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3-Series (E46, E90) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.

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Old 09-09-2004, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i know i sound terribly stupid for asking this, but why do you call the new body style 3 series e46?
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Its just an edition
E36 is the previous edition of 3 series BMW's

E39 is the previous edition of 5 series BMW's

E30's are 2 generations ago 3 series

etc etc etc... they are just random numbers... i'm sure E stands for something in german, but that is unkown to me at this juncture.
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i think it is some production number, easier than saying, 1999-present 3 series
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Old 09-09-2004, 09:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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it's engineering code for the chassis design.
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From WordIQ.com, "E" stands for Entwicklung, German for development.

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The page also lists the history for each series. Cool!

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