In this article, you will find a list of BMW acronyms, technical terms, and abbreviations.

These are BMW terms are often used at BMW dealerships, by mechanics or are often printed in electrical circuit diagrams.

  • AD / A D - Analog Digital
  • AAR - Automatic Air Recirculation
  • AB - Airbag airbag system
  • ABL - Brake system warning light
  • ABS - Anti-lock Braking System
  • AC - Air Conditioning
  • ACC - Active Cruise Control
  • ACS - Active Comfort Seats
  • ACSM - Advanced Crash Safety Module
  • ADAS - Advanced Driver Assistance System
  • ADB / ADB-X - Automatic Differential Braking
  • ADS - Engine intake air control
  • ADV - Windshield wiper pressure control
  • AEGS - Automatic Electronic Gearbox same as EGS
  • AF - Active Steering
  • AFM - Air Flow Meter
  • AG - Automatic Gearbox Transmission
  • AGD - Suction silencer
  • AGR - Emission reduction
  • AGS - Adaptive transmission control
  • AHK - Active rear-axle Kinematics
  • AHK - Trailer hitch
  • AHL - Adaptive Headlights
  • AHM - Trailer Module
  • AHPS - Advanced HPS
  • AIC - Automatic Interval Control rain sensor
  • AKF - Activated carbon canister
  • AKS - Active head restraint
  • AKS - Pressure regulating device
  • ALBBF - Active Backrest Width Pass
  • ALBGA - Active Backrest Width Driver
  • ALC - Automatic Light Control
  • ALR - Automatic Lamp Range Adjustment
  • ALR - Automatic locking retractors
  • AMM - Air Mass Meter
  • AMP - Radio system amplifier
  • ARI - Car radio information system
  • ARRB - Automatic Rear Roller Blind
  • ARS - Active Roll Stabilization
  • AS - Active Steering
  • ASC - All Season traction
  • ASC - Automatic Stability Control
  • ASC+T / ASC+ - Traction control
  • ASC-EZA - ASC - engine timing & injection intervention
  • ASCM - Crash Safety Module
  • ASK - Audio System Controller controller
  • ASR - Self starter block relay
  • AST - All Season Traction
  • AST - Automatic Slip control marketing term
  • AT - Antenna
  • ATF - Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • ATL - Exhaust gas turbo charger
  • AUC - Automatic air recirculation
  • AUT - Automatic transmission
  • AVT - Antenna amplifier Tuner
  • AZD - Tightening torque specifications
  • B
  • B - Benzene petrol, gasoline
  • BAT - Battery
  • BC - Board Computer
  • BC1 - Body Controller Number 1
  • BIT - Basic Interface Telephone
  • BL - Rear Brake Light
  • BLS - Brake Light Switch
  • BM - OnBoard Module
  • BMBT - Board Monitor
  • BMW - Bavarian Motor Works / Bayerische Motoren Werke
  • BS - Block diagram
  • BST - Battery Safety Terminal
  • BVA - Brake pad wear indicator
  • BZM - Center console
  • BZMF - Center console rear
  • CA - Comfort Access / Client Advisor
  • CAN - Controller Area Network
  • CAN-Bus - Controller Area Network Bus
  • CANH-Bus - CAN bus, High
  • CANL-Bus - CAN bus, Low
  • CANP - Fuel tank ventilation valve
  • CAS - Car Access System
  • CBC - Corner Braking Control
  • CBC - Cornering Brake Control
  • CBS - Condition Based Service
  • CCC - Car Communications Computer
  • CCC-ANT - Antenna
  • CCC-ASK - Audio Controller
  • CCC-BO - User Interface
  • CCC-GW - Central Gateway
  • CCM - Check Control Module
  • CD - Control Display
  • CDC - Compact Disk Changer
  • CDS - CD player
  • CDV - Clutch Delay Valve
  • CEL - Celsius / Temperature
  • CHAMP GW - GW Gateway
  • CID - Central Information Display
  • CIM - Chassis Integration Module
