VW - VIN Interpretation


A lot of information can be gleaned from theVehicle Identification Number (VIN) of your Volkswagen. Below is an example VIN with each section linked to the corresponding decoded descriptions.

EXAMPLE

DIGIT:              1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1 2 3  4 5 6 7 8 9  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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W V W  D B 4 5 0 5  L K 2 3 4 5 6 7
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WMI.....  VDS.......................  VIS............

WMI - World Manufacture Index

VDS - Vehicle Descriptor Section

VIS - Vehicle Identifier Section

Other VW-VIN decoding sites may have additional or updated information (these tend to change over time, try them all):


1 - Manufacturing Country
W - Germany (Europe)
1 - USA
3 - Mexico
9 - Brazil
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2 - Manufacturer
A - Audi
B - VW of Brazil
V - Volkswagen
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3 - Vehicle Type
1 - Pickup / truck
2 - MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle)
U - Passenger Car (Audi)
W - Passenger Car (VW)
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4 - Body Style
Note: These are only a small set of possibilities.
- If your vehicle body style letter is not listed, try looking for the same letter under other vehicle types, chances are they may be similar.
- If that fails, look at your vehicle and if you have a 7-door Thing-a-ma-jig, then that's what your body style letter means!
- Check some of the other VIN decoding web sites (above) for codes not listed here.
1980-84 Pickup (Caddy)
? - Base Model
? - Sport Truck
L - LX
1987-93 Fox
A - 2 Door Basic
B - 2 Door Economy
C - 2 Door Custom
D - 2 Door Wagon
G - 4 Door Custom
1985-95 Golf
B - 2 Door Custom
D - 2 Door Sport
D - 2 Door GTi
F - 4 Door Custom
H - 2 Door GTi 16V
K - 4 Door Golf III
1985-95 Jetta
A- 2 Door Economy
K - 2 Door Base
M - 2 Door Custom
P - 4 Door Base
R - 4 Door Custom GL / Caret / Economy
S - 4 Door GLS / Custom
T - 4 Door GLI / GLX
1983-95 Rabbit / Cabriolet
A - 2 Door Base
B - 2 Door Custom (1992-93)
C - 2 Door Custom (1983-91)
D - 2 Door Carat
E - 2 Door Etienne Aigner
1983-88 Quantum
A - 1983-88 2 Door Basic
B - 1983-88 2 Door Custom
C - 1983-88 2 Door Deluxe
D - 1983-88 2 Door Sport
E - 1983-88 4 Door Basic
F - 1983-88 4 Door Custom
G - 1983-88 4 Door Deluxe
1983-88 Scirocco (USA)
A - 1983-88 2 Door Basic
B - 1983-88 2 Door Custom
C - 1983-88 2 Door Deluxe
D - 1983-88 2 Door Sport
1983-89 Scirocco (Canada)
A - 1983-89 2 Door Basic
B - 1983-88 2 Door Custom
C - 1983-89 2 Door Deluxe
D - 1983-89 2 Door Sport
1990-94 Corrado(USA)
D - 1990-92 2 Door Sport
E - 1992-94 2 Door SLC
1995 Corrado (Canada)
E - 1995 2 Door SLC
Vanagon / Transporter
U - 2 door Pickup
V - 3 door double cab Pickup
W - 3 door Delivery Van
X - 1983-88 Kombi
Y - 1983-92 3 door Bus (Vanagon)
Z - 1983-92 3 door Camper
1992-95 EuroVan
H - EuroVan CL
K - EuroVan GL
1990-95 Passat
C - 4 Door GLS
D - 4 Door Wagon GLS
E - 4 Door GLX
F - 4 Door Wagon GLX
F - 4 Door Custom GL
G - 4 Door Wagon GL
H - 4 Door Base
J - 4 Door Deluxe GLX / GLS
N - 4 Door Wagon Custom GLX
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5 - Engine
A - Lowest output gas
F - 1.9l TDI
G - Lowest output diesel
Listed by increasing output available for each model; contact dealer for detailed engine information.
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6 - Restraint System
0 - Active; i.e. Manual seatbelt
2 - Passive w/Manual Lap Belt
4 - ELRA (motorized)
5 - Active Belts w/Driver Air Bag
6 - Front and side Air Bags
8 - Active Belts w/Dual Air Bags
9 - Passive
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7-8 Model
15 - 1983-93 Convertible, Cabriolet
16 - 1983-88 Jetta
17 - 1980?-92 Rabbit, Pickup, Golf, GTi
1C - New Beetle
1E - 1995 Cabrio
1G - 1989-92 Golf / Jetta
1H - 1993-95 Golf / Jetta
24 - VW Transporter (Pickup and Multivan)
25 - 1983-92 Vanagon, Transporter Van
30 - 1987-93 Fox
31 - 1990-95 Passat
32 - 1983-88 Quantum 2 Door and 4 Door
33 - 1985-88 Quantum Station Wagon and Quattro
3A - 1995 Passat
43 - Audi 5000 / older
44 - Audi 5000/100/200/V8
4A - Audi S4/100CS/V8
50 - 1990-95 Corrado
53 - 1983-88 Scirocco
60 - 1994-95 Corrado
70 - EuroVan
78 - Passat?
81 - Audi 4000
83 - Audi 4000
85 - Audi Coupe GT
89 - Audi 90
8A - Audi 90
8B - Audi Coupe
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9 - VIN Check Digit
Manufacturer's Internal Code
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10 - Vehicle Model Year
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
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11 - Assembly Plant
A - Ingolstadt
B - Brussels
E - Emden
G - Graz
H - Hanover
K - Osnabruck
M - Mexico
N - Neckarsulm
P - Brazil
S - Stuttgart
V - Westmoreland, PA. (USA)
W - Wolfsburg
Y - Spain (SEAT)
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12-17 Serial Number
Sequential Production Number
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