Go Back   United Bimmer Community - BMW Forum > UnitedBimmer-General BMW Topics > BMW General Discussion
FAQ Members List Calendar Advertise With Us Mark Forums Read

BMW General Discussion Sponsored by: AutohausAZ.com
Talk about BMWs in general. Post official news, Bangle flames, or anything else related to BMW.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-04-2005, 05:50 PM   #1
1985_318i

Name: 1985_318i
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: North Carolina, USA
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
New to Bimmers What do model letters mean

I have just recently purchased my first Bimmer (1985 318i) for $500 and I am loving it. Their is however one thing I still do not understand and that is the letters after the model number. I get the numbers (318=3-series 1.8l) but what do the letters mean such has the 318i, 325e, 325i, etc, etc, etc. Thank you and I hope to visit often.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2005, 07:42 PM   #2
cainchapman
 
cainchapman's Avatar

Name: cainchapman
Title: Senior Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Rate My Car: 127 / 340
Your Ride: 1995 540LE
In general, they have 3 digit codes. The first is for the series and the last 2 for the nominal engine size. e.g 318i, is a 3 series, 1.8l injected motor (hence the i). Now the motor size does not work for some of the E36 & E46 exactly at least, as the 323 can have a 2.5l motor. The e suffix is the economy motor. iS is the Sport, LE is Limited Edition, iL is for the limo version. CSL, Coupe Sports Light. M is the most important letter in the BMW dictionary.

This doesn't work for 2002 models and the older stuff either.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2005, 11:44 PM   #3
komodo
 
komodo's Avatar

Name: komodo
Title: Administrator
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Athens, GA
Rate My Car: 68 / 340
Your Ride: 1995 M3
Hopefully this will help a bit: http://www.unitedbimmer.com/forums/thread53.html
__________________

  Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2005, 06:30 AM   #4
528man

Name: 528man
Title: Senior Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Greensboro, NC 27407-5254
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
welcome, looks like you got the info you were looking for. Please stop by more than often, we are glad to have you here.
__________________
1997 528i
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2005, 07:14 PM   #5
Antiburn
 
Antiburn's Avatar

Name: Antiburn
Title: Senior Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Jersey
Rate My Car: 193 / 340
Your Ride: 92 525, 88 325 hardtop'ed vert and 83 320iS
C = coupe
i = fuel injected
x = all wheel drive
L = long wheel base
s = sport
ti= touring internationale
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2005, 04:21 PM   #6
Beelzibub

Name: Beelzibub
Title: Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Birmingham
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Welcome

Has everybody above helped or confused you???? Well read the following and see what you make of it.

e36 316i had 1.6 ltr units but 98>00 e46 had a 1.9ltr and then reverted to a 1.8ltr in 01.

e36 318i's had 1.8 ltr but 98>00 e46 had a 1.9ltr then from 01 a 2.0ltr.

e39 520i started with a 2.0ltr unit which was replaced in 2000 with a 2.2ltr.

e39 523 always had a 2.5ltr - the 523 was replaced in 2000 with the 525. The reason for the earlier model being called a 523 is thus > Bmw made two 2.5 ltr engines a 170bhp one which was placed in the 323i and a 195bhp one for the 325i. As the 523 used the 170bhp unit it took the title of 523 to stay in line with the 3 series naming convention in the 2000 revamp however they decided to use the 195bhp unit so the car became a 525i - again in keeping with the 3's.

Sorry to rattle on but you asked.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chain Letters komodo Comedy Collection
1 02-23-2006 10:29 PM
Man charged with sending hoax letters, including to Bush komodo United Off Topic  **FOR MEMBERS ONLY** 2 02-05-2006 10:49 AM
Buying a E30 but what Model? defkon99 E21, E30 20 08-02-2005 01:01 PM
Movies with Bimmers Dudesky BMW General Discussion 24 07-15-2005 11:32 PM
BMW model names/numbers/letters explained: Torque BMW OEM Parts Department DIY's & FAQ's 11 04-26-2005 01:09 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:11 PM.

A vBSkinworks Design

 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright © 2005-2013 UnitedBimmer.com