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Original Build Data

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If you want to find out all the info about your specific car as it came off the production line try this.
You need the last 7 digits from the vin number and hey presto

http://www.bmwarchive.org/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html (English)

http://www.bmwarchiv.de/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html (Deutsch)

Just used it for both the Alpina and the M and it gave me things I didn't realise were there.

Mod Edit: Added English link. R.

MOD EDIT 19/12/2016 - the above link seems to have been broken, the link supplied by grandadg90 works http://www.etk.cc/bmw/EN/vin/decoder/online
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Good find Phil :)

I've made it a 'Sticky'
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I am not worthy to be made a sticky - or maybe I'd like to be a sticky afterall. :lol: :lol:

Interesting point for those with S54s - they came with a hard top as standard. I did think that was the case and it might have been for S50s. Not sure. But anyone buying an S54 should, in theory, have a hard top.

My Alpina spec is amazing as it details where the changes were made ie which other BMWs contributed parts and which are Alpina parts..
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Not without errors though - they have Hamish's build date wrong. :nerd:
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Phil wrote:Interesting point for those with S54s - they came with a hard top as standard. I did think that was the case and it might have been for S50s. Not sure. But anyone buying an S54 should, in theory, have a hard top.
Not sure that is correct according to Jonttt's S54 sheet http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6666 ... 202012.pdf
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Stand corrected. Looks like most didn't have the hardtop.
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AFAIK, BMW cannot sell the cars with hardtops, as they have not been crash-tested. They are a dealer-supplied after-market option. After-market options don't have to be as stringently tested.
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pingu wrote:AFAIK, BMW cannot sell the cars with hardtops, as they have not been crash-tested. They are a dealer-supplied after-market option. After-market options don't have to be as stringently tested.
Whilst I have no doubt you are right, it seems rather farcical that a removable hard-top would need to be crash tested on a car that comes with a canvas roof as standard!

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Mine was supplied with hardtop :D
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Gazza wrote:Mine was supplied with hardtop :D
Is it on the BMW build list or was it dealer supplied?
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It's on Jontt's S54 thread and the Data Sheet
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From memory they were a factory installed option on all Z3's but came standard on none.

Option code was S982A = hardtop preparation and hardtop

They could also be retofitted by dealers

Mine did not have one and was retrofitted by the second owner.
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And here's another one that I've used in the past - they'll no doubt share the same database but thought I'd share anyway :D http://www.bmwvin.com/
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Phil wrote:If you want to find out all the info about your specific car as it came off the production line try this.
You need the last 7 digits from the vin number and hey presto

http://www.bmwarchiv.de/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html

Just used it for both the Alpina and the M and it gave me things I didn't realise were there.
Very interesting post, thank you :o

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I was in the parts department at my local BMW dealer and the lady dealing with my parts order asked me if l wanted the build data printout for my Z3.
I said yes and she gave me the printout there and then. Great service.

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Phil wrote:If you want to find out all the info about your specific car as it came off the production line try this.
You need the last 7 digits from the vin number and hey presto

http://www.bmwarchiv.de/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html

Just used it for both the Alpina and the M and it gave me things I didn't realise were there.
How do you get the build data in English?

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dixie4 wrote:
Phil wrote:If you want to find out all the info about your specific car as it came off the production line try this.
You need the last 7 digits from the vin number and hey presto

http://www.bmwarchiv.de/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html

Just used it for both the Alpina and the M and it gave me things I didn't realise were there.
How do you get the build data in English?
Use Google chrome as your internet engine - it will ask you if you want to translate
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My post was skipped over, but why not ask the BMW dealer, as l suggested?

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dixie4 wrote:How do you get the build data in English?
http://www.bmwarchive.org/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html

Click above link, same site in English :)

Edit: Mods, could you change the website address in the OP?

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Just checked my z3 build date 10/04/2001 blue soft top blue /blakc seats green tint screen
Great stuff
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Good link. Apparently I have a bettery master switch... never seen that!

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You won't. It would have been removed after the car completed it's journey accross the Atlantic. :wink:

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Pierrick wrote:Good link. Apparently I have a bettery master switch... never seen that!
You mean that pyrotechnic thingy that disconnects the battery during a crash. Not really a switch as you would think.
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just checked my z3 it came with sport seats and a M starng wheel,M gear knob,, green wind screen surround, special blue soft top
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You mean you couldn't tell this just by looking at it?? :shrug
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The above decoders didn't work for me. Mine is M54 engine. I used this one.

http://www.etk.cc/bmw/EN/vin/decoder/online

Worked a treat.

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Strange, This link worked for my Z3 but when I put a vin for a 328ci I was looking at It gave me a different car. I put in the last 7 numbers but It gave me a different prefix which didn't match. Any thoughts please ?
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The original links didn't work for me today, I've added an edit to the original post.
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All the links on here are now dead, found a working site here http://bimmer.work/
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VIN decoders seem to come and go like snowflakes > I tried several today I found on Google , with mixed results
WWW bimmer Lost me in a death spiral around a Captcha device to prove I was not a robot . I got no useful information here
FPC Euro parts site has minimal build info , but detailed parts lists
mdecoder.com gave the most detailed info . This is a bear of a web page buried in ads for every thing from exotic safaris to useless web page enhancers .It didn't give country of origin , I had assumed my car was a " Bubba Beemer" from the Factory in the Deep South of Trump land .
FPC Euro ' s site says it came from Germany
Most sites advise " Take your VIN to a local BMW dealer , who will reveal all ."
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Back in 2012 when I bought my M Coupe I managed to contact a guy on the Reddit website (a BMW mechanic/technician) in the USA who was able to furnish the full build spec even down to how many cars were built (4 cars) on the 19th of June 2000 (my build date) and it was the 805th car of the 821 built. So the information is available somewhere, unfortunately I haven't got details of how I contacted the fella in the States.
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WHERE were z3's built ??
Were they all built in the USA and exported worldwide ?
Were " some " built in Bavaria ? if so which ones ?
I've read that some US built ones were fitted with German VIN plates , allegedly some complex scam revolving around the US plant being in a " Free Port ; enterprise tax and duty free zone ".
Similar logic around the place of origin of the components used in the US assembled Z 3s
Much of this stuff is on the edge of conspiracy/ deep state / black helicopters in the night / they want our guns / social media rubbish .

So back to my original question , Where were Z 3's built ??

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All Z3s were built at Spartanburg in the USA. It is possible that prototypes were built elsewhere, but that would be a mere handful of cars.

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Thanks Robert

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The VIN decoder is wrong on mine. It says automatic, but it's actually a manual.
That's probably because I swapped it myself. :lol:

It's also wrong on the interior color code, but that's again because I swapped it myself.

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