How to read Volkswagen VIN numbers?

Dec 16, 2019

VW VIN number gives the detailed information about the vehicle, including its specs, history, previous uses, and title. For that reason, VIN check is a must step for any car shopper considering a used vehicle. With our service, decoding VW VIN numbers is simple and convenient as never before. Just enter the VN of the car you are considering and you will get a comprehensive report including all the critical information about it. You will learn if the VW has ever been damaged, flooded, or reported a lemon.

How to locate the Volkswagen VIN plate?

Most modern Volkswagens have the VIN plate located on the left side of the dash. It canbe also stamped in the following places:

- under the dash

- in the engine bay

- behind the driver/passenger seat

- on the door frame or door post

- on the steering column

- in the VW registration/title.

What does each character of your VW VIN number mean?

Character 1.Country of VW origin

W

1

3

9

Germany

U.S.A.

Mexico

Brazil

 

Character 2. Manufacturer

B

V

VW of Brazil

Volkswagen

 

Character 3. Vehicle Type

G

W

1

2

3

Multi-PurposeVehicle

PassengerCar

Pickup

Multi-PurposeVehicle

Multi-PurposeVehicle

 

Character 4. Series

Eos

Fox (1987-93)

Golf (1985-06)

GTI (1985-08)

Jetta (1985-05)

Jetta (2005.5-08)

Rabbit/Cabriolet (1983-94)

A • 2-Door 2.0T Base

B • Two-Door 2.0T Base

C, D • Two-Door 2.0T Sport

D • 2-Door 3.2 Sport

E, F • 2-Door 2.0T Luxury

F • 2-Door 3.2 Luxury

A • 2-Door Basic

B • Two-Door Economy

C • Two-Door Custom

D • Two-Door Wagon

G • Four

-Door Custom

B • Two-Door Custom, GL, GL TDI, Sport

C • 4-Door

D • Two-Door Sport

E • 4-Door CL

F • Four-Door Custom, GL, TDI

G • 4-Door GLS, GLS TDI, GLS 1.8L

J • 4-Door Wolfsburg Edition

K • Four-Door Golf III

K • 2-Door R32

D • Two-Door GTI, GTI GLS, GTI GLX

E • 2-Door GTI (2006.5-08)

F • 2-Door GTI (2006.5-08)

G • 2-Door GTI

H • Two-Door GTI 16V, VR6

H • 4-Door GTI

K • 2-Door GTI 20TH Anniv. Edition

P • 4-Door GTI

K • Two-Door Base

M • Two-Door Custom

P • Four-Door Base

P • 4-Door Wolfsburg Edition

R • 4-Door Carat

R • 4-Door New Jetta

R • 4-Door GL, GL TDI

S • Four-Door GLS, GLS TDI, GLS 1.8T

T • Four-Door GLI, GLX, GLS

V • 4-Door GT

V • 4-Door GLI

Y • 4-Door K2

A • 4-Door 2.0T

B • 4-Door 2.0T (w/Pkg1)

D • Four-Door 2.5 (w/Pkg 2)

E • Four-Door 2.5 Wolfsburg Edition

G, H • Four-Door 2.5

J • Four-Door 2.5 (w/Pkg 2)

K • 4-Door 2.0T (w/Pkg 2)

M • 4-Door 2.0T (w/Pkg 2)

N • 4-Door 2.0T (w/Pkg 3)

P • 4-Door Value Edition

R • Four-Door 2.5

S • Four-Door 2.5 (w/Pkg 1)

T • Four-Door GLI

W • 4-Door GLI (w/Pkg 1)

X • 4-Door GLI (w/Pkg 2)

B, C • Two-Door Custom

D • Two-Door Carat

E • Two-Door Etienne Aigner

Rabbit (2006-2008)

Cabrio (1995-02)

NewBeetle (1998-08)

Quantum

Scirocco

Corrado (U.S.A.) (1990-94)

Corrado (Canada) (1995)

A • Two-Door Base

B, C • Two-Door Custom

D • Two-Door Carat

E • Two-Door Etienne Aigner

A • 2-Door

B • 2-Door

C • 4-Door

D • 4-Door

A • 2-Door Cabrio

A • 2-Door Cabrio GL

B • 2-Door Cabrio GL, GLS, GLX

C • 2-Door Cabrio GL, GLS

D • 2-Door New Cabrio GLS, GLX

A • 2-Door Basic

B • Two-Door Custom

C • Two-Door Deluxe

D • Two-Door Sport

E • Four-Door Basic

F • Four-Door Custom

G • Four-DoorDeluxe

A • Two-Door Basic

B • Two-Door Custom

C • Two-Door Deluxe

D • Two-Door Sport

D • 2-Door Sport

E • 2-Door SLC

E • 2-Door SLC

Vanagon

EuroVan (1993-03)

Passat (1990-05)

Passat (2006-08)

Phaeton

Touareg

R32

X • Kombi

Y • Bus (Vanagon)

Z • Camper

E • GLS, MV, Panel Van

H • CL

K • GL, GLS

L • w/Back Doors (Canada)

M • Camper, CV, MV

N • MV

P • CV (Canada)

A • 4-Door GLS (Canada)

B • 4-Door GLS, TDI Wagon (Canada)

