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Deciphering Vehicle Identification Numbers
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Deciphering Vehicle Identification Numbers

Jared Fenton

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1 hour1 hr

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Pen and notepad

Applicable Models:

Volvo C70 (1998-04)
Volvo C70 T5 (2006-13)

Hot Tip:

Write the VIN down on a piece of paper to make things easier

Performance Gain:

Information is power

Complementary Modification:

Look up option codes for your C30

In this article I'll go over the Vehicle Identification Number or VIN assigned to your C30. The VIN can be helpful in ordering parts and also finding information related to a particular option ordered from the factory. Often times, many people are simply curious what the digits mean. The Volvo C30 uses a 17-digit VIN. Each of these digits represents different information about the car, such as the country of assembly or the engine type.

In 1981, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States standardized the 17-digit format, henceforth, all vehicles sold must contain a 17- digit number coded to specifications. Prior to 1981, there was no standardization of numbers. Different manufacturers had their own codes.

The VIN is located in a few different locations on the car. The easiest to view is on the windshield at the lower right corner.

Here's a rundown of what the individual digits means in North America. There are some minor differences in the VIN for other countries, but we'll focus on North America for now. The sequencing of the VIN can be a little confusing. I've tried to clarify it as much as possible.

Country of Origin. In our case, Y for Sweden.

Manufacturer, in our case, V for Volvo.

Type of vehicle. 1 for Volvo cars and 2 for Volvo trucks

Body Type: M for C30

Vehicle Platform: K for C30 FWD

Engine Type: two digit code 67 for the B5244S4 T5 engine

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Emissions Type: 2 in our case for ULEV2 (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle)

Gearbox Type: 2 in our case for the M46 manual transmission

Model year, 8 in our case for 2008

Factory of assembly: in our case, 2 for the Ghent, Belgium factory

Chassis Code: It appears that all C30's start with 0.

First sequential serial number of vehicle

Second sequential serial number of vehicle.

Third sequential serial number of vehicle.

Fourth sequential serial number of vehicle.

Fifth sequential serial number of vehicle.

Shown here is the most easily accessible VIN, located at the base of the windshield (green arrow) on your Volvo C30.
Figure 1

Shown here is the most easily accessible VIN, located at the base of the windshield (green arrow) on your Volvo C30.

Shown here is the VIN located on the rear of the driver's side door-jamb.
Figure 2

Shown here is the VIN located on the rear of the driver's side door-jamb.

You can also obtain the VIN from the stamping on the firewall just above the engine on the left.
Figure 3

You can also obtain the VIN from the stamping on the firewall just above the engine on the left.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Deano K. Comments: I have a North American destination 2013 C30 R-design with an M66 which follows some but not all of the coding listed above. My VIN is YV1672MK8D2302444. Assembled in Ghent.
There is some missmash going on after the emission code and before the sequential serial number MK8D23
June 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I will see if I can have the article updated.- Nick at Pelican Parts  

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