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Decoding The Chassis Number or VIN number

Since 1982, all vehicles leaving the production line are required to have a 17 digit chassis number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Here follows a break down of the T4's chassis number system - as found stamped on the scuttle panel below the windscreen, and on the top of the dashboard on some export models. There should be a data card attached behind the rubber trim in the driver's footwell adjacent to the fusebbox, and inside the front cover of the service booklet.

Base Model Range

___ ZZZ 70 Z L H xxxxxx

  • WV1 - Commercial vehicles (Vans and Pick-ups)
  • WV2 - Leisure vehicles (Campers, Caravelles, Eurovans, Kombis)
  • WV3 - Chassis cabs and Power Cabs for specialist applications
WV refers to vehicles produced in Europe - vehicles produced elsewhere will have a different set of characters.

Filler Codes

WV1 ___ 70 _ L H xxxxxx

The Z’s are filler codes and only serve to pad out the VIN number to the European standard 17 digit code. This is where special options or requirements are noted on the chassis number.

Type Code

WV1 ZZZ __ Z L H xxxxxx

The VW Type Code for the T4 is simply 70

Model years

WV1 ZZZ 70 Z _ H xxxxxx

Model Years ran from August in the preceeding year to July of the year indicated until 2001 model year which started in May 2000 in the preceeding year.

T4a

  • 1990 - L - European launch in January
  • 1991 - M - UK launch in August 1990
  • 1992 - N -
  • 1993 - P - 1992 launch of Euro 2 compliant 1.9 Umwelt TD; Eurovan range introduced in States; Australian and Canadian launch; CKD Production - Poland, Taiwan, Indonesia
  • 1994 - R - 500,000<sup>th</sup> T4 made at Hanover
  • 1995 - S - imports to States of Eurovan 7-seater models cease
  • 1996 - T - to December 1995 (< T_199000); August launch of Euro 2 compliant TDI
T4b
  • 1996 - T - launch January (T_200001 >) including the American Market Eurovan Weekender VR6
  • 1997 - V -
  • 1998 - W - launch of Euro 2 compliant TDI and TDI Syncro; 1,000,000<sup>th</sup> T4
  • 1999 - X - launch of Euro 2 compliant TDI
  • 2000 - Y - to April 2000 - 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary editions; launch of V6; relaunch of 7 seater Eurovan GLS V6 in States; launch of TDI in Australia;
  • 2001 - 1 - from May 2000 - Caravelle range revamp;
  • 2002 - 2 - X-pack long nose option available in the UK
  • 2003/4 - 3/4 - Final Edition Multivans and Westfalia Generation are produced alongside T5 from March 2003
  • 2005 - the final Eurovan is sold in States in September 2004; the 10 millionth VW Transporter (including LT, Trucks and Buses) leaves the production line (a T5)
Where T4’s were made

WV1 ZZZ 70 Z L _ xxxxxx


  • H - Hanover, Germany
  • X - Poznan, Poland from 1993
  • C -Taiwan (built under license by Chin Chun Motors Ltd from 1993)
  • J - Jakata, Indonesia (built under license by PT Garuda Mataran Motor Company)

Production Serial Number

WV1 ZZZ 70 Z L H ______

This is merely a six digit sequential number relating to the numbers leaving the production lines.

http://www.dubnetworks.net/vw-vin-decoder.htm
 

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Sorry to drag up such an old thread... I'm trying to work out if a van was built in 1995 or 1996... its a 1996 model year (T), but I suspect it was built in 1995.... anyone know the last chassis number built in 1995?

Thanks Guys.

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Sorry to drag up such an old thread... I'm trying to work out if a van was built in 1995 or 1996... its a 1996 model year (T), but I suspect it was built in 1995.... anyone know the last chassis number built in 1995?

Thanks Guys.

T:
T4a's with the small bumpers are upto T_199000, T4b's with the big bumpers are from T_200001
 

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After checking my chassis number on the van and then on the log book, the log book has it as a WV2, but on the van it is a WV1 the rest is the same....

Does anyone having any clues as to whether this may cause a problem? Just discovered it and I'm a bit puzzled..

Thanks in advance
 

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After checking my chassis number on the van and then on the log book, the log book has it as a WV2, but on the van it is a WV1 the rest is the same....

Does anyone having any clues as to whether this may cause a problem? Just discovered it and I'm a bit puzzled..

Thanks in advance
By rights now that you have discovered the mistake you should write off to the DVLA and ask them to change the V5 - VW wrote to all T4 owners about 8 years ago when this discrepancy was discovered, so you are not alone. That's when I took the opportunity to change my 800 Special van's V5 to motorcaravan...

Also, lots of personally imported VW's, Audi's and Porsches have the ZZZ's of their chassis numbers logged as 222's...

As to any problems this may cause for you - it depends on what model do you own, and is it modified/converted to a camper, and how old is it?
 

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Hiya Thanks for your reply.. :ILU:

Its a 1200 2.4D LWB Panel Van R-reg only had it a year :-S I was going to convert it and was starting to get my act together to get some quotes on bodywork and a respray..

