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Old 01-22-2014, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A thread I'd like to see is a glossary describing some of the more obscure (at least to me) car jargon used in the TTAC comments and elsewhere.

Examples: (Forgive me if I get these numbers/letters wrong)

BMW car codes. what is an E30 vs. an E39? Was there an E31 through E38?

The same goes for Mercedes Benz. What's a W124?

I realize these are for specific model types but I don't know which code equates to which car model or year.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They are generally chassis codes.* If you venture over to Wikipedia.org, you will generally see multi-generation vehicles broken out into their respective chassis codes.* From the BMW 3 Series page (since you brought it up): Contents [*]1 Generations[*]2 E21, First generation, 1975"1983[*]3 E30, Second generation, 1984"1992[*]4 E36, Third generation, 1990"2000[*]5 E46, Fourth generation, 1998-2006[*]6 E90, Fifth generation, 2005"2012[*]7 F30, Sixth generation, 2012"[/list]etc. ps. E39 is a 5-series, Philistine!* :-)
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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All I have to do now is keep Wikipedia open whenever I read the B&B commenting on BMWs or MBs

I knew I would mess up a number/letter combination somehow.

This Philistine will now take his sloping forehead and pronounced Cro-Magnon brow on to other subjects ;-)
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Blackcloud_9 said All I have to do now is keep Wikipedia open whenever I read the B&B commenting on BMWs or MBs I knew I would mess up a number/letter combination somehow. This Philistine will now take his sloping forehead and pronounced Cro-Magnon brow on to other subjects ;-) Most modern web browsers will allow you to highlight a term, right click on it, and search it. *It's even faster than a glossary, and it's always up to date with the latest internet misinformation.
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Blackcloud_9 said All I have to do now is keep Wikipedia open whenever I read the B&B commenting on BMWs or MBs I knew I would mess up a number/letter combination somehow. This Philistine will now take his sloping forehead and pronounced Cro-Magnon brow on to other subjects ;-) Don't feel bad I had an E39 (2002 BMW 530i) and I've often forgotten which "E" it was. It's easier if I just say I had a "5"
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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On Mercedes vehicles, the letter indicates the body style and the three diget number following is the chassis code. Code: * * * * * * Body Style: W * * * * * * * * * Sedan S * * * * * * * * * *Station Wagon R * * * * * * * * * *Roadster C * * * * * * * * * *Coupe X * * * * * * * * * *SUV (There are some weird exceptions to this, W164/W166 are MLs, while the X164/X166 are GLs.) Here are some of the common Mercedes chassis codes: C Class: 201 * * (1982-93) 202 * * (1993-00) 203 * * (2001-07) 204 * * (2008-14) 205 * * (2015- * ) E Class: 120 * * *(1953-62) 121 * * *(1956-62) (Larger engine variant of 120) 110 * * *(1961-68) 114 * * *(1968-76) 115 * * *(1968-76)*(Larger engine variant of 114) 123 * * *(1976-85) 124 * * *(1986-96) 210 * * *(1996-02) 211 * * *(2003-09) 212 * * *(2010- * )
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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S Class: 180 * * * *(1954-57) 128 * * * *(1958-61) 111 * * * *(1959-71) 112 * * * *(1961-67)*(Larger engine variant of 111) 108 * * * *(1965-72) 109 * * * *(1965-72)*(Larger engine variant of 108) 116 * * * *(1972-80) 126 * * * *(1979-92) 140 * * * *(1992-98) 220 * * * *(1999-05) 221 * * * *(2006-13) 222 * * * *(2014- * )
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Here's a more comprehensive listing of the BMW platforms Code Series * Models Years E3 **** 2 2500, 2800, Bavaria, 3.0Si, 3.0CSi, 3.0Li, 3.3Li
1968 - 1977
E6 **** 2 1600, 1800, 2000 touring
1973 - 1975
E9 **** 2 2800CS, 2800CSA, 3.0CS, 3.0CSA, 3.0CSi, 3.0CSiA, 3.0CSL, 2.5CS, 2.5CSA
1965 - 1975
E12 **** 5 518, 520, 520i, 525, 528, 528i, 530i, 530 MLE, 533i, M535i
1972 - 1984
E21 **** 3 315, 316, 318, 318i, 320, 320i, 320/6, 323i
1975 - 1983
E23 **** 7 725i, 728, 728i, 730, 730i, 732i, 733i, 735i, 745i (turbo), 745i (South Africa), L7
1977 - 1986
E24 **** 6 630Cs, 630Csi, 633Csi, M635Csi, M6, L6
1976 - 1989
E25 Concept Turbo
1972
E26 **** 5 M1
1978 - 1981
E28 **** 5 524td, 528e, 533i, 535i, 535is, M5
1982 - 1988
E30 **** 3 318i, 318is, 325, 325e, 325es, 325i, 325is, 325iC, 325ix, M3, Z1
1982 - 1991
E31 **** 8 830Ci, 840Ci, 850i, 850Ci, 850CSi, M8 (Prototype)
1990 - 1999
E32 **** 7 730i, 735i, 735iL, 740i, 740iL, 750iL
1986 - 1994
E34 **** 5 525i, 530i, 535i, 540i, M5, Touring
1987 - 1996
E36 **** 3 318i, 318is, 318ti, 325i, 325is, 325iC, 328i, 328is, 328iC, M3, Z3
1991 - 1999
E38 **** 7 725tds, 728i&iL, 730i&iL, 735i&iL, 730d, 740d, 740i&iL, 750iL
1995 - 2001
E39 **** 5 520i, 520d, 523i, 525i, 525d, 525td, 525tds, 528i, 530i, 530d, 540i, M5
1996 - 2004
E46 **** 3 323i, 325i, 328i, 323Ci, 328Ci, M3
1998 - 2006
E52 **** 8 Z8 roadster
2000 - 2004
E53 **** X5 X5 3.0, X5 3.0d, X5 4.4, X5 4.6is
2000 - 2006
E60 **** 5 520i&d, 523i, 525i&d, 525xi, 530i&d, 530xi&d, 535i, 535xi, 540i, 545i, 550i, M5
2004 - Present
E63 **** 6 630i, 630Ci, 645Ci, 650i, M6
2004 - Present
E64 **** 6 2nd gen 6 series - convertable
2004 - Present
E65 **** 7 730d, 730i, 740i, 745d, 745i, 750i, 760i
2002 - Present
E66 **** 7 730Ld, 730Li, 740Li, 745Li, 750Li, 760Li
2002 - Present
E70 **** X5 2nd gen X5
2007 - Present
E83 **** 3 X3 SAV
2004 - Present
E85 **** Z4 Roadster
2002 - Present
E86 **** Z4 Coupe & M Coupe
2006 - Present
E87 **** 1 116i, 118i, 118d, 120i, 120d, 123d, 128i, 130i, 135i (not for US)
2004 - Present
E90 **** 3 316i, 318i&d, 320i&d, 320si, 323i&d, 325i&d, 328i, 330i&d, 335i&d, M3
2005 - Present
E91 **** 3 5th gen 3 series wagon
2005 - Present
E92 **** 3 5th gen 3 series Coupe
2006 - Present
E93 **** 3 5th gen 3 series Convertible
2007 - Present
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The internet is your friend while reading TTAC. Keep the B-body straight from the Panther Platform from the M-body.*

Heck with the way Jack Baruth writes I find myself looking up his cultural references because although we are of similar ages I sometimes find his references escaping me. But that merely gives me a chance to broaden my own mind.*
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