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Thread: Identifying Correct "Model Year" E30

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    Houston, TX
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    1988 BMW M3, 2019 BMW M5

    Identifying Correct "Model Year" E30

    I recently purchased a 1988 M3 and couldn't be more excited to join the community! After doing some digging on one of the many VIN decoder websites, it looks like the Production Date is 11/21/1988... This has me wondering if this is actually a 1989 "Model Year" vehicle with the production date being that late into 1988? The vehicle has 1988 listed on the title with the previous owner, but I'm wondering if it was an oversight on their end before titling it.

    VIN: WBSAK050801894551

    Thanks in advance for any insight you guys can provide!

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    Feb 2009
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    1998 e36
    if it says on the Title 1988 then it is 1988 model year.

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    Milwaukee, WI
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    1989 325ix
    Funny, my ix lists 10/88 production on the frame and is titled 89 🤷🏼

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    richardodn is offline Old Guy BMW CCA Member
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    Lakewood, CO
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    08 X3 3.0si, 12 X3 35iX
    Although generally model year production starts September of the previous year, that's not a law. It wouldn't surprise me if BMW had continued production of the 88 until they were ready for the refresh in 89. Here's some year by year history.
    "Howdy, Folks!"

    1986 Delphin 528e - Has led a hard life, 290k and still alive.
    1989 Zinnoberrot 325iX Sedan - My winter snowmobile. (Deceased)
    1998 Avus Blau 328iC - My topless summer girl.
    1999 Audi A4 Avant Quattro - I hate this car. Why won't it die?
    2008 Platinum-Beige X3 3.0si - Current project
    2012 Alpine White X3 xDrive35i - My new snowmobile.

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    Regina, Sask, Canada
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    82 320i 89 325i
    if it was sold and spec'd during the 88 model year it would have the 88 title even if it had a late build date. a number of the cars sold were ordered months ahead.

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