Roadfly.com         Roadfly Home | Features | Car Review Videos | Car Reviews | Cars For Sale | Used Car Parts Classifieds | Forum | Car Review Archives | Forum Archives Index



PDA



cecil
07-29-1999, 07:49 PM
is there a positive way to tell if the car is a CSi (short of a dyno). does the vin have a code?

also CSi has 4 polished exhaust pipes
07-30-1999, 10:46 AM
<i>: is there a positive way to tell if the car is a CSi (short of a dyno). does the vin have a code?<p></i>

cecil
07-30-1999, 05:43 PM
also comes as a six speed and anyone can change a tip/muffler. i am looking for something that can't be faked.

Mark
07-30-1999, 07:47 PM
Simple. Look at the VIN prefix. Regular E31s are "WBA". 850CSi's are under the Motorsport prefix, which I think is "WBS".<p>Maybe a CSI owner can illuminate us.<p>Also, didn't BMW eliminate the stick in the CI (1993 onward in the U.S.)?

cecil
07-31-1999, 06:18 AM
<i>: Simple. Look at the VIN prefix. Regular E31s are "WBA". 850CSi's are under the Motorsport prefix, which I think is "WBS".<p>: Maybe a CSI owner can illuminate us.<p>: Also, didn't BMW eliminate the stick in the CI (1993 onward in the U.S.)?<p></i>

Paul Michael Brown
07-31-1999, 11:36 PM
Check first seven characters of the VIN.<p>WBAEG23 = 850i or 850Ci with four-speed autobox <br>WBAEG13 = 850i or 850Ci with six-speed manual<p>To determine whether it's an 850i or 850Ci, look at the tenth character of the VIN. If it's an M or an N, it's an 850i (1991 or 1992, respectively). Otherwise, it's an 850Ci. As noted previously, beginning with the introduction of the 850Ci in 1993, all E31s except for the 850CSi had the five-speed autobox.<p>For purposes of VIN allocation, all examples of the 850CSi are considered products of BMW Motorsports. (Yeah, I know some say it's not a real //M8. But the beginning of the VIN is the same as other //M cars.) So the first three characters of the VIN on a real 850CSi will be WBS. Sorry, but I don't know the four-character model code for the 850CSi. Perhaps Mr. Castle could jump in here.<p>Paul Michael Brown<br>Washington, D.C.<br>Moderator E31 e-mail list

cecil
08-01-1999, 01:12 PM
thank you very much.


Roadfly Home | Car Reviews | Forum Archives Index