BMW Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,990
#2 Robert Charlson
Robert Charlson
Reputation 1,930
#3 Michael Branan
Michael Branan
Reputation 1,390
View All

BMW Make Overview

Available BMW Models

Passenger Cars

BMW 1 Series Overview
2013 - 2004 (used)
BMW 2 Series Overview
2015 - 2014 (announced)
View 2 Series questions
2014 BMW i3 Overview
2014 (announced)
Read the CarGurus Preview
View i3 questions
2015 BMW i8 Overview
2015 (announced)
Read the CarGurus Preview
View i8 questions
BMW M4 Overview
2015 - 2014 (announced)
Read the CarGurus Preview
View M4 questions
2015 BMW X4 Overview
2015 (announced)
Read the CarGurus Preview
View X4 questions
BMW Z3 Overview
2002 - 1996 (used)


BMW X5 M Overview
2013 - 2010 (used)

BMW Questions


Replace 2005 530i Transmission?

I have a 2005 BMW 530i and the transmission has failed. Repairing it will cost anywhere from $3,500-7K. It has 75K miles on it. I need advice. Should I spend the money to rebuild/replace the transmiss...

7 views with 2 answers (last answer 10 hours ago)

My Indicator Light Came On With The Abs Light And The Brake Light. Someone ...

Indicator Light is on, with ABS and brake light.

8 views with 1 answer (last answer 14 hours ago)

Stumped 1996 Bmw 328is

ok so i have a 1996 bmw 328is has a good battery but wont stay charged that's one problem but the car wont run and when it does run it runs like it is miss firing but ive done a compression test and...

18 views with 4 answers (last answer 14 hours ago)

Will Stabil Harm My Fuel Injection Or Turbo System?

With fuel additives reportedly causing build up in systems and gas tanks, should I be preemptive and use some type of gas additive? 535Xi 2008

9 views with 2 answers (last answer 18 hours ago)

How To Open A Stuck Hood

Pull on hood release. But latches won't release.

13 views with 2 answers (last answer 20 hours ago)

Older BMW Models

BMW 1602 BMW 1M BMW 2002
BMW 8 Series BMW Isetta BMW M1

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.