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#1 (permalink) Old 08-25-2004, 05:50 PM
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I've always wondered about it. Can someone clear it up for once and all.

What does each letter after the number in the car model stand for? s is obviously for sports package, but I have a factory sports package in my 328i (not 328is).... x is 4 wheel drive and ti is hatchback, I know that. What about the Ci and iC's? Ci is coupe, but isn't it also convertible? Does anyone have a list of all of them?

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Most BMWs have identifying Model Numbers on the rear of the trunk lid or in other locations, like this:

530d

The "5" refers to the Series, the 5 Series.*

Other current Series numbers are 3 and 7. Series 6 and 8 were used in the past. BMW has announced a 1 Series future model.

The "30" refers to the engine displacement, 3.0 liters.*

Current models run from 1.6 in the 3 Series Compact to 5.0 in the 7 Series Sedan. These numbers are not always accurate; the E30 325e and the E28 528e had the same engine, a 2.7 liter!

Many model numbers have a suffix, like "d" in the picture above.*

The "d" refers to a diesel engine. A popular suffix is "i", which originally referred to an Injected (fuel-injected) model, but has come to represent BMW performance, and it is applied to a number of models.*

Here are some other common suffix codes and what they mean:

s = Sport model
These models have sporting options like bigger brakes, stronger suspension, etc.

e = Economy engine
Technically, "e" refers to the Greek letter "eta", which means "efficiency". The eta engine was used in the 325e and 528e models.

t = Turbo charged engine
When used alone, "t" can refer to gasoline or diesel models. The "td" stands for " turbodiesel" while "tds" refers to " intercooled turbodiesel".*

t = Touring
For early models,*" touring" could refer to hatchback, wagon, or even sport versions.

x = All Wheel Drive model
The original model was the E30 "ix", but the latest E46 3 Series AWD model is designated "xi".

L = Long wheelbase model
Examples include the 7 Series Sedan, 750iL. Sometimes, "L" is used as a prefix, like the "L6" and "L7" models. These models are not only long, but they are also premium models, usually with extra luxury features.

C or c =*Coupe
Sometimes used with an "S", like "Coupe Sport". The "C" code is often used for luxury coupes like the 6 and 8 Series. The new E46 3 Series uses the "C" code, too.

A = Automatic*transmission
Rarely seen, for BMW does not often advertise automatic transmissions! A common example is "525iA".

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Now I heard somewhere A also meant sport package in some strange way...
and what about convertibles? =/
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on e36 i think the "s" after the i means its a coupe. regardless. my 325is doesn't have a sport package

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LivinFast67, If I am not mistaken you have a body kit on your car which probally is part of the S package, as well as brakes and stronger suspension.

Does anyone know how to tell what level of suspension your car has? Brand names or different visual cues?

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there are lots of variations of the sports packages...

Another one that is different than all the others is the BMW 2002

it is a 2.0L 02 door - 2002

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