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BMW chassis codes—what do they mean? You probably have seen it on our site in application guides or diagram sites such as RealOEM or bimmercat.

The BMW chassis code, sometimes known as BMW manufacturer code or BMW model code, can tell you a lot about your particular BMW, which is especially important when specific replacement parts are only designed for a specific chassis or body type. There are occasional model years that may cross over with each other. For example, in 1999, there was an E36 3 series and E46 3 series on the market simultaneously. Knowing your particular chassis code is important on these types of splits when choosing replacement parts.


Historically, BMW chassis codes always started with an “E,” which stands for Entwicklung, a German word for development. For some time, these were known as "BMW E Codes." Over time, BMW phased out “E codes” for codes that start with “F,” and now they have moved to "G". 

If you don’t know your chassis code, you can easily determine it with the last seven digits of the VIN on RealOEM. This will give you basic information, including chassis code, engine, production date, and production code. For further vehicle information, we recommend using bimmercat, which will give you further information, including installed factory equipment and helpful parts diagrams. This is a particularly useful resource when it comes to selecting parts that fit vehicles with specific option codes.

Below are BMW chassis code charts that cover all of the models sold in the United States from 1965 straight through to today. 

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BMW 1 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
E82 128i, 135i, 1M Coupe 2008-2013
E88 128i Convertible, 135i Convertible 2008-2013

 

BMW 2 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
F22 230i, M240i 2014+
F23 230i Convertible, M240i Convertible 2015+
F44 228i Gran Coupe, M235i Gran Coupe 2020+
F87 M2, M2 Competition, M2 CS 2016+

 

BMW 3 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
E21 315, 316, 318, 318i, 320, 320i, 323i 1975-1983
E30 318i, 318is, 325, 325e, 325es, 325i, 325is, 325iC, 325ix, M3, Z1 1982-1991
E36 318i, 318is, 318ti, 325i, 325is, 325iC, 328i, 328is, 328iC, M3, Z3 1991-1999
E46 323i, 325i, 328i, 323Ci, 328Ci, M3 1998-2006
E90 316i, 318i, 320i, 320iT, 320d, 320dT, 325i, 325iT, 325xi, 325xiT, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330iT, 330xi, 330xiT, 330d, 330dT, 330xd, 330xdT, 335i, 335d, M3 2005-2011
E91 316i, 318i, 320i, 320d, 320d, 325i, 325i, 325xi, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330i, 330xi, 330xi, 330d, 330d, 330xd, 330xd, 335i, 335d 2006-2011
E92 320i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335is, 335xi, 320d, 325d, 330d, 335d, 330xd, M3 2006-2013
E93 318i, 320i, 320d, 325i, 325d, 330i, 330d, 335i, 335is, M3 2007-2013
F30 320i, 328i, 328d, 330e, 330i, 335i, 340i 2012-2018
F31 316d, 318d, 320i, 320d, 328i, 330d 2012-2018
F34 318d, 320i, 320d, 328i, 330d, 335i, 335d, 340i 2014-2018
F80 M3 2014-2018
G20 330i, 330e, M340i 2019+
G21 330i, 330e 2019+
G80 M3, M3 Competition 2021+

 

BMW 4 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
F32 428i, 430i, 435i, 440i 2014-2020
F33 428i, 430i, 435i, 440i 2014-2020
F36 420i, 428i, 435i 2015-2020
F82 M4, M4 GTS, M4 CS 2015-2018
F83 M4, M4 GTS, M4 CS 2015-2018
G22 430i, M440i 2021+
G23 430i, 440i 2021+
G82 M4 2021+
G83 M4 2021+

 

BMW 5 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
E12
518, 520, 520i, 525, 528, 528i, 530i, 530 MLE, 533i, M535i
1972-1984
E28 524td, 528e, 533i, 535i, 535is, M5 1982-1988
E34 525i, 530i, 535i, 540i, M5, Touring 1987-1996
E39 520i, 520d, 523i, 525i, 525d, 525td, 525tds, 528i, 530i, 530d, 540i, M5 1996-2004
E60 520i, 520Li, 520d, 523i, 523Li, 525i, 525d, 525xi, 525Li, 530i, 530d, 530Li, 530xi, 530xid, 535i, 535xi, 535Li, 540i, 545i, 550i, M5 2003-2010
E61 520d, 520i, 523i, 525d, 525i, 525xd, 525xi, 530d, 530i, 530xd, 530xi, 535d, 545i, 550i, M5 2003-2010
F07 535i Gran Turismo, 550i Gran Turismo 2009-2016
F10 528i Sedan, 535i Sedan, 550i Sedan, M5 2010-2016
G30 530i, 530e, 540i, M550i 2017+
F90 M5 2018+

 

