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Old 03-18-2011, 07:43 PM   #1
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Cool BMW Abbreviations for New Members

I'm still new to the forums and learning about my BMW from other members' posts/threads. One thing confusing me is the abbreviations used for engine parts and such. I figured since I'm learning, I could help others learn as well. I did a search and found some posts with abbreviations that are used here. Below you will see the list along with the OPS of the thread.

Originally Posted by cong13 View Post
I am new to the boards and have been experiencing a learning curve when it comes to BMW/automotive specific acronyms. Using the search function on multiple boards, I came up with this list of acronyms. There are still a few I haven't found yet....

I hope this can help other newbies!

4WD = All Wheel Drive
A/C = Air Conditioning
A/D = Analog/Digital
AB = Airbag
ABS = Anti-lock Braking System
AC = Air Conditioning
ACS = AC Schnitzer
ADB = Automatic Differential Braking
AE = Angel Eyes
AFM = Air Flow Meter
AFR = Air to Fuel Ratio
ALC = Automatic Light Control
ARS = Active Roll Stabilization
ASC = Automatic Stability Control
AT = Automatic Transmission
ATF = Automatic Transmission Fluid
BBK = Big Brake Kit
BLS = Brake Light Switch
BST = Battery Safety Terminal
CAB = Control Arm Bushing
CAI = Cold Air Intake
CAS = Car Access System
CBC = Cornering Brake Control
CCFL = Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lighting
CCM = Check Control Module
CD = Control Display
CDC = Compact Disk Changer
CEL = Check Engine Light
CF = Carbon Fiber
CPS = Crank Position Sensor
CSL = Coupe Sport Lightweight
CVT = Constantly Variable Transmission
CWP = Cold Weather Package
DAE = Daytime Angel Eyes
DBC = Dynamic Brake Control
DBS = Dynamic Braking System
DCS = Dealer Communication System
DD = Daily Driver
DDE = Daytime Demon Eyes
DIS = Direct Ignition System
DIY = Do It Yourself
DME = Digital Motor Electronics
DOHC = Double Over Head Camshafts
DRL = Daytime Running Lamps
DSC = Dynamic Stability Control
DTC = Dynamic Traction Control
DTM = Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterchaft
EAM = Electrostatic Airflow Meter
ECM = Engine Control Module
ECU = Electronic Control Unit
EDFC = Electronic Dampening Force Controller
EDIS = Electronic Distributorless Ignition System
EPROM = Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory
ETM = Electrical Troubleshooting Manual
FI = Forced induction
FTL = For The Loss
FTW = For The Win
FWD = Front Wheel Drive
H/K = Harmon/Kardon
HFM = Hot Film Meter
HID = High Intensity Discharge
HM = Hotwire Meter
HPS = Head Protection System
Hz = Hertz (Cycle)
I-Bus = Information bus
ICM = Idle Control Module
ICV = Idle Control Valve
IKE = Instrument cluster Electronics
IR = Infrared
IRS = Infrared Locking System
ISC = Idle Speed Control
ISIS = Intelligent Safety Integration System
ITB = Individual Throttle Body
LAM = Laser Airflow Meter
LCAB - Lower Control Arm Bushing
LCM = Lamp Check Module
LDP = Leak Diagnosis Pump
LEO = Law Enforcement Officer
LEV = Low Emissions Vehicle
LHD = Left-Hand Drive
LSD = Limited Slip Differential
MAF = Mass Air Flow sensor
MAM = Mass Air Meter
MBC = Maximum Brake Control
MF = Micro Fiber
MMC = Multi-Media Changer
MRS = Multiple Restraint System
MT = Manual Transmission
MV = Magnetic Valve (solenoid Valve)
MoDiC = Mobile Diagnostic Computer
NAVI = Navigation module
NOS = Nitrous Oxide Systems
NOX = Nitrogen Oxides/ exhaust gas recirculation (from ETK)
O2 = Oxygen (sensor)
OBC = On Board Computer
OBD = On Board Diagnostics
OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer
P-Bus = Periphery bus
P/N = Park/Neutral position
PCV = Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve
PDC = Park Distance Control
PGS = Passive Go System
PM = Power Module
PO = Previous Owner
PP = Premium Package
PSI = Pounds Per Square Inch
PTC = Positive Temperature Coefficient
PWG = Pedal position sensor/ potentiometer
RAM = Random Access Memory
RDC = tire pressure Control
RDS = Radio Data-broadcast System
RHD = Right-Hand Drive
RLS = Rain-Light Sensor
RM = Relay Module
RPS = Rollover Protection System
RSM = Rear Shock Mount
RTAB = Rear Trailing Arm Bushing
RWD = Rear Wheel Drive
S/C = Supercharger
SM = Street Modified
SOHC - Single Overhead Cam
SP = Sport Package
SRS = Supplemental Restraint System
SS = Stainless Steel
SSK = Short Shift Kit
Step = Steptronic transmission
TCS = Traction Control System
TDC = Top Dead Center
TIS = Technische Information System
TME = Transmission Mount Enforcer
TRE = Tie Rod End
VAM = Volumetric Airflow Meter
VANOS = Variable Lift and Timing System
VIN = Vehicle Identification Number
VTEC = Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control
VVTI = Variable Valve Timing and Lift (With Intelligence)
WOT = Wide Open Throttle
ZCP = BMW Competition Package (M3 Only)
ZCW = BMW Cold Weather Package
ZHP = BMW Performance Package (Available on US-Market 330i/Ci/Cic Only)
ZPP = BMW Premium Package
ZSP = BMW Sport Package
Originally Posted by MarvelPhx View Post
Here, chew on this:

