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BMW Designation FAQ

Jared Fenton

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Applicable Models:

BMW E10 1600 Coupe/Conv (1967-71)
BMW E10 1600 Hatchback (1967-71)
BMW E10 1600ti Coupe (1968)
BMW E10 1602 Coupe (1967-71)
BMW E10 1802 Coupe (1971)
BMW E10 2002 Coupe/Conv (1967-76)
BMW E10 2002tii Coupe (1971-74)
BMW E21 320i Coupe (1977-83)
BMW E23 733i Sedan (1978-84)
BMW E23 735i Sedan (1985-86)
BMW E24 630CSi Coupe (1977-78)
BMW E24 633CSi Coupe (1978-84)
BMW E24 635CSi Coupe (1985-89)
BMW E24 M6 Coupe (1987-88)
BMW E28 524td Sedan (1985-86)
BMW E28 528e Sedan (1982-88)
BMW E28 533i Sedan (1983-84)
BMW E28 535i/is Sedan (1985-88)
BMW E28 M5 Sedan (1988)
BMW E30 318i Coupe/Conv (1984-92)
BMW E30 318i Sedan (1984-92)
BMW E30 318is Coupe (1984-92)
BMW E30 325 Coupe (1986-88)
BMW E30 325 Sedan (1986-88)
BMW E30 325e/es/is/iX Coupe (1984-93)
BMW E30 325e/i/iX Sedan (1984-93)
BMW E30 325i Coupe/Conv (1984-93)
BMW E30 M3 Coupe (1988-91)
BMW E31 840Ci Coupe (1994-97)
BMW E31 850Ci/CSi/i Coupe (1991-97)
BMW E32 735i/iL Sedan (1987-92)
BMW E32 740i/iL Sedan (1993-94)
BMW E32 750iL Sedan (1988-94)
BMW E34 525i Sedan/Wagon (1989-95)
BMW E34 530i Sedan/Wagon (1994-95)
BMW E34 540i Sedan (1994-95)
BMW E34 M5 Sedan (1991-93)
BMW E36 318i Convertible (1992-99)
BMW E36 318i Sedan (1992-99)
BMW E36 318is Coupe (1992-99)
BMW E36 318ti Hatchback (1992-99)
BMW E36 323i Convertible (1998-99)
BMW E36 323is Coupe (1998-99)
BMW E36 325i Convertible (1992-95)
BMW E36 325is Coupe (1992-95)
BMW E36 328i Convertible (1996-99)
BMW E36 328i Sedan (1996-99)
BMW E36 328is Coupe (1996-99)
BMW E36 M3 Coupe/Conv (1995-99)
BMW E36 M3 Sedan (1995-99)
BMW E36 Z3 Coupe/Conv (1996-02)
BMW E38 740i/iL Sedan (1995-01)
BMW E38 750iL Sedan (1995-01)
BMW E39 525i Sedan/Wagon (2001-03)
BMW E39 528i Sedan/Wagon (1997-00)
BMW E39 540i Sedan/Wagon (1997-03)
BMW E39 M5 Sedan (2000-03)
BMW E46 323Ci Coupe/Conv (1999-00)
BMW E46 323i Sedan/Wagon (1999-00)
BMW E46 325Ci Coupe/Conv (2001-06)
BMW E46 325i/xi Sedan/Wagon (2001-06)
BMW E46 328Ci Coupe (1999-00)
