Volkswagen Cars 2000-05

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

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Fig. The VIN tag is located at the lower left corner of the dashboard



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Fig. The VIN is also stamped into the chassis in the engine compartment firewall area



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Fig. The production date of the vehicle is found on the left door jamb VIN label

All models have the standard 17 digit VIN plate on the left side of the dashboard, visible through the windshield. The VIN number is also stamped onto the body firewall area under the hood. There is also a VIN label on the left side B pillar.

The VIN number will show information on where the vehicle was manufactured, body style, engine type, passenger restraint system, vehicle model, model year, and the sequential serial number. This information can be helpful when locating parts or determining the specifications.

The VIN number can be broken down into the following categories:

Character position:



1-3: Manufacturer's code (WAU, Audi, WWW, VW)
 
4-6: Fill characters
 
7-8: Model type
 
9: Check digit
 
10: Model year
 
11: Assembly location (M, Mexico, N, Neckarsulm, I, Ingolstadt, W, Wolfsburg, E, Belgium)
 
12-17: Sequential production number
 



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Fig. The VIN tag is located at the lower left corner of the dashboard

All models have the standard 17 digit VIN plate on the left side of the dashboard, visible through the windshield. On Golf and Jetta, a second plate is on the top of the cowling behind the engine. On Cabriolet, the VIN also appears on the model identification plate in the luggage compartment.

The VIN number will show information on where the vehicle was manufactured, body style, engine type, passenger restraint system, vehicle model, model year, and the sequential serial number. This information can be helpful when locating parts or specifications.


NOTE
Throughout this manual, certain procedures are covered by "platform" instead of model year. It is important to know which platform your particular vehicle is based upon, so you can refer to the correct procedure.

Platform breakdown:



1990-1994 Cabriolet: A1 platform
 
1995-1999 Cabrio: A3 platform
 
1990-1992 Golf: A2 platform
 
1993-1999 Golf: A3 platform
 
1990-1992 Jetta: A2 platform
 
1993-1999 Jetta: A3 platform
 
1990-1994 Fox: Fox platform
 

Notice that the Cabriolet/Cabrio skips a platform generation. The A1 platform was a carryover from the 1984 and earlier Rabbits and Jetta's. In 1993, the A3 platform was introduced, which replaced the 1985-1992 A2 platform, while the Cabriolet remained an A1 platform. In 1995, the newly-designed A3-platformed Cabrio joined the Golf and Jetta.



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The VIN is located in the plenum chamber, visible through the windshield (arrow) in the plenum chamber cover

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Fig. The VIN is located in the plenum chamber, visible through the windshield (arrow) in the plenum chamber cover



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Fig. Typical VIN breakdown-2000-03 Jetta shown, other models similar

 
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