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Stephen Vaughan

Engine Light On But No Loss Of Power

Check engine light came on my E60 520 D brought to my mechanic,at first thought it was DPF but checked EGR valve.It along with manifold was gunked up with crap, cleaned and refitted,drove for 50km a...

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Rob Detwiler

Windows Wont Go Up Or Down

Windows wont go up or down. Only work sometimes every cpl of days. They are stuck half way down. Sunroof works fine but all windows wont go down or up. Only sometimes. Dont hear a motor when tryin...

2 views with 1 answer (last answer 22 hours ago)

Hello, I Am Looking At Buying A 2004 Or 2005 Bmw 330ci Convertible. Does An...

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Winter Tires For Canadian Winter On A Rwd Vehicle

Hi I purchased a 2014 BMW 320i RWD with sports package. I do a lot of highway driving which is why I am a little bit concerned with winter driving. I am shopping around for winter tires and so far t...

12 views with 3 answers (last answer about a day ago)

Starting Problems

my bmw 05 x5 has starting issues latlely , sometimes it cranks and sometimes it doesnt , we checked the battery , fuses, fuel pump and they all seem to be working good. so we replaced the fuel relay s...

7,214 views with 10 answers (last answer 2 days ago)

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BMW Overview

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.