Here are a bunch of BMW abbreviations with German translation (sometimes it explains the abbreviation)

ABS - Anti-Lock Braking System (Antiblockiersystem)
ACC - Active Cruise Control
A/D - Analog to Digital
AFS - Active Front Steering
AHPS - Advanced Head Protection System
AIC - Automatic Interval Control (Automatic Intervall Control/Regensensor)
AITS - Advanced Inflatable Tubular Structure see AHPS
AKS - Active Head Restraint System (Aktive Kopfstutze)
ARS - Active Roll Stabilization (Aktive Rollstabilisierung)
ASE - Advanced Safety Electronics
ASK - Audio System Controller (Audio-System-Kontroller)
AWL - Airbag Warning Lamp

BLS - Brake Light Switch (Bremslichtschalter)
BMW - Bavarian Motor Works (Bayerische Motoren Werke)
BST - Battery Safety Terminal
BZM - Center Console Control Center (Bedienzentrum Mittelkonsole)

CAN - Controller Area Network
CIP - Coding Individualization and Programming

DISA - Differential Intake Air Control (Differenzierte Sauganlage)
DSC - Dynamic Stablity Control (Dynamische Stabilitats Control)
DTC - Diagnostic Trouble Code or Dynamic Traction Control

EBV - Electronic Brake Force Distribution (Elektronische Bremskraftverteilung)
ECO - Electronically Controlled Orifice
EDC - Electronic Damper Control (Elektronische Dampfer Steuerung)
EHC - Electronic Height Control (Elektronische Hohenstands Control)
EKP - Electric Fuel Pump (Elektrische Kraftstoffpumpe)
EML - Electronic Motor Load Regulation (Electronische Motorleistungsregulierung)
EWS - Electronic Driveaway Protection (Elektronische Wegfahsperre)

FA - Vehicle Order (Fahrzeug-Auftrag)
FB - Functional Description (Funktionsbestatigung)
FIRST - Fully Integrated Road Safety Technology

GPS - Global Positioning System
GM - General Module (Grundmodul)
GRAV - Gewichtsreduzierter Aluminiumvorderbau (E60 Aluminum process)

HDC - Hill Descent Control
HFM - Hot Film Air Mass Meter (Heibfilm-Luftmassenmesser)
HLM - Hot Wire Air Mass Meter (Hitzdraht-Luftmassenmesser)
HPS - Head Protection System
HUD - Heads Up Display

IBS - Intelligent Battery Sensor
IKE - Instrument Cluster Electronics (Instrumentenkombination-Elektonik)
ISIS - Intelligent Safety Information System (Intelligentes Sicherheits-und Informations-System)
ISN - Individual Serial Number or Individual Control Unit Number
ITS - Inflatable Tubular Structure

KBM - Body Basic Module (Karosserie-Basis-Modul)
Kombi- Cluster in German

LCM - Lamp Check Module (Lamp Kontrol Modul)
LDP - Leak Diagnosis Pump
LED - Light Emitting Diode
LEV - Low Emissions Vehicle
LIN - Local Interconnect Network
LL - Idle or Closed Throttle Position (Leerlauf)
LRE - Steering Wheel Electronics
LSE - Steering Column Electronics
LSZ - Light Switching Center (Lightschaltzentrum)

