Daily Bite Sized BMW Tips – July 2016


July 31, 2016
From September 2000 production, there was a modification done to the exterior door handles of the BMW E46. The modified door handles when pulled, fold upward instead of straight out as previous. 

July 30, 2016
95% of the materials used to produce a BMW i3 can be recycled keeping with the green theme of the car.

BMW E53 X5

July 29, 2016
The BMW E53 X5 was first developed when BMW owned Landrover and used its offroad management technology.

BMW E34 540i

July 28, 2016
The 1993 BMW E34 540i was the first time a 6 speed manual was available in a 5 series.

BMW F10 5 series

July 27, 2016
Every BMW model has the fuel door on the right hand side as an added safety feature. If you run out of fuel on the side of the road BMW would rather you fill it up on the safer, non traffic side (sorry right hand drive countries).


July 26, 2016
The BMW E46 M3 CSL was only available in two colors: Silver Grey Metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic.

BMW i3 Interior door panel hemp

July 25, 2016
The BMW i3 features door panels made of hemp, which when mixed with plastic helps lower the weight of each panel by about 10% helping to increase range.

BMW Z3 M coupe

July 24, 2016
The Z in BMW Z cars originally stood for Zukunft (German for future).

BMW E85 Z4 aluminum hood

July 23, 2016
The BMW E85 Z4 has an aluminum hood over a traditional steel hood to help reduce weight and lower the center of gravity.

BMW Dual clutch transmission

July 22, 2016
The double clutch transmission found in the BMW F8X M3 / M4 is 26.4 lbs (12kg) lighter than that found in the outgoing E9X M3.

BMW E52 Z8

July 21, 2016
The BMW E52 Z8 shared the same S62 engine as found in the BMW E39 M5.

BMW E46 catalytic converter headers

July 20, 2016
The BMW E46 features the catalytic converters mounted on the headers, this allows them to come up to operating temperature quicker, improving emission efficiency.

BMW M4 interior

July 19, 2016
The BMW F8X M3 / M4 models are the first M cars in history to switch from hydraulic power steering to electric power steering.

BMW E36 M3 hellrot

July 18, 2016
The Euro spec BMW E36 M3 engine has 80 more hp than the USA spec version, however 0 - 62mph (100kph) times differ only by .1 seconds.

BMW E84 Z4 Roadster

July 17, 2016
The BMW E85 Z4 seat base is 10mm (.39in) lower than the E46 to achieve a typical roadster seating position.

BMW M Motorsport stripe colors

July 16, 2016
The BMW motorsport division started in 1972 with only 8 employees.


July 15, 2016
Altogether there are 5.72lbs (2.59kg) less unsprung weight on the E46 than the outgoing E36 in the front suspension which enhances ride comfort and handling.

BMW M52 engine

July 14, 2016
The M52's crankshaft of the 2.5 liter engine is made from cast iron. The 2.8 liter engine uses a forged steel crankshaft to handle the higher torque.


July 13, 2016
The BMW E36 M3 LTW (lightweight) has aluminum door skins to help reduce weight from the standard model.

BMW E28 M5

July 12, 2016
The BMW E28 M5 used a modified E26 M1 engine (M88) making it the fastest production sedan of its time.

bmw e46 m3 csl

July 11, 2016
A total run of only 1,383 BMW E46 M3 CSLs were produced between June and December of 2003.

BMW M1 1978

July 10, 2016
The BMW E26 M1 was the first M car available to the public, unveiled at the Paris auto show in 1978.

BMW E30 M30 DTM Racing

July 9, 2016
The BMW M3 is the most successful touring and grand touring car to have ever participated in racing.


BMW E30 318is

July 8, 2016
The BMW E30 318is (US spec) was only manufactured in 1991 and only came in manual transmission.



July 7, 2016
Only 453 BMW E26 M1’s were built making it the lowest production M car ever.


BMW E46 front crash

July 6, 2016
The BMW E46 is 1.8 times more able to absorb energy in a 40mph offset front crash than the BMW E36.