This weekend saw over 60 5 series cars at the Annual St. Patrick’s Day gathering for a bunch of guys and girls who feel much like I do – the best BMW Series over the years has been the 5 series. It has great lines, is available in various formats and power ranges, and is the most versatile of the BMWs. It was a great event organized by one of my customers and I got to see some great cars and to show off my latest project . . .
While at your BMW Service Center you might have overhead a lot of “e” words, and possibly some “f” and “s” words, but terms such as e36, e60 and e28 have a distinct meaning to BMW technicians and enthusiasts. For instance, if you have a 2003 330i, it is termed an e46. These ‘e’ terms are used to identify BMW Body style design depending on the look and year of your BMW. E is short for “Entwicklung” which is the German word for development, or to link the ‘e’, evolution.
If all these terms are Greek to you, here is a list that should prove helpful in determining the code name of your BMW.