M-ASK - Multi-Audio System Controller (Multi-Audio-System-Kontroller)
MBC - Maximum Brake Control
MDK - Motorized Throttle Valve (Motorische Drosselklappe)
MID - Multi Information Display
MOST - Media Oriented System Transport
MRS - Multiple Restraint System (Mehrfach-Ruckhaltesystem)
MRSA - Side Impact Sensor
MSR - Deceleration Slip Regulation or Engine Drag Torque Reduction (Motorschleppmomentregelung)

NVRAM - Non-Volatile Random Access Memory

OBC - On Board Computer
OBD - On Board Diagnostics
OC-3 - Occupant Classifier-3
OPPS - Optic Testing and Programming Systems (Optisches Pruf-und Programmiersystem)
OPS - Optic Programming System
ORVR - On Board Refueling and Vapor Recovery

PDC - Park Distance Control
PTC - Positive Temperature Coefficient
PuMA - (Problem-und Mebnahmenmanagement Aftersales)
PWG - Pedal Position Sensor (Pedalwertgeber)
PWM - Pulse Width Modulation (Pulseweitenmodulation)

RAM - Random Access Memory
RDC - Tire Pressure Control (Reifen Druck Control)
RDW - Tire Pressure Warning System (Reifendruckwarnung)
RLS - Rain and Light Sensor
RPS - Rollover Protection System
RXD - Wake-up Diagnosis Line
RZV - Direct Stationary Ignition (Rehende Zundspannungsverteilung)

SAC - Self Adjusting Clutch (Selbstnachstellende Kupplung)
SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers
SASL - Satellite A-Pillar, Left (Satellit A-Saule Links)
SASR - Satellite A-Pillar, Right (Satellie A-Saule Rechts)
SBE - Passenger Seat Occupancy Detection System (Sitzbelegungserkennung)
SBK - see BST (Safety Batterie Klemme)
SBSL - B-Pillar Satellite, Left (Satellit B-Saule Links)
SBSR - B-Pillar Satellite, Right (Satellit B-Saule Recht)
S/E - Send and Receive
SFZ - Center Vehicle Satellite (Satellit Fahrzueg Zentrum)
SG - Control Unit (Steuergerat)
SGM - Safety and Gateway Module (Safety Gateway Modul)
SGS - Seat Integrated Belt System (Sitzintegriertes Gurtsystem)
SIA - Service Interval Indicator (Service-Intervall-Anzeige)
SIM - Safety and Information Module (sicherheits-Informationsmodul)
SLP - Secondary Air Pump (Sekundar-Luft-Pumpe)
SMBF - Seat Module, Passenger (Sitzmodul Beifahrer)
SMFA - Seat Module, Driver (Sitzmodul Fahrer)
SMG - Sequential Manual Gearbox (Sequenzielles M Getriebe or Sequenzielles Manualles Schalt-Getriebe)
SRS - Supplemental Restraint System
SSBF - Seat Satellite, Passenger (Satellit Beifahrersitz)
SSFA - Seat Satellite, Driver (Satellite Fahrersitz)
SSH - Seat Satellite, Rear
STVL - Door Satellite, Front Left (Satellit Tur Vorne Links)
STVR - Door Satellite, Front Right (Satellite Tur Vorne Recht)
SULEV - Super Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle
SZL - Steering Column Switch Center (Schaltzentrum Lenksaule)
SZM - Switching Center Console (Schaltzentrum Mittelkonsole)

TCU - Telematics Control Unit
TMBF - Door Satellite, Passenger Door (Tur Modul Beifahrer)
TMFA - Door Satellite, Driver (Tur Modul Fahrer)

URSS - see RPS (Uberroll Shultz System)

VANOS - Variable Camshaft Control (Variable Nocken-Steuerung or Variable Nockenwellen-Steuerung)
VVT - Variable Valve Timing (Variable Ventiltrieb)

ZAE - Central Activation Electronics (Zentrale Auslose Elektronik)
ZCS - Central Coding Key
ZGM - Central Gateway Module (Zentral Gateway Modul)
ZKE - Central Body Electronics (Zentrale Karosserieelektronik)
ZWD - Idle Control Valve (Zweiwicklungs Leerlauf-Drehsteller)

These are the car itself, not option codes used when ordering...
R/C/R or RCR= Red Clear Red, referring to color scheme of taillights.

Hopefully, the Mods/Owners will sticky this and help out other new members! There may be others so feel free to add to thread. Peace Fanatics!

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