Decoding your Land Rover VIN Number

 

Identifying Your Vehicle Using the Chassis/Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

 

 

The following applies to all vehicles manufactured from 1979 onwards (inclusive) that are not of North American Specification (NAS) ¹.

The most reliable way to identify the vehicle you own is to look at the Chassis/VIN number. This is stamped on a plate found either in the vehicle or in the vehicles engine compartment and is unique to your vehicle. It is possible for you to 'decode' this number to determine a large number of things about the vehicle, including the model and model year.

As can be seen in the diagram above, the chassis number is a 17 digit sequence made up of numbers and letters. In the diagram 'x' represents a letter that changes on different vehicles, while 'n' represents a number. The first 3 letters are always SAL, indicating the vehicle is a made by Land Rover.

Geographical Region

 
S          Europe
 

Country

A          United Kingdom
 

Manufacturer

L          Land Rover       

 
 

Model Type

 

 

The model type code is a two-letter sequence (above, highlighted in red) that is found within the chassis/VIN number. It is the 4th and 5th digits of the chassis/VIN number.

 
Model Code
 

LB        Series III          

LD        Defender 90, 110, 130, Defender

LH        Range Rover     

LJ         Discovery         

LM        Range Rover L322         

LN        Freelander

LP         Range Rover (38A)        

LT        Discovery Series II        

 

Wheelbase

 

 


The wheelbase code is a one-letter sequence (above, highlighted in red) that is found within the chassis/VIN number. It is the 6th digit of the chassis/VIN number.

 
Wheelbase Code
 

A          Series III 88"

Defender 90" Heavy Duty

Range Rover Classic 100"

Range Rover (38A) 108"

Freelander        

B          Series III 88" Lightweight

Defender 110" Heavy Duty

Range Rover Classic LSE 108"

Freelander Commercial  

C          Series III 109"

Defender 130" Heavy Duty

D          Series III 109"  

G          100" (Discovery)           

H          Defender 110"

K          Defender 130"  

M          Special Build     

R          110" (24 volt)   

S          90" (24 volt)     

V          90" (L/R)          

                       

Body Type

 

 

The body type code is a one-letter sequence (above, highlighted in red) that is found within the chassis/VIN number. It is the 7th digit of the chassis/VIN number.

 
Body Type Code
 
A          Basic
Soft Top
Pickup
Hardtop Van Commercial

Freelander 3 Door Commercial

Discovery 3 or 5 Door   

B          Series III 88" Station Wagon

Defender 3door Station Wagon

Range Rover Classic 2 door

Discovery 3 door
Freelander 5 Door         

F          Defender 4 door Crew cab non Hi-capacity          

H          High Capacity Pick Up with/without crew cab       

M          Defender 5 door Station Wagon

Range Rover Classic 5 door

Range Rover (38A) 5 door
Discovery 5 door           

R          Range Rover Monteverdi

                       

Engine Type

 

 

The engine type code is a one-letter sequence (above, highlighted in red) that is found within the chassis/VIN number. It is the 8th digit of the chassis/VIN number.

 
Engine Type Code

A          1.8L, inline 4 cylinder, 'K' Series, High Compression Unleaded       

B          2.5L, inline 4 cylinder, turbo-diesel

19J 2.0L, inline 4 cylinder, 'L' Series, turbo-diesel 

C          2.5L, inline 4 cylinder, diesel

12J 1.8L, inline 4 cylinder, 'K' Series, Low Compression Unleaded 

D          2.5L, inline 4 cylinder, petrol

17H 1.8L, inline 4 cylinder, 'K' Series, Low Compression Leaded   

E          3.5L, V8 carb, petrol, High Compression

2.4L, inline 4 cylinder, VM Diesel

2.0L, inline 4 cylinder, BMW M47 (Td4), diesel     

F          2.5L, inline 4 cylinder, turbo-diesel (200Tdi/300Tdi) non EGR/cat, 11L or 16L

1.8L, inline 4 cylinder, 'K' Series, High Compression Leaded          

G          2.25L, inline 4 cylinder, diesel

2.5L, V6, 'KV6' Series, Unleaded 

H          2.25L, inline 4 cylinder, petrol

2.5L, V6, 'KV6' Series, Leaded    

J           4.6L, V8 Efi, petrol

2.5L, V6, 'KV6' Series, Ethanol    

L          3.5L, V8 Efi, petrol        

M          3.9 & 4.0L, V8 Efi, petrol

N          2.5L, inline 4 cylinder, VM Diesel

P          2.6L, inline 6 cylinder, IOE petrol

V          3.5L, V8 carb, petrol, Low Compression  

W         2.5L, inline 6 cylinder, BMW Diesel         

Y          2.0L, inline 4 cylinder Mpi, petrol

1          4.0L, V8Efi, Low Compression with Cat   

2          4.0L, V8Efi, High Compression with Cat   

3          4.0L, V8Efi, Low Compression without Cat           

6          2.5L, inline 4 cylinder, turbo-diesel (200Tdi/300Tdi) EGR/cat         

8          2.5L, inline 5 cylinder, turbo-diesel (Td5) EGR     

9          2.5L, inline 5 cylinder, turbo-diesel (Td5) EGR without Cat (Disco II)

2.8L, inline 6 cylinder, M52 BMW petrol   

                       

Gearbox Type

 

 

The gearbox type code is a one-letter sequence (above, highlighted in red) that is found within the chassis/VIN number. It is the 9th digit of the chassis/VIN number.