BMW E46 328i Sedan (1999-00)
BMW E46 330Ci Coupe/Conv (2001-06)
BMW E46 M3 Coupe/Conv (2001-06)
BMW E52 Z8 Convertible (2000-03)
BMW E53 X5 Sport Utility (2000-06)
BMW E65 745i Sedan (2002-05)
BMW E65 760i Sedan (2004-06)
BMW E65 Alpina B7 Sedan (2007-08)
BMW E66 745Li Sedan (2002-05)
BMW E70 X5 Sport Utility (2007-10)
BMW E83 X3 Sport Utility (2004-10)
BMW E89 Z4 Convertible (2009-10)
BMW F07 535i GT Hatchback (2010)
BMW F07 550i GT Hatchback (2010)
BMW F07 550i GT xDrive Hatchback (2010)
BMW 128i Coupe/Conv (2008-10)
BMW 135i Coupe/Conv (2008-10)
BMW 325i Sedan (1984-95, 2006)
BMW 325xi Sedan/Wagon (2001-06)
BMW 328i Coupe/Conv (2007-10)
BMW 328i xDrive Coupe (2009-10)
BMW 328i xDrive Sedan/Wagon (2009-10)
BMW 328i/xi Sedan/Wagon (2007-10)
BMW 328xi Coupe (2007-10)
BMW 330i/xi Sedan (2001-06)
BMW 335d/i/xi Sedan (2007-10)
BMW 335i Coupe/Conv (2007-10)
BMW 335i xDrive Coupe (2009-10)
BMW 335i xDrive Sedan (2009-10)
BMW 335xi Coupe (2007-10)
BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i xDrive Sedan (2009-10)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (1979-81, 2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (1975-78, 2001-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i xDrive Sedan/Wagon (2009-10)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (1985-93, 2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)
BMW 645Ci Coupe/Conv (2004-05)
BMW 650i Coupe/Conv (2006-10)
BMW 750i xDrive Sedan (2010)
BMW 750i/Li Sedan (2006-10)
BMW 750Li xDrive Sedan (2010)
BMW 760Li Sedan (2003-08, 2010)
BMW E3 2500 Sedan (1968-71)
BMW E3 2800 Sedan (1968-74)
BMW E3 2800CS Coupe (1968-71)
BMW E3 3.0CS Coupe (1971-74)
BMW E3 3.0CSi Coupe (1971-74)
BMW E3 3.0CSL Coupe (1971)
BMW E3 3.0S Sedan (1971-74)
BMW E3 3.0Si Sedan (1971-76)
BMW E3 Bavaria Sedan (1971-74)
BMW E6 1800 Hatchback (1967-71)
BMW E6 1800 Sedan (1967-71)
BMW M3 Coupe/Conv (2008-10)
BMW M3 Sedan (2008-10)
BMW M5 Sedan (2006-10)
BMW M6 Convertible (2007-10)
BMW M6 Coupe (2006-10)
BMW X6 Sport Utility (2008-10)
BMW Z4 Convertible (2003-08)
BMW Z4 Coupe (2006-08)

