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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 04-29-2013, 06:21 AM
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What do "C" and "I" mean? 330CI

If "I" means fuel injection, it is nice to know, because I hate cleaning carburators.
If "C" means car, it is useful info too. Do all BMW motorcycles nave letter "M" in model #?
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:23 AM
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i=fuel injected

ci=coupe, fuel injected

cic=coupe, fuel injected, convertible
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:25 AM
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i=fuel injected

ci=coupe, fuel injected

cic=coupe, fuel injected, convertible
Thanks.
Which year was the last one for carburated model? 83?
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:51 AM
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Which year was the last one for carburated model?
Long time ago for sure.
That "I" is not very informative nowadays when all have it.
Almost as usefull would be putting "4W" mark on all which have 4 wheels.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:16 AM
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Thanks.
Which year was the last one for carburated model? 83?
The last carbureted BMW sold in the US was a 2002, back in '73 or so.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:23 AM
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325i = 4 door sedan

325Ci = 2 door Coupe

325CiC = Convertible

325ti = Touring (wagon)

No carbs for the last 40 years....
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:36 AM
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Long time ago for sure.
That "I" is not very informative nowadays when all have it.
Almost as usefull would be putting "4W" mark on all which have 4 wheels.
i=gasoline, as opposed to d=diesel. A car with no lettering (like the E30 325 which is essentially a 325e) would confuse some people because then they won't know if it was a gas or diesel.

Of course, the "C" for coupe was dropped for the E90 because most people can tell how many doors a car has just by looking (and the word "coupe" has become meaningless due to the MB CLS and others that have followed).
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:44 AM
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i=gasoline, as opposed to d=diesel. A car with no lettering (like the E30 325 which is essentially a 325e) would confuse some people because then they won't know if it was a gas or diesel.

Of course, the "C" for coupe was dropped for the E90 because most people can tell how many doors a car has just by looking (and the word "coupe" has become meaningless due to the MB CLS and others that have followed).
Sure, but diesels have their d for making the difference.
And they also have fuel injectors.
Anyway owner should know what he have, even without checking what it says in rear, and others don't need to know all details.

Ofcourse BMW may mark their cars any way they want, but they could optionally use bit thought also.
I would also like if number told clearly what engine car has, they used to be exact back in old times, but then their system got bit messed.

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Old 04-29-2013, 08:24 AM
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Wikipedia has a more complete list.
X is all-wheel drive, d is diesel, etc.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:35 AM
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I would also like if number told clearly what engine car has, they used to be exact back in old times, but then their system got bit messed.
How far back are you talking? An E30 325e had a 2.7L motor, which was the same engine as the E28 528e, while the E30 325i had a 2.5L motor. Then there was the E23 745i with either a 3.2L or 3.4L turbo.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:37 AM
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How far back are you talking? An E30 325e had a 2.7L motor, which was the same engine as the E28 528e, while the E30 325i had a 2.5L motor. Then there was the E23 745i with either a 3.2L or 3.4L turbo.
Oh... well... i'm afraid you're right they were never all exact... sorry...
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:53 AM
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And 323 cars have 2.5 engines. How smart is that?
That shouldn't be a problem, I am thinking about buying 850 badge...
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:14 AM
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And 323 cars have 2.5 engines. How smart is that?
That shouldn't be a problem, I am thinking about buying 850 badge...
about e46...

-2001 316= 1,9liter
2001- 316 = 1,8liter
-2001 318 = 1,9liter
2002- 318 = 2,0liter
-2000 320 = 2,0liter
2000- 320 = 2,2liter
-2000 323 = 2,5liter
2001- 325 = 2,5liter
-2000 328 = 2,8liter
2000- 330 = 3,0liter

Some of them actually are what they say.
Ok, yes, i know they wanted to cheat bit in those low end models, because don't want to be slower than some low end VWs or Toyotas.

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Old 04-29-2013, 07:14 PM
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i actually thought that i = inline
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:59 AM
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Touring nomenclature

Wagons are 325iT.
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325i = 4 door sedan

325Ci = 2 door Coupe

325CiC = Convertible

325ti = Touring (wagon)

No carbs for the last 40 years....
Tourings are 325iT.

And have some carbs Bob, they keep your energy up.
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in 05 the CiC was only a Ci... guess it's easy enough to see it's a convertible , but then I can see it's a coupe also and they were all injected... soooooooooo a better question would be what is the point of the letters.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:15 PM
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in 05 the CiC was only a Ci... guess it's easy enough to see it's a convertible , but then I can see it's a coupe also and they were all injected... soooooooooo a better question would be what is the point of the letters.
Your car`s *Official Nomenclature* is "325CiC", regardless of it`s badge designation....

The system began evolving in the 1970s, when they started transitioning away from carburetors, and the model lines were expanding rapidly.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:43 AM
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325ti = Touring (wagon)
While others have pointed out that the 325iT was the wagon, you forget the non-USA mutant "compact" E46 "ti".

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