Daily Bite Sized BMW Tips – July 2018

BMW drive away protection key

July 30, 2018
The first version of Drive Away Protection was installed on production vehicles 9/93 through 12/93. The purpose of the Drive Away Protection system was to reduce vehicle theft as mandated by the European Insurance Commission to combat theft. Inside the ignition key is a small 15-millimeter-square microchip which verifies a sequence of codes to confirm this particular key is authorized for this particular BMW.

BMW azurite black metallic

July 30, 2018
BMW is one of the first manufacturers to work with Xirallic pigments. This is a special type of pigment which allows for very strong reflection, bringing an added dimension of sparkle to the final paint finish. The colors appear more intense and brilliant. Xirallic is not used for standard production cars. These pigments are only used in Ruby Black metallic and Azurite Black metallic paint finishes, as well as the Brilliant White metallic paint finish.

BMW Alpina B7 wheels

July 29, 2018
The 21-inch signature ALPINA lightweight alloy wheels were created exclusively for the B7 and not shared with any other Alpina models.

BMW M1 1979 interior

July 28, 2018
The BMW M1 did not come equipped with power steering from the factory.


July 27, 2018
The BMW E36 M3 LTW or lightweight was only available for the US market. It weighed 200lbs less than the standard coupe. Weight reduction was achieved by omitting sound insulation, air condition, the radio and the sunroof. The door skins were also aluminum over the standard steel.

BMW E34 factory production

July 26, 2018
The BMW E34 was developed from 1981 to 1987. The exterior design was finalized in 1985. The public unveil was in December 1987.


July 25, 2018
All 67 examples of the E90 M3 CRT models were finished in Frozen Polar Silver paint with Melbourne Red interior and exterior accents.

BMW E28 528e

July 24, 2018
The early model E28 528e featured lowered performance numbers than the 528i which it replaced. Customer complaints led to the sale of the 533i model.

G05 X5 laser headlights

July 23, 2018
G05 X5s equipped with laser light and adaptive LED headlights have a distinctive X shape and signature blue color to differentiate them from models non equipped.

BMW M1 badge

July 22, 2018
The BMW M1 badge featured on the rear deck lid is a vinyl decal.


July 21, 2018
The BMW E24 6 series was introduced at the 1976 Geneva Motor Show. The 6 series was a replacement for the CS model line from 1968.

BMW F82 M4

July 20, 2018
The 5th Generation M3 / M4 engines feature spray on cylinder liners compared to inserted liners to help reduce overall weight.

BMW E34 518g touring

July 19, 2018
The BMW E34 518g It was only produced in 1995 in limited numbers – only 298 units were built, which makes this car the most exclusive model of the E34 ever (aside from Alpina models) and it was exclusively built as a touring model. It was able to run both on conventional gasoline, as well as on natural gas.

BMW E60 M5

July 18, 2018
The BMW E60 M5 is the first M5 model to be featured with side gills, a feature previously seen on M3 and Z3 models.

BMW G05 X5

July 17, 2018
The G05 X5 is the first appearance of optional glass applications for the newly designed transmission selector lever, the Controller, the Start / Stop button in the center console and the audio system control knob.

BMW G05 x5 sport

July 16, 2018
The Fourth Generation G05 X5 is the first BMW model to be optionally equipped with 22 inch wheels on the M sport model.

BMW vanos

July 15, 2018
The fuel-efficiency gain compared with engines without infinitely variable double VANOS can be as much as 10%.

BMW E12 M535i

July 14, 2018
Only 1,410 E12 M535i models were produced.

BMW F90 M5

July 13, 2018
The 4.4-liter V8 engine found in the F90 M5 features M TwinPower Turbo technology with an output increase from the previous generation of 40 hp and 53 lb-ft, this new engine develops 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of peak torque.

BMW E25 turbo concept

July 12, 2018
The BMW E25 Turbo featured radar technology to warn the driver of objects such as curbs and other objects in the cars path, advanced technology for 1972.

E34 M5 convertible

July 11, 2018
BMW created an E34 M5 convertible concept but never ended up unveiling it as originally planned at the 1989 Geneva Motor Show. The rumor was if an E34 convertible was created, it would hinder the sales of the 3 series convertible.

E46 M3 ZCP competition package

July 10, 2018
The E46 M3 Competition Package (ZCP) was first made available to the US market a full year before the rest of the world due to the CSL not being available for sale.

BMW E92 M3 Frozen Gray

July 9, 2018
First introduced by BMW in 2009, "Frozen" paint use silicates in a clear-coat finish as a matting agent to achieve the velvety-matte surface effect. Because of the unique nature of these finishes and the complex production process, they are produced in limited quantities.

BMW E24 630CS

July 8, 2018
In 1979 the carburetted 630 CS was replaced with the 628 CSi this car had a fuel-injected 2.8L engine taken from the E12 528i.

BMW E34 535i

July 7, 2018
126,895 BMW E34 535i models were produced world wide. 43,273 535i’s were made with the 5-speed transmission, while only 6,469 were sold in North America.

BMW E36 M3 interior vader

July 6, 2018
BMW E36 M3 coupe models came standard with cloth interior and suede bolsters for euro models until mid 1997 where leather was then standard. Sedan models always came standard with leather. North American market cars received leather as standard for all models.

BMW E60 M5

July 5, 2018
The optionally equipped rear spoiler on the BMW E60 M5 reduces rear axle lift by 50% compared to the models without.


July 4, 2018
Happy Independance Day!

BMW N54B30 engine

July 3, 2018
For the first time since the 1970s BMW once again offered a petrol with turbo technology in September 2006 with the N54 equipped 335i.

BMW z13 concept

July 2, 2018
The BWM Z13 concept was a vision to strive to become the world’s leader in compact car technology and efficiency for the “city car” market when it debuted in 1993. BMW’s purchase of MINI soon stopped development as the MINI in turn took this spot.

2005 E60 535d

July 1, 2018
In March 2004, BMW was the first manufacturer worldwide to offer maintenance-free diesel particulate filters (found in the 5 series), as well as taking on a leading role in the standard fitting of all diesel models with a filter system.