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Quite often, I get asked about BMW designations. What does this "ti" mean? What is the difference between the 525i and a 535i? E thirty what? So I decided to write a small article that would try to explain the differences between the designations and try to clear up some confusion on the subject. That said, here are some questions I have received.

What do they call my car an "E" something when it's a 325i, 535i, etc..?

When you hear you car being referred to as an E classification, what they are referring to is the body style of a particular car. For instance, BMW has produced a 3 Series model from 1976 to 2003. Naturally, the body style changes over time, so to avoid confusion; they refer to the 1976-83 3 Series as an E21, the 1984-91 cars as E30, 1992-99 cars as E36, and the present models as the E46. Keep in mind that certain early cars do not have an E number. Here's a break down of the "E" numbers as well as the early designations

114 1602 - 2002tii
118 1500, 1600-4, 1800, 1800tii
120 2000C/CS/CA
121 2000, 2000ti, 2000tilux
E3 2500 - 3.3Li
E6 1600, 1800, 2000 touring
E9 2500CS - 3.0 CSi
E12 5 Series cars from 1974 to 1981
E21 3 Series cars from 1976 to 1983
E23 7 Series cars from 1977 to 1986
E24 6 Series cars from 1976 to 1989
E26 M1
E28 5 Series cars from 1981 to 1987
E30 3 Series cars from 1984 to 1991
E31 8 Series cars from 1989 to 1997
E32 7 Series cars from 1986 to 1994
E34 5 Series cars from 1988 to 1995
E36 3 Series cars from 1992 to 1999
E36/5 318ti from 1995 to 1999
E36/7 Z3 Roadster from 1996 to 2002
E36/8 Z3 Coupe from 1996 to 2002
E38 7 Series cars from 1994 to 2001
E39 5 Series cars from 1995 to 2003
E46 3 Series cars from 1999 to 2003
E52 Z8 Roadster from 2000 to 2003
E53 X5 from 2000 to 2006
E60 5 Series cars from 2004 to 2009
E61 5 Series cars from 2004 to 2007 (Wagon models)
E63 6 Series cars from 2004 to present (Coupe)
E64 6 Series cars from 2004 to present (Convertible)
E65 7 Series cars from 2002 to 2008 (short wheelbase)
E66 7 Series cars from 2002 to 2008 (long wheelbase)
E67 7 Series cars from 2002 to 2008 (armored version)
E68 7 Series Cars from 2002 to 2008 (hydrogen powered)
E70 X5 from 2007 to present
E71 X6 from 2008 to present
E72 X6 Hybrid from 2008 to present
E81 1 Series from 2004 to present (3 door hatchback)
E82 1 Series from 2004 to present (Coupe)
E83 X3 from 2004 to 2010
E84 X1 from 2009 to present
E85 Z4 Roadster from 2002 to 2008
E86 Z4 Coupe from 2002 to 2008
E87 1 Series from 2004 to present (5 door hatchback)
E88 1 Series from 2004 to present (Convertible)
E89 Z4 from 2009 to present (Sedan models)
E90 3 Series cars from 2005 to 2008, M3 2008 to present (Sedan models)
E91 3 Series cars from 2005 to 2008 (Wagon models)
E92 3 Series cars from 2006 to present (Coupe models)
E93 3 Series cars from 2007 to present (Convertible models)
F01 7 Series cars from 2008 to present (short wheelbase models)
F02 7 Series cars from 2009 to present (long wheelbase models)
F03 7 Series cars from 2008 to present (armored version)
F04 7 Series cars from 2009 to present (Hybrid)
F07 5 Series Gran Turismo from 2009 to present
F10 5 Series cars from 2009 to present
F11 5 Series cars from 2009 to present (Wagon models)

What do these letters on the back of my car mean?

Traditionally BMW has used a series of letters to denote differences between models. For instance "is" would mean injected sports. Here's a breakdown of the letters and what they mean. Keep in mind that various BMW's used combinations of these letters. However, these letters are the most common.

i Fuel Injected
is Fuel Injected - Sports. Sports package, with better suspension, sway bars, etc..
ic Fuel Injected - Cabriolet, Convertible models
e ETA model. Built by BMW as efficiency-minded cars during the 1980's
es ETA - Sports, ETA model with sports package.
Ci Fuel Injected - Coupe. This designation is used on most modern BMW's
Csi Fuel Injected - Sports Coupe.
iT Fuel Injected - Touring. BMW's station wagon.
iX Fuel Injected - All Wheel Drive.
Ti Fuel Injected - Touring Compact.
Tii Fuel Injected - Touring International. Used only on early cars.
M Motorsports. M3, M5 for example, BMW's hot rod.
L Luxury (formerly). Basically a normal car fitted with full leather and all options, i.e. L6, L7
L Long wheelbase (currently).

What is the difference between a 525i and a 535i? A 325i and a 328is?

With the exception of the early cars, 1600, 1800, 2002 etc., BMW has usually used a three digit numbering system to identify models. The first number refers to the Series, for instance 328is would be a 3 Series, while a 740iL would be a seven series. The last two numbers are typically the engine displacement of a particular model, So, a 328is Would mean a 3 Series, Fuel Injected 2.8 liter engine with the sports package. The 740iL would refer to a 7 Series, Fuel Injected 4.0 liter engine with a luxury package. Keep in mind that the last two numbers do not always mean actual engine displacement.

What are they talking about when they say my 325i has an M20?

Usually BMW uses an M or S designation to identify their engines. In most cases several different engines would be used in a particular series, such as a 2.8, 3.5, and 4.0 all being available in the 5 Series. Here is a breakdown of the various designations and engines. For each engine listed, there is usually a displacement code. For instance, an M20B27 would be an M20 engine with a 2.7L displacement.

These are old engine codes that are no longer used.

