Saab

Saab vehicles can be identified from the following numbers:

Locations . Vehicle identification number- on the type plate- on the stickers- stamped on to the bodywork- behind the windscreen . Body number- on the body plate . Engine Number- stamped onto the engine block . Gearbox Number- on the gearbox number plate or stamped onto the gearbox itself

 

Vehicle Identification Number:

Location of the VIN

Model SAAB 9-3 MY 1998-2003

1 VIN stamped on to engine compartment bulkhead
2 VIN behind the windscreen on the left in the direction of travel

The SAAB 9-3 Sport Saloon from MY 2003, the 9-3 Convertible from MY 2004 and the 9-3 Sport Estate MY 2006

1 VIN stamped on to engine compartment bulkhead
2 VIN behind the windscreen on the left in the direction of travel

Model SAAB 9-5

1 VIN in the engine on the engine compartment bulkhead
2 VIN behind the windscreen on the left in the direction of travel

Cadillac BLS MY 2006 –

1 VIN in the engine on the engine compartment bulkhead
2 VIN behind the windscreen on the left in the direction of travel

VIN Lettering

Model SAAB 9-3 MY 1998-2003

VIN stamped onto the engine compartment bulkhead
VIN behind the windscreen – Visible VIN An aluminium plate behind the windscreen, on the left, viewed in the direction of travel. Embossed characters.

The SAAB 9-3 Sport Saloon from MY 2003, the 9-3 Convertible from MY 2004 and the 9-3 Sport Estate MY 2006 –

VIN stamped onto the engine compartment bulkhead
An aluminium plate behind the windscreen, on the left, viewed in the direction of travel. Laser printing

Model SAAB 9-5

VIN stamped onto the engine compartment bulkhead
VIN behind the windscreen
An aluminium plate behind the windscreen, on the left, viewed in the direction of travel. Embossed characters until model year 2002, thereafter laser printing

Cadillac BLS MY 2006 –

VIN stamped onto the engine compartment bulkhead
VIN behind the windscreen on the left in the direction of travel

 VIN breakdown

Type Plate:

Location of the type plate

Model SAAB 9-3 MY 1998-2003

3
Type plate on the radiator yoke, on the right at the front

Close-up:

Aluminium type plate
Located on radiator yoke, at the front, on the right.

9-3 Sport Sedan MY 03 and 9-3 Sport Estate MY 2006

Type plate sticker with VIN, production number and year. On the B-spar at the bottom on the entryClose-up:

Sticker type plate
Located on the driver’s side, down on the entry.

9-3 Convertible from MY 2004

Type plate sticker with VIN, production number and year. On the B-spar, driver’s side

Close-up:

Type plate sticker, laser printing Location: on the B-spar on the front passenger’s side, at the bottom on the entry
3a Aluminium plate
MY 1998-2001
3b Plastic adhesive plate with VIN and possibly time of production. Attached towards the bottom Of the left B-spar starting in the 9th calendar week of 2005.
3b Adhesive plate
from MY 2002

Model SAAB 9-5

Until the 8th calendar week of 2005 it was on the left wing 3b Starting from the 9th calendar week of 2005 it has been placed towards the bottom of the B-spar (See the close-up views below)

Close-up:

3a Type plate possibly time of production, on the left wing until the 8th calendar week of 2005
Aluminium plate until MY 2002, there after adhesive plate

Cadillac BLS MY 2006-

3 Onto the engine compartment bulkhead left
Adhesive plate

Engine Number:

 Engine number locations

Model SAAB 9-3 MY 1998-2003

4 Engine Number
4-cylinnder Gasoline engine
4-cylinnder Diesel engine, 2.2 litre

The SAAB 9-3 Sport Saloon from MY 2003, the 9-3 Convertible from MY 2004 and the 9-3 Sport Estate MY 2006 and Cadillac BLS

4-cylindder Gasoline engine
4-cylindder Diesel engine, 2.2 litre
4-cyliinder Gasoline engine
4-cylindeer Diesel engine, 1.9 litre
4-cylinder Diesel engine,1.9 litre, high
6-cylinder petrol engine, 2.8 litre normal or low emission

Model SAAB 9-5

4-cylinder petrol and Diesel engine – as SAAB 9-3

6-cylinder Gasoline engine
6-cylinder Diesel engine

Appearance of the engine number:

Model SAAB 9-3 MY 1998-2003

4-cylinnder Gasoline engine
4-cylinder Diesel engine

The SAAB 9-3 Sport Saloon from MY 2003, the 9-3 Convertible from MY 2004 and the 9-3 Sport Estate MY 2006 and Cadillac BLS

4-cyllinder Gasoline engine, Turbo
4-cylinder petrol