BMW 6 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
E24 630Cs, 630Csi, 633Csi, M635Csi, M6, L6 1976-1989
E63 630i, 630Ci, 645Ci, 650i, M6 2004-2010
E64 630i, 630Ci, 645Ci, 650i 2004-2010
F06 640i, 650i, M6 2013-2018
F12 640i, 650i, M6 2012-2018
F13 640i, 650i, M6 2012-2018
G32 640i, 640d 2018+
G33 640i, 640d 2018+

 

BMW 7 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
E23 725i, 728, 728i, 730, 730i, 732i, 733i, 735i, 745i 1977-1986
E32 730i, 735i, 735iL, 740i, 740iL, 750iL 1986-1994
E38 725tds, 728i&iL, 730i&iL, 735i&iL, 730d, 740d, 740i&iL, 750iL 1995-2001
E65 730d, 730i, 740i, 745d, 745i, 750i, 760i 2002-2008
E66 730Ld, 730Li, 740Li, 745Li, 750Li, 760Li 2002-2008
F01 740i, 750i, ActiveHybrid 750i, ALPINA B7 2008-2015
F02 740Li, 750Li, ActiveHybrid 750Li, 760Li, ALPINA B7 LWB 2008-2015
G11 740i, 750i, ALPINA B7 2016+
G12 740Li, 750Li, M760Li, ALPINA B7 LWB 2016+

 

BMW 8 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
E31 830Ci, 840Ci, 850i, 850Ci, 850CSi, M8 Prototype 1990-1999
E52 Z8 Roadster 2000-2004
G14 840i, 850i 2019+
G15 840i, 850i 2019+
G16 840i, 850i 2019+
F91 M8 2019+
F92 M8 2019+
F93 M8 2019+

 

BMW X1 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
E84 X1 xDrive28i, X1 xDrive35i 2009-2015
F48 X1 xDrive28i 2016+

 

BMW X2 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
F39 X2 xDrive28i, X2 M35i 2018+

 

BMW X3 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
E83 X3 2.5i, X3 3.0i, X3 xDrive 3.0i 2003-2010
F25 X3 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive35i 2011-2017
G01 X3 xDrive30e, X3 xDrive30i, X3 M40i 2018+
F97 X3M 2020+

 

BMW X4 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
F26 X4 xDrive28i, X4 xDrive35i, X4 M40i 2014-2018
G02 X4 xDrive30i, X4 M40i 2019+
F98 X4M 2020+

 

BMW X5 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
E53 X5 3.0i, X5 4.4i, X5 4.6is, X5 4.8is 2000-2006
E70 X5 3.0si, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive35d, X5 4.8i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M 2007-2013
F15 X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive40d, X5 xDrive50i 2014-2018
F85 X5 M 2014-2019
G05 X5 xDrive40i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M50i, X5 xDrive45e 2019+
F95 X5 M 2020+

 

BMW X6 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
E71 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M 2009-2013
F16 X6 sDrive35i, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i 2014-2019
F86 X6 M 2014-2019
G06 X6 sDrive40i, X6 xDrive40i, X6 xDrive50i 2020+
F96 X6 M 2020+

 

BMW X7 Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
G07 X7 xDrive40i, X7 xDrive50i 2019+

 

BMW Z Series Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
Z1 Z1 1989-1991
Z3 Z3 1.9, Z3 2.3, Z3 2.5, Z3 2.8, Z3 2.8i, Z3 3.0, Z3 M 1997-2002
E52 Z8, ALPINA Z8 2000-2004
E85 Z4 2.5i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si, Z4 M 2003-2008
E86 Z4 2.5i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si, Z4 M 2003-2008
E89 Z4 sDrive28i, Z4 sDrive30i, Z4 sDrive35i, Z4 sDrive35is 2009-2016
G29 Z4 sDrive30i, Z4 sDrive40i, Z4 MDrive40i 2020+

 

Additional BMW Chassis Codes

Chassis Code Model Model Years
E3 2500, 2800, Bavaria, 3.0Si, 3.0CSi, 3.0Li, 3.3Li 1968-1977
E6 1600, 1800, 2000 Touring 1973-1975
E9 3.0CSi, 3.0CSiA, 3.0CSL, 2.5CS, 2.5CSA 1965-1975
E26 M1 1978-1981

If you have questions about the BMW chassis code designations, leave them in the comments section below. 

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Written by :
Gareth Foley

Gareth is the BMW Catalog Manager for FCP Euro and has been with the company since 2012. Gareth's BMW obsession started with a hand me down E39 528i when he was 17. From this car he learned how to do his own repair work while also learning more about BMW. When Gareth was at CCSU studying Marketing he had the opportunity to go to SEMA with the college car club. This is where he developed his love of the automotive industry. Since joining FCP in 2012 Gareth has sought out to develop one of the broadest and most accurate BMW replacement parts catalog. he can be reached at gareth1@fcpeuro.com


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