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Recently, I ran into a predicament which I had never had before involving BMW VIN decoding. One of our members from OST messaged me the VIN of a 1973 BMW 2002tii. He said that he was having issues identifying the car with RealOEM or ETK.CC. Typically these websites, and BMW, need the last 7 from your vehicles VIN in order to decode and identify the car and its equipment. The characters that the customer had provided would pull up information for a completely different car. At first this really confused me and then I thought about the year of the vehicle and realized that the VIN was not standardized and that the 7 digits I had were likely recycled by BMW.

For those of you who don’t know what a VIN is it is your vehicle identification number. Each vehicle has a specific VIN which is used to identify the vehicle information. The VIN can be used to identify equipment, country of origin, make, model, etc. Between 1954 and 1981 there was no accepted standardization for VIN’s. In 1981 the NHTSA standardized the format so all VIN’s are 17 characters long.

In order to pull up the information for this vehicle, I had to get creative and dig deep into the vastness of the internet for some answers. What we needed to know is the production date of the customer’s car and we only had the 7 digit VIN. After a few minutes of research I came across a table which explained everything I needed to know.  I reorganized the data for BMW 2002, 1600, and 2002tii’s as a user friendly resource for enthusiasts to reference. While many of these cars are long gone they still remain popular with a niche group of enthusiasts. Finding information can be difficult, but I hope this VIN decoder will be able to help you determine basic information about your BMW 1600, 2002, or 2002tii.

BMW 2002tii rear bumper

BMW 1600

Series Model Year Year from Year to VIN range # built
Pre 71 1967 Sep-67 Dec-67 1-560-001 to 1-562-153 2153
Pre 71 1968 Jan-68 Dec-68 1-562-154 to 1-567-530 5377
Pre 71 1969 Jan-69 Dec-69 1-567-531 to 1-570-704 3174
Pre 71 1970 Jan-70 Dec-70 1-570-705 to 1-572-399 1695
Pre 71 1971 Jan-71 ?-71 1-572-400 to 1-572-930 531
Pre 71 1971 ?-71 Mar-71 1-572-931 to 1-573-162 232
           
        Total 1600's built 13162

 

BMW 2002

Series Model Year Year from Year to VIN range # built
Pre 71 1968 ?-67 ?-67 1-660-001 to 1-660-002 2
Pre 71 1968 Feb-68 Dec-68 1-660-003 to 1-664-491 4489
Pre 71 1969 Jan-69 Dec-69 1-664-492 to 1-670-881 6390
Pre 71 1970 Jan-70 Dec-70 1-670-882 to 1-679-260 8379
Pre 71 1971 Jan-71 Jan-71 1-679-261 to 1-680-000 740
Pre 71 1971 Jan-71 Mar-71 2-570-001 to 2-572-069 2069
Mod 71 1971 Apr-71 Dec-71 2-572-070 to 2-580-113 8044
Mod 71 1972 Jan-72 Dec-72 2-580-114 to 2-587-307 7194
Mod 71 1973 Jan-73 Aug-73 2-587-308 to 2-593-704 6397
Mod 74 1973 Sep-73 Dec-73 4-220-001 to 4-221-328 1328
Mod 74 1974 Jan-74 Jul-74 4-221-329 to 4-230-601 9273
Mod 75 1974 Jul-74 Dec-74 2-360-001 to 2-362-725 2725
Mod 75 1975 Jan-75 Jul-75 2-362-726 to 2-367-750 5025
Mod 76 1975 Sep-75 Dec-75 2-370-001 to 2-377-688 7688
Mod 76 1976 Jan-76 Feb-76 2-337-689 to 2-380-000 2312
Mod 76 1976 Feb-76 Jul-76 2-740-001 to 2-745-584 5584
           
        Total 2002's built: 77639

 

2002 Auto

Series Year Year from Year to VIN range # built
Pre 71 1969 May-69 Dec-69 2-530-001 to 2-532-043 2043
Pre 71 1970 Jan-70 Jun-70 2-532-044 to 2-532-125 82
Pre 71 1971 ?-71 ?-71 2-532-126 to 2-532-126 1
Mod 71 1972 Jan-72 Dec-72 2-532-127 to 2-532-127 1471
Mod 71 1973 Jan-73 Aug-73 2-533-598 to 2-534-861 1264
Mod 74 1973 Sep-73 Dec-73 4-280-001 to 4-280-274 274
Mod 74 1974 Jan-74 Jul-74 4-280-275 to 4-283-429 3155
Mod 75 1974 Aug-74 Aug-74 2-380-001 to 2-381-396 1396
 Mod 75  1975  Jan-75  Jun-75  2-381-397 to 2-382-692  1296
 Mod 76 1975  Sep-75 Dec-75  2-390-001 to 2-391-107  1107
 Mod 76  1976  Jan-76  Jun-76  2-391-108 to 2-393-292  2185
           
         Total 2002 Auto's built:  14274

2002tii

Series Year Year from Year to VIN range # built
Mod 71 1971 Aug-71 Dec-71  2-760-001 to 2-760-422  422
Mod 71 1972 Jan-72 Dec-72  2-760-423 to 2-763-219  2797
Mod 71 1973 Jan-73 Aug-73  2-763-220 to 2-764-521  1302
Mod 74 1973 Sep-73 Dec-73  2-780-001 to 2-780-794  794
Mod 74 1974 Jan-74 Dec-74  2-780-795 to 2-782-927  2133
Mod 74 1975 ?-75 ?-75  2-782-928 to 2-782-928  1
           
         Total 2002tii's built:  7449

About the Author

Gareth runs the BMW catalog at FCP Euro, he can be reached at gareth1@fcpeuro.com


Written by :
Gareth Foley

Gareth is the BMW Catalog Manager for FCP Euro and has been with the company since 2012. Gareth's BMW obsession started with a hand me down E39 528i when he was 17. From this car he learned how to do his own repair work while also learning more about BMW. When Gareth was at CCSU studying Marketing he had the opportunity to go to SEMA with the college car club. This is where he developed his love of the automotive industry. Since joining FCP in 2012 Gareth has sought out to develop one of the broadest and most accurate BMW replacement parts catalog. he can be reached at gareth1@fcpeuro.com


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