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Please help me with this VIN removed because I can't find
Specification of my Mercedes Benz. I know what that number mean with his
parts of letters and numbers but I cant find description of any of it. What
Is the car line series and body style, restraint systems, engine type,
assembly plant, model year, vehicle features...all day I search the web about this but I haven't find what I am looking for, I don't want automatic VIN decoder because is poor with information I will love to have list with meaning of any character in VIN. I only find examples but, of course, it's not enough. If anybody has something helpful please share with me. Thanks

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Please help me with this VIN Also removed because I can't find
Specification of my Mercedes Benz. I know what that number mean with his
parts of letters and numbers but I cant find description of any of it. What
Is the car line series and body style, restraint systems, engine type,
assembly plant, model year, vehicle features...all day I search the web about this but I haven't find what I am looking for, I don't want automatic VIN decoder because is poor with information I will love to have list with meaning of any character in VIN. I only find examples but, of course, it's not enough. If anybody has something helpful please share with me. Thanks
PM UK-C200 with the VIN and he should be able to pull the data card for you.

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There is no VIN that starts out WDB902, The 902 designates the chassis and there's no such chassis.

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There is no VIN that starts out WDB902, The 902 designates the chassis and there's no such chassis.
There's VIN number and then there's Ext. VIN. The VIN does start WDB but 171 or 170 should follow. You need to tell us the Ext. VIN.
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The external VIN is used by other countries besides the US/Canada. As an example an R 63 would have a VIN start 4JG251177 or US/Canada Vin Start 4JGB77.

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The external VIN is used by other countries besides the US/Canada. As an example an R 63 would have a VIN start 4JG251177 or US/Canada Vin Start 4JGB77.
My datasheet from John lists what we (U.S.) would call the VIN under Ext. VIN. Would that be because he uses's a Euro based tool to look 'em up so they're reversed?
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EPC shows both internal (WBD170466) and external (WBDKK66) VINs on the data sheets for my SLK32. John and I use EPCnet Online.

I got it back wards in my last post.

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also new to SLK forum

We just purchased a 2005 with 10,000 miles...pretty well lset up with options but I would also like to know what he VIN tells us,

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Post 'em or PM - TSlick or I can pull 'em and send them to you. Include an email address if you don't want them posted in the thread..


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We just purchased a 2005 with 10,000 miles...pretty well lset up with options but I would also like to know what he VIN tells us,

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Just a reminder that by using the EPC from Mercedes, anyone can put in a VIN, then click "data card," and pull up all this great information, including the very date the car was made.

I think it's fun to subscribe and play around with. I never seem to make it work on Mac though, I have to go into windows.
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Just a reminder that by using the EPC from Mercedes, anyone can put in a VIN, then click "data card," and pull up all this great information, including the very date the car was made.

I think it's fun to subscribe and play around with. I never seem to make it work on Mac though, I have to go into windows.
and the EPC is free to US addresses. As suggested in several posts, finish your profile so we know where you are and whether the EPC is going to be free to you. I frankly see no reason to use the Russian site if you are a US resident because you can't get better than the MBUSA site - straight from the horse's mouth so to speak.

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free= credit card? hmmmmmmmmmmmm


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free= credit card? hmmmmmmmmmmmm
The credit card is used if you by parts through EPC. If you don't buy parts, there's no cost.

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I'm not sure what the problem is. It requires Microsoft OS. You have to fill out the form that sets the password, they will email you the user name.

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AFAAIK you can't buy parts off the EPC as a private customer like us. For one thing, parts prices are not available to us there. The credit card is used to verify that you have a US billing address. There is no charge and your card will not be charged. I've been using it for a year - it's a wonderful resource.

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