How To Decipher Decode Your VW VIN Number
When shopping for replacement parts, especially many Vw owners often become confused because of VIN splits. Each Vw has a different unique VIN (vehicle identification number). It's a serial number used by the automotive industry to identify a specific vehicle. See our How To Find Your Vw Engine Code page for help on how to find and understand your Vw engine code.
An Example of How To Decipher Your VIN Number
Your shopping for a timing belt kit and have an 1999 Audi A6 2.8 liter 30 valve. You find there is a VIN split in 1999 and that there are 2 possible kits for your application. First obtain your complete VIN number from either the drivers side windshield or the drivers side door jam label. Let's say your VIN number was WAUBA24B3XN104537. You'll need the last SIX digits (WAUBA24B3XN 104537).
#1 Kit Description: 1999 - 1999 Audi A6 2.8 Liter 30 Valve > Up to Vin 104400
#2 Kit Description: 1999 - 2001 Audi A6 2.8 Liter 30 Valve > Starting with Vin 104401
Which kit would you choose? Since the last SIX digits 104537 come after the VIN split of 104400, you would choose the SECOND kit (#2 Kit Description Says: 1999 - 2001 Audi A6 2.8 Liter 30 Valve > Starting with Vin 104401).
Your VIN (vehicle identification number) is one way to find the engine code. Some customers have contacted their dealer with their VIN and requested what engine code corresponds with their vehicle. Only an authorized Audi Vw dealer can access the bill of material info, which reveals what engine was used in your car and the subsequent engine code. BLAUfergnugen is an independent Audi Vw parts specialist and doesn't have access to this bill of material info. We therefore cannot tell you what your engine is.