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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 07-21-2009, 11:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Finding the VIN Number

Hi people I've just joined this forum. I brought a E30 320i think its about an '84 5 spd manual, two door. I need to get a new key cut as the one given to me is no good.
At the moment though I can't locate the VIN number any where.
Any help would be good thanks.

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It should be in the lower right corner of the windshield at least. It should also appear on the car's title.
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I don't have the original paper work for the car. I brought it from an estate. As is kinda thing. I've got some numbers off the intake manifold. not to sure if they help me though.

maybe() : (RLL) 25035700 (12 in a circle)

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The VIN should also be located in the door jamb along with other information like tire pressures, car color, etc.
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On the drivers side door well?


Edit: Dang you BimmerE39...you beat me to it.
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I just went and had a look and only the tire info is there.

thanks for the help
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On the drivers side door well?


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I just went and had a look and only the tire info is there.

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Interesting, that information is normally there. You can still see it under the window on the drivers side of the car though.
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Can't speak for older BMWs, but I've seen VIN numbers on black decals on the hood, trunk, all doors, the top of the front fenders, as well as stamped on the body below the right windshield wiper. It's also listed on registration and proof-of-insurance cards. The dash VIN plate might be hidden under a dash cover or might not match if the dash has been replaced (ditto almost all the other body parts I mentioned).
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