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3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

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What is the significance of e36, e30, e46, e90, e39... are they just numbers or do they have purpose?

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Im sure you will get a more "technical reply" but in short it is the BMW series number for a particular platform - for example E46 is the 3 series platform from 1999 to present and while there are 318, 325,323, 320, 330, 328's and M's with all kinds of flavors: xi, i, ci, convertible, etc. they are all based on the same platform (E46)

E36 was the previous platform (up to 1999) for the 3 series - it is usefull in the sense that it helps categorize your particular car without having to know the detailed options put into car or what year the car happens to be - all you have to know is your car falls into a particular platform

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lol really!?
nononono i meant the actual numbers as in e36? e46?

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Thats the obvious answer you can find by looking on the home page of this website. But i dont think thats what skawful was asking. Like, does 'E' stand for Extremely cool and '36' stand for the number of people who deseigned the car.

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I do think that E does stand for Extremely cool, or Extreme ownage, where as the number just designates the design that the ownage takes it's form in. And the higher the number does not always have to equla more ownage. It just designates a higher price tag.
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Extreme 36

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No really .. what does that junk mean?.... I wanna know..


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Is it like the last few digits in the vin id?
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Guys...they are just model number designations. A 300zx is called a Z31 or a Z32. It's not like it stands for anything, that's just how they labled the car.

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edition 36, and so on the numbers no clue
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It's engineering code...basically it's Engineering model 46...there are lots of models between E36 and E46 that didn't make the grade and were just left as prototypes. For the common consumer, these numbers really serve no perpose. It's engineering code, it's for the engineers.

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LOL I still like my reply as it wins the: "NO SH...... used " category - definetly misread what you were asking....

So given the motors have a M designation and the platforms have E and using the same "engineering" idea posted by others could it stand for "Entwurf" which is German for design, draft, project, concept (man that German word has lots of meanings....)

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Different chassis.

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it also shows the dealer you know about your car. They're really impressed when you throw out engine codes at them.

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the numbers are the chassis number used in developing the car...like back in the day, you had the e20 and the e30, e34, the e36, e39, e46 and so on...these refer to all the possible chassis that BMW has designed over the years. Between the e34 and e36, there was an e35 which I have never heard of, but that is because it most like didn't get approval for production. Then came the e39 which was an approved design for a car after three previous attempts.


In a short, yes its engineering code for the different chassis they have come up with. Hope this made sense... I think the new 3 series coming out in 2005-2006 is designated the e90. that means they went through about 30 different designs after the current 7 series before coming up with an approved new 3 series...

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