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stanold1207 12-19-2010 02:43 PM

Glad to be a member
 
I am stanold1207. Won't say exactly how old. I do have a question though.

All these model numbers (E36, etc.) how do I tell what I have? It is a 1996 318I. Only one engine size available. Is this like the GMs? LS this and LS that?
I am used to the old days when you had an Imapla and 396 SS. Now I do not know and now I bought this car for my Grandson and have several thing to get fixed before giving it to him and I do not know what to look for as far as information because I do not know the E numbers.

Thanks,
Stanold1207

DakarYellow 01-03-2011 03:49 PM

It's a little confusing to me too, because like you, I'm old and used to work on the big block Chevy's. But, it's easy once you get it's based loosely on body type. Your 1996 3 series would be E36. Actually, I stand corrected, it appears yours is really an E36/5. If you want to know the rest of the details:

Extract from Wikipedia.

Series Generations

Internally, BMW associates an "e-code" for each generation of a series ("E" stands for Entwicklung, German for development or evolution). These "chassis codes" only change to signify a major redesign of a series, or the introduction of a new series. BMW AG reported in September 2006 that BMW will switch to the letter "F" for their future models, beginning with the F01 7 Series replacement.

* BMW E3 — (1968–1977) 2.5, 2.8, 3.0, 3.3 "New Six" sedans
* BMW E9 — (1969–1975) 2800CS, 3.0CS, 3.0CSL "New Six" coupés
* BMW E12 — (1972–1981) 5 Series
* BMW E21 — (1975–1983) 3 Series
* BMW E23 — (1977–1986) 7 Series
* BMW E24 — (1976–1989) 6 Series
* BMW E26 — (1978–1981) M1
* BMW E28 — (1981–1988) 5 Series
* BMW E30 — (1982–1991) 3 Series
* BMW E31 — (1990–1999) 8 Series
* BMW E32 — (1986–1994) 7 Series
* BMW E34 — (1988–1995) 5 Series
* BMW E36 — (1991–1999) 3 Series
* BMW E36/5 — (1995–1998) 3 Series Compact (US market known as "318ti")
* BMW E36/7 — (1996-2002) Z3 Series Roadster
* BMW E36/8 — (1998-2002) Z3 Series Coupé
* BMW E38 — (1994–2001) 7 Series
* BMW E39 — (1996–2003) 5 Series
* BMW E46/5 — (2000–2004) 3 Series Compact
* BMW E46/4 — (1998–2005) 3 Series Sedan
* BMW E46/3 — (1999–2005) 3 Series Touring/Sports Wagon
* BMW E46/2 — (1999–2006) 3 Series Coupé
* BMW E46/C — (1999–2006) 3 Series Convertible
* BMW E52 — (2000–2003) Z8
* BMW E53 — (2000–2006) X5
* BMW E60 — (2004–present) 5 Series
* BMW E61 — (2004–2007) 5 Series Touring/Sports Wagon
* BMW E63 — (2004–present) 6 Series coupé
* BMW E64 — (2004–present) 6 Series convertible
* BMW E65 — (2002–2007) 7 Series short wheelbase
* BMW E66 — (2002–2007) 7 Series long wheelbase
* BMW E67 — (2002–2007) 7 Series Protection
* BMW E70 — (2007-present) X5
* BMW E83 — (2004–present) X3
* BMW E85 — (2003–present) Z4
* BMW E86 — (2006–present) Z4 Coupé
* BMW E87 — (2004–present) 1 Series
* BMW E88 — (2008) 1 Series Convertible
* BMW E89 — (2009) Z4 roadster
* BMW E90 — (2005–present) 3 Series
* BMW E91 — (2005–present) 3 Series Touring/Sports Wagon
* BMW E92 — (2006–present) 3 Series Coupé
* BMW E93 — (2007–present) 3 Series Convertible
* BMW F01 — (2008) 7 Series
* BMW F02 — (2009) 7 Series long wheelbase
* BMW F03 — (2008) 7 Series Protection
* BMW F04 — (2009) 8 Series Light Base
* BMW F10 — (2010) 5 Series
* BMW F11 — (2012) 5 Series Touring/Sports Wagon
* BMW F12 — (2011) 6 Series Coupé
* BMW F13 — (2011) 6 Series Convertible
* BMW F14 — (2011) LC5
* BMW F25 — (2011) X3

stanold1207 01-05-2011 08:51 AM

Thank you so very much. This helps a ton.

