How to decode your Land Rover VIN

Land Rover VIN (Vehicle Identification Numbers)

When ordering from our website it may be necessary to identify the model and/or model year of your vehicle.  Although we try to make clear which part will fit which vehicle, we cannot separately list all application details for every product we sell.  This is a guide on how to identify your vehicle, and how we list our parts to ensure you get the right part.

The most reliable way to identify the vehicle you own is to look at the Chassis/VIN number.  This is stamped on a plate in the vehicle’s 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.

Where to find the VIN

The VIN plate is located on the brake pedal box in the engine compartment.  The VIN is also stamped on the RH side of the chassis to the rear of the front lashing eye.

The VIN format

A typical Land Rover Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) will have the following 17 alpha numeric character ISO 3779 compliant format eg: SALLDHMD7FA416172.

The first 3 characters are the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI). For Land Rovers this is SAL and relates to the Region (S), Country (A) and Manufacturer(L). In this case it is Europe, United Kingdom, Land Rover.

Characters 4 through to 9 are the Vehicle Descriptor Section (VDS) and identify the vehicle type and includes information on the platform, the model, and the body style. In this case, a 4 door One Ten 2.5L petrol.

Characters 10 to 17 are the Vehicle Identifier Section (VIS) and are used by the manufacturer to identify the individual vehicle in question. Land Rover use the 10th Character as the Model Year and the 11th as the Plant Code, the final 6 characters in the VIN are a simple sequential number. Think of this as a unique serial number.

This is how the Land Rover VIN is decoded:

Geographical Region (1st Character)

S

Europe

Country (2nd Character)

A

United Kingdom

Manufacturer (3rd Character)

L

Land Rover

Model Type (4th and 5th Characters)

LB

Series III

LD

Ninety, One Ten, 127, Defender

LH

Range Rover

LJ

Discovery

LM

Range Rover L322

LN

Freelander

LP

Range Rover (P38A)

LT

Discovery Series II

Wheelbase (6th Character)

A

Series III 88″
Defender 90″ extra heavy duty
Range Rover Classic 100″
Range Rover (38A) 108″
Freelander

B

Series III 88″ Lightweight
Defender 110″ extra heavy duty
Range Rover Classic LSE 108″
Freelander Commercial

C

Series III 109″
Defender 130″ extra heavy duty

D

Series III 109″

G

100″ (Discovery)

H

110″ (L/R)

K

130″ (L/R)

M

Special Build

R

110″ (24 volt)

S

90″ (24 volt)

V

90″ (L/R)

Body Style (7th Character)

LB

Series III

LD

Ninety, One Ten, 127, Defender

LH

Range Rover

LJ

Discovery

LM

Range Rover L322

LN

Freelander

LP

Range Rover (P38A)

LT

Discovery Series II

Engine Type (8th Character)

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, petro
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 (9th Character)

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 speed5 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 speed5 Speed Manual / Left Hand Drive

Year of Build (10th Character)

A

2010

B

Ser. III CSW or R/R Phase II, or 90/110 face lift to 1987 M/Y
2011

C

R/R 1986 M/Y or 2012

D

R/R 1987 M/Y or 2013

E

1988 or 2014

F

1989 or 2015

G

1990 or 2016

H

1991 or 2017

J

1992 or 2018

K

1993

L

1994

M

1995

T

1996

V

1997

W

1998

X

1999

Y

2000

1

2001

2

2002

3

2003

4

2004

5

2005

6

2006

7

2007

8

2008

9

2009

Build Type (11th Character)

A

Solihull, United Kingdom

F

Worldwide

G

South Africa

Unique Serial Number (12th - 17th Characters)

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