Find out the full background of any BMW E36 with the help of our dedicated BMW E36 VIN decoder.

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How to Check BMW E36 VIN Decoder?

The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) for a BMW is a distinctive 17-character code exclusive to every BMW automobile. This identifier is not only unique to each vehicle but also encodes details about the vehicle’s model year, type, engine size, and additional characteristics, making it an essential tool for identification and information.

The VIN of a BMW E36 can be located in various places on the car such as:

  1. On the dashboard on the driver’s side, which can be seen from outside through the windshield.
  2. The jamb of the driver’s side door.
  3. In the engine area, either on the firewall or the radiator support.
  4. On the car’s registration and title papers.

By following these steps, you can easily access a wealth of information about any BMW vehicle, ensuring a deeper understanding of its heritage and features.

BMW E36 Engine Overview

The BMW E36 series, spanning from 1990 to 2000, marked a significant evolution in the 3 Series lineup, introducing more advanced technology, improved performance, and greater comfort. This generation was known for its wider range of engine options, including more powerful and efficient 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder, and diesel engines, reflecting BMW’s engineering advancements and response to diverse market demands. Below is a table summarizing the key petrol engines found in the E36 series. This includes details about the engine code, configuration, displacement, power output, and the years each engine was produced.

The E36’s engines were designed to offer a balance between performance and efficiency, with innovations in engine management systems and emissions control. Notably, the E36 M3 was equipped with high-performance engines that significantly elevated the model’s status among enthusiasts and racers alike.


Engine Code Configuration Displacement Power Output Production Years
M40B16 4-cyl, 8-valve 1.6 L 102 hp 1990–1994
M43B16 4-cyl, 8-valve 1.6 L 102 hp 1993–1998
M42B18 4-cyl, 16-valve 1.8 L 138 hp 1991–1996
M44B19 4-cyl, 16-valve 1.9 L 138 hp 1996–2000
M50B20 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.0 L 150 hp 1990–1994
M52B20 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.0 L 150 hp 1994–1999
M50B25 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.5 L 192 hp 1990–1996
M52B25 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.5 L 168 hp 1995–2000
M50B30 6-cyl, 24-valve 3.0 L 210 hp 1992–1995 (325i)
M52B28 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.8 L 190 hp 1995–2000
S50B30 6-cyl, 24-valve 3.0 L 286 hp 1992–1995 (M3)
S50B32 6-cyl, 24-valve 3.2 L 321 hp 1995–1999 (M3)
S52B32 6-cyl, 24-valve 3.2 L 240 hp (US) 1996–1999 (M3 US)

What you can get from checking your VIN of your BMW E36

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