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Old 09-20-2004, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got locked out of my car and I contaced BMW road side assistance and they asked me for the VIN. I though it would be on the driver side corner of the wind sheild. I could not find it. Is it somewhere else so that its visible from out side of the car?
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The VIN is on the driver's side bottom corner of the windshield. (if you have a non-oem windshield, it could be blocked) Otherwise there is another VIN label behind the rear license plate.
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It's also located in the engine compartment and I believe also the door panels...

There was a member on this forum recently who had different vin numbers in his car (STOLEN)... He didn't know it. So, if you can locate your number on more than one place in your car the better.
Has the winshield being replaced?? it's weird because you should be able to see it.

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Also You will not see the VIN number if this car is European modified to US standard, usually what they do is to place A TAG of the VIN number on the left side of the winshield but mid way position to the roof NOT ON THE DASH. Possibility? these MOD tags do fall off!!!

If this is not the case follow the good advises above.
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VIN is standardly located (euro OR us) in the lower left hand corner of the windscreeen (under wiper blade on E39 5 series) on B pillar (door jamb driver's side) on Passenger side Strut tower, behind rear licence plate...I could go on, but I think you get the idea
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Ok thats what I though but for some reason its not in the wind sheild.
I do not know if its the orginal but I know its OEM.

Is there a way to get a new plate put in the windsheild? Would a dealership do this?
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Dear 325is baby

I did import a car from Germany with KMP instead of MPH/ no VIN on dash it was located on a metal plate under the hood. The car had to go for DOT (department of transportation) modifications. A licensed professional posted a bond for the car to do the modification. HE took pics of all modifications and was sent to Wash. DC for approval. It did Cost me about $2500 to change it to US standard; among other things: they changed the speedo to read MPH/engraved the serial number on a plate that was inserted into the windows pillar. I went through the same procedure for an imported Mercedes except they added the (EPA) modification. This one was about $4500. EPA + DOT for newer years. These cars were called "grey market". Now you got me thinking if my case was an isolated incident!!!!

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billB...what year vehicle are we talking here...VIN placement has been standardized for quite some time now.
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