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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 11-15-2006, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Having just entered the BMW arena by ordering an '07 335i, would like to know what the chassis designations mean, such as E46, E90, etc., if in fact they have anything to do with the chassis! I can answer all of anybody's questions about the Camaro SS, but don't know squat about Bimmer things.

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the "E" codes are the body style. the #s at the end are the engine size in liters however the #s dont always reflect the true engine size. Check out the faq , it has a complete rundown.
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Dirty's explanation was a bit confusing. When he said "E" codes, what he meant was the entire "E90, E36, E46, etc." are used to denote a significant difference in body style. For example, the E46 covers all 3-series BMWs made from 1999 through 2005. However, there are subtle differences in the body styling and trim between those years.

When he said the "#s at the end are the engine size", he meant the numbers that appear after the first digit in the car number... such as 335i... not the numbers after the "E". The first digit is the series (3), the next two are the displacement (3.5).

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Thanks for getting back. I'll check the FAQ's. By the way, interesting that the '07 335i coupe and sedan actually have a 3.0 engine. I guess the marketing guy's hold sway over engineering!
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yes but isnt it turbo'd, theres the .5 haha
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hey thanks Hootie. i think I was too tired when I wrote that. Thanks for having my back.
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