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How to Identify a BMW Engine


Identifying the engine on your BMW assists you if you need to replace the engine or various parts of your power plant or have them repaired. It will also aid the mechanic or other person looking for your parts if you have given them the complete engine code and VIN number.

While the identification codes are a series of numbers and letters and may seem confusing, breaking down the codes into their meanings also pays off.

Step 1

Find the identification code for the engine and power plant of your BMW. Each engine has a special place for this code as determined by the factory.