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Old 06-20-2005, 01:46 PM
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BMW VIN Decoders (collection of the main Internet sources)

In response to a VIN-decoding request, I recently posted a series of VIN-decoding links to BMW E39 forum (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=1#post1231262 );
however, this useful VIN-decoding information may even better be leveraged in BMW General - so I post just one of the modified snapshots here.

If you have better BMW VIN secret decoder rings ... please add them so others benefit from all your actions.
This is one of the better ones (modified from a Bimmerfest posting of the past for better organization so as to be more usable to the user).

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Old 06-20-2005, 03:38 PM
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I remember looking at this a long time ago and noticing that it's not quite right for my wagon, and my M6 is nowhere in sight.
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Old 06-20-2005, 06:51 PM
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my M6 is nowhere in sight.
1. Did you check out the other VIN decoders posted to the referenced thread? (Did any of those other decoders cover your M6?)
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=101178

2. If not, let's hope someone posts a better VIN decoder for all of us.

3. In addition, these programatic Internet VIN decoders *might* work for you.

BMW VIN DECODER: http://www.autohausaz.com/bmw-auto-p...n-numbers.html
BMW VIN DECODER: http://bmw.aloistreichel.de/bmw-vin-decoder.php
YET ANOTHER BMW VIN DECODER: http://www.e34.de/vin/index.php
BMW MINI-VIN DECODER: http://www.bmw-z1.com/VIN/VINdecode-e.cgi
UNIVERSAL VIN DECODER: http://www.cardetective.com/vin-decoder.html
BASIC VIN EXPLANATION: http://www.is-it-a-lemon.com/vin_check/content.htm
DEFUNCT BMW VIN DECODER: http://www.bmwlinks.com/jump.cgi?ID=2979
ALL BRANDS (INCL. BMW) VIN DECODER: http://www.vehicleidentificationnumb..._decoding.html
UNIVERSAL VIN DECODER: http://www.analogx.com/contents/vinview.htm


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Old 06-20-2005, 06:55 PM
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Here are the basics of a Bimmer VIN

Notice that this web page ( http://www.vehicleidentificationnumber.com/bmw.html ) even gives you valid starting and ending numbers, including numbers of vehicles manufactured, so you can manufacture your own VIN next time you build a BMW from scratch!

Below are the basics of a BMW VIN.



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Old 06-20-2005, 07:17 PM
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For the BMW record, these "BMW VIN Equipment Codes" from
http://www.angelfire.com/ca/TORONTO/VIN/bmw.html may help.

4th-7th digits - model *******>********>
AA13325is
AA23325isA
AB03325iXA
AB54325 & 325e(s)
AB64325A & 325e(s)A
AB93325iX
AC74318i/4
AC84318iA/4
AD13325i/4
AD23325iA/4
AE03325iXA/4
AE54325/4 & 325e/4
AE64325A/4 & 325eA/4
AE93325iX/4
AF93318is
AG33320i(s)
AG43320iA
AH31323i Euro
AH41323iA Euro
AJ93318i/4
AK03M3
AK74318i
AK84318iA
AV13320i (Canada)
BA73318iC
BB13325iC
BB23325iCA
BE53318is
BE63318isA
BF33325is
BF43325isA
BF93M3
BJ53325iC
BJ63325iCA
CA53318i
CA63318iA
CB33325i
CB43325iA
CJ95528i
CJ97528iA
DB24524tdA
DB74533i
DB84533iA
DC71M535i Euro
*******>********>
DC74535i(s)
DC81M535iA Euro
DC84535i(s)A
DC93M5
DK73528e
DK83528eA
EB35633CSi
EB36633CSi
EB45633CSiA
EB46633CSiA
EB74633CSi
EB84633CSiA
EC74635CSi
EC84635CSiA & L6
EE14M6
EE81M635 Euro
EG13850Ci & 850i
EG23850CiA & 850iA
FF33733i
FF34733i
FF43733iA
FF44733iA
FF74733i
FF84733iA
FG24L7
FH74735i
FH84735iA
GB33735i
GB43735iA
GC43735iLA
GC83750iLA
GD43740iA
GD83740iLA
HC13525i
HC23525iA
HD13535i
HD23535iA
HD53525i
HD63525iA
HD93M5
HE13530i
HE23530iA
HJ63525iTA
HK23530iTA

*******>********>
8th digit - restraint system
0manual belts
1manual belts with driver
supplementary restraint system
2manual belts with driver & passenger
supplementary restraint system
4manual belts with driver & passenger
front & side airbags


*******>********>
11th digit - assembly plant
AMunich, Germany
BDingolfing, Germany
CDingolfing, Germany
DDingolfing, Germany
ERegensburg, Germany
FMunich, Germany
GMunich, Germany
JRegensburg, Germany
KMunich, Germany
LSpartanburg, South Carolina
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Old 06-21-2005, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by shaftdrive
In response to a VIN-decoding request, I recently posted a series of VIN-decoding links to BMW E39 forum (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=1#post1231262 );
however, this useful VIN-decoding information may even better be leveraged in BMW General - so I post just one of the modified snapshots here.

