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So what do all those numbers and letters mean ?, Find out where your Mercedes was made, factory name and a lot more. Currently works with 17 digit US and German VIN numbers. Some Euro-spec cars lack a year code making their VIN 16 digits. If so, just add an "X" before the 10th digit. Note that this might give you a wrong production year.
This is a good source for information in your car's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Just select the car line(s) for which you're interested in seeing VIN explanations and you'll be be able to decode your car.
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Here's How to Find Your Mercedes' VIN #
The first thing you need to know is that since 1959 all Mercedes-Benz Chassis and engine numbers have had 12 digits in the following sequence: 123 456 78 901234
The table below will help you locate your Mercedes' unique DNA - its unique vehicle identification number. VINs are normally located in several locations on a car, but the most common places are:
|Models||Location of VIN Plate||Year
|All (thru '85)||Left windshield post (thru windshield)||See Note B||See Note A|
|All ('86-On)||Left windshield post (thru windshield)||10th||See Note A|
|Note A||Cannot determine the engine through the VIN code.|
|Note B||Cannot determine the model year through the VIN code.|
Mercedes Benz Vin Decoder Details (Explained Below)
Vin Decoder Explained, Find out here what each number position means? Mercedes-Benz uses
the following VIN codes and formats:
(Note) This chart is not applicable to Mercedes-Benz products produced in or made for markets other than North America. European/World market cars use a different system for encoding VIN numbers.
Vin Number Digit Position Values
- Position 1-3 = model
- Position 4-6 = chassis type & engine size designation
- Position 7 - 1=LH Drive, 2=RH Drive, 6=RH Drive CKD
- Position 8 - 0=Standard trans, 1=Hydraulic clutch, 2=Automatic trans
- Position 9-14 = Construction serial number
Positions 1-3, World Manufacturer
Position 1-3 WDB - Daimler
Benz (WDF for V Class)
Vehicle identification numbers (also called VINs) are critical pieces of information for identifying the exact Mercedes 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 in Your Mercedes' 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 Mercedes 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 Mercedes' vehicle identification number identifies the country where it was manufactured.
|VIN Character 1 - Manufacturing Country Codes|
|1 or 4||2||3||J||K||S||W||Z|
2nd Character: The 2nd character in your Mercedes' VIN specifies the manufacturer, for example:
|VIN Character 2 - Car Manufacturer Codes|
3rd Character: The 3rd character in your Mercedes' 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 Mercedes' 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 Mercedes' 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 Mercedes' 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|
11th Character: The 11th character in your Mercedes' vehicle identification number reveals the assembly plant for the vehicle.
12th - 17th Character: The 12th through the 17th character in your Mercedes' 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.
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