I'm searching for a replacement for my '94 325i, and I came upon an E46 that
has no VIN number (that's redundant, isn't it?) stickers on the variouis
Does anybody have a good explanation as to why they would have stopped
puting VIN stickers on the major body parts? Understanding why they put the
stickers on in the first place makes me wonder why they would take them off
instead of put them on even more parts. Understanding the costs to put the
stickers on the parts they put them on tells me why they don't put them on
more parts, but I can't figure out why they stopped putting them on.
All original body panels had the VIN stickers. If a panel gets replaced
it may have a sticker that says "DOT" or some-such or it may have no
Unscrupulous re-sellers trying to hide the fact that the car had body
damages repaired may go so far as to remove all of the stickers from
even the undamaged panels so as not to arouse suspicion?
Sorry, I wasn't clear. I know what the VIN stickers are for, and replacement
parts have "DOT" instead of the VIN.
What I was asking is, when and why did the factory stop affixing stickers?
The reason I ask is that I was looking at an E46 that had no stickers on it.
I looked in all of the usual places - fenders, doors, hood, trunk lid - and
there were no stickers on the car. All of these parts could not have been
replaced, and if they were, then the DOT stickers were peeled off.
A cursory inspection of my US-spec '04 model-year 330Ci shows VIN
Driver's B-pillar next to tire-inflation recommendations
Visible on dash through windshield above pivot for driver's side wiper
Under hood on passenger side shock tower
If even one of those was missing on a car I was reviewing I'd place my
hand firmly over my wallet and back away.
I believe Jeff is comparing the newer models to E36s wherein there is
small VIN stickers on every major part. Like one on each door, trunk
door, even trunk itself it think, both fenders, hood....
I am not familiar with new models as I have an E36 but does your new
E46 & above have these small VIN on parts mentioned?
Thanks. On the earlier models each fender, the hood, the trunk lid, and all
of the doors all had the VIN number affixed to them, in addition to the
plate at the base of the windshield, on the driver side door jamb, and
inside the engine compartment as the current models have.
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