Daily Bite Sized BMW Tips – February 2018

BMW E36 M3 sedan interior

February 28, 2018
All US spec BMW E36 M3 sedan models came equipped with electric seats as standard.

BMW E24 635CSi

February 27, 2018
The Euro E24 M635CSi model was offered with the same paint colors as the standard E24 lineup with none being unique to the Motorsport model. In the US market, the M6 only came in Black, Cinnabar Red or Royal Blue. Some special order colors have been documented however. The Canadian market only had Alpine white and Lachs Silver as color options.

BMW E34 M5 mtech mirrors

February 26, 2018
From 1992 onwards, customers had the option to order Mtech mirrors on the E34 M5 model. Although these were similar in design to the E36 M3 mirrors they are not interchangeable.

BMW G12 7 series

February 25, 2018
BMW was able to reduce the weight of the G12 7 series body structure by approximately 40 kg / 88 lbs compared to the outgoing F02 model due to the use of lightweight materials.

BMW E36 M3 sedan estoril blue

February 24, 2018
The trunk mounted 6 CD changer was standard on all E36 M3 models equipped with the Harman Kardon premium audio package.

BMW E12 M535i

February 23, 2018
The first BMW Motorsport vehicle to be based on a production model sedan is the South African 1976 E12 530i MLE (Motorsport Limited Edition), a precursor to the first ever M5 introduced in the E28 model (also introduced before the BMW M1).

BMW E46 M3 UK Silverstone blue Estoril blue

February 22, 2018
A limited edition of 50 BMW E46 M3 coupes (plus one press car) with BMW Individual paint and interior trim were quietly produced for the UK market during late 2004. Available with either the six-speed manual (30 produced) or six-speed SMG II (20 produced) transmissions. These vehicles all received Silverstone metallic paint with Estoril Blue leather interior. The interior was additionally equipped with silver Aluminum Cube trim and black floor mats with Dark Estoril Blue leather edges.

BMW M4 GTS door panel carbon

February 21, 2018
The BMW M4 CS & M4 GTS feature door panels made from compacted carbon fiber strands, not only does this make the door panel renewable (since carbon occurs naturally in nature) these panels are considerably lighter than conventional door panels. This is different from traditional weaved carbon fiber fabric.

BMW E36 M3 1994 dakar yellow

February 20, 2018
Up to 6 additional keys may be ordered as replacement keys for vehicles with the EWS anti theft control module (E36 9/93-8/99, the system links the door lock switch to the DME and OBC). 4 keys have been delivered with the vehicle and 6 are available from BMW for replacement.

BMW E31 850CSi

February 19, 2018
The BMW E31 850CSi was developed by the BMW M division although not officially branded as a M car.

BMW i3, Z13 and E1

February 18, 2018
There are many similarities between the E1, Z13 and i3 models when looking at BMW‚Äôs effort to make a practical ‚Äúcity car‚ÄĚ. The overall proportions and materials used to keep weight down and maximize efficiency can be seen with each model. The BMW i3 was the only model of the 3 to make it into production.

bmw e23 7 series

February 17, 2018
The BMW E23 7 series was initially produced in Munich and Dingolfing. As from December 1982, the E23 rolled off the assembly line only in Dingolfing, like all subsequent BMW 7 series models.

BMW M1 M88 engine

February 16, 2018
The BMW M1 motor, M88/1, has a 9:1 compression ratio, has a peak HP of 277 at 6500 rpm and max torque of 239 lb ft at 5500 rpm.

BMW G12 7 series rear seats

February 15, 2018
Extensive massage functions are available in the G12 7 series for the front seats option code (4T7) and rear seats option code (4T6). 8 different massage programs can be used to activate or relax muscles or relieve the strain on the back. It is possible to choose between 3 different intensity levels.

BMW E28 M535i

February 14, 2018
The BMW E28 M535i never carried the 535i designation on the vehicle.

BMW E36 M3 coupe dakar yellow

February 13, 2018
The BMW E36 M3 coupe sits 1.2 inches lower than the standard E36 coupe.


February 12, 2018
BMW did not manufacture a direct replacement for the M30 engine, effectively the V8 M60 and straight-6 M50 (smaller capacity than the M30, but with DOHC) took over from the M30.

BMW Z3 mcoupe

February 11, 2018
The BMW M Coupe is often referred to by a number of nicknames, these include "the Clown Shoe", "the Turnschuh" (running shoe in German) and "the Breadvan‚ÄĚ.

BMW M4 GTS m carbon compound wheels

February 10, 2018
The BMW M4 GTS features an optional wheel package with the world’s first series-produced vehicle featuring CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) / aluminum-composite construction. These wheels save around 15.4 lbs (7 kgs) from the standard M4.


February 9, 2018
The BMW E46 M3 CSL and ZCP/CS (Competition Package) models benefit from a quicker steering ratio of 14.5:1 compared the standard spec E46 M3 with 15.4:1. This provides a much more direct response and steering behavior.


February 8, 2018
The Z4 M shares the same engine as the BMW E46 M3, but due to gearing differences the Z4 M is marginally slower than the M3.

BMW E28 M535i

February 7, 2018
BMW did not import the E28 M535i to North America for two reasons: 1) the M brand had not yet been established in North America at the time and thus held little value with the consumer and 2) the price of adapting the M-Technic body panels to fit the contours of the government-mandated bumpers was too costly.

S42B20 320is super Tourenwagen E36

February 6, 2018
The BMW S42B20 motor was based on the M42 and features a dry sump oil system and an all carbon intake manifold and valve cover. These motors were used in the E36 320is Super Tourenwagen Cup.

BMW E30 M3 sport evo interior

February 5, 2018
The BMW E30 M3 North American models had standard H shift pattern while Euro Spec versions featured a dogleg gear box.

BMW E12 5 series

February 4, 2018
While being commended for its acceleration and build-quality, the BMW E12 528i was criticized for unpredictable handling and excessive body roll.


February 3, 2018
Joji Nagashima is best known for the exterior designs of the E36 and E90 versions of the BMW 3 Series, the E39 version of the BMW 5 Series, and the Z3 Roadster.

BMW E21 interior

February 2, 2018
All US spec BMW E21's were fitted with a Getrag 4 speed manual gearbox as standard and Getrag 5 speed as optional. 1980 introduced the Getrag 5-speed overdrive gearbox as standard and a 3-speed auto version obtained from ZF.

BMW M3 M4 S55 crank case

February 1, 2018
The F80 M3 & F82 M4 S55 engine features a six-cylinder engine with a closed-deck crank design, which increases rigidity and allows cylinder pressures to be increased for maximized power output. A fully closed deck design uses a different casting process that takes longer to manufacture and weighs more than open or semi open crank cases.