Stan







Quote:

Originally Posted by DakarYellow (Post 175265)
It's a little confusing to me too, because like you, I'm old and used to work on the big block Chevy's. But, it's easy once you get it's based loosely on body type. Your 1996 3 series would be E36. Actually, I stand corrected, it appears yours is really an E36/5. If you want to know the rest of the details:

Extract from Wikipedia.

Series Generations

Internally, BMW associates an "e-code" for each generation of a series ("E" stands for Entwicklung, German for development or evolution). These "chassis codes" only change to signify a major redesign of a series, or the introduction of a new series. BMW AG reported in September 2006 that BMW will switch to the letter "F" for their future models, beginning with the F01 7 Series replacement.

* BMW E3 — (1968–1977) 2.5, 2.8, 3.0, 3.3 "New Six" sedans
* BMW E9 — (1969–1975) 2800CS, 3.0CS, 3.0CSL "New Six" coupés
* BMW E12 — (1972–1981) 5 Series
* BMW E21 — (1975–1983) 3 Series
* BMW E23 — (1977–1986) 7 Series
* BMW E24 — (1976–1989) 6 Series
* BMW E26 — (1978–1981) M1
* BMW E28 — (1981–1988) 5 Series
* BMW E30 — (1982–1991) 3 Series
* BMW E31 — (1990–1999) 8 Series
* BMW E32 — (1986–1994) 7 Series
* BMW E34 — (1988–1995) 5 Series
* BMW E36 — (1991–1999) 3 Series
* BMW E36/5 — (1995–1998) 3 Series Compact (US market known as "318ti")
* BMW E36/7 — (1996-2002) Z3 Series Roadster
* BMW E36/8 — (1998-2002) Z3 Series Coupé
* BMW E38 — (1994–2001) 7 Series
* BMW E39 — (1996–2003) 5 Series
* BMW E46/5 — (2000–2004) 3 Series Compact
* BMW E46/4 — (1998–2005) 3 Series Sedan
* BMW E46/3 — (1999–2005) 3 Series Touring/Sports Wagon
* BMW E46/2 — (1999–2006) 3 Series Coupé
* BMW E46/C — (1999–2006) 3 Series Convertible
* BMW E52 — (2000–2003) Z8
* BMW E53 — (2000–2006) X5
* BMW E60 — (2004–present) 5 Series
* BMW E61 — (2004–2007) 5 Series Touring/Sports Wagon
* BMW E63 — (2004–present) 6 Series coupé
* BMW E64 — (2004–present) 6 Series convertible
* BMW E65 — (2002–2007) 7 Series short wheelbase
* BMW E66 — (2002–2007) 7 Series long wheelbase
* BMW E67 — (2002–2007) 7 Series Protection
* BMW E70 — (2007-present) X5
* BMW E83 — (2004–present) X3
* BMW E85 — (2003–present) Z4
* BMW E86 — (2006–present) Z4 Coupé
* BMW E87 — (2004–present) 1 Series
* BMW E88 — (2008) 1 Series Convertible
* BMW E89 — (2009) Z4 roadster
* BMW E90 — (2005–present) 3 Series
* BMW E91 — (2005–present) 3 Series Touring/Sports Wagon
* BMW E92 — (2006–present) 3 Series Coupé
* BMW E93 — (2007–present) 3 Series Convertible
* BMW F01 — (2008) 7 Series
* BMW F02 — (2009) 7 Series long wheelbase
* BMW F03 — (2008) 7 Series Protection
* BMW F04 — (2009) 8 Series Light Base
* BMW F10 — (2010) 5 Series
* BMW F11 — (2012) 5 Series Touring/Sports Wagon
* BMW F12 — (2011) 6 Series Coupé
* BMW F13 — (2011) 6 Series Convertible
* BMW F14 — (2011) LC5
* BMW F25 — (2011) X3



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