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Old 11-30-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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6-speeds - When?

Hey everyone,

I'm curious when the 330s became 6-speeds. I remember reading a while back that - I think - the sedan became a 6-speed in 2003 (maybe 2003.5?).

Is this accurate? Does it apply to the coupe as well, or did the coupe get a 6-speed at a later or earlier date?

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Old 11-30-2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure it's 03.5. maybe june?? i'm also pretty sure it applied to all non-m e46s in manual
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:37 PM   #3
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:03 PM   #5
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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I have a 6spd 3.5 coupe.
Hmm... Really? Ok, maybe I am messing it with ZHP coupes, which started on 2004?....
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:23 AM   #7
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Hmm... Really? Ok, maybe I am messing it with ZHP coupes, which started on 2004?....
Well ZHP coupes as a whole started in 2004 (ZHP sedans started in 2003), so that's probably what you are thinking.

I think it is accurate to say that all 330s became 6-speeds around the 2003 model year.

Any more input is welcome.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:34 AM   #8
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who needs the 6th gear. I don't even use my 5th.
High RPM = more power
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:38 AM   #9
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I have a 6spd 3.5 coupe.
I bet you do, but it's not a BMW!

None larger than 3.0
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:42 AM   #10
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I bet you do, but it's not a BMW!

None larger than 3.0
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:46 AM   #11
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My 03 330xi is has a March production date. It has the sport package and it has a 6 speed manual.
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None larger than 3.0
I think he was referring to the year, not displacement (ie, 2003 post March production).
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I think he was referring to the year, not displacement (ie, 2003 post March production).
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I think he was referring to the year, not displacement (ie, 2003 post March production).
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:04 AM   #16
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Coupes are 6spd since 2004. Sedans ^
All facelifted 330 coupes (petrol and diesel) were 6 speed and they started producing them in March 2003. One can call them 2024. model year, it doesn't matter - the production date is from March 2003 and on...
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All facelifted 330 coupes (petrol and diesel) were 6 speed and they started producing them in March 2003. One can call them 2024. model year, it doesn't matter - the production date is from March 2003 and on...
Where can I find the brochure for one of those 2024 Three Series?
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All facelifted 330 coupes (petrol and diesel) were 6 speed and they started producing them in March 2003. One can call them 2024. model year, it doesn't matter - the production date is from March 2003 and on...
Great info, thanks.

What are the wheels that are in your sig? What style #? Where they the premium option wheels for the 330i or Ci?
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Hmm... Really? Ok, maybe I am messing it with ZHP coupes, which started on 2004?....
You're both right. Coupes built in march 2003 were all titled as 2004 models.

ZHP coupes werent sold built until September 2003 however.
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Where can I find the brochure for one of those 2024 Three Series?
I don't know. I don't think anyone knows...but one can call it "ultra-mega next millenium model", it doesn't matter, it's just the name. When it comes to buying/replacing parts, what really matters is production date (probably the reason why Germans put THAT date beside VIN number on the VIN plate, and not "model year").

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Great info, thanks.

What are the wheels that are in your sig? What style #? Where they the premium option wheels for the 330i or Ci?
Style 72s or V-spoke. They were option 18'' sport wheels for earlier coupes in Europe. Standard ones were 17'' style 68s at that time.
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