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|
|E9||1965-1975||2500-3.0 CS/i/L Coupes|
|5 Series Sedan|
|E61||2004-2011||5 Series Wagon|
|6 Series Coupe|
|6 Series Convertible|
|7 Series short wheelbase|
|7 Series long wheelbase|
|E82||2008+||1 Series Coupe|
|Z4 / MZ4 Roadster|
|E86||2006-2008||Z4 / MZ4 Coupe|
|E88||2008+||1 Series Convertible|
|E89||2009+||Z4 Convertible Coupe|
|3 Series Sedan|
|3 Series Touring Wagon|
|3 Series Coupe|
|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|
|5 Series Sedan|
|F11||2011+||5 Series Touring Wagon|
|F12||2012+||6 Series Convertible|
|F13||2012+||6 Series Coupe|
|F20||2013+||1 Series hatchback|
|F22||2014+||2 Series Coupe|
|F23||2014+||2 Series Convertible|
|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|
|i01||2014+||i3 plug-in electric city car|
|i12||2014+||i8 plug-in hybrid sports car|