FIAT vehicles can be identified from the following data:
1. Vehicle Identification Number:
1.1 Location of the VIN
|A||=||On the right-hand suspension strut dome|
|B||=||On the right, in front of the front passenger’s seat, (on the Palio under the seat)|
|C||=||On the right-hand side of the boot, next to the spare wheel well|
|D||=||Under the front windscreen, in the middle|
|(on the Fiat Sedici it is towards the middle of the bulkhead separating the engine and the passenger compartments)|
|E||=||An additional (visible) VIN is located on the dashboard behind the windscreen|
|178||Palio||B||223||Doblo (until 2009)||B|
|182||Bravo/Brava||A||263||Doblo (from 2009)||B|
Vehicles produced for the American market have a check number at the 9th character of the VIN, a chassis number plate on the driver’s side, behind the windscreen and various concealed, self-destructing stickers, with either the whole VIN or parts of the VIN.
N.B.: for right-hand drive vehicles:
Right hand drive vehicles also have a chassis number plate behind the windscreen on the driver’s side.
1.2 VIN Lettering
The VIN is stamped in two parts. The first section (1st – 9th characters) consists of the manufacturer’s code and the model designation. The 2nd section consists of the production serial number. Both sections are separated by an ” * ” at each end. The lettering can either be in point form or produced as a cohesive line.
In General, the following arrangements exist but differ according to the vehicle type:
The VIN on vehicles produced in Poland and Brazil (Cinquecento and Uno) looks different (see the section on type plates). The VIN on the Cinquecento and Uno can be stamped in differing ways, as the part of the number up to the actual serial number is stamped on earlier. (It is thus frequently stamped with differing pressure, crooked etc.).
Stamping processes for the chassis numbers:
Chassis numbers are applied by different production plants and on different models in different ways. If the normal stamping process fails (break-down of a stamping machine, etc.) a so-called ”back-up system” is used. The different processes are set out in the table below.
1.3 VIN behind the windscreen
Located on the left, in the direction of travel
1.4 VIN breakdown
The model designation can be broken down as follows:
The VIN on the Fiat SEDICI
2. Type Plate:
2.1 Location of the type plate
|FIAT Seicento + Grande Punto:||In the boot, to the left of the spare wheel well|
|FIAT Ulysse (old)||In the engine compartment, on the front right of the longeron|
|FIAT Ulysse (old)||On the B-Pillar, on the right|
|FIAT Multipla:||In the engine compartment in the middle of the cross member beneath the windscreen|
|FIAT Fiorino/Qubo:||in the boot, on the right in castes|
2.2 Composition of the type plate (identification plate)
Type plate new (from Fiat Fiorino)
Colour: silver, with black script (offset printing)
Rivets: until the beginning of the 1990s rivets were one piece light or black coloured constructions,
then two-piece black constructions consisting of a pin and head
Exception: The Polish Cinquecento has large rivets;
Ducato 250 – only silver coloured – different rivets (metal and plastic)
Fiorino (metal rivets)
The lettering on the identification plates may differ. The data relating to the manufacturer, certification and engine may be stamped or printed.
The VIN may either be completely stamped, or the 1st to 9th characters printed and the rest stamped.
The weight may either be completely printed, or stamped.
The following data appear on the factory plate:
– Name of the manufacturer
– The EU or ABE [Allgemeine Betriebserlaubnis – general road circulation certificate] approval number, where applicable
– Maximum authorised weight
– Total mass of the vehicle combination (vehicle + Trailer)
– Authorised axle load, front axle
– Authorised axle load, rear axle
– Engine type
– Spare part code
– Exhaust norms
As a rule, the characters on the manufacturer’s plate are embossed.
The “1” has a “foot”; the “4” is open at the top.
Uno vehicles produced in Brazil have the symbols stamped on, the type plates are of poor quality, the numbers and letters are stamped on
CinquecentoThe Cinquecento is produced in Italy as well as in Poland, poor quality type plates (Polish plant), large rivets, the VIN is applied with an electro marker and is located in the boot
Ulysse, Ducato and Scudo – these have a type sticker
Fiat Ulysse, Ducato and Scudo
Vehicle checks possible using the type plate:
Using the type plate it is possible to check for the presence of falsifications or complete forgeries, as the chassis number, engine number and the version listed on the plate correspond with one another.
- The model designation indicated by A and C (in the picture type 223 – Fiat Doblo) must always agree.
- The entry under B indicates the engine type, in this case, 1910 cc Diesel.
- The entry indicated by C i.e. 223WXB1A contains the following information:
|XB||=||Type code for the engine (must agree with the engine type shown B)|
|1||=||Driving and steering axles|
- Die ” The identifications of the different versions (C) are found in their own tables, which can be called up via the following tables .
- The entry D found under 1A indicates the version and can be definitively matched to the variant by using the tables.
|223AXB1A||01C||Close ratio T.A.|
|223AXB1A||01D||Close ratio 00/8-00/4-01/92|
|223AXB1A||01E||Wide ratio 00/8-00/4-01/92|
|223AXB1A||01F||Close ratio T.A. 00/8-00/4-01/92|
|223AXD1A||03C||BIPOWER Euro 3|
|223AXD1A||03F||BIPOWER Euro 3 – 00/8-00/4-01/92|
|223AXF1A||04B||T.A. (with OBD)|
|223ZXA1A||1A||223A5000||Payload 600 kg|
The data tables produced for each model can be seen via the following links.
- Bravo (old)
- Bravo (new)
- Doblo (old)
- Ducato (old)
- Ducato 250 (new)
- Grande Punto
- Panda (old)
- Panda (new)
- Punto (old)
- Punto (new)
- Scudo (old)
- Scudo (new)
3. Engine Number:
The engine number is either stamped or else etched with a needle stamp on the engine block, on a smoothly ground surface.
Depending on the engine type, the number is located:
– CLOSE TO the oil filter
– near the cylinder head gasket
– near the clutch
3.1 Location of the engine number
Where it is located:
3.1 Breakdown of the engine number
Die The engine number has 15 characters;
Exception on modell Ulysse: 10-characters.
e.g. 176B4.000 * 6271022* Ulysse: RFU * 3000001)
1st part: Engine model
2nd part: Numbering in the numerical sequence of production
Only the final 7 numbers are required to effect an identification, but one must also give the model.
3.2 Additional engine number locations
When the engine is produced, stickers bearing the engine number are attached in two additional positions. In time these may be obscured by dirt or can become detached.
4. Gearbox number:
Since about. 1999 gearbox numbers have been issued during production and can be attributed to individual vehicles. This can only be done through the manufacturer.
Special production gears (if wished by the customer) do not have serial numbers.
4.1 Location of the gearbox number
The engine number is stamped onto the gear unit, on a smoothly ground surface. The number on 6-speed gearboxes is applied using a template and blue paint.
In addition, the gear number on a shield in the gear case is evident.
With the automatic gear the gear number is contained merely on a shield.
Where it is located:
4.2 Breakdown of the gearbox number
Gearbox numbers have varying numbers of characters. They generally have two parts.
18.14 – 8327130
|8327130||=||consecutiv Serial number|
For enquiries the whole gearbox number is required (i.e. variant and serial number).