yeah ,,, me too! the bloody thing keeps telling me that 'criminals' (that made me laugh actually - 'criminals!') had something to do with my vin number and the site couldn't provide the information requested. whatever.
The US vin numbers differ than the rest of world others. Thats why the site doesn't work. Also somewhere in the number scheme for US you either need to add a zero, or delete a zero, I forget which. I've posted the code breaker for US vins here before and now I can't find it...grrrr......
Always the way...no sooner had I clicked post and I remembered where it was. OK gang.....ready for the secret? Shhh.........don't let it get around, you know those Germans!
Remember a US vehicle has 17 digits. European built sometimes have 16 and you need to know where to put in a null "0" to make it equal the 17.
Digit 1,2,3 = Manufacturer
Digit 4 = Model
Digit 5 = Engine type A=Gas E?=Diesel
Digit 6,7 = Submodel
Digit 8 = Protection equipment E= belts
Digit 9 = Sum check value (internal to MB)
Digit 10 = Model year S=1995 T=1996 U=1997, etc
Digit 11 = Plant where manufactured F-H = Bremen
Digit 12-17 = 6 digit sequence/serial#
-My 95 sl 500 is:
Using my super decoding ring...this describes
WDB = Mercedes
67 =SL500, nominal 322 HP,(may include option specs)
E = Seat belts and front air bag
3 = internal to Mercedes (this may be where the null goes on European VIN
S = 1995
F = Bremen
1253xx = Serial Number
I would be curious if the serial number rolled back to 100001 each year
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