Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

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On 1974-80 models, a 10 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate is used. It may be found on the windshield pillar or on top of the dash on the driver's side (both are visible through the windshield). All 1981-89 models have a 17 digit VIN plate usually found on the driver's side of the dashboard, visible through the windshield. On some models, a second plate or imprint may be found on the top of the cowling behind the engine or on the right strut mount.

Model years appear in the VIN as the last digit of each particular year (6 is 1976, 8 is 1978, etc.) until 1980 (which is A). This is the final year for the 10 digit code. The 17 digit VIN begins with 1981 (B), and continues 1982 (C) and so on, except letters which may be confused with numbers (I, O and Q are skipped). Because of this, 1987 is represented by (H) while 1988 is (J) and 1989 is (K).

The VIN 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.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Most VIN plates are located on top of the dash on the driver's side of the vehicle, and are visible through the windshield



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Fig. Fig. 2: Some VIN plates may be found on the driver's side windshield pillar



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Fig. Fig. 3: The VIN code may also be stamped on the right strut mount or on the cowling behind the engine

 
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