  • CIP - Coding, Individualization, Programming
  • CO - Carbon monoxide
  • COMBI - Electronic Instrument Cluster
  • CON - Controller
  • CPO - Certified Pre-Owned BMW
  • CSL - Club Sport Lightweight Club Sport Leicht
  • CTM - Convertible Top Module
  • CU - Copper / Element
  • CVM - Convertible top Module
  • CVT - Constantly Variable Transmission
  • CW - drag coefficient (such as in wind)
  • CWP - Cold Weather Package
  • D1 - Xenon light gas discharge
  • DBC - Dynamic Brake Control
  • DBS - Dynamic Braking System
  • D-Bus - Diagnosis bus / TXD
  • DCC - Dynamic Cruise Control
  • DCS - Dealer Communication System
  • DD - Dynamic Motor Drive
  • DDE - Digital Diesel Electronics
  • DE - Diagnostic Unit
  • DIN - German industrial standards
  • DIS - Diagnosis & Information System
  • DISA - Differential air intake control
  • DIVA - Continuously variable length intake runners
  • DK - Throttle housing valve
  • DKB - Throttle w brake intervention
  • DKE - Throttle Increase
  • DKI - Throttle position
  • DKR - Throttle reduction
  • DKT - Throttle position signal
  • DKV - Preset throttle position value
  • DME - Digital Motor Electronics
  • DM-TL - Diagnostic Module Tank Leakage
  • DOHC - Double Over Head Camshafts
  • Double VANOS - Steplessly Variable intake & exhaust valve timing
  • DRL - Daytime Running Lights
  • DS - Gasket set
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • DSP - Digital Sound Processing
  • DTC - Diagnostic Trouble Code SAE
  • DTC - Dynamic Traction Control
  • DWA - Anti-Theft System
  • DWS - Tire Pressure Warning System
  • DZM - Revolution counter
  • BMW E Terms
  • E39 - Seat Memory
  • EBV - Electronic Brake force proportioning
  • ECE - European market version
  • ECM - Engine Control Module SAE term
  • ECO - Controller for I-Drive system
  • ECU - Electronic Control Unit
  • ED - European Delivery
  • EDC - Electronic Dampening Control
  • EDC-K - Electronic Dampening Control - Continuous
  • EDCSHL - Damper Satellite Rear Left
  • EDCSHR - Damper Satellite Rear Right
  • EDCSVL - Damper Satellite Front Left
  • EDCSVR - Damper Satellite Front Right
  • EDK - Electronic throttle valve
  • EDR - Electronic throttle control
  • EDS - Electronic pressure regulator
  • EFH - Electric window lifter
  • EGS - Electronic transmission control
  • EH - Electronic Hydraulic
  • EHC - Electronic Height Control
  • E-KAT - Electrically heated catalytic converter
  • EKM - Electronic body Module
  • EKP - Electric Fuel Pump
  • ELV - Electronic steering lock
  • EM - Electro-Mechanical
  • EMF - Electro-Mechanical parking brake
  • EML - Electronic Motor Load regulation
  • EMV - Electro-Magnetic sensitivity
  • EO - Component location
  • EPC - Electronic Parts Catalog / ETK
  • EPROM - Erasable Programmable Chip Memory
  • EPS - Electronic Power Steering
  • ESS - Electronic anti-theft device
  • ETK - Electronic parts catalog also EPC
  • ETM - Electrical Troubleshooting Manual
  • EV - Injection Valve
  • EWS - Electronic driveaway protection
  • EZA - See ASC-EZA
  • BMW F Terms
  • FB - Function description
  • FBC - Fading Brake Control
  • FBD - Remote control services
  • FBZV - Radio frequency locking system
  • FD - Rear Display
  • FDRS - Fold Down Rear Seats
  • FGR - Vehicle Speed Control Cruise Control
  • FH - Window lifter
  • FHK - Rear Heater air conditioner
  • FKA - Rear Heater & A C
  • FLC - Automatic Light Control
  • FRM - Footwell Module
