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#1 (permalink) Old 09-01-2004, 11:47 AM
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hi all:
I need to find more info about my car.
mine is and E30, is made in germany is not the american version, Sometimes parts are different and I have to order things (from bavarian autosport for instance) using 325e or 318 american versions.

This is my VIN can someone find me info about it, or send me a link that works for it I have used many links but they say invalid VIN or invalid characters.


This is the number I got from my car, does not look like any number I have seen before.

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year 1985
E30
320 i
6 cyl
engine Bosch L-JETRONIC

this is my confusion:

the VIN:
WBAAD 31010 1544071

BUT IT COULD BE:
WBAAD 3101O 1544071 (notice is is 3101 "o" instead of 3101 "zero"

I am in costa rica and the car was never imported to usa

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The letters "I", "O" and "Q" never appear in a VIN.

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Here you go.

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Originally posted by BMWLotAttendant@Sep 2 2004, 12:31 AM
Here you go.

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ok.that link does not work in my computer, shows to me an error.

Let me explain here:

my car is german all info and vins that i have seen are for american cars, no database shows nothing about my car.
Looks like nobody knows there was an E30 320i made in germany model 1985 with L-JETRONIC engine.DOES ANY BODY ELSE HAVE ONE??

IF SOMEONE HAPPENS TO HELP ME THIS IS MY VIN

WBAAD 310101 544071, WHY IT DOES NOT HAVE LETTERS IN THE MIDDLE?
WHY YEAR CODE IS NOT THE SAME AS AMERICAN VERSIONS?
WHY IS MY VIN THIS WAY??

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Chassis number 1544071
Vehicle code 1431
Series E30
Model 320i
Body type saloon
Catalog model ECE
Production date 1984 / 09
Engine M20
Transmission Manual
Steering Left
Catalyzer NONE


Additional Information for Vehicle code 1431
Production FROM : 1983/09/01 TO : 1990/11/30
Engine M20 B20
Engine Oil 4.25 Liter
Transmission Manual
Transmission Model S5-16
Transmission Oil 1.15 Liter
Rear Axle Oil 0.90 Liter
Coolant(w/o Air Conditioner) 10.50 Liter
Coolant(with Air Conditioner) 11.00 Liter
Brake fluid 1.00 Liter
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replacing the link (from BMWlotattendant) that gave error:
first off id like to say that the last three digits on your VIN number are NOT your paint code. i have talked to 3 different BMW dealerships (one was BMW Canada's head office) and they all told me that its a myth that the last three digits are your paint code.

in the mean time i have found great information via www.autohausAZ.com that will explain VIN numbers and how they work..


Know Your VIN & Get Exactly The RIGHT BMW Repair Parts Every Time

Vehicle identification numbers (also called VINs) are critical pieces of information for identifying the exact BMW you have and the engine that was put into it when it was built. A car‘s vehicle identification number (VIN) is the automotive equivalent of human DNA.

History of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
In the mid 1950s, American automobile manufacturers began stamping and casting identifying numbers on cars and their parts. The obvious purpose was to give an accurate description of the vehicle as mass production numbers were starting to climb to very significant numbers. Research has shown that early VINs came in all sorts of variations, depending on the car manufacturer.

In the early 1980s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began requiring that all road vehicles contain a 17-character VIN. This established the fixed VIN system for major vehicle manufacturers as it is known today and thus, created a unique "DNA" style number for each unique vehicle that rolled off the assembly line.

The Vehicle Identification Number was "officially" described in ISO Standard 3779 in February 1977 and last revised in 1983.

Explanation of Unique Identifiers Within Your BMW's VIN
Vehicle identification numbers are standardized - all contain 17 characters. VIN characters may be capital letters A through Z and numbers 1 through 0; however, the letters I, O and Q are never used in order to avoid mistakes of misreading. No signs or spaces are allowed in the VIN.

The position of each letter or number in the VIN code reveals important information about where and when your BMW was made, the type of engine it has, the model or series of the car, various equipment/attributes and its production sequence. Each character or digit has a particular purpose as follows:

1st Character: The 1st character of your BMW's vehicle identification number identifies the country where it was manufactured.

VIN Character 1 - Manufacturing Country Codes
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1 or 4= USA
2= Canada
3= Mexico
J= Japan
K= Korea
S= England
W= Germany
Z= Italy
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2nd Character: The 2nd character in your BMW's VIN specifies the manufacturer, for example:

VIN Character 2 - Car Manufacturer Codes
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A= BMW
B= BMW
H= Honda
A= Jaguar
D= Mercedes
N= Nissan
T= Toyota
V= Volvo
V= VW
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3rd Character: The 3rd character in your BMW's vehicle identification number indicates the vehicle type or manufacturing division. This varies among car makes and models.

4th - 8th Character: The 4th through 8th characters in your BMW's VIN reveals its features/attributes, such as body style, engine type, model, series, etc. Again, this varies widely among car makes, models and equipment.

9th Character: The 9th character in your BMW's vehicle identification number is a VIN accuracy check digit, verifying the previous numbers within the VIN. This check digit is a single number or letter "X" used to verify the accuracy of the transcription of the vehicle identification number.

There is a precise method for obtaining the check digit; however, it is not relevant to our discussion here. Suffice to say that after all other characters in the VIN have been determined by the manufacturer, the check digit is calculated by carrying out a mathematical computation. The correct numeric remainder - zero through nine (0-9) will appear. However, if the remainder is 10 the letter "X" is used to designate the check digit value.

10th Character: The 10th character in your BMW's VIN tells you the model year. (This varies somewhat among car manufacturers - see the chart in the "Here's How to Find Your Car's VIN" section below for specific locations by car make.)

VIN Character-Model Year Codes
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1971=1, 1972=2, 1973=3, 1974=4, 1975=5, 1976=6, 1977=7
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1978=8, 1979=9, 1980=A, 1981=B, 1982=C, 1983=D, 1984=E
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1985=F, 1986=G, 1987=H, 1988=J, 1989=K, 1990=L, 1991=M
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1992=N, 1993=P, 1994=R, 1995=S, 1996=T, 1997=V, 1998=W
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1999=X, 2000=Y, 2001=1, 2002=2, 2003=3, 2004=4, 2005=5
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2006=6, 2007=7, 2008=8, 2009=9, 2010=A
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11th Character: The 11th character in your BMW's vehicle identification number reveals the assembly plant for the vehicle.

12th - 17th Character: The 12th through the 17th character in your BMW's VIN indicate the sequence of the vehicle for production as it rolled off the manufacturer's assembly line. The last four characters are always numeric.

These last six characters are perhaps the most critical portion of the VIN for most European cars. Because of mid-year production changes by car makers, these can be extremely important in identifying the proper part numbers for ignition, fuel, emission and engine components. These types of parts are often listed with the caveat that they fit vehicles up to a particular VIN or before/after a particular VIN sequence.

Here's How to Find Your BMW's VIN
The table below will help you locate your BMW's unique DNA - its unique vehicle identification number. VINs are normally located in several locations on a car, but the most common places are:

- On the door frame/door post of the front doors (usually driver's but sometimes passenger's)
- On the dash near the windshield
- On the engine itself (machined pad on front of engine)
- On the car's firewall
- In the left-hand inner wheel arch
- On the steering wheel/steering column
- On the radiator support bracket

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