B • 4-Door GLS, GLX Wagon

C • Four-Door GLS

C • 4-Door GLX

D • Four-Door Wagon GLS

E • Four-Door GLS, GLS 4Motion

E • 4-Door GLX, GLX 4Motion

E • 4-Door 4Motion

F • Four-Door Wagon GLX, Four-Door Custom GL, 4-Door GLS 4Motion (Canada)

G • 4-Door Wagon GL, Four-Door GLX 4Motion (Canada)

H • Four-Door Base

H • 4-Door GLS

H • 4-Door Wagon GLX 4Motion (Canada)

J • 4-Door GLS, GLX

K • 4-Door W8 4Motion

L • Four-Door Wagon GLX 4Motion,Four-Door Wagon W8 4Motion

M • 4-Door GL

M • 4-Door GLS, TDI

N • Four-Door Wagon Custom GLX, Four-Door Wagon GL, Four-Door Wagon GLS, GLS TDI

P • 4-Door GLS, GLX

R • 4-Door Wagon GLS, GLX

S • 4-Door GLS 4Motion

T • 4-Door GLS, GLX 4Motion

T • 4-Door Wagon GLS 4Motion

U • 4-Door GLX 4Motion

U • 4-Door W8 4Motion

V • 4-Door GLS, GLX Wagon

W • 4-Door GLX 4Motion Wagon

X • Four-Door Wagon GLS 4Motion, Four-Door Wagon GLX 4Motion

Y • Four-Door Wagon GLS, GLX 4Motion

Z • Four-Door Wagon W8 4Motion

A • 4-Door Value Edition

B • 4-Door 3.6 4Motion

C • 4-Door (w/Sport Pkg)

D • 4-Door (w/Sport Pkg)

E • 4-Door (w/Luxury Pkg)

F • 4-Door 3.6 4Motion (w/Luxury Pkg)

G • 4-Door

H • 4-Door 3.6 4Motion (w/Sport Pkg)

K • 4-Door

L • 4-Door Wagon

M • 4-Door Wagon 3.6 4Motion

P • 4-Door Wagon Sport

R • 4-Door Wagon 3.6 4Motion (w/Sport Pkg)

T • 4-Door Wagon Luxury

T • 4-Door Wagon Luxury

U • 4-Door 3.6 4 Motion

U • 4-Door Wagon 3.6 4 Motion

V • 4-Door Wagon 3.6 4Motion

X • 4-Door Wagon

A • 4-Door Sedan

B • 4-Door Sedan

B • 4-Door Utility (V6)

C • 4-Door Utility (V8)

E • 4-Door Utility (V8) w/Air Suspension

L • 4-Door Utility (V6)

M • 4-Door Utility (V8)

P • 4-Door Utility (V10)

Z • 4-Door Utility (V6)

K • 2-Door R32

 

Character 5. Engine

Contact you dealer to get detailed information about the engine of your VW, or use a VW VIN lookup service.

Character 6. Restraint system

0

2

3

4

5

Active

Passive + Man Lap Belt

/ Active Belts + Driver/Passenger/Front Side

AirBags

Active Belts + Driver/Passenger/Front Side

AirBags

Active Belts + Driver/Passenger/Front Side/

Rear Side Air Bags

/ “ELRA” Motorized Belts

Active Belts + Driver Air Bag

6

7

8

9

 

Active Belts + Driver/Passenger/

Front Side/ Curtain Air Bags

Active Belts w/Driver/Passenger/

Front Side/ Curtain Air Bags

Active Belts + Dual Air Bags

/ Active Belts + Driver/Passenger/

Front & Rear Side/ Curtain Air Bags

Passive

/ Dual Stage Driver/Passenger/

Front & Rear Side/ Curtain Air Bags

 

 

Character 7-8. Model

1C

1E

1F

1G

1H

1J

1K

1V

NewBeetle

Cabrio

EOS

Golf, Jetta

Golf, Jetta, GTI

New Golf, New GTI

/ Jetta Wagon

Jetta (2005.5-08)

/ Rabbit

/ GTI (2006.5-08)

/ R32

Cabrio

1Y

15

16

17

25

3A

3B

3C

NewBeetleConvertible

Convertible, Cabriolet

Jetta

Rabbit, Golf, GTI

Vanagon

Passat

Passat

Passat

3D

30

31

32

33

50

53

60

Phaeton

Fox

Passat

Quantum 2-Door & 4-Door

Quantum SW &Quattro

Corrado

Scirocco

Corrado

7L

70

9M

 

Touareg

EuroVan

NewJettaSedan

 

 

Character 9. VIN Check Digit

Character 10. Model Year

D

E

F

G

H

J

K

L

M

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

N

P

R

S

T

V

W

X

Y

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

 

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

 

 

Character 11. Assembly Plant

A

B

D

E

G

H

K

M

Ingolstadt

Brussels

Bratislava, Slovakia

Emden

Graz

Hanover

Osnabruck

Mexico

N

P

S

V

W

Y

4

8

Neckarsulm

Brazil

/ Germany

Stuttgart

Westmoreland, U.S.A.

Wolfsburg

Spain (SEAT)

Brazil

Dresden, Germany

 

Characters 12-17. Serial Number

What can VINs of older VWs tell?

                                                                       1969 VW Beetle

From 1965 to 1980, Volkswagen used their own 9 and sometimes 10-character VINs. They were used to identify the VW model (characters 1 and 2) and the year of the model production (character 3), but it was rather a serial number than a VIN code, because it didn’t give such a comprehensive information about the VW, as modern VINs do.