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    VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (and VW) VIN Info...I think!

    Since most of the VIN decoders I have seen listed are all from earlier VINs which have since changed in meaning as VW introduced more engine options, bodystyles, platform sharing, and the fact that the letter “Y” denoted the model year, and “Z” had been designated for no use (what to do for 2002, 03, and beyond model years?).

    So here is what I was able to learn about the newer VW VINs. If anyone has definitive information otherwise, please let me know…this was my own research. Though I am fairly confident this is a thorough and correct description of the VINs, there could still be something I missed!

    Some spots in the VIN are used by all manufacturers, while others may be set by the manufacturer according to their own internal coding. Spots 1-3 are reserved for the World Manufacturer Indexes for all manufacturers, spots 4-9 are different for each manufacturer, spots 10 and 11 use codes shared by all manufacturers, and 12-17 are the production number of your car.

    I will list the definition of each digit of the 17-digit VINs one at a time below, with the possible letters or numbers which are used for that spot (the VIN is running vertically here to make it easier to list everything). The codes below all refer to VW (plus some Audi) only:

    1. Manufacturing Country (1 = U.S., 3 = Mexico, 9 = Brazil, W = Germany)
    2. Manufacturer (V = Volkswagen, A = Audi, S = VW of Brazil)
    3. Vehicle Type (W = VW Passenger car, U = Audi Passenger car, 1 = Pickup/Truck, 2 = Multi Purpose Vehicle)
    4. Body Type (P = Sedan, N = Wagon, B = Coupe)
    5. Engine Type (A = Lowest HP for model, B = Middle lower HP, C = low HP, D = Middle HP, E = upper HP, F = Middle upper HP, G = Highest HP)
    6. Restraint Type (6 = driver, passenger, and side airbags)
    7, 8. Body Type (3A = Passat, 3B = New Passat, 1C = New Beetle, 1E = Cabriolet, 1G = A2 Golf and Jetta, 1H = A3 Golf and Jetta, 1J = A4 Golf and Jetta)
    9. Insert number, not denoting anything
    10. Model Year (W = ‘98, X = ‘99, Y = ‘00, Z or 1 = ‘01, 2 = ‘02, 3 = ‘03, etc.)
    11. Manufacturing Plant (E = Emden, W = Wolfsburg, P = Mosel, M = Mexico, A = Ingolstadt, P = Brazil, Y = Spain)
    12-17. Your production number.

    That’s it. I checked it out on my W8 Variant (WVWNG63B23E******), and it seems to fit.
    Checked out my co-worker’s Cabrio (WVWBD61E1YW******), and it works.
    Checked a co-worker’s Jetta (9VWPD61J22P******) which was apparently manufactured in Brazil!! (A 2001 Jetta 1.8T 5-speed Wolfsburg Edition). Both VINs fit the code, with the surprising revelation that not all Jettas and Golfs in the states come from Mexico!

    Anyway, hope that is helpful!

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (and VW ... (zackiedawg)

    Thanks for the info.

    Your friend's Jetta could also be from Mosel as "P" is the code for Mosel & Brazil in your listing.

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (rtenke)

    The A platform TDIs com from Brazil.

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (atomicalex)

    Hey...I didn't even notice they both had "P"s...even went back to double check that...unless the source I got it from had a typo. But the Jetta also had the "9" in the beginning of the VIN...so it looks to definately be from Brazil. It sin't a TDI, but Jetta sales here are quite strong, and of course in Mexico too, so I would assume they needed some overflow production from Brazil to keep up with demand.

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (zackiedawg)

    I was under the impression the only VWs in North America still made in Germany was the Passat, and that all others were from SA

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (Espaz11)

    From what I recall, the Passats, the Cabrio, and the New Beetle Convertible are all German production vehicles. Only the A4 chassis cars are built in Mexico or Brazil for U.S. import (New Beetle, Jetta, Golf, GTI). Maybe someone can confirm the New Beetle Convertible...I don't know if full production is in Germany, or if the car is partly assembled then shipped for convertible fitment.

