, select “Electronic-parts (window lifter/pumps/Hifi/relayes/doorlock-actuators etc.)” Choose the PDC sensor front/rear (park distance control) not painted. This is the original part used in the PDC.

    You can also buy the set from, but i cant find an english version of the site (havent found a direct link to the PDC either). But i have a picture of the kit uploaded to my homepage

    The only BAD thing i can say about pdc is that i rely too much on it, so i dont really look in my mirrors when i reverse, which at some point might cost me a dented bumber 🙂


  4. 4 On February 7th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    Wow! That’s great Dennis. I’m loving your contibutions with such great detail.

    Thank you very much.

  5. 5 On February 7th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    The kit picture:

  6. 6 On April 15th, 2008, mparallel said:

    ^^ That last pic is not BMW OEM.btw, thanks for “stealing” my pic of my car. That’ll be the black one. You had to pic that crappy pic?

    This one’s better:

    Cars are not prewired, but it’s not hard and instructions are clear. It just take lots of time. Well it did on my vert, don’t know about other models. I have to say it’s more than a toy as it really helps parking in hard and close spaces, like parking garages and such.

  7. 7 On April 15th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    Cool! I’ve uploaded your new photo too 😀 . It looks really good! I absolutely love it.

  8. 8 On April 16th, 2008, mparallel said:


    Ok nice, but I don’t really like my pics (as I took them, I own the copywrite) tbeing tagged like that.

    PS. this pic has my winter wheels on it. It’ll look much better when the new wheels are fitted.

  9. 9 On April 16th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    Hi Mparallel,

    I understand that, so if you’d like me to remove them from the blog. I can do that for you. Please let me know about your decision.

  10. 10 On April 16th, 2008, MParallel said:

    You mean you take the pic down completely? So pics are automatically tagged when placed? Hmm I don’t think that’s even legal.

    Ok I know, the internet is a free-for all place and everything gets copy-pasted, but auto-tagging other people pics…

  11. 11 On April 16th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    No, the image is not tagged automatically. I will upload the original version of it

  12. 12 On April 16th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:


  13. 13 On April 16th, 2008, mparallel said:

    thx. Ok nevermind the other pic, as it’s a bad pic anyways.

  14. 14 On April 16th, 2008, mparallel said:

    Here’s a pic of the original retrofit kit

    BMW no longer sells the kit for contertibles, but does for Coupes, Saloons and Tourings.The kits only differ in lenght of the loom and some brackets to mount the PDC module.I ordered the saloon kit and ordered the ‘vert specific parts seperately.

  15. 15 On April 17th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    Do you know where this kit can be ordered from?

  16. 16 On April 17th, 2008, mparallel said:

    Hate to sound like Mr. Obvious, but if you want the OEM retrofit kit, I wouldn’t know any place besides the stealer.

  17. 17 On July 4th, 2008, M_Parallel said:


    Well or junkyard, but you have to be lucky then.

  18. 18 On October 14th, 2008, The Ugly Parking System | BMW E36 Blog said:

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