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Old 01-25-2012, 11:25 AM   #1
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Sold my 2002 530i 171,000 miles and got a super clean 2004 330ci manual 61,000 miles. My VIN number says the manufacturing date was July 2004. I've seen 2004's with a manufacturing date of April 2003 and 2005's with a date of October 2004. Is there any specific manufacturing cut-off date to declare a car a 2003-2004-2005.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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maybe you're reading your VIN wrong, but all it will tell you is the model year, not a month/year of production. You'll find that on your ID plate on the driver's B pillar, though.

Tenth digit of your VIN should be a 4. But there's nothing wrong with a 7/04 production date.

And no, there are no specific cut-off dates for a vehicle to be considered part of one model year and not another. It's manufacturer determined.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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From what I've seen in the past on cars anything build in or after August of a year makes it the following year model. 08/2003 build would be called an 04. Not sure if BMW has followed this idea my 330ci had a September build
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:34 AM   #4
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realoem.com gave me the July 2004 production date
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