When we were shopping for our Passat, the folks over at Clubb5 recommended one particular VW Vin decoder site out of the many that pop up when doing a google search.
That recommended site is now deceased, and several of the others have accuracy problems. Any recommendations? After doing a search, it does not appear anyone has posted a breakdown in this forum.
[edit: found it; it has reappeared here: http://www.4crawler.com/Diesel/VW_VIN.shtml. Thanks go to the Clubb5 folks. It does not have Touareg info.]
If you are looking for a way to decode the VIN to tell you what options are on the car, it doesn't exist according to this thread: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1201965
Otherwise, lets take some VINs from a dealer's website and figure it out:
WVGCM67L24D012424 http://www.langan-meriden.vwde...h=yes 1 - Manufacturing Country
W - Germany (Europe) 2 - Manufacturer
V - Volkswagen 3 - Vehicle Type
G - SUV? 4 - Body Style?
C - Touareg 4 Door ?
B - Touareg 4 Door ?
E - Touareg 4 Door ?
Z - Touareg 4 Door ?
G - Touareg 4 Door ? 5 - Engine
M - V8 4.2
C - V6 3.2
H - V10 TDI 6 - Restraint System
6 - Front and side Air Bags
7 - Front and side Air Bags - airbag shutoff light 7-8 Model
7L - Touareg 9 - VIN Check Digit
Manufacturer's Internal Code 10 - Vehicle Model Year
4 - 2004
5 - 2005 11 - Assembly Plant
D - Brataslavia, Slovakia 12-17 Serial Number
Sequential Production Number
Don't thank me yet, there are at least 4 different 4th digits that I've found on various websites. In order to know what this 4th digit really means, we would have to get several people to advise what they have for options for the various 4th digit combinations. It could have something to do with air suspension, or headlights or convience pack, or whatever.
I have a C for my 4th digit and I've got a V8 with PPS - no rear hatch assist or sunshades.
Anyone else what to add to this information? Maybe we can figure this out.
4 - Body Style
It is my understanding that B stands for 2-door custom, traditionally. Obviously this cannot be the case for the Touareg since my "B" is a five door.
It is also my understanding that this stands for the range within the vehicle type, so "C" would be lower-mid horsepower for that specific vehicle. In the case of the Touareg, it makes sense that "C" is the V6. But I cannot find a value for "M".
[edit: Whoops, spoke too fast according to your most recent post.
My "B" - V6, with only air suspension, obligatory xenons, and Sound System 1. We are going to need more breakdowns to find a pattern...
It is wierd that your V8 is a "C". My V6 is a "C", and with no premium package. So, if the 5th entry on a Touareg VIN is engine, something is mighty wierd.] Modified by GreyMouser at 8:03 AM 1-28-2004
Modified by GreyMouser at 8:09 AM 1-28-2004
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