M41 4 Cylinder 1.6L DIDTA carburetor
M42 4 Cylinder 1.8L DIDTA carburetor
M49 6 Cylinder 3.4L 24-valve Motorsport twin-cam
M60 6 Cylinder 2.0L and 2.3L carburetor or fuel injection
M68 6 Cylinder 2.5L and 2.8L carburetor
M69 6 Cylinder 3.2L fuel injection
M86 6 Cylinder 2.8L fuel injection (L-Jetronic)
M90 6 Cylinder 3.5L
M92 4 Cylinder 1.8L fuel injection (K-Jetronic)
M99 4 Cylinder 1.8L 2B4 carburetor
M102 6 Cylinder 3.2L turbocharged

These are the current engine codes used.

M10 4 Cylinder 1.8L or 2.0L single overhead cam, timing chain.
M20 6 Cylinder 2.0, 2.3, 2.5 or 2.7L single overhead cam, timing belt.
M21 6 Cylinder 2.4L Diesel single overhead cam, timing belt.
M30 6 Cylinder 2.8, 3.0, 3.2, or 3.4L single overhead cam, timing chain.
M40 4 Cylinder, DOHC
M41 4 Cylinder Diesel
M42 4 Cylinder 1.8L DOHC
M44 4 Cylinder 1.9L DOHC
M50 6 Cylinder 2.0, 2.3, or 2.5L DOHC
M50TU 6 Cylinder 2.0, 2.3, or 2.5L DOHC, VANOS variable intake
M51 6 Cylinder Diesel
M52 6 Cylinder 2.0, 2.3, 2.5, or 2.8L DOHC, VANOS variable intake
M52TU 6 Cylinder 2.5 and 3.0L DOHC, VANOS variable intake and exhaust
M54 6 Cylinder 2.5 and 3.0L DOHC, VANOS variable intake and exhaust
M56 6 Cylinder 2.5L DOHC, Dual VANOS, SULEV (low emissions)
M60 8 Cylinder 3.0 or 4.0L
M62 8 Cylinder 3.5 or 4.4L
M70 12 Cylinder 5.0L
M73 12 Cylinder 5.4L
M88 6 Cylinder 3.5L, 24 valve Motorsport engine (only in the BMW M1)
M88/3 same as above, but for all other vehicles
N42 4 Cylinder 1.8 and 2.0L (not used in North America)
N45 4 Cylinder 1.6 and 2.0L (not used in North America)
N46 4 Cylinder 1.8 and 2.0L (not used in North America)
N47 4 Cylinder Diesel with common rail injection
N52 6 Cylinder 2.5 and 3.0L Valvetronic and Double VANOS
N53 6 Cylinder 2.5 and 3.0L Valvetronic and Double VANOS with direct fuel injection
N54 6 Cylinder 3.0L Twin Turbo
N55 6 Cylinder 3.0L TwinPower Turbo with Valvetronic and direct fuel injection
N62 8 Cylinder 3.6, 4.0, 4.4 or 4.8L with Valvetronic and Double VANOS
N63 8 Cylinder 4.4L Twin Turbo with direct fuel injection
N73 12 Cylinder 6.0L with Valvetronic
N74 12 Cylinder 6.0L TwinPower Turbo with Double VANOS and direct fuel injection
S14 4 Cylinder 2.3L DOHC Motorsport engine (only in the E30 M3)
S38 6 Cylinder 3.6 or 3.8L DOHC Motorsport engine
S50 6 Cylinder 3.0 or 3.2L DOHC, Dual VANOS Motorsport engine (Non-US M3)
S50US 6 Cylinder 3.0 or 3.2L DOHC, Single VANOS Motorsport engine (US M3)
S52 6 Cylinder 3.2L DOHC, Dual VANOS Motorsport engine
S54 6 Cylinder 3.2L DOHC, Dual VANOS Motorsport engine
S62 8 Cylinder 5.0L quad cam, quad VANOS Motorsport engine
S70 12 Cylinder 5.6L Motorsport engine

I hope this article has been helpful in determining the differences between the various BMW models.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Ravie Comments: ok i understand that that particular engine is not in the US, however, will the service parts from Pelican work with it? please let me know
July 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would think the euro part catalog can be accessed from the US.

Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ravie Comments: Hello, do you have service parts for BMW N42 Engine? please let me know ASAP
July 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't believe we had that engine in the US.

To be sure, Give our parts specialists a call at 1-310-626-8765
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
col Comments: mye90 is showing an orange steering lock, it refuses to power on or even crank, what will i do?
January 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: COuld be a faulty steering column lock, cas or szl. I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
beemerchick Comments: Hi there - thank you for taking the time to explain - it's very clear and I've bookmarked for future reference. Question: I couldn't find the 2002 5 series on the list. Should it be included with E39 or E60? They haven't disavowed it's existence - have they? Lol Mines been trooper.
March 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The list does need some updating. I will see if I can get it done. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dr. Rockn Z. Babe Comments: We recently lost a 98 e36 328i in a rear end collision. My question is: The trunk had a large Z with either a period, small i or a small r after. Really looked like a dot after the Z. Can you tell me what this meant? The person I bought the car from didn't seem like the type to modify a car. An insurance broker. HELP!
March 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not familiar with a Z. There are 328i, 328xi, etc. No Z. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Lozza Comments: It would be cool if this could be updated with all the more recent internal designations - like the new M3 and M4 being F80 and F82!
July 19, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Sigitas Comments: Hey, I have bmw e36 318tds europe model can you tell how bypass EWS? I saw video in youtube.com that guy cut green wire with black stripe and yellow wire with black stripe of EWS box witch is under glow box in yellow pin and put them together starter spining but engine not strats can someone tell is where any more wires to cut or put together to completly bypass EWS sistem?
April 13, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, I do not know how to bypass theft prevention systems. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Nathan Comments: Hi there, I'm from South Africa and recently a mechanic worked on my Bmw320d 2001 model, car have been standing for ages at the mechanic and I discovered that the turbo is faulty.He probably should have just removed it for repairs.My shocking discovery is that all the vacuum pipes is out of order. I just need a layout or a diagram of these vacuum pipes.I hope someone could assist me with this.Remember this is the South African version.Thanks in advance, hope someone could help me.
January 26, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We do not have your model is the US. I suggest contacting a local BMW dealer or repair facility. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
x5bimmers Comments: Is there a reliable source for each model production figures?
Bimmer magazine use to print some of them, some books have some - I believe - as BMW did not want to release any sometimes with excuse that there are unaccountable pre-production and test cars right - they would not know...
I am interested in first X5 4.6is and Z3M-roadster numbers mostly
November 19, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Here's one. It isn't 100% up to date but has most models.

