Mercedes G -Class vehicles can be identified from the following numbers:
1. Vehicle Identification Number:
1.1 Location of the VIN
The VIN is located in the front right wheelcase on the side member of the frame of the Mercedes G . It may be covered by underbody protection or dirt and may have to be cleared for checking.
1.2 Appearance of the stamped VIN
Since 1972, the Mercedes star has always appeared at both ends of the Mercedes brand VIN. One point of the star always points towards the top. The characters are applied in a row without blanks.
1.3 VIN Lettering
When the G-model was launched, steel stamping/punched numerals were used for the VIN. The punched numbers have the same shape and size as the numbers used in the passenger cars.
The picture only demonstrates what the punched numbers look like; it does not correspond to the VIN break down of the G-class, however.
Since 2 September 1996, as from production No. 6109636 and VIN WDB46133817106708, the VIN has been scribe-marked.
1.4 VIN breakdown
2. Type Plate:
2.1 Type plate up to model 10 / 2000
2.1.1 Location of type plate
On the case of the engine partition wall
2.1.2 Form and appearance of the factory plate
2.2 Type plate from model 10 / 2000
2.2.1 Location of type plate
on the left B-pillar
Type plate with new security foil
Approx. starting 2002, the new security foil including a stylized Mercedes star and the name “Mercedes Benz“ written on it (visible under oblique illumination) has been used.
3. Construction plate / Vehicle data plate / production plate:
3.1 Construction plate (until 10/2000)
– is screwed onto the body shell
– is overpainted in the vehicle’s colour
Location of production plate (construction plate)
Next to the type plate at the case of the engine partition wall
Shape and design of the production plate
3.2 Vehicle data plate
The vehicle data plate was introduced in October 2000 to replace the construction plate.
For details concerning the vehicle data plate, please refer to Mercedes Benz passenger cars.
Vehicle data plate at the right B-pillar
Introduction of vehicle data plate as from VIN WDB ??????1X123601
Shape and design like the data plate of the Mercedes Benz passenger cars.
Exception: 4-digit paint code, as the G-class vehicles are classified as trucks (4-digit paint codes) at Mercedes.
3.3 Production plate
As from March 2005, production plates are used instead of vehicle data plates analogous to the Mercedes Benz passenger cars. A second vehicle data plate is not used.
The production plate is located at the B-pillar of the door frame on the passenger side.
3.4 Production number
z.B. 6 1 12 7 3 8
In 1979, it started at 600… and consecutively numbere ever since.
In the fuse box, there may be a sticker on which the last 4 digits of the production number note in hand-writing. Day and month of production are indicated underneath.
In enquiries concerning the identification of a vehicle on the basis of these data, the manufacturing year has to be given, too.
4. Engine number:
4.1 Location, design and break down of engine number
In more recent models, the location and the design of the engine number are the same as in the Mercedes Benz passenger cars.
The break down of the engine number is also identical to the break down of the engine number of the Mercedes Benz passenger car engines.
5. Gearbox number:
5.1 Location of the gearbox number
The gearbox number punche in the right side of the gear box.
A sticker with the gearbox number is located on the left side of the oil pan. In older vehicles, this sticker has probably come off and can therefore no longer be checked.
5.2 Breakdown of the gearbox number
The break down of the gearbox number is the same as in the Mercedes Benz passenger cars.
6. Radio/Command System Number:
In the Mercedes Benz G-class vehicles, the same radio/Comand devices installe as in the Mercedes Benz passenger cars;but the information on radio/Comand device numbers in the passenger cars and applies to G-class vehicles.