  • FRU - Flat Rate Unit
  • FS - Crash Sensor
  • FTM - Flat Tire Monitor
  • FZD - Function Center Roof
  • FZV - Central lock receiver
  • GAL - Speed dependent sound volume
  • GM - General Module
  • GMR - Yaw moment control
  • GPS - Global Positioning System
  • GR - Cruise Control
  • GRII - Cruise control
  • GRS - Rotation Rate Sensor
  • GS - Belt Tensioner
  • GWK - Torque converter lock-up control
  • GWS - Gear Selection Switch
  • H2 - Xenon headlights
  • HA - Rear Axle
  • HC - Hydro Carbon
  • HD - Heavy Duty
  • HDC - Hill Descent Control
  • HFM - Hot Film Air Mass Meter
  • HG - Manual Gearbox transmission
  • HKL - Hydraulic trunk lid Lift
  • HLM - Hot Wire Air Mass Meter
  • HPS - Head Protection System
  • HR - Heater control
  • HU - Head Unit
  • HUD - Heads Up Display
  • HVA - Hydraulic Valve Adjuster
  • HWS - Headlight Washer System
  • Hz - Hertz Cycle
  • IB - Interior lighting control signal
  • IBOC - Digital Tuner
  • I-Bus - Information bus
  • IHKA - Automatic Heating & A C
  • IHKAF - IHKA with micro filter
  • IHKR - Regulated Heating & A C
  • IHKRF - IHKR with micro filter
  • IHKS - Standard Heating & A C
  • IHPD - Internal High Pressure Deformation
  • IHR - Integrated Heater control
  • IKE - Instrument cluster Electronics
  • ILH - Interior Lighting, Rear
  • ILV - Interior Lighting, Front
  • IMS - Instant Mobility System
  • IR - Infrared
  • IRS - Infrared Locking System
  • ISC - Idle Speed Control
  • ISIS - Intelligent Safety & Information System
  • ISN - Individual Serial Number
  • ISOFIX - Standardized mounts for child restraints
  • ITS - Head airbag assembly Inflatable Tubular Structure
  • IVM - Integrated power supply Module
  • JBE - Junction Box
  • KAT - Catalytic converter
  • KATON - Converter creating signal
  • KBM - Body Basic Module
  • K-Bus - Body bus Karosserie
  • KD - Kick Down
  • KGM - Body Gateway Module
  • KHI - Interface for headphones
  • KL - Terminal designation
  • KL15 - Run bus ignition switch run position
  • KL30 - Battery bus hot at all times
  • KL31 - Ground bus chassis ground
  • KL50 - Start bus ignition start position
  • KLA - High Beam Assist
  • KLR - Accessory bus
  • KO - Compressor ON signal
  • KOMBI - Instrument cluster
  • KOREL - Compressor relay signal
  • KR - Contact Ring
  • KSK - Knock Sensor
  • KVA - Fuel consumption signal value
  • KW - Crankshaft
  • KW - KiloWatt
  • LCM LZM - Light Switching Center
  • LDM - Longitudinal Dynamics Management
  • LDP - Leak Diagnosis Pump
  • LEV - Low Emissions Vehicle
  • LEW - Lateral acceleration sensor
  • LHD - Left-Hand Drive
  • LKM - Lamp control Module
  • LL - Closed throttle
  • LM - Light Module
  • LMM - Air flow meter sensor
  • LMR - Light alloy wheel
  • LRA - Vertical headlight aiming
  • LRR - Long Range Sensor
  • LSM - Steering column memory
  • LSZ - Lamp Switching Center
  • LVA - Air supply system for EHC system
  • LVDS - Low Voltage Differential Signaling
  • LWR - Vertical headlight aim control
  • LWRT - Low Weight Reinforced Thermoplastics
  • LWS - Steering angle sensor
  • MAL - Center armrest
  • MBC - Maximum Brake Control
  • M-Bus - IHKA IHKR stepper motor bus
  • MDK - Motorized throttle valve system
  • MFC - Multi-Function Controller
  • MFL - Multi-Function steering wheel
  • MFS - Multi-Function Steering Wheel
  • MFU - Multi-Function Clock
  • MID - Multi-Information Display
