View Full Version : BMW: Made in China ?

03-28-2003, 02:34 PM


03-28-2003, 03:33 PM
Perhaps for the asian market.. but definately not north american

03-28-2003, 03:37 PM
that's what i was thinking too ...

Bob Loblaw
03-28-2003, 04:36 PM
Yep, that's what the article says:

"The joint venture in China is a crucial step for the BMW Group", said Dr. Panke. "This will allow us to consistently expand and strengthen our position in one of the most important automobile markets of the future. We will offer authentic premium products to our customers in China (...)"

03-28-2003, 06:24 PM
I entered the last 7 digits (1643910) in the BMW VIN decoder, and it came up with this:

Chassis number 1643910
Vehicle code GB43
Series E32
Model 735i
Body type saloon
Catalog model USA
Production date 1987 / 04
Engine M30
Transmission Automatic
Steering Left
Catalyzer YES

03-28-2003, 07:06 PM
wasabi: sweet ! :D what is BMW VIN decoder ? yea, i got that pic from ebay, then p'shoped it :D

03-28-2003, 07:21 PM
arent all bmws made in germany or usa? now theres china !

03-28-2003, 07:23 PM
hahaha, busted :P ,I had a feeling it was chopped! "CHINA" was too straight and bigger font. :D

btw that's an I not 1 right? so here it is.
Chassis number I643910
Vehicle code BE53
Series E36
Model 318is ( 318isM42 )
Body type coupe
Catalog model USA
Production date 1991 / 11
Engine M42
Transmission Manual
Steering Left
Catalyzer YES

I looked for that pic in that link and couldn't find it, lol. The BMW VIN decoder is a short program somebody wrote to help decipher the last seven digits of your VIN number and give you some info like what you see above.