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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:50 PM
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Best BMW VIN decoder I've seen yet

There are a few ways to pull this info, some free, some not, and most a PITA. But this one at BMW Russia is dead-nuts simple. Give'r a go...

http://www.rubmw.ru/vincode/eng/
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:41 AM
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Good find!

Very detailed and dead nuts accurate for my car right down to the options an upholstery.

Thanks!
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:03 AM
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Thanks for posting. Just pulled mine up.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:38 AM
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Complete description of car and options but horsepower is underrated unless the europeans use a different method for measuring: my '08 535i has 300 hp vs. 225 reported; my '03 Z4 3.0i has 225 hp vs. 170 reported and my '07 750i has 360 hp vs. 270 reported.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:12 AM
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Complete description of car and options but horsepower is underrated unless the europeans use a different method for measuring: my '08 535i has 300 hp vs. 225 reported; my '03 Z4 3.0i has 225 hp vs. 170 reported and my '07 750i has 360 hp vs. 270 reported.
The European numbers are Kilowatts

Here is a converter site:
http://calculator-converter.com/conv...calculator.php
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:10 AM
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Nice that your production date is included too... since I always celebrate my cars' birthdays.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:21 AM
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The discrepancies in engine output is because the the US market measures in hp and the European/Asia standard is in kilowatts (kW). The power conversion is approx 1 hp = 0.746 kW.

I was a bit confused myself when my dealership gave me a print out of my '00 M Roadster's description and options; the printout stated the engine output was around 179 instead of 240. But thank goodness I paid attention in high school physics many many years ago to realize the possible reason for the difference
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:45 AM
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Great to know what options were fitted at manufacture, especially when the vehicle went from the States to Japan and is now in Thailand! Downloaded a manual, but was wondering what of the options were fitted. Now I know. Thanks for the post.

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Old 05-11-2012, 02:11 AM
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That is pretty cool!!
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:07 PM
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Great decoder! I noticed it stated that my car had "Hardtop-Preparation" Just how prepared would that be?

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Old 07-30-2012, 05:31 PM
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Great decoder! I noticed it stated that my car had "Hardtop-Preparation" Just how prepared would that be?

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Might mean that your car was originally ordered with the hardtop. Do you have a rear windscreen defog button in the back portion of the console?
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:20 PM
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I checked it out and it seems pretty accurate except that it showed my upholstery code as LSSW. I have the Extended Leather and that's code LTSW.

Can anyone tell me this means:
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ETA: Never mind, now it shows the upholstery code correctly as VL WALKNAPPA/SCHWARZ (LTSW)
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:55 PM
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Might mean that your car was originally ordered with the hardtop. Do you have a rear windscreen defog button in the back portion of the console?
Nope.
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Great decoder! I noticed it stated that my car had "Hardtop-Preparation" Just how prepared would that be?...
Just noticed this thread, and found my 1997 1.9 also had this. I think it probably means that the car's harness has a receptacle for the hardtop's rear window defroster.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:12 PM
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Great after I looked up both vehicles, Boris and Natasha called and want to know if I know where Moose and Squirrel are located.

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Old 07-30-2012, 10:11 AM
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Dead nuts simple and accurate...

Finally! Thanks for posting this! It is exactly what I've been looking for. It's nice that you only have to enter the serial number portion of the VIN and it gives you all the details. It's amazing to me that BMW doesn't make this information readily available to it's customers. No, instead we have to go to a Russian website to find it. Thanks again!
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:48 PM
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Thanks for posting. Great info. I'm saving my results as a pdf for future reference.

And thanks for the explanation of US horsepower vs EU kilowatts

It's interesting that it's a Russian domain name, however, the server is in Germany. Just a curiosity. This leads me to believe the info is coming directly from a BMW database in Germany. Nice
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:15 AM
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Finally! Thanks for posting this! It is exactly what I've been looking for. It's nice that you only have to enter the serial number portion of the VIN and it gives you all the details. It's amazing to me that BMW doesn't make this information readily available to it's customers. No, instead we have to go to a Russian website to find it. Thanks again!
Dude, you know those Russians and their intel...
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:42 PM
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Might be a dumb question but what is Telematics access request,country-spec?
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Might be a dumb question but what is Telematics access request,country-spec?
Probably BMW Assist (here in the States)--would be my guess
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:42 PM
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awesome thanks.
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How do you sign up, it looks russian to me!!!
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:14 AM
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How do you sign up, it looks russian to me!!!
Use Google Chrome and let it translate for you.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:45 AM
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How do you sign up, it looks russian to me!!!
I just guessed based on layout, standard registration format:

user name

password
confirm password

email address

wait for email, click on link to verify, done...
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How do you sign up, it looks russian to me!!!
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