Errors related to the restraint system are a common issue for BMW, especially with cars made from 2000 onwards.
A BMW Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) can be found stamped on your vehicle. You will always find your BMW VIN number on the driver-side front door jamb, or on the lower-left corner of the windshield. You will also find your BMW VIN number on your car registration, insurance card, and title.
BMW Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a unique code used by BMW to identify each car sold.
Every BMW will have the VIN number in at least two of the following locations.
Locate the VIN number in the bottom right corner of your windshield. Here is one place that you will find the VIN number on any BMW. This VIN number needs to be accessed from the outside.
Open the driver's door and locate the sticker on the frame. Here you will find the VIN number of your BMW. This sticker also shows the month and year the BMW was manufactured, model, and even paint code.
Here is an example of a BMW VIN number.
Here is an example of a BMW VIN number on an X5.
BMW is known to stamp the VIN number by the strut tower on the driver or passenger side.
BMW prints the VIN number on a small sticker placed behind the license plate.
The VIN number of the BMW in some cases can also be displayed on the instrument cluster. The instructions vary between BMW models and not all models are able to show the VIN number.
Title or Registration
If you have any official paperwork for your BMW, it will have the VIN number printed in it. Your BMW title or registration both will have the VIN number printed on top.
A BMW VIN number will tell you the year, make, model, trim, options, transmission, engine, and even the color of your BMW. You can learn more about how to decode BMW here. You will also find your BMW VIN number on your sales invoice, registration, and insurance card if you have all of your paperwork.