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Old 01-10-2006, 12:00 PM   #1
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Who can name all BMW Abbreviations with definitions?

Let's see who has the most BMW knowledge
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Old 01-10-2006, 12:08 PM   #2
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I don't know if these would be considered abbreviations or pronounciations (its kinda hard to abbreviate 3 letters)....

B M Dable U: BMW in austrian
BM: BMW in fob language
Bimmer: BMW to most people
Bimama: Nelly's way of saying it
Bumma: Totalled BMW
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Old 01-10-2006, 12:11 PM   #3
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No, I meant like ZHP stuff like that. But, I like your answers, never heard of any of those before
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Old 01-10-2006, 12:12 PM   #4
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ZHP- performance package
ZCP- competition package
ZPP- premium package
ZCW- cold weather package
ZSP- sport package

i can also name pretty much every bmw wheel code.
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Old 01-10-2006, 12:13 PM   #5
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Old 01-10-2006, 01:07 PM   #6
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Man, we've done these like a million times. *sigh*

To answer your question, I think slow323ci has the most knowledge of all the members that are still on this site.
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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 - Differnential 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...
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did you just sit there and type all that?
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:43 PM   #9
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:44 PM   #10
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did you just sit there and type all that?
copy and paste my friend.
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Old 01-10-2006, 04:38 PM   #11
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Actually, I did type that all by hand, so I apologize now if I mispelled something.
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Old 01-10-2006, 04:42 PM   #14
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Just trying to help by getting accurate info out there. I thought it was a gem to know why it is an IKE, MDK, and what they do...

I have detailed definitions on each one too if anyone wants to know...
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How about chassis designations? I wonder how many of you can tell me all the chassis designations with their respective model numbers and years in production...

This is of course limited to the "new class" and later, if anyone knows that term.

I'll give you guys until 8pm pacific time to figure it out...

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Old 01-10-2006, 05:37 PM   #16
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No, you stay out of this, smarty pants.
Too bad, I have the complete list right here...
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Since you won't let me post the E-codes, you bastard , I have some more common and not-so-common BMW abbreviations to choke on:

A - Processed Vehicle Speed Signal
AB - Airbag
ADS - Engine Intake Air Control
ADV - Windshield Wiper Pressure Control
AGS - Adaptive Transmission Control
ASC - All Season Control
ASC+T - ASC + Traction
AST - Slip Control (Marketing)
AUC - Automatic Air Recirculation

B - Benzine (used in engine codes)
BC - Board Computer
BMBT - Board Monitor

CBC - Corner Braking Control
CCM - Check Control Module
CVM - Convertible Top Module

D-Bus - Diagnosis Bus (TXD)
DDE - Digital Diesel Electronics
DIN - German Industrial Stadards (like our SAE)
DIS - Diagnosis and Information System
DK - Throttle Housing
DKI - Throttle Position
DME - Digital Motor Electronics
DM-TL Diagnostic Module Tank Leakage
DSP - Digital Sound Processing
DWA - Theft Deterrent System
DWS - Tire Pressure Warning System

E-KAT - Electrically Heated Catalytic Converter
ECM - Engine Control Module (per SAE)
EDK - Electronic Throttle Valve
EGS - Electronic Transmission Control
EH - Electronic Hydraulic
EKM - Electronic Body Module
ELV - Electronic Steering Lock
EO - Component Location

FB - Function Description
FBZV - Radio Frequency Locking System

GAL - Speed Dependant Volume
GMR - Yaw Moment Module
GRII - Cruise Control

IB - Interior Lighting Control Signal
I-bus - Information Bus
IHKA - Automatic Heating and A/C
IHKR - Regulated Heating and A/C
IHKS - Standard Heating and A/C

KAT - Catalytic Converter
KATON - Converter Heating Signal
K-Bus - Body Bus
KL - Terminal Designation (like KL15 is ignition positon on the key)
KO - Compressor "ON" Signal
KOREL - Compressor Relay Signal
KW - Crankshaft

LKM - Lamp Control Module
LRA - Vertical Headlight Aiming
LSM - Steering Column Memory
LVA - Air Supply System
LWR - Vertical Headlight Aiming
LWS5 - Steering Angle Sensor

MFL - Multi-function Steering Wheel
MoDiC - Mobile Diagnostic Computer

PB - Pin Assignments
P-Bus - Periphery Bus

RM - Relay Module

SB - Fuse Assignments
SCA - Soft Close Actuator
SHD - Sunroof Module
SP - Schematic
ST - Connector Views

TD - Engine Speed Signal
ti - Injector "ON" time
TL - Part Throttle
TLEV - Transitional Low Emission Vehicle
TRS - Battery Isolation Switch
TSH - Door Lock Heating System
TU - Technical Update (like with engine codes)
TXD - Transmitting Diagnosis Line

VL - Full Load - Wide Open Throttle (WOT)
WK - Converter Lock-up Clutch
ZV - Central Locking System
ZVM - Central Locking Module
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