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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 02-11-2015, 04:18 PM
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what year is my E30?

When I purchased my 325i vert E30 it was registered as a 1991, but lately I've been doing some research on OEM for parts, when I put in the car VIN it comes back as a 1989!! Any ideas on what the real year my car is - any way to visually identify the year? I'm assuming it was a mistake when it was first registered. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 02-11-2015, 05:10 PM
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isnt it in the drivers door jamb? on a tag with the tire pressure recommendation
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:03 AM
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There is also (probably) a small tag under the bonnet (hood) showing month and year of manufacture
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:25 AM
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Thanks for the help. I guess it came out of the factory in June of 1989 according to the badges inside. I'm taking the car down to the crusher now because its probably stolen! I think I'll just leave the registration alone - I don't want any trouble with the authorities.
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Old 02-12-2015, 10:38 AM
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dont do anything that crazy yet. could always run to the dmv and have them run it. also could check the vin inside the engine compartment to the one in the windshield. if they match there was a typo somewhere, if they dont then have both vins ran.
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Old 02-12-2015, 11:44 AM
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Where is the vin located in the engine compartment? I looked around, but just found the paint badge. The hood was replaced by the PO, so if its there it won't match. Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2015, 11:48 AM
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Thanks for the help. I guess it came out of the factory in June of 1989 according to the badges inside. I'm taking the car down to the crusher now because its probably stolen! I think I'll just leave the registration alone - I don't want any trouble with the authorities.
Destroying someone else's car is probably a felony in and of itself.

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Old 02-12-2015, 11:50 AM
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The 10th digit in the VIN number indicates the model year of the vehicle.

If the 10th digit of the VIN number is the letter "K", then it's a 1989.

If the 10th digit of the VIN number is the letter "M", then it's a 1991.

What is the 10th digit of the VIN number on the vehicle?
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:42 PM
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Its an "L". More confusion!! Real OEM uses the last 7 digits to identify your car and they say its a 1989.
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:54 PM
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I just went out to the garage to inspect an extra crack free dash I have and the VIN plate is still on that. Perhaps the dash was replaced in my current E30 and the PO used that VIN to register it. Where else would the vin be in the engine compartment or body of the car so I can solve this mystery?
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Who said it is stolen?
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Old 02-12-2015, 04:42 PM
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I doubt if it was stolen, but this did happen to me years ago when I was driving a Porsche. The police showed up and inspected my car and wanted to take the whole thing away to pull it apart to find evidence of false VIN numbers, but they couldn't prove anything, but it was not a fun experience. I'm thinking this is a matter of someone switching the dash from a wrecked car out of a junkyard and not getting the registration right.
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Old 02-12-2015, 05:46 PM
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Typos happen all the time. I had a 1975 Dodge coupe I bought in 1976. A couple of years later, my insurance company asked why I was insuring a '68 Chevy wagon as a later model Dodge. The VIN was mistyped. It was the BMV's mistake but I had to get a police inspection to get it corrected.

Look for your emissions sticker under the hood. It will say the year the car was produced along with the engine size.
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Who said it is stolen?


The OP did.

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Thanks for the help. I guess it came out of the factory in June of 1989 according to the badges inside. I'm taking the car down to the crusher now because its probably stolen! I think I'll just leave the registration alone - I don't want any trouble with the authorities.

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Old 02-13-2015, 06:44 AM
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Yes I saw 'probably'. So my question stands - On what FACT is this assumption being made? It would take more than what I have seen here to make me take one of my fleet to the crusher - ignoring the cash loss.
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:47 AM
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But where under the hood? I'll call BavAuto today and ask them.
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I just went out to look on my '87. There isn't an emissions label like on an American car. I did find the VIN stamped onto the body itself. It is stamped onto the cowl panel between the gasket for the hood in the channel just under the passenger side (on U.S. models) wiper arm. The numbers and letters are a good 1/2 inch tall. Why crush a car over what moght be a typographical error?
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:45 AM
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Thanks for the help. I just spoke to BavAuto and they said to look on the driver's side strut tower - the VIN will be stamped in the metal there. JUST KIDDING EVERYONE! Since I've replaced everything between the front diving board and the rear diving board on this E30 its not going to the crusher. Its a brand new car - just venting my frustration. BavAuto says "so what, its still an E30".
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Old 02-13-2015, 02:14 PM
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Why crush a car [stolen from someone else]?
Fixed.
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Old 02-13-2015, 02:16 PM
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Yes I saw 'probably'. So my question stands - On what FACT is this assumption being made? It would take more than what I have seen here to make me take one of my fleet to the crusher - ignoring the cash loss.


The FACT that the op himself said: "its probably stolen!"
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Old 02-26-2015, 02:46 AM
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The first issue was what year the car was.
I could not get my 84 IDd either, as the VIN was too short.
So i gave BMW the engine number and they used that as an identifier.

You live in a strange country
You get caught with a stolen car and have major issues even if you did not steal it.
But at the wreckers they ask no questions ? In most countries the wreckers will have to deregister and not only scrap the car, but also have the paperwork oficcially scrapped.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:04 AM
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Well, I had the expert at the indy garage look it up and since it has an "L" in the VIN (as another poster suggested), it is a 1990. I swapped out the engine, so that number does not match the car (I know the engine came from an '87) He said if the plate on the door jamb said June, 1989 it would have taken until September to get it to the US and logged into the system, so it is a 1990. Perhaps a mixup at the DMV somewhere along the way.

In Florida you must present paperwork to scrap a car. If you take it directly to the crusher, they will require the title and they make you pose for a photograph and produce your driver license so the cops can identify you if anything goes haywire later on. It is different in every state.
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