If you have better BMW VIN secret decoder rings ... please add them so others benefit from all your actions.
This is one of the better ones (modified from a Bimmerfest posting of the past for better organization so as to be more usable to the user).
Great information,the only problem is the text is so wide I can't,and I'm sure others can't print it for a reference. Thank you
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Old 06-21-2005, 10:22 AM
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the only problem is the text is so wide I can't,and I'm sure others can't print it for a reference.
Then they should save it like a regular picture file and print it to fit paper.
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save it like a regular picture and print it to fit paper.
As suggested, you can print a photo to fit to your paper.
If that doesn't work for you, the originals on Bimmerfest were in two parts (see the referenced E39 sticky thread if that helps) so maybe printing those (which are half the size) would work for you?
If you switch from portrait printing to landscape, does that help?

I don't have a JPEG/GIF-to-TEXT converter and the originals on Bimmerfest were not in PDF so it's not easy to convert this text GIF into pure ASCII text for proper printing. It's shrunk down to the minimum that would barely fit in a Bimmerfest post also, so there's not a lot I can do to make the text more printable other than those suggestions above.

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11th digit: plant
W = Graz, Austria
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It doesnt work for my car! My vin starts out WBAEV where the fourth letter, E, says 330i (02-03) yet mine is a 2004 model according to the CPO paperwork and Title.
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the date stated in your VIN is the date your car actually rolled out of the plant it was made in. it usually doesn't get to where it's gonna be sold until some time and that's why your year model actually became '04. your car probably rolled out of the assembly line sometime in late '03. when i first bought my E34 i couldn't understand my VIN either, let alone find it! i actually got so pissed off trying to understand it (when i did find it) that i went to the official BMW site--it was in German!--and luckily chanced upon a few links and buttons that led me to a page just like this reply page where i wrote--in English, mind you (i was THAT frustrated!!)--to whoever would read it to explain to me my VIN. lo and behold, i received a response in 3 or 4 days explaining to me--in English--about the origins of my car! i can't remember which site i went to anymore but when you're desperate i guess people do desperate things! ha! hope that helps clarify your query a bit. cheers!
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Does anyone have an updated version of the VIN Decoder for 2010 cars?

I would like to know what the PM7C model code refers to as well as the new restraint system identified with 5.

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ok i have a question about my vin the thing is that in the 11th position mine has a number not a letter does any one know what that means?
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Ordered a 2010 Z4, currently in route on ship from Bremerhaven, model designation in VIN is "LM7C" and restraint is noted as "5*

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ok i have a question about my vin the thing is that in the 11th position mine has a number not a letter does any one know what that means?
The number represents what order in the alphabet the digit is. As is mine it's a 7, which is G (made in Munich Germany).
Also the same in the fourth and fifth digits, which is 1 and 7 in mine which is AG (model 320i(s)).
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This is an old thread, but one of the most complete lists Google comes up with.

A couple of more data points.

WMWMF3......

Digit 2 - M MINI
Digits 4-7
MF32 MINI Cooper Hatch RHD (R56)
MF33 MINI Cooper Hatch LHD (R56)
ML33 MINI Cooper Clubman LHD (R55)
Digit 11 Plant Code T is Oxford England.
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Great guide!.still doesnt help me though. Trying to decode my VIN due to the "0" in the tenth spot. Found a plate during a new windshield install. "Substitute For US VIN WBAHC610803532586 SEE 49 CFR 565" any help I would greatly appreciate it.

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Your car is a European model and not originally built for the US market. I'd guess that plate was added when the car was Federalized.


Production Code HC61. 12/1988 E34 530i Sedan M30 Europe Left hand drive Automatic.
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Andrew*Debbie_ thank you for the information. Was even a pain getting insurance had to go to 3 companies to get it.
The inside of the door says it was made 3/89.. Don't know all I do know is I love the car and have always loved Bimmers 4th one all I have ever owned since I was 18, 22 yrs of nothing but enjoyment!
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My restraint system indicating number is 5.......what does that mean?
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Andrew*Debbie_ thank you for the information. Was even a pain getting insurance had to go to 3 companies to get it.
The inside of the door says it was made 3/89.. Don't know all I do know is I love the car and have always loved Bimmers 4th one all I have ever owned since I was 18, 22 yrs of nothing but enjoyment!
Definitely. After five 3 series, two 5 series, now I own a 7.
I have owned four Mercedes but they don't compare to the sportiness of a BMW.
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Ok , I am new to this forum and got here looking for an answer to the 11th VIN character. This is supposed to tell you what plant you car came from,right? Well mine is a 6...not a letter. Now , the example given and broken down at the begining of this post is also a number, not a letter. All of the plants seem to be given a letter. I have two five series and both of them have a number in the 11th spot. So....?
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