http://autotechdiagnostics.com /?p=188 - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
beachbum55 Comments: i just got a 1994 325i that sat in a garage for two yrs got it home put new gss and bat in it starts but when i take my foot off gas stalls is there anything i could at home before i take it too a shop
July 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Maybe the idle motor is faulty. You can try to replace or clean it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Cass Comments: thanks for all the great information, hope you continue to add more as bmw is extending the 6 series to an available 4 door and the 4 series is set to launch soon...also an m4 is set to drop.
February 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the info. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mbf001 Comments: I have 325 tds but it is not included in your list.
Someone said that the tds models were not supplied in the USA. I am in the United Kingdom Great Britain - Scotland though.
Thanks for a great site though.
November 27, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the info. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Farshad Comments: Hi, I have a 1995 316i, VIN number AH73553, most of the stuff here are for different model of E36, for instance I am looking to fix my air con control panel which currently not working and don't change from blowing the air from top or bottom or trying to replace my tail gait, is there anywhere that I can find an existing thread? Thank you
September 25, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This tech article should help you:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/Borrowed/E36-Climate-Control-Repair.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
brenno Comments: Hi I have a 3/93 318i,how can I identify which engine it has? The number above th engine number is 184e1 and it has the spark leads coming from a plastic shroud in front of the tappet cover, any help would be great thanks
July 3, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A 1993 318i in the US came with a four-cylinder engine, designated the M42. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
vjderose Comments: Great list! Why is the 3 series from 2004 not listed? My wife's 325Cic was made in 5/04.
Thank you!
December 29, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the note, I'll have Jared take a look at this... - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Xcars Comments: Please explain - I have 2004 X3 autom. E83 with 2.5l M54 engine. Everyone says that 325xi is the same engine from 2003-2005 E46 cars 4wd- yet the pistons are different between the two models and there are E46 engines from those years with front mounted blades fan which X3 doesn't have. So is it really exchangeable? What about management and/or switch from manual to automatic car?
October 8, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The M54 engine platform is used in many BMW models. From model to model there will be engine management and components variations. The short story is, you could use the long block, but would need to swap your components over. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mike Comments: What E classification does a 2002 M roadster with an S54 engine fall under? It can't be the same as the 2002 Z with the smaller engine E 36.
September 20, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is an E36/8. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Andy Comments: The M40 is a SOHC
September 12, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
rsrdan Comments: the S52 is not a dual vanos engine
August 30, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
road runner Comments: I have a 1993 325i that has had several issues from day 1. When I first bought the car the "check engine" light was on...the man said he had taken it to the BMW dealer and for around 100.00 they could get it off,and he said there was nothing wrong with the car,it just had alot of sensors,nothing to worry about..lol yeah,I'm stupid.Anyway I took it to a shop and the man said was good,that it did idle rough but after warming up it stops.After getting the car home we parked it and now it will not crank.It turns over like it wants to but doesn't it spits and sputters..can you tell me what I can do.
August 12, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
I can't help without knowing what is missing from the system when you are trying to start it. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and pressure fuel, volume and quality. Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Radarcontact Comments: The E46 model carried over into the 2006 lineup as the last 3-series ragtop convertible. I don't think a 'vert was produced in '07, but was then resumed in '08 as the hardtop convertible.
July 24, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You are correct. BMW always runs the convertible one year longer when a new chassis designation is introduced. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
PhilipMc Comments: About no model number, I have a 1996 LTD, it has no model number, I think it is because it is a "Limited" LTD
February 20, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mr C Comments: my steering wheel won't adjust anymore, it just make noise like it should but don't move at all. What must i do? Is a part i can order or what need guided, thanks
December 31, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm assuming you have a 5 or 7-Series with an auto-adjusting wheel like the one in my car. Sounds like the mechanism just broke and/or wore out. You need to take it apart to see what is broken, and then see what parts you can order. I haven't personally taken mine apart yet. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Bmwben750 Comments: Which is a better engine, the BMW 4.4 n62 engine or the 4.8? Or, are they same engine but different cc?
The 4.4 is on the BMW 745 and 4.8 on the 750.
November 13, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That is a hard call. They both have similar issues. So I would say the 4.8 if you want power and torque. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jess Comments: I believe the L in the 740il designation stands for long wheelbase because the 740i without the L is distinctly shorter by comparison.
November 11, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You are correct. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Neil Comments: @Larry Beemer:

the "E" designation as in E46 or E90 is an internal within BMW reference for specific model types. The E stands for 'entwicklung' which is German for 'development'. For example E46 is the 3 series manufactured from 1999 to 2005.
October 8, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
M3 Dave Comments: "E46" also applies to M3 2001-2006
"E90" also applies to M3 2008-present
"E92" also applies to M3 2008-present
"E93" also applies to M3 2008-present

