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Old Sat, Oct-18-2003, 07:19:09 PM   #1
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Hey Rider.

I'm new hear too. The e36 and e46 represent body styles. The latest body style is the e46. It came out in 1999 I believe. Body styles usually last for 6 to 7 years before they change. Check out the specs for each car by year because even though the body styles don't change over a 6 to 7 year period, sometimes the specs will change.

The new e90 body style is set to come out in the 2006/2007 timeframe. I really want to see what this one looks like because I want to purchase an M3 this year, but I don't want to kick myself in the behind finding out that in my haste, I missed a better car (looks and specs).
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This should help you out alot. These are the ones I can remmeber right now.

Series/Years/Car Models....

114 / E6 / E10 / E12 - 67 - 77' - 1502, 1600, 1602, 1800, 1802, 2000, 2002ti/tii, E10 was the touring three door model, E20 was the 2002 tii & turbo

E3 - 68 - 77' - 2500, 2800, Bavaria, 3.0S/Si, 3.3Li

E9 - 65 - 75' - 2000CS, 2500CS, 2800CS, 3.0CS/i/L

E12 - 72 - 81' - 518, 518i, 520, 520i, 535, 525i, 528i, 530i, M535i

E21 - 75 - 83' - 316, 318i, 320, 320i/s, 323i

E23 - 78 - 87' - 725i, 728, 728i, 730i, 732i, 733i, 735i, 745i, L7

E24 - 77 - 89' - 628i, 630CS/i, 633CSi, 635CSi, M635CSi, L6(highline)

E26 - 78 - 81' - M1

E28 - 82 - 88' - 518i, 520i, 524td, 525i/e, 528e, 533i, 535i, M535i, M5

E30 - 83 - 91' - 316, 316i, 318i/s, 320i, 323i, 324td, 325e, 325i/ix/is, M3

E31 - 90' on - 840i, 840Ci, 850i, 850Ci, 850CSi

E32 - 88 - 94' - 730i, 735i/iL, 740i/iL, 750iL

E34 - 88 - 96' - 518i, 520i, 525i/x, 525td/s, 530i, 535i, 540i, M5

Z1(E30) - 89 - 91' - Z1 Convertible

Z3(E36/7) - 96' on - Z3 Convertible and Z3 Coupe (Z5)

E36 - 91 - 99' - 316i, 318i/s/ti/tds, 320i, 323i, 325i/td/tds, 328i/s, M3,Z3

E38 - 95 - 02' - 728i, 730i, 730d, 735i, 740i/iL, 750i/L

E39 - 97 - 0x' - 520i, 523i, 525tds, 528i, 530d, 535i, 540i, M5

E46 - Late 98 - 0x' - 320i, 325xi, i, is, ci, 328xi, i, is, ci, 330xi, i, is, ci, m3

E53 - 00 - 0x' - X5 four wheel drive SAV

E52 - 00' - Z8

E60 - 02 - 0x' - 525i, 530i, 545i, 545i 6 Speed

E63 - Very late 2001 - 0x' - New six series at last! 635Ci, 645Ci, M6 based on E56 chassis

E65 - Early 02 - 0x' - Current seven series (the ugly one)

E66 - Late 2002 - 0x' - Long wheel base E65


I could be wrong on some of them. But thats all I can think of right now. Also feel free to add some to the list or correct me. Thanks. And I hope this helps out.


EDIT: Please expect changes also. Thanks

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E90 for the next 3 series I believe.
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E90 for the next 3 series I believe.
Yeah your right but who knows when that is.
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Sorry im a new with the M3's. i had mr2s and thats it. wat is the diffrerance between the e46, e36, and the other one. sorry 4 askin a stupid question but im new iwth this car.
it's ok dude...all of us started out like this

First Generation 3 Series (E21)

Boxy Look...the front slants in

Second Generation [M]3 Series (E30)

E30 3 Series came with the boxy look also..but the front is more of in a 90 degree angle

The E30 M3 came with a shorter trunk area than the regular E30 3ers. The fenders have the widebody-ish appearance. And comes with the wing.

Third Generation [M]3 Series (E36)

I'm not really good with E36's but the E36 M3 comes with the more squared off bumper (seen in this picture).

Fourth Generation [M]3 Series (E46)

Just compare the regular E46 3 series with the E46 M3

The E46 has side "gills" on the front fenders. The bonnet/hood is more bumpier and also has quad exhausts. Oh ya...bumpers

That's how i remembered it...hope this helps
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Anyone here know who I can talk to at BMW to get my clutch fixed under warrenty? I have had no luck with the client relations people or the service manager at the dealership. I need to take it to the person that makes the ultimate decision! My car has been in the dealeship for close to 3 weeks!
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Sorry im a new with the M3's. i had mr2s and thats it. wat is the diffrerance between the e46, e36, and the other one. sorry 4 askin a stupid question but im new iwth this car.
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