 
Gearbox Type Code
 

1          Series III 4 speed / Right Hand Drive

LT95 4 speed / Right Hand Drive
JATCO 5 speed Auto / Right Hand Drive  

2          Series III 4 speed / Left Hand Drive

LT95 4 speed / Left Hand Drive
JATCO 5 speed Auto / Left Hand Drive    

3          Chrysler 747 3 speed Auto / Right Hand Drive

ZF 4 speed Auto / Right Hand Drive        

4          Chrysler 747 3 speed Auto / Left Hand Drive

ZF 4 speed Auto / Left Hand Drive          

5          RHD 4 speed gearbox + overdrive          

6          LHD 4 speed gearbox + overdrive          

7          LT77 5 Speed Manual / Right Hand Drive

LT77S 5 Speed Manual / Right Hand Drive
LT85 5 Speed Manual / Right Hand Drive
R380 5 Speed Manual / Right Hand Drive
PG1 5 Speed Manual / Right Hand Drive  

8          LT77 5 Speed Manual / Left Hand Drive

LT77S 5 Speed Manual / Left Hand Drive
LT85 5 Speed Manual / Left Hand Drive
R380 5 Speed Manual / Left Hand Drive

            PG1 5 Speed Manual / Left Hand Drive

 

Model Year

 

 

The model year code is a one-letter sequence (above, highlighted in red) that is found within the chassis/VIN number. It is the 10th digit of the chassis/VIN number.

 

The following list illustrates which model year and actual calendar period each code corresponds to:

 

WORLDWIDE, EXCLUDING NORTH AMERICAN SPEC.¹ MODEL YEARS

 
Model Year Code
 

Letter             Calendar Period          Model Yr.

 
A                      1979-842                       N/A
B                      1984-862                       N/A
C                      1985-86                        1986
D                      1986-87                        1987
E                      1987-88                        1988
F                      1988-89                        1989
G                      1989-90                        1990
H                      1990-91                        1991
J                       1991-92                        1992
K                      1992-93                        1993
L                      1993-94                        1994
M                      1994-95                        1995
T                      1995-96                        1996
V                      1996-97                        1997
W                     1997-98                        1998
X                      1998-99                        1999
Y                      1999-00                        2000
1                      2000-01                        2001
2                      2001-02                        2002
3                      2002-03                        2003
4                      2003-04                        2004
5                      2004-05                        2005
6                      2005-06                        2006
7                      2006-07                        2007
8                      2007-08                        2008
9                      2008-09                        2009
 
 

Build Type/Location

 

 

The build type code is a one-letter sequence (above, highlighted in red) that is found within the chassis/VIN number. It is the 11th digit of the chassis/VIN number.

 
Build Type Code
 

A          Solihull, United Kingdom

F          Worldwide - CKD knock down kit

V          South Africa      
 
 
 

Following these guidelines ensures you will receive the correct part. However, in some cases, changes have occurred within a single model year. In this case you will also require the Serial Number to identify the part appropriate for your vehicle - please see below.

 
 

Identifying Your Vehicle's Serial Number

 

 

Under certain circumstances the serial number of the vehicle may also be required. The serial number is a 6 number sequence (above, highlighted in red) that is the last 6 digits of the chassis/VIN number. It is unique to each vehicle.

 

On items for which it is important to know the correct model year, we have marked them as being suitable for 'xA to xA Chassis Numbers', for example a part that will only fit a 1990 to 1994 model year Discovery will be marked as 'GA to LA Chassis Numbers'.

 

Products requiring serial number information will specify either a range, for example 'WA376580 to WA385948', or a number from which the range starts or at which it stops, such as 'TA346793' or earlier', or 'WA385949 or later'.

 
NOTES:
 

1. If you suspect your vehicle is a N.A.S. (North American Specification) vehicle then please contact us by e-mail before ordering any parts, stating the year of manufacture of the vehicle and the last 8 digits of the chassis number, as parts may vary from the normal South African, United Kingdom and Worldwide (non-North American Specification)

 

2. The numbering scheme for 'A' and 'B' model year codes is not the same on all vehicles. Land Rover Series III vehicles with 'A' codes were manufactured from 1979-1984. Production of the Series III ceased in 1984. Range Rover Classic vehicles with 'A' codes were manufactured from 1979-1984, followed by vehicles with 'B' codes from 1984-86. The remaining Range Rover chassis numbers follow the listed pattern. Land Rover 90 and 110 vehicles with 'A' and 'B' codes are not easily distinguishable, but no issues currently surround these vehicles that require the model year to be known for the purposes of ordering items from the Expedition Gear website.

 
 
Important


In some cases, when ordering from our website, it is necessary to identify the model and/or model year of your vehicle. Although we try to make clear which vehicle each part will fit, knowing your vehicle model and year or manufacture is important.

This document, therefore, is a guide only on how to identify your vehicle and how we list our parts to make sure you get the right part first time.

If you are still unclear about any issue regarding identification please e-mail us at: customerservice@expeditiongear.co.za