"L" refers to Long wheelbase i.e. "745i" versus "745iL"
August 24, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
European Comments: M40 is SOHC.
And you still missing M43 SOHC.
August 14, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jim Comments: Great reference. I'm n the market for a used BMW and find this a very helpful reference. Thanks for the effort put into developing this!
July 30, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Frederik Comments: Sorry to mention, but there is a mistake in the list.
The M50 and m52 never came in a 2,3 liter version.
Thank you for a fantastic page which i just discovered :-
Frederik from Denmark
July 26, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No problem. Thanks for the input. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mark Comments: I'm trying to find an official explanation for the occasional BMW you see with no model number or letter designation on the trunk lid at all. It hasn't been removed; it just was never installed. A custom factory order, I've always assumed, that doesn't correspond to any particular factory variation; but I can't seem to find it spelled out anywhere. Do you know for sure?
July 20, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I've seen some of these too. Perhaps it was a factory option, or the dealer took it off at the customer's request. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Anoymous Comments: You missed off the m43 l4 8v 115hp, successor to m40. not available in US. Was put in E36 318i Saloons, Convertables and Compacts 318ti, where as the E36 Coupé got the M42 and M44 engines.
May 14, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the info. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mrobxny Comments: Yes I want to change it from celcius to farenheit and want to know any other information concerning this thank you
April 29, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Depending upon the car, there should be a combination of buttons that you can push. Check your owner's manual for more details. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
mrobxny Comments: how can i change the temp/clock display in my car from german/metric to english/standard anyone have any idea
April 29, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Do you mean from Celsius to Fahrenheit? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
terje53 Comments: How do I recode a new key for a 1997 523i?
March 17, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Programming a new BMW key is easy and quick. It requires a working ignition key and a quick 30 second process. Simply get in the car and close all doors. Insert your old key in the ignition, within 3 seconds followed by your new key to enable the EWS ignition lock code of your new key. Once complete, press and hold the unlock button. while holding press the lock button 3 times. The BMW will give a confirmation of the new remote programming by quickly locking and unlocking the doors. Each BMW Master Remote Key should follow this same process including your old master remote keys - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Born to Bore Comments: Can I get to the rear parking sensor without removing the bumper, it is the far offside sensor. A mechanic states they are working when they click as you get near them?
January 21, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't mention your vehicle type. Turn your ignition (engine off), shift into reverse with the parking brake on.
Put you finger on rear sensors you should be able to feel a pulse and hear a ticking from the sensors if you don't then you need to replace that sensor.

The sensors have to be unclipped from behind the trim. So if they are mounted in the bumper and not a removable trim piece, you'll have to remove the bumper.- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Daniel Comments: I'm trying to turn off the oil and maint lights on my E30 1988 convertible using the posted article - but how do I orient the diagram so I know which pin is which with my harness? which way is '"up"? Thanks
October 23, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On the last car I did this on, I believe that the connector or connector plug has the terminals labeled in the connector housing in very small print? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
blue knight Comments: The clicking sound that one normally hears when you turn on a signal light comes on with fast intervals for 3 seconds and slows down to its normal intervals. This happens only on the left hand signal lever. I was advised to check all the light bulbs as well as the sockets.OK I am stumped with the removal of the left front signal lamp. Already referred to the Owner's Manual and it simply states to unhook the lamp from the open slot at the top of the assembly and pull the lamp towards you. Huh? Please help.
September 14, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yup, there's a tab and you sortof just slide it out. But, as the lamps get old, this tab can break off. We sell a lot of these for this reason... - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
m10bky Comments: thanks for info/ Wayne/ I'm sending you pic/ of hd/lites to make sure its the same type that you discribe I cant find the screws/bolts that fix the lense to the casing/am I doing it wrong ! thanks M1OBKY
July 6, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: i>- Wayne at Pelican Parts  
M1O BKY Comments: The information & write ups are realy helpfull, so well done all. May I ask how do I remove the external lenses on e39 1997 h/lights so that I can clean the glass they appear to be sealed, any advice ! thanks M10 BKY
July 6, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are two or three screws in the front. Simply loosen them and then the lenses slide right out. Be careful not to have them hang up on the lower "eyelids" underneath the lamps. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
ejguillot Comments: Doesn't the L in 740iL mean long wheelbase?
June 17, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, I believe that's correct, and the article is incorrect. The longer wheelbase models typically came with more luxury stuff bolted on, so it's an easy mistake to make. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
The BMW STEP Kid Comments: A 2005 X3 is an E-83 and new BMW engines use the N designation instead of the M.
May 11, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Correct. N stands for New Generation engines. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Larry Beemer Comments: I have two BMWs, and I can't find any reference to the "E" designation anywhere in the owner documentation. Where do you find it?
May 7, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Which car are you referring to specifically? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
sdeleon Comments: Where does the 2005 X3 falls under?
April 30, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Good question. I'll have my staff update this with the latest cars, this is a few years old. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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