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Is there any place you can go online to like type in the serial # and find out when the car was manufactured at what not? or a phone #?
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...the sticker is the easiest but if you are a techy go to the BMW website and register yourself as an owner. You will need the VIN number which you will probably get from the afore mentioned STICKER which should have the info you need in the first place!!!

(hopefully the CODE below is understandable!)

In the meantime here is the VIN Code Breakdown

Digit____Value____Meaning
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1,2,3______________Manufacturer
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_________WBA_____BMW AG
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4,5,6 Model
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_________AV5_________330i
_________BN5_________ 330Ci
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7__________________Country
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_________3_________United States model
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8__________________Restraint System
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_________3 or 4 Dual, de-powered airbags
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9__________________Check digit
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10__________________Model year
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_________1_________2001
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11__________________Assembly plant
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_________K_________Munich
_________C or F_____ Dingolfing
_________E or J______Regensberg
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12-17______________ Serial number
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_________6digit serial number
 

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There is handy way if all you got is the VIN - by looking up when the car was transported by the shipping line, which is usually loaded on the vessel 1 to 2 weeks after the car was built.

Go to Wallenius Wilhelmsen's web site
http://schedule.2wglobal.com/GLWebApps.AppTracking
select Tracking, Auto, and enter the VIN; it will show the vessel with details on when and where the car was loaded and unloaded.

This has been useful for me when I was checking dealer inventories online (before I ordered and got my car), as the VINs are usually listed.
 
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