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Thread: Vin number and model year confusion?

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    Vin number and model year confusion?

    I bought VIN AH60274 titled and sold as a 2001 Z8. Since looking at modifications etc. I am wondering if this is really a 2000 Z8? This was bought from a dealer in Atlanta and the title they had from original owner was 2001 as well. What year is this car?

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    That is just the 275th US spec car to be built, and it will have been assembled some time in the summer of 2000. You can see the assembly date on the black sticker just inside the driver door. I believe that it will be a 2000 year car, I think that the 2001 model year cars started production on Sept 1, 2000 (but it maybe Aug 1, 2000 - I can't remember which!).

    With such an early car you want to make sure that the VANOS upgrade has been done, and up until around the 60700 mark the S62 was prone to expensive VANOS failures. Your BMW dealer will be able to access the cars history and let you know that it was done.
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    Punching in VIN AH60274 into the realoem.com website reveals that the car was built September-2000. Maybe it is in fact a 2001 model year car. The VIN sticker on the driver's door jam will give the date of manufacture. Interestingly, that website states that my car (AH60109) was built 4-2000. The door jam sticker however states 5-2000.
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    Vin # and manufacture date

    Yes you are correct. The date is 09/2000 making it a 2001. The owners manuals are for 2000 though? Maybe just a mix up. How should I state the need for vanos check up to a dealer?

    Thanks

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    Your owner's manual should read IX/2000 making it a 2001 model year manual.
    My 2000 model year car came with owner's manual III/00.
    Enjoy
    LarryG

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    Interesting that although BMW and CA DMV call mine a 2003, and charge me accordingly for reg fees, realoem.com shows my car as the production month of 7/2000. I wonder when the 2003's began production.
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    Scott, mine is a 2003 also and the build date is 9/2002 if that helps.
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