VIN Decoding

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Decoding Vehicle Identification Number

First 3 characters represent the Manufacturer's code

  • 4US – BMW NA MFG
  • NCO – BMW South Africa
  • WBA – BMW AG
  • WBS – Motorsport

Characters 4 - 7 are the Vehicle Model Code

Character 8 is the Safety System Identifier

  • 0 - Seatbelts
  • 1 - Seatbelts, Drivers airbag
  • 2 - Seatbelts, Dual airbags
  • 3 - Seatbelts, 2nd generation, dual front airbags
  • 4 - Seatbelts, Dual-stage advanced front airbags

Character 9 is a Check digit

Character 10 is the Model / Year Identifier

  • 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
  • A – 2010
  • B – 2011
  • C – 2012

Character 11 is the Plant Code

  • A, F, K – Munich, Germany
  • C, B, D, G – Dingolfing, Germany
  • E, J, P – Regensburg, Germany
  • L, M – Spartanburg, U.S.A
  • N – Roslyn, South Africa
  • W – Graz, Austria
  • V – Leipzig, Germany

Characters 12 – 17 are the Sequential Production Numbers of the Vehicle.

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