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BMW Make Overview

Available BMW Models

Passenger Cars

BMW 1 Series Overview
2013 - 2004 (used)
BMW Z3 Overview
2002 - 1996 (used)

SUV/Crossovers

BMW Questions

goowill
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Exactly Where Is Tha Battery Located On A 2011 Year 740i Bmw ?

Location and how I get to it?

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rcvaden
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Does The Ecu Need To Bee Reflashed Before Reconnecting Air Bags. Will They ...

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Prolle
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Overheating

I have a 1996 Bmw, it's overheating ... Can anyone help me?

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philip06
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Is $4500 Too Much For A Bmw 325i With 100k+ Miles On It?

They are asking $4500 but I could probably bring it down to $4000. I'm a college student with only around $1000 extra after buying this for maintenance and insurance with a low income. I don't have ...

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ac342687
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Oil Service Light

How do I check to see what's wrong. Oil is good but yellow light and occasionally red light are on

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Older BMW Models

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BMW History

Started in 1913 in Germany by Karl Rapp, BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) is one of the leading global car manufacturers. Its cars are synonymous with high-quality craftsmanship, superior performance, and excellent tactile response. Originally an aircraft engine manufacturer, BMW retains some of its connections to this root, including the white propeller against a blue sky embedded in its logo.

In 1919, BMW produced its first motorcycle engine, followed in 1923 by the production of the first full motorcycle. In 1927, BMW bought Dixi, a small car manufacturer, and it started producing its own cars in 1933.

BMW has stuck with its "Series" naming convention for decades, an impressive continuous standard. It has added letters to its numbered series to account for the Z roadsters and X SUVs.

The 1 Series was introduced in Europe only, and the associated cars are produced with standard rear-wheel drive. First offered in 2004, the 1 Series came to the U.S. market for the first time in 2008.

For a long time, the 3 Series was the smallest of the BMW Series. It's still known throughout the world as the entry-level car for BMW, and jokes abound about young executives purchasing their first 3 Series as a rite of passage. These small, powerful cars have been successful both in racing and on the road.

The 5 Series represents the midsize BMW and has been a frequent occurrence on the Car and Driver Ten Best list. The M5 can be found among the 5 Series, a very powerful machine.

The 6 Series is an all-coupe line. Temporarily dropped by BMW in 1989 to make way for the 8 Series, the 6 came roaring back in 2003 with such sharp-looking machines as the 4.4-liter, 325-horsepower V8 645ci and the 4.8-liter, 360-horsepower V8 650i.

The 7 Series carries BMW's full-size sedans and is the flagship for the automaker. BMW truly prides itself on its 7 Series models, and rightly so. Recent commercials in the United States show the newest of the line parking itself between stacks of crystal glasses - quite impressive.

The 8 Series seems to be one of BMW's few missteps. Originally produced in 1989, the 8 Series lasted only 10 years, with only 30,621 sold. These cars came with a six-figure pricetag, which many did not feel was worth paying for the heavy automobile.

The Z series was first introduced in the late '80s, but reached ultimate popularity after James Bond drove one in "Golden Eye." These two-seat roadsters remained popular for years after the film.

BMW's entry into the SUV market is represented by the X5 (introduced in 2000) and the X3 (introduced in 2004). These cars are meant to have the commanding view of an SUV while giving the agile ride of a BMW sedan.