  • MIL - Malfunction Indicator Lamp SAE, "check engine"
  • MIR - Multi-Information Radio
  • MJOY - Mini Joystick
  • MK20 MK60 MKIV- ABS
  • MMC - Multi-Media Changer
  • MoDiC - Mobile Diagnostic Computer
  • MOST-Bus - Media Oriented System Transport bus
  • MPM - Micro Power Module
  • MRS - Multiple Restraint System
  • MRSII - Airbag SRS
  • MSR - Engine drag torque Regulation
  • MV - Magnetic Valve Solenoid Valve
  • N-AB - Rotational speed, transmission rpm
  • NAV - Navigation
  • NAVI - Navigation Module
  • NG - New Generation N73 engine
  • NG - Tilt sensor
  • N-MOT - Rotational speed, engine rpm
  • NOX - Nitrogen Oxides exhaust gas recirculation
  • NSD - Rear muffler
  • NSL - Rear Fog Lamp
  • NSW - Fog lamp
  • NTC - Negative Temperature Coefficient
  • NVE - Night Vision
  • NW - Camshaft
  • OBC - On-Board Computer
  • OBD - On-Board Diagnosis
  • OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer
  • P N - Park Neutral Position
  • PB - Pin assignments
  • PBS - Parts Bulletin System in TIS
  • P-Bus - Periphery bus
  • PCD - Performance Center Delivery
  • PDC - Park Distance Control
  • PDI - Pre-Delivery Inspection
  • PGS - Passive Go System
  • PM - Power Module
  • PP - Impact Pad
  • PTC - Positive Temperature Coefficient
  • PuMA - Product & Measures Management in After Sales
  • PWG - Pedal position sensor potentiometer
  • RA - Repair instructions
  • RAD - Radio
  • RAL - Aluminum wheels
  • RAL - Standard color
  • RAM - Random Access Memory
  • RDC - Tire Pressure Control
  • RDK - Tire Pressure Monitor
  • RDS - Radio Data-broadcast System
  • RDW - Tire Pressure Warning
  • RFK - Reversing Camera
  • RFT - Run Flat Tires
  • RHD - Right-Hand Drive
  • RLS - Rain-Light Sensor
  • RM - Relay Module
  • ROZ - Research Octane rating fuel grade
  • RPA - Tire puncture warning
  • RPS - Rollover Protection System
  • RS - Repair kit
  • RSC - Run-flat System Components
  • RSW - Back-up lamp
  • RXD - Wake-up Diagnosis line
  • RZV - Direct stationary ignition
  • SA - Sales Advisor or Service Advisor
  • SASL - Satellite, A-pillar left
  • SASR - Satellite, A-pillar right
  • SAV - Sport Activity Vehicle
  • SB - Fuse assignments
  • SBE - Seat occupancy detector sensor
  • SBFH - Seat Module, passenger-side rear
  • SBK - Safety Battery Terminal
  • SBSL - Satellite, B-pillar left
  • SBSR - Satellite, B-pillar right
  • SBT - Reference information in TIS
  • SBX-H - Interface Box High
  • SCA - Soft Close Automatic Actuator
  • SD - Silencer Muffler
  • SD - Sliding roof
  • SDAR - Satellite Tuner
  • SE - Special Equipment
  • SES - Voice Recognition System
  • SFAH - Seat Module, driver's side rear
  • SFZ - Satellite, vehicle center
  • SG - Control unit
  • SGM-SIM - Safety Gateway Module
  • SGS - Seat integrated belt System
  • SHD - Sunroof module also SHDM
  • SI - Service Information in TIS
  • SIA - Service Interval system ver I, II, III, IV, etc
  • SII - Service Interval Indicator
  • SIL - SILicon
  • SIM - Safety Information Module
  • SINE - Siren tilt sensor
  • SKD - Steel sliding roof
  • SKHD - Sliding lifting roof
  • SLZ - Seat Steering Column Memory
  • SM - Seat Module
  • SM SPM - Seat Mirror Memory
  • SMBF - Seat Module, passenger side
  • SMFA - Seat Module, driver's side
  • SMFB - Seat Module Passenger Side
  • SMG - Sequential Manual Gearbox
  • SP - Schematic
  • SRA - Headlight fog light cleaning
  • SRS - Supplemental Restraint System / Airbag System
