About BMW Cars
Started as a manufacturer of aircraft engines, BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke) now makes automobiles using its own name as well as Rolls Royce and Mini. Motorcycles are made under the name BMW Motorrad. It is approximately the 12th largest vehicle manufacturer, turning out about 2.5 million vehicles a year.
The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has manufacturing plants in six other countries. During World War II the company made aircraft engines, and its facilities were bombed by the Allies as a consequence. Under terms of the post-war armistice agreement, it was prohibited from making motor vehicles, so BMW made household items like bicycles and pans. In the late 1950s, the company made bad guesses about the market for vehicles and produced slow-selling microcars and a luxury model, suffering financially until rival Daimler-Benz took the company over. In the late 1970s and 1980s, the company began producing luxury supercars. It acquired brands Mini, Rolls-Royce, and Rover in 1994 but exited the Rover brand after more financial problems. It is about the 14th largest auto manufacturer in the world, producing about 2.5 million vehicles per year.
- BMW X5 is the most-recalled BMW vehicle
- BMW 3-Series is the least expensive car from BMW starting from $ 19,900.00
- BMW 3-Series has an MPG of 32 miles/gallon / 45 miles/gallon which is the highest gas mileage in the city and on highways
- BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo has the most trims available with 210 variations released
Number of BMW Sales in the United States
BMW U.S. Sales Reports - By Month
BMW Car Sales in The United States from 2015 to 2019
Average Pricing for BMW Popular models
|Popular BMW Models||Average Price|
|M Roadster||$ 43,209.83|
|Z4 M||$ 50,930.77|
|M Coupe||$ 42,653.38|
|8-Series Gran Coupe||$ 43,560.00|
Interesting Facts About BMW
How to Identify and Decode BMW VINs
BMW began producing cars and motorcycles in the 1920s in Germany. Since 1956, BMW vehicles have been sold in the United States. All U.S. vehicles have a VIN that identifies important information about a vehicle. Since the early 1980s, all VINs have been standardized in the U.S. Standards are created by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Older BMW vehicles are likely to have VINs of varying numbers and characters. Modern BMW vehicles follow the established standard.
The first three digits are called the World Manufacturer Identifier and represent the particular brand that made the vehicle.
|4US||BMW NA MFG.|
|NCO||BMW South Africa.|
Positions 4-7 are used for model identification. Changes from year-to-year and hundreds of models make it impossible to chart all the possible codes for all BMW vehicles. Currently, BMW markets at least 31 models, each with different engine types, transmissions, and safety equipment. BMW vehicles have been sold in the United States since 1956. The four-digit model identifier codes information that indicates the model, engine, trim level, and safety equipment.
Position Eight is usually used to identify transmissions.
Position Nine is used as a check number. This digit is the result of an algorithm that reveals whether the VIN is valid. Essentially, letters are converted to numbers, and a series of mathematical equations results in a fraction or decimal that relates to one of several coded digits.
The 10th digit is the model year identifier. The year codes are:
The 11th digit is used to identify the specific plant where the vehicle was built. In some cases, vehicles are built in multiple plants and assembled in other plants. Typically, the assembly plant is recognized as the manufacturing plant.
|A, F, K||Munich, Germany.|
|C, B, D, G||Dingolfing, Germany.|
|E, J, P||Regensburg, Germany.|
|L, M||Spartanburg, U.S.A.|
|N||Roslyn, South Africa.|
The final digits are the serial number. The serial number identifies where in a production line the vehicle was built. Note that serial numbers are not consecutive and do not necessarily represent the order the vehicle was built in.
Safety and Recalls for BMW Cars
Loose bolts that could result in the engine stalling prompted a recall for the following 2010-2011 models:
The following 2011-’12 models are also affected:
Plating within the fuel pump poses an issue for the following models, which have been recalled to repair the problem that could result in engine failure (all 2014 models except those noted):
BMW had 5892 from 1980 to 2021 of which the most recalled model is 2019 BMW X1 and the least is 1996 BMW M3. BMW had the most recalled during 2020.
|Model||Number of Recalls|
|2019 BMW X1 #1 with most recalls||5|
|2015 BMW M4 #2 with most recalls||2|
|2014 BMW i8 #3 with most recalls||1|
|2004 BMW Z4 #4 with most recalls||1|
|1996 BMW M3 #5 with most recalls||1|