BMW 7 Series (E32) Service Manual:
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1993, 1994
BMW 7 Series (E32) Service Manual: 1988?1994
BMW 7 Series (E32) Vehicle Identification and VIN Decoder
Some of the information in this manual applies only to cars of a particular model year or range of years. For example, 1989 refers to the 1989 model year but does not necessarily match the calendar year in which the car was manufactured or sold. To be sure of the model year of a particular car, check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the car.
The VIN is a unique sequence of 17 characters assigned by BMW to identify each individual car. When decoded, the VIN tells the country and year of manufacture; make, model and serial number; assembly plant and even some equipment specifications.
The BMW VIN is on a plate mounted on the top of the dashboard, on the driver"s side where the number can be seen through the windshield. The 10th character is the model year code. The letters I, O, Q and U are not used for model year designation for US cars. Examples: J for 1988, K for 1989, L for 1990, M for 1991, etc. The table below explains some of the codes in the VIN for E32 cars.
Sample VIN: W B A G D 8 3 2 X R D E 9 1 0 0 4
|VIN Position||Description||Decoding Information|
|1||Country of manufacture||W||Germany|
GB43: 735i, 6-cylinder 3.5 liter (M30)
GC43: 735iL, 6-cylinder 3.5 liter (M30)
GD43: 740i, 8-cylinder 4.0 liter (M60)
GD83: 740iL, 8-cylinder 4.0 liter (M60)
GC83: 750iL, 12-cylinder 5.0 liter (M70)
| Manual belts|
Manual belts with supplemental restraint
Manual belts with dual SRS airbags
|9||Check digit||0?9 or X, calculated by NHTSA|
|11||Assembly plant||A, F, G, K|
B, C, D
|12-17||Serial number||Sequential production number for specific vehicle|