  • SSD - Steel sliding roof
  • SSH - Seat Satellite, rear seat
  • ST - Connector views
  • Steptronic - Transmission shift control
  • STVL - Satellite, left front door
  • STVR - Satellite, right front door
  • SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle not coined by BMW
  • SVS - Speech Processing System
  • SWR - Headlamp cleaning system
  • SWZ - Special tool listings in TIS
  • SZL - Switch Center, steering column
  • SZM - Central switch center Module
  • TAGE - Door handle Electronics
  • TBM - Two Battery Management
  • TCM - Transmission Control Module
  • TCU - Telematic Control Module
  • TD - Engine speed signal ignition pulse
  • TD - Technical Data in TIS
  • TDD - Technical Documentation Disk
  • TE - Fuel evaporation control
  • TEL - TELephone control unit
  • TEV - Evaporative purge control
  • THZ - Tandem master cylinder
  • ti - Injector ON Time duration
  • TIS - Technical Information System
  • TL - Part throttle load signal
  • TLEV - Transitional Low Emission Vehicle
  • TMBFT - Door Module, passenger side
  • TMBFTH - Door Module, Passenger side rear
  • TMC - Traffic Message Channel
  • TMFAT - Door Module, driver's side
  • TMFATH - Door Module, driver's side rear
  • TP - Tandem Pump
  • TP - Traffic Program
  • TPC - Tire Pressure Control
  • TPM - Tire Pressure Monitor
  • TPS - Throttle Position Switch Sensor
  • TR - Engine speed signal rpm
  • TR - Transistor
  • TRG - Fuel level sensor
  • TRI - Technical Reference Information also SBT
  • TRS - Battery Isolation Switch
  • TSB - Technical Service Bulletin
  • TSD - Torsional vibration dampener
  • TSH - Door lock Heating
  • TSZI - Transistorized Coil Ignition system
  • TU - Technical Update as in M50tu
  • TXD - Transmitting Diagnosis line
  • U-batt - Battery voltage
  • UERSS - Rollover bar
  • URS - Rollover Protection System
  • USIS - Ultrasonic passenger compartment Sensor
  • U-vers - Supply voltage
  • V - Vehicle road speed
  • V - Vorn front
  • VA - Front Axle
  • VAC - Voice Activated Control
  • VANOS - Variable camshaft timing
  • VAT - Front axle support
  • VDC - Vehicle Distribution Center
  • VDM - Vertical Dynamic Management
  • VEP - Distributor-type injection Pump
  • VGT - Vario Transfer Gearbox
  • VID - VIDeo module
  • VL - Full load wide open throttle
  • VM - Video Module
  • VPC - Vehicle Preparation Center
  • VSD - Front Muffler
  • VTC - Valvetronic / VTC2
  • VTG - Gearbox Control
  • VVT - Valve Tronic
  • WBG - Hazard warning switch
  • WIM - Wiper control Module
  • WK - Torque converter lock-up clutch
  • WSS - Wind Shield
  • WT - Valve tronic control unit
  • ZAB - Ignition fade-out reduction
  • ZAE - Central Airbag Electronics
  • ZAS - Ignition starter switch
  • ZCP - Competition Package M3
  • ZCW - Cold Weather Package
  • ZGM - Central Gateway Module
  • ZHP - Performance Package
  • ZK - Cylinder head
  • ZKE - Central body Electronics
  • ZKH - Cylinder head cover
  • ZMS - Dual-Mass flywheel
  • ZPP - Premium Package
  • ZS - Central lock
  • ZSD - Center Muffler
  • ZSP - Sport Package
  • ZV - Central locking system
  • ZVM - Central Locking Module
  • ZWD - Idle control valve

If you know a BMW acronyms or term that is not in this list, feel free to add it to the comments section.

 

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This site is very helphul. Thanks

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