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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 06-08-2004, 12:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why the hell are there so damn many different versions? I mean, there are 310's, 316's, 318's, 323's, 325's, 328's, 320's(?), I mean, how many goddamn versions are there? and why so many versions? Does a higher number mean more luxary? Whats up?
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Well, there is more than one person in the world buying 3 series. Different markets of the world want differnt types of cars. Also, the last 2 numbers represent displacement, i.e. 325i=3 series 2.5L
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Why the hell are there so damn many different versions? I mean, there are 310's, 316's, 318's, 323's, 325's, 328's, 320's(?), I mean, how many goddamn versions are there? and why so many versions? Does a higher number mean more luxary? Whats up?
Um you are confused. Since we got that out of the way. Every car has lot of different engines over the time. For e.g: Like E36 for US had to bump the 325i to 328i due to OBDII(emissions). 316i was too small for US, so we got the 318. 310 Never made it here, since it is slow and prefferd by Europeans due to thier expensive gas. 323i is just a 325i, but in E46 or very late E36 form. That was when BMW was reworking thier model numbers. There are also deisel engine for the 3 series, which I am going to skip on.
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Well, there is more than one person in the world buying 3 series. Different markets of the world want differnt types of cars. Also, the last 2 numbers represent displacement, i.e. 325i=3 series 2.5L
Not exactly true? What about the 325e = 2.7 liters?
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Originally posted by greenlightracer+Jun 8 2004, 09:07 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (greenlightracer @ Jun 8 2004, 09:07 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-AJ's320i@Jun 8 2004, 12:48 AM
Well, there is more than one person in the world buying 3 series. Different markets of the world want differnt types of cars. Also, the last 2 numbers represent displacement, i.e. 325i=3 series 2.5L
Not exactly true? What about the 325e = 2.7 liters? [/b][/quote]
Only car the displacement method did not apply too is the Eta models.
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Old 06-08-2004, 12:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, there is more than one person in the world buying 3 series.* Different markets of the world want differnt types of cars.* Also, the last 2 numbers represent displacement, i.e. 325i=3 series 2.5L

Not exactly true? What about the 325e = 2.7 liters?
Only car the displacement method did not apply too is the Eta models. [/b][/quote]
as well as the M52 323 (2.5L), 95- current 740 (4.4L), 840, 750 (5.4L), 850, 745 (4.4L) models, and current 318 (2.0L) and 320's(2.2L)
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for the e46, don't the 316s have a 1.8li engine? and the 318s have 2.0li??
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i agree, why so many versions?
in the booklet that comes with mine shows a 324d and also add to this the cabriolet versions, the american and euro versions, the "ix versions. the is versions and the "i" and non i versions.
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This silly thread started about E30's correct? now we have spread to every model of BMW. Really now does it matter?
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