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Discussion in 'E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006-2011)' started by ajgrant, Mar 16, 2009.

    ajgrant guest

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    I took delivery of my first BMW - 2009 335 i X-Drive on Christmas Eve last year. I'm delighted with the car and am enjoying membership in BMWCCA, especially Roundel Magazine. I am trying to navigate through the shorthand of the E-numbers that designate models and years. Is there a listing somewhere that would tell me how to read these?

    Thanks,

    Andrew

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    E3 1968-1977 2500-3.3Li Sedan
    E9 1965-1975 2500-3.0 CS/i/L Coupes
    E12 1972-1981 5 Series
    E21 1975-1983 3 Series
    E23 1977-1987 7 Series
    E24 1977-1989 6 Series
    E26 1978-1981 M1
    E28 1982-1988 5 Series
    E30 1984-1991 3 Series
    E31 1990-1998 8 Series
    E32 1987-1994 7 Series
    E34 1989-1995 5 Series
    E36 1992-1999 3 Series
    E36/5 1994-1998 318ti (Compact)
    E36/7 1997-2002 Z3
    E38 1995-2001 7 Series
    E39 1997-2003 5 Series
    E46 1999-2005 3 series
    E52 2000-2004 Z8
    E53 2000-2006 X5 SAV
    E60 2004+ 5 Series Sedan
    E61 2004+ 5 Series Wagon
    E63 2005+ 6 Series
    E65/E66 2002+ 7 Series
    E70 2007+ X5 SAV
    E82 2008+ 1 Series Coupe
    E83 2003+ X3 SAV
    E85 2003+ Z4 / MZ4 Roadster
    E86 2006+ Z4 / MZ4 Coupe
    E88 2008+ 1 Series Convertible
    E90 2006+ 3 Series Sedan
    E91 2006+ 3 Series Touring Wagon
    E92 2007+ 3 Series Coupe
    E93 2007+ 3 Series Convertible

    ajgrant guest

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    Many thanks,

    Andrew
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    wretched

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    Don't forget BMW has moved into the F set now starting with the new 7 Series! There is more then just E's! What was before E? (Duh D I know) Was there a D series of codes? Was there A,B and C also? Sorry to piggy back but this is a great topic!

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    Before E there were numbers:

    114 1502, 1602, 1802, 2002 66 - 77
    115 1500 62 - 64
    116 1600 64 - 66
    118 1800, 1800ti, 1800tisa 63 - 71
    120 2000, 2000ti, 2000tilux 66 - 70
    121 2000, 2000ti, 2000tilux 66 - 72

    I haven't kept up to speed on the F designations.
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    wretched

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    Thanks for the info! So I wonder why they started with E? Was there engine code prior to the m and n's?

    jlegleiter guest

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    The E itself stands for "entwicklung," or development. What initiated the change however, I do not know.

    I believe that before BMW started using the M, S, and later N designations, they were branded only by the number of cylinders. Hopefully someone can come along and shed more light on this.
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    I'm not sure they even did this. The 1500 was introduced in 1962 with the M10 inline four that was in production up into the 1980s. Before that, there was a liquid cooled V8 and the air-cooled Isetta/600/700 for automotive engines and, up to 1958, a 2-liter six with prewar origins. I usually draw the line at the M10 when thinking about BMW engine codes ...

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