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Old 10-11-2011, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by basedrum777 View Post
Does anyone have an update to the VIN # description? My VIN (recently ordered not yet received 3 series) has a different set of numbers and letters than that described. Thanx
Define "different," please? The VIN format has been standardized for decades. For a BMW:
WWW MMMM R C Y PNNNNNN
WWW = World Manufacturer ID (WBA = BMW, WBS = BMW M)
MMMM = Model code. This is different for every series, body style & engine combination. It also changes when a model receives a life-cycle impulse (LCI) or "facelift" design refresh at the midpoint of its production run.
R = Restraint system ID. Increments with significant new safety technology but is generally not noteworthy.
C = Check digit (0-9 or X)
P = Plant code
NNNNNN = Serial number within plant production.
The model code in the original post (MMMM=WC73) is now obsolete because the 3er coupe had its LCI refresh in the past year.

The last seven digits (PNNNNNN) are a shorthand unique identifier for a given vehicle and are usually all you need to provide a dealer, e.g., to ensure they order the correct parts to reflect running production changes.
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