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BMW Chassis Codes / E Codes / F Codes

Whether you're shopping for BMW parts or a BMW enthusiast, you will see chassis and engine codes pertaining to different models. These codes differentiate the various models even when they share the same name. So a 2001 325i is not confused with a 1995 325i. It's become even more vital with the recent expansion of BMW models and body styles. Understanding your chassis code, and to a certain extent your engine code, will aid in shopping for the correct parts for your car as well as keep you engaged in the BMW ownership experience.

BMW started using these codes in the 1960s as they were planning their next few product cycles. "E" stands for "Entwicklungcode", which is the German translation of "development code". All production models, and even some concept and development projects, get a code with the first production car being the E10 1600/2002 model released in 1966. The E3 sedan has the lowest production code but was released in 1968.

By the late 2000s BMW was running out of E numbers. The last E chassis was the E93 3-series convertible in 2007. BMW logically moved into F codes beginning with the F01/F02 7-series in 2009. But while we had 40 years of E codes, the F chassis lasted barely seven years when the G11 7-series made its debut in 2016. It's not obvious why BMW used up so many F codes so fast, even with the proliferation of new BMW models and body styles. When the "i" hybrid/electric models were released in 2014 they received new I chassis codes, which will make things interesting in 20-25 years when the H chassis codes are used up.

There is no logic to BMW chassis numbers (unlike the engine codes detailed below). The codes run sequentially with new models getting whichever code is available. Sometimes older codes appear after later ones have already been released (product launch delays or longer development times). The E codes used to always refer to the chassis, regardless of body style above it. But beginning in the mid-2000s the varying body styles received their own E code (the E60 sedan and E61 wagon).

The below table includes all past and current BMW models, and also some models that are planned for the immediate future.

For BMW engine codes, click here.

"LCI" refers to Life Cycle Impulse, otherwise known as a facelift. BMW made major revisions to the to freshen the appearance and breathe new life into an older model.

E Chassis Code Production Model
E3 1968-1977 2500-3.3Li Sedan
E9 1965-1975 2500-3.0 CS/i/L Coupes
E12 1972-1981 5 Series
E21 1975-1983 3 Series
E23 1977-1987 7 Series
E24 1977-1989 6 Series
E26 1978-1981 M1
E28 1982-1988 5 Series
E30 1984-1991 3 Series
E31 1990-1998 8 Series
E32 1987-1994 7 Series
E34 1989-1995 5 Series
E36 1992-1999 3 Series
E36/5 1994-1998 318ti (Compact)
E36/7 1997-2002 Z3
E38
E38 LCI
1995-1998
1999-2001
7 Series
E39
E39 LCI
1997-1999
2000-2003
5 Series
E46 1999-2005 3 series
E52 2000-2004 Z8
E53
E53 LCI
2000-2003
2004-2006
X5 SAV
E60
E60 LCI
2004-2006
2007-2010
5 Series Sedan
E61 2004-2011 5 Series Wagon
E63
E63 LCI
2005-2007
2008-2012
6 Series Coupe
E64
E64 LCI
2005-2007
2008-2012
6 Series Convertible
E65
E65 LCI
2002-2004
2005-2009
7 Series short wheelbase
E66
E65 LCI
2002-2004
2005-2009
7 Series long wheelbase
E70
E70 LCI
2007-2010
2010-later
X5 SAV
E71 2007+ X6 SAC
E82 2008+ 1 Series Coupe
E83
E83 LCI
2003-2006
2007-2010
X3 SAV
E84 2009+ X1 SAV
E85
E85 LCI
2003-2005
2006-2008
Z4 / MZ4 Roadster
E86 2006-2008 Z4 / MZ4 Coupe
E88 2008+ 1 Series Convertible
E89 2009+ Z4 Convertible Coupe
E90
E90 LCI
2006-2008
2010-2012
3 Series Sedan
E91
E90 LCI
2006-2008
2010-2012
3 Series Touring Wagon
E92
E92 LCI
2007-2010
2011-2013
3 Series Coupe
E93
E93 LCI
2007-2010
2011-2013
3 Series Convertible
F01 2008+ 7 Series short-wheelbase
F02 2008+ 7 Series long-wheelbase
F06 2012+ 6 Series Gran Coupe
F07 2009+ 5 Series GT
F10
F10 LCI
2010-2013
2014-later
5 Series Sedan
F11 2011+ 5 Series Touring Wagon
F12 2012+ 6 Series Convertible
F13 2012+ 6 Series Coupe
F15 2014+ X5 SAV
F20 2013+ 1 Series hatchback
F22 2014+ 2 Series Coupe
F23 2014+ 2 Series Convertible
F25 2011+ X3 SAV
F26 2014+ X4 SAV
F30
F30 LCI
2012-2015
2016+
3 Series Sedan
3 Series Sedan facelift
F31 2013+ 3 Series Wagon
F32 2014+ 4 Series Coupe
F33 2014+ 4 Series Convertible
F34 2014+ 3 Series Gran Turismo
F36 2015+ 4 Series Gran Coupe
F44 concept 1 Series Gran Turismo
F45 concept 1 Series Active Tourer
F46 concept 1 Series City Car
F47 2016+ X2 SAV
F48 2016+ X1 SAV
F80 2015+ M3 Sedan
F82 2015+ M4 Coupe
F83 2015+ M4 Convertible
F85 2015+ X5
F86 2015+ X6
F87 2017 M2 Coupe
F90 2018 (est.) 5-series
G01 2017 (est.) X3
G02 2016 7-series
G07 2017 (est.) X7(?)
i01 2014+ i3 plug-in electric city car
i12 2014+ i8 plug-in hybrid sports car