Find out the full background of any BMW E46 with the help of our dedicated BMW E46 VIN decoder.

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How to Check BMW E46 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 E46 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 E46 Engine Overview (Including Diesel Options)

The BMW E46 series, acclaimed for its exceptional blend of performance, handling, and comfort, was produced from 1998 to 2006. It offered a wide array of engine options, from efficient 4-cylinder units to powerful 6-cylinder engines, both in petrol and diesel variants. This expanded engine lineup underscored BMW’s commitment to providing drivers with a choice that catered to their specific needs, whether it was fuel efficiency, low emissions, or high performance. Below is an updated table that includes both the petrol and diesel engines available in the E46 series, providing details such as engine code, configuration, displacement, power output, and production years.

This comprehensive list reflects the advancements in engine technology during the E46’s production run, including the introduction of BMW’s advanced diesel engines, which offered remarkable efficiency and torque.

Engine Code Configuration Displacement Power Output Production Years Fuel Type
Petrol Engines
M43B16 4-cyl, 8-valve 1.6 L 102 hp 1998–2001 Petrol
M43B19 4-cyl, 8-valve 1.9 L 118 hp 1998–2001 Petrol
N42B18 4-cyl, 16-valve 1.8 L 143 hp 2001–2004 Petrol
N42B20 4-cyl, 16-valve 2.0 L 136 hp 2001–2004 Petrol
N46B18 4-cyl, 16-valve 1.8 L 143 hp 2004–2006 Petrol
N46B20 4-cyl, 16-valve 2.0 L 150 hp 2004–2006 Petrol
M52TUB20 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.0 L 150 hp 1998–2000 Petrol
M54B22 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.2 L 170 hp 2000–2006 Petrol
M52TUB25 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.5 L 170 hp 1998–2000 Petrol
M54B25 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.5 L 184 hp 2000–2006 Petrol
M52TUB28 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.8 L 193 hp 1998–2000 Petrol
M54B30 6-cyl, 24-valve 3.0 L 231 hp 2000–2006 Petrol
S54B32 6-cyl, 24-valve 3.2 L 343 hp 2000–2006 (M3) Petrol
Diesel Engines
M47D20 4-cyl, 16-valve 2.0 L 136 hp 1999–2001 Diesel
M47TUD20 4-cyl, 16-valve 2.0 L 150 hp 2001–2005 Diesel
M57D25 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.5 L 163 hp 1998–2003 Diesel
M57TUD25 6-cyl, 24-valve 2.5 L 177 hp 2003–2005 Diesel
M57D30 6-cyl, 24-valve 3.0 L 184 hp 1998–2003 Diesel
M57TUD30 6-cyl, 24-valve 3.0 L 204 hp 2003–2006 Diesel

The inclusion of diesel engines in the E46 lineup brought BMW’s advanced diesel technology to the forefront, offering drivers impressive torque for spirited driving and excellent fuel economy for everyday use. The E46 remains highly regarded for its engineering quality, driving dynamics, and the extensive range of engine choices it offered, embodying BMW’s commitment to performance and efficiency.

What you can get from checking your VIN of your BMW E46

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