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Old 02-23-2015, 10:42 PM
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Shed a little light on my prodution date question?

Alright I'm a little confused here...Maybe european cars are different but. I've been selling auto parts for about 20 years of my life and with every car I've come accross, if the vehicle was produced from months 1-6 it was considered that same year production vehicle and months 7-12 was considered the following year production vehicle.

For example if the production date of your car was 03/10 then it was considered a 2010, but if it was produced 10/10 then it was considered a 2011. Is BMW different?

The production date of my car is 08/07. The car is registered as an '07. But shouldn't it be considered an '08???

Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question!!!
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:18 AM
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Went to this web site, http://www.carscoops.com/2015/01/201...ap-for-us.html

which shows the BMW start of production (SOP) of MY2016 cars...it varies by model! Some start in 2/2015, some in 3/2015, some in 4/2015, some in 7/2015, some in 8/2015, some in 11/2015

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Old 02-24-2015, 05:07 AM
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Alright I'm a little confused here...Maybe european cars are different but. I've been selling auto parts for about 20 years of my life and with every car I've come accross, if the vehicle was produced from months 1-6 it was considered that same year production vehicle and months 7-12 was considered the following year production vehicle.

For example if the production date of your car was 03/10 then it was considered a 2010, but if it was produced 10/10 then it was considered a 2011. Is BMW different?

The production date of my car is 08/07. The car is registered as an '07. But shouldn't it be considered an '08???

Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question!!!
My BMW was built 09/07 and is a 2008 model year. I suppose the BMW model year change could be on the cusp of August and September, but I can't find the definitive answer. What does the car's title or lien paperwork say?

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Old 02-24-2015, 07:02 AM
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The production date of my car is 08/07. The car is registered as an '07. But shouldn't it be considered an '08???
A "model year" might span months or years.

Or even decades. I thought a car's model year was pretty much what the car's manufacturer says it was.

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Old 02-24-2015, 07:41 AM
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Thanks for the replies everyone! Yea, my paper works shows it's an '07 so I guess it really doesn't matter what the production date is, only what the paper work says. It just seems odd to me!!!
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A lot has to do with when BMW did the factory turnover in a given year. If the facility had a limited closure for turnaround it is very conceivable that your car could have an 08/2007 build date and still be classified a 2007. Typically, the factories close in August and reopen in September with the new model year being produced. Of course, in a year where LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) occurs, the model year can be very condensed. IIRC: the 2010/2011 split for coupes and convertibles is very short due to LCI.
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A lot has to do with when BMW did the factory turnover in a given year. If the facility had a limited closure for turnaround it is very conceivable that your car could have an 08/2007 build date and still be classified a 2007. Typically, the factories close in August and reopen in September with the new model year being produced. Of course, in a year where LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) occurs, the model year can be very condensed. IIRC: the 2010/2011 split for coupes and convertibles is very short due to LCI.
Good to know, thanks for the info!
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It varies by manufacturer and really doesn't mean anything any more, other than what the manufacturer says. Years ago when I bought my then brand new 2002 Acura TL Type S, its production date was 03/01. So it was made nine months before its actual model year.
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My E92 335i was produced in 4/2010 but is classified as a 2011 model.
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The idea of a "model year" is more a North American phenomenon I think.......

Germans usually just refer to things by production month/year. Kind of like "the E90 330i got the N53 DI engine beginning with 09/2007 production".
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My E92 335i was produced in 4/2010 but is classified as a 2011 model.
A perfect example of the 2010/2011 model year compression due to LCI. The 2010 E92/E93 was produced from 09/2009 through 03/2010. LCI rolled out in early 2010 as the 2011 MY.
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