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (and VW ... (zackiedawg)

    I checked it out for my '30 Passat GLS and it fits perfectly except for Engine type (I have the standard 1.8T 170HP which I think is the smallest one for the Passat) but I have a code D which is middle HP. Is there a smaller engine than the one I have?

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (Pancho)

    Not here in the US, but the TDIs are lower-output than the 1.8T.

    And the 9th digit is supposed to be a checksum of sorts. Not 100% sure on that, it's only what I've seen elsewhere.

    <![CDATA[Not here in the US, but the TDIs are lower-output than the 1.8T.

    And the 9th digit is supposed to be a checksum of sorts. Not 100% sure on that, it's only what I've seen elsewhere.

    [Modified by idale, 4:29 PM 2/20/2003]

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (idale)

    Can you find out from the vin what kind of trany car has.

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (and VW ... (zackiedawg)

    My 2001 B5 Sedan fits except for the 4th position - body type (mines an A) and the body type in positions 7-8. I think 7-8 isn't body type (Passat vs. New Passat) but instead chassis, so all Passat B5's & B5.5's are probably 3B.

    Good job!

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (Espaz11)

    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>I was under the impression the only VWs in North America still made in Germany was the Passat, and that all others were from SA<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I think the only other German VWs are the Van and Jetta Wagon-

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (lipper)

    True...I forgot about the Eurovan...I do believe that is German assembled too. I didn't realize the Jetta wagons were from over there though, if they are.

    As for the engine code onthe 1.8T, they would definately get the "D" because there are a few TDI engines with lower output in Europe. And aren't there 5Cyl engines over there too? I wonder whether they come in lower or higher than the 1.8T? With the output of th e1.8T and the V6 being so close, they both may merit the same "D" code. Also, VW may not use all of the codes available for engine specs...they may select only the "A", "D", and "G" designations, and leave a few out. We need some Europeans to check the VIN on the TDIs and see what they rate.

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (zackiedawg)

    My car has Eurospecs, with only 150 HP.

    My vin is WVWZZZ3BZ2E145592

    As you can z there are many Zs in my vin...

    Maybe it was time to sleep when they made my car.

    By the way, there are Passats with 2.0 engines... I've seen'em in other countries.

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    Re: VIN Decoding - Definitive and helpful Passat (and VW ... (zackiedawg)

    My '03 GLX 5-spd doesn't seem to fit these codes. The VIN begins "WVWRH...."

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    the cybertects page tells me i have a 2003 diesel passat 3 door delivery van, lol

    WVWWH63B33E010063

    bolded are the positions which are not accounted for in the first post and seem to be throwing off the cybertects decoder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gobluetwo
    the cybertects page tells me i have a 2003 diesel passat 3 door delivery van, lol
    I would _SO_ buy that car...

    Imagine a Passat 'sedan delivery' like the early 50's American jobs: wagon body with only two front doors, with steel panels instead of windows from the B-pillar to the tailgate! And diesel, no less!

    P-chop project, anyone?

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    Oh, and the passat exists as a 1.6 N/a in europe!

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    my passat was built in Brazil according to this info.

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    mine is also a diesel according to other site

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    The best one vin decoder I've seen

    The best one vin decoder with full specs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icuB5 View Post
    Can you find out from the vin what kind of trany car has.
    the above link does give u the tranny code ^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluAnthraciteB5 View Post
    my passat was built in Brazil according to this info.
    No Passats were built in Brazil. For some reason, all of these VIN decoders give Brazil for some of the B5's. As an earlier post noted, that part of the VIN also corresponds to Mosel, Germany.

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    Vin decoder for VW between 1991 and 2006.
    .pdf file - too bad it cannot be inserted as attachment due to file being larger than 997 kb... It would have remained in the forum without becoming another lost link at some point...
    http://www.it2.evaluand.com/download...91-2006VIN.pdf

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