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SebSter
10-29-2004, 07:48 PM
I always thought it meant automatic. But the sticker on my door says mine is a 325iX/A and its a 5spd, plus my friend was telling me thats not what it means but he wasnt sure what it did mean.

Anyone?

vertakul
10-29-2004, 07:59 PM
maybe it started off as an automatic and someone swapped the tranny.. A is for automatic ..

Jim .E.
10-30-2004, 07:09 PM
there was a 325iA for sale in the trader...and it was tiptronic...

Understated
10-30-2004, 07:48 PM
wtf?...tiptronic 325i?..what year?(can't be e36 :confused:)

but yeah as far as i am concerned iAs are Auto trannys

i think in ur case the A just a model # or some sh!t....as long as it's not a 325ia...

i don't think 325xia's exist(ed), or 330xia's for that matter..

FastM3
10-30-2004, 07:49 PM
I work at the dealership so I'm familier with it. The A after a model number means automatic like you said. It's just something for us to know instead of having to walk to the car to find out each time.

ZiMMie
10-30-2004, 08:17 PM
NOT REALLY BOTH MY E30 were 5 speed and they all had 325IA or 318IA. all at the door sticker.

FastM3
10-30-2004, 09:21 PM
Wait a sec, are you guys talking about the stickers on the windows at dealers/autotraders or the manufacturer plate inside the door panel?

ZiMMie
10-30-2004, 09:29 PM
lol read the first post :P\

takeshi
10-30-2004, 09:31 PM
i'm pretty sure that A stands for automatic, I've read about it in magazines before. I think that it could possibly be 325iA was a model *available* in automatic, so it was given the A. The owner of 5 speed iA's maybe just didn't want auto. What you guys think? However, I personally doubt that other models couldn't be paired with an auto. We've seen it!

FastM3
10-30-2004, 09:54 PM
lol read the first post :P\

I was originally answering to Superman's comments.

windwagen
10-30-2004, 11:38 PM
Never mind the A, what does the i stand for?

takeshi
10-31-2004, 01:38 AM
Injected (fuel injected).

windwagen
10-31-2004, 01:49 AM
That's what I always thought, but that seems kinda redundant, at least for the past 2 decades no?

takeshi
10-31-2004, 02:23 AM
some traditions are not meant to be broken!

the i is for sure though, i've read it on many forums before :)

SebSter
10-31-2004, 04:07 AM
weird thing is that the 325/325e are also fuel injected

BMW BMXer
10-31-2004, 12:15 PM
The i does not mean injected.
The A does not mean automatic, or it MIGHT have for a little bit but many standard cars got the A.

85eta
10-31-2004, 12:30 PM
The A does mean automatic, the reason it says 325ix/A is because the automatic and the manual cars has the same specs, so why not just make one sticker for the door. That's why there is the slash.

Jim .E.
10-31-2004, 01:28 PM
wtf?...tiptronic 325i?..what year?(can't be e36 :confused:)

but yeah as far as i am concerned iAs are Auto trannys

i think in ur case the A just a model # or some sh!t....as long as it's not a 325ia...

i don't think 325xia's exist(ed), or 330xia's for that matter..


it was a 1997 325iA, i was checkin it out before i looked at the price tag and then jus grabbed the accord

takeshi
10-31-2004, 04:02 PM
The i does not mean injected.
The A does not mean automatic, or it MIGHT have for a little bit but many standard cars got the A.

http://www.bmwworld.com/repairs/codes/models.htm

i. injected.

RumRogerz
10-31-2004, 04:10 PM
does anyone know about the "e" in some older bmws?
like, the other day, i saw a 325e
i have NO clue as to what the e means

///Mmm
10-31-2004, 06:38 PM
e means i think economic

munichman
10-31-2004, 08:10 PM
"officially" its for eta, the greek letter for economy

GEEE$
11-01-2004, 09:28 AM
does anyone know about the "e" in some older bmws?
like, the other day, i saw a 325e
i have NO clue as to what the e means



Munichman is correct. It's the greek letter for economy. The 'eta's had the 2.7L engines, while the 'i' version had the 2.5L, more powerful version. The 'eta' produced great torque(170), which is why it was pulled from the 528 initially. The 'eta's came out in 84, while the 2.5's entered the market in 87.

Just some "e vs i" stats for anyone interested. *par-t*




G$

Quack
11-01-2004, 09:35 AM
I got a 540iA Sport which the "A" stands for automatic

windwagen
11-01-2004, 10:25 AM
Thanks Takeshi...

good info, that clears it all up.

BMW BMXer
11-01-2004, 01:35 PM
http://www.bmwworld.com/repairs/codes/models.htm

i. injected.
So I have a carb then since my car is not an i? :rolleyes:

You read selectivley, it also says that i has come to represent bmw sport models.

takeshi
11-01-2004, 08:23 PM
look at it in general. that's what it was first put on to mean. Just like how the 2 numbers at the end of bmw's usually tell you the engine, but not always like 323 is 2.5 right? just like how some iA's have manuals.

Understated
11-01-2004, 09:25 PM
it was a 1997 325iA, i was checkin it out before i looked at the price tag and then jus grabbed the accord

theres no such thing as a 1997 325ia :confused:

Axxe
11-02-2004, 12:56 AM
Here's how I explain it to myself:

i stands for injected, and in the presence of two or more injected motors represents the sportier motor. For example, a 325i has the M20B25, were as a 325/325e has the economy injected motor.

Superman: Of course there is such a thing.

As for the automatic issue, both my E30's have the /A on them. I take it that it is because both cars are identical except for drivetrain related parts, and we all know BMW wouldn't want to print two seperate stickers. The good part is no one will ever know my 325i came as an automatic.

BMW BMXer
11-02-2004, 02:12 AM
Here's how I explain it to myself:

i stands for injected, and in the presence of two or more injected motors represents the sportier motor. For example, a 325i has the M20B25, were as a 325/325e has the economy injected motor.



That makes more sense.