2020-02-06 - BMW Steering column
"Steering columns can be changed for zero points"
This info applies to any E36, E46, or really any car that uses a rubber steering guibo.
The lower section of the E36 steering column uses a universal joint with a rubber guibo (see the joint on the right side of the attached "OEM Shaft" image, see also E36 Parts Diagram).
In the E34 5-series steering column, the upper joint had the rubber and the lower joint was a solid universal joint (see E34 shaft).
The solid lower universal joint from the E34 is a bolt-on replacement for the rubber guibo lower joint of the E36. This is a common upgrade that provides a completely rigid steering column and eliminates the failure-prone guibo.
There are also aftermarket suppliers of entire lower steering column sections with both joints solid. That type part is not approved as a free add but is under review.