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im reporting you to epa, the cia, the fbi, the dmv, carb etc.etc. just joking :rolleyes: that is a trip id be curious to know what you come up with iv seen vin swaps but usually the person doing the swapping wants the old vin dead and barried. not fully visible when you pop the hood. 

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On 5/19/2013 at 1:09 PM, coupeking said:

That is very weird. I would run both of those VIN's at the BMW historical archive to see what those VIN's relate to. They can tell you when a car was made and delivered, and if this was a factory glitch, they could explain it.

Peter

 

That's an excellent plan! It's hard to imagine the factory would release a car with this pair of VINs visible; yet it's equally hard to imagine someone, post-factory, stamping a new VIN in such a "factory" style and manner, including the rectangle of exposed primer!

 

Bnam, did you see if the car was automatic or manual today?

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Who doesn't love a VIN mystery?

 

Steve

 

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  • 6 years later...

These must both be assembly line corrections. Rather than try to bury the incorrect VIN with bondo and paint, or a welded-in patch — which would look pretty nefarious, if discovered afterward — the factory chose to expose the entire “sausage-making” process. Very cool.

 

And, yes, I agree, whereas the first example was a manual transmission car that erroneously received an automatic transmission VIN, repoman’s example was a simple transposition of the two final digits. The solution was the same. Both VIN corrections appear to have been made pre-paint, but, of course, post-primer.

 

Seeing two examples of such VIN corrections, done in precisely the same manner, turns this from “Helmut’s very bad day” to a standardized procedure. This is great to capture both in this single thread. OK. Who’s got another example, but was afraid to reveal it for fear of being jailed for “grand theft auto”? ???

 

And if someone selling you an ‘02 with a welded-in patch for the chassis VIN tries to tell you it was just a “factory correction of the VIN”, think twice... ?

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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