Log book says leisure vehicle, chassis plate says not.. are there any forseeable problems that you are aware of? :confused:

Thanks

Jayne
 

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Hiya Thanks for your reply.. :ILU:

Its a 1200 2.4D LWB Panel Van R-reg only had it a year :-S I was going to convert it and was starting to get my act together to get some quotes on bodywork and a respray..

Log book says leisure vehicle, chassis plate says not.. are there any forseeable problems that you are aware of? :confused:

Thanks

Jayne
Leisure Vehicle may not mean Motor Caravan - probably means Day Van...

Unfortunately the definition of Motor Caravan is quite specific for the rereg - unless you convert it to a full camper, you won't be able to reregister, so there will be no point in the down plate, so the van will be subject to the £100 daily LEZ charge...
 

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Please can anyone tell me how to find out what group my 888 special x-pack 2003 sits in as I cant find the info on the van? There are 8 groups and I need to no mine so I can determine the correct wheel alignment specifications, cheers in advance and ive already looked on A-piller and not there. I do have the sticker on the bottom of fuse box but cant work out the group?
 

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Please can anyone tell me how to find out what group my 888 special x-pack 2003 sits in as I cant find the info on the van? There are 8 groups and I need to no mine so I can determine the correct wheel alignment specifications, cheers in advance and ive already looked on A-piller and not there. I do have the sticker on the bottom of fuse box but cant work out the group?
If you are looking for the suspension production (PR) code it will be on the data sheet...

OJ1 = reduced payload (800 and 888 Specials) and lowered suspension
OJ2 = standard payload (1000kg)
OJ3 = increased payload (1200kg)

These production codes will refer to spring weights, torsion bar and antiroll bar thickness, but by now most suppliers will only sell
heavy duty 1200kg rear springs or quality lowering springs, due to their tendancy to break.

800's and 888's have the thinnest front antiroll bar and no rear roll bar, whilst some 1000's, 1200's and Caravelles came with a rear roll bar fitted. However, the factory rear springs for OJ1 and OJ2 vans are the same, but 1000kg vans have a thicker front antiroll bar.

However, if your van is lowered beyond factory spec then there are no values for setting the wheel alignment, so you're probably best to start with all four wheels aligned at the OJ1 spec, and go from there. By the way, having the tyre pressures spot on will make any alignment check more accurate.
 

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If you are looking for the suspension production (PR) code it will be on the data sheet...

OJ1 = reduced payload (800 and 888 Specials) and lowered suspension
OJ2 = standard payload (1000kg)
OJ3 = increased payload (1200kg)

These production codes will refer to spring weights, torsion bar and antiroll bar thickness, but by now most suppliers will only sell
heavy duty 1200kg rear springs or quality lowering springs, due to their tendancy to break.

800's and 888's have the thinnest front antiroll bar and no rear roll bar, whilst some 1000's, 1200's and Caravelles came with a rear roll bar fitted. However, the factory rear springs for OJ1 and OJ2 vans are the same, but 1000kg vans have a thicker front antiroll bar.

However, if your van is lowered beyond factory spec then there are no values for setting the wheel alignment, so you're probably best to start with all four wheels aligned at the OJ1 spec, and go from there. By the way, having the tyre pressures spot on will make any alignment check more accurate.
Thanks for the reply but I think we are talking about different things, see below
 

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Note the DATA sticker bit above, this is what is missing on my van and I need it to determine which of the 8 groups it sits in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is sending me crazy, not even VW technical can help me, some must be able to help please
 

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After checking my chassis number on the van and then on the log book, the log book has it as a WV2, but on the van it is a WV1 the rest is the same....

Does anyone having any clues as to whether this may cause a problem? Just discovered it and I'm a bit puzzled..

Thanks in advance
Got a letter today from the dvla barbecue my mot inspector put the wrong number in now they are querying it but when i checked mine is the same as yours log book says wv2 van says wv1. Even got the original service book and the letters correspond so not to worried. Just wondered what you did or what i should expect from them
 

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By rights now that you have discovered the mistake you should write off to the DVLA and ask them to change the V5 - VW wrote to all T4 owners about 8 years ago when this discrepancy was discovered, so you are not alone. That's when I took the opportunity to change my 800 Special van's V5 to motorcaravan...

Also, lots of personally imported VW's, Audi's and Porsches have the ZZZ's of their chassis numbers logged as 222's...

As to any problems this may cause for you - it depends on what model do you own, and is it modified/converted to a camper, and how old is it?
I had a letter asking why my mot inspector put in the wrong number but when i checked mine says vw1 and logbook says vw2 but i replied with the correct number and that i have converted it just wondered what you went through when it came to light?
 

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I had a letter asking why my mot inspector put in the wrong number but when i checked mine says vw1 and logbook says vw2 but i replied with the correct number and that i have converted it just wondered what you went through when it came to light?
Just send off the V5 (keep a copy) with the correct chassis number details, and the conversion, together with a covering letter.

The DVLA should send back a new V5 duly amended.

They are currently sending out new V5's for Multivan and 7/8 seater Caravelles reclassifying them as MPV's, which makes them LEZ compliant.
 
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