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De-coding your VIN/Chassis number, (plant of manufacture, model year, etc)

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by shariain, May 27, 2012.

  1. shariain
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    Right I have just copied this from another forum as I was looking for the information for myself via the search on here and google and I found this on ukmkiv's forum.

    Quote from ukmkiv's forum.

    "I figure this has been posted before somewhere, but may be of interest to some.

    The Vehicle Identification Number consists of 17 characters, either a number or letter. In identifying a particular vehicle only characters 7 to 17 are particularly relevant.

    The first 3 letters are the WMI, World Manufacturer Identifier. For VW's the characters are WVW. The W is for Germany and the VW is the manufacturers code. The country indicator is not necessarily the country of manufacture, this comes later on in the VIN.

    The 4th to 9th characters are the VDS, Vehicle Descriptor Section. This is used to identify vehicle type, model and body style. The first 3 characters of the VDS are not used for the european market and are therefore filled with the letter Z. Positions 7 & 8 on the VIN are for the model description and are either a number and a letter or both numbers. 1J denotes a Golf Mk4 and Bora, 1K denotes a Golf Mk5 and Golf Plus. Place 9 is for use in North American markets, so is also marked with a Z.

    The 10th - 17th characters are the VIS, Vehicle Identifier Section. The 10th character is the model year (not necessarily the calender year) in which the car was built. The 11th character denotes the plant of manufacture and is therefore of particular interest to many owners The numbers from 12 to 17 are the vehicles unique serial number.

    Model Years;

    A=1980

    B=1981

    C=1982

    D=1983

    E=1984

    F=1985

    G=1986

    H=1987

    J=1988

    K=1989

    L=1990

    M=1991

    N=1992

    P=1993

    R=1994

    S=1995

    T=1996

    V=1997

    W=1998

    X=1999

    Y=2000

    1=2001

    2=2002

    3=2003

    4=2004

    5=2005

    6=2006

    7=2007

    8=2008

    9=2009



    Plant of Manufacture; (list includes, VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda & Porsche plants)

    A=Ingolstadt-Germany

    B=Brussels-Belgium

    C=Taipei-Taiwan (1994>)

    C=Sao Bernardo do campo- Plant 4, Brazil

    D=Bratislava-Slovakia (1995>)

    D=Ipiranga-Brazil (1996 only)

    E=Emden-Germany

    F=Ipiranga & Resende-Brazil

    G=Steyr-Daimler Puch, Graz-Austria

    H=Hanover-Germany

    J=Jakarta-Indonesia (1998>)

    K=Osnabruck/Rheine-Germany (Karmann)

    L=Lago-Nigeria

    L=Leipzig-Germany (2001>)

    M=Puebla-Mexico

    N=Neckarsulum-Germany

    P=Anchieta-Sao Paulo, Brazil

    P=Mosel-Germany (1992>)

    R=Martorell-Spain (1996>)

    R=Resende-Brazil

    S=Salzgitter-Germany (1970-1975)

    T=Sarajevo-Yugoslavia (>1994)

    T=Taubate-Brazil

    T=Kvasiny-Czech Republic (1997>)

    U=Uitenhage-South Africa (1998>)

    V=Westmoreland-USA (1979-1989)

    V=Palmera-Portugal (1994>)

    W=Wolfsburg-Germany)

    X=Poznan-Poland (1995>)

    Y=Navara/Pamplona-Spain (1986>)

    Z=Zuffenhausen-Germany (1995 only)

    0=Mlada/Boleslav-Czech Republic

    1=Gyor-Hungary (1997>)

    1=Mlada/Boleslav-Czech Republic

    2=Shanghai-China (1998>)

    3=FAW-VW-Changchun-China (1998>)

    3=Mlada/Boleslav-Czech Republic

    4=Curitiba-Brazil (1998>)

    4=Mlada/Boleslav-Czech Republic

    5=Kvasiny-Czech Republic

    6=Kvasiny-Czech Republic

    7=Vrchlabi-Czech Republic

    8=Dresden-Germany (2000>)

    8=Vrchlabi-Czech Republic (1991>)

    9=Hino-Japan (Toyota) (1989-1997)

    9=Sarajevo-Yugoslavia (2002>)



    Have a look at you VIN, then post a reply with your model and reg year and where it was built, I'll start."

    So as said I will start

    8P 0 4A

    A3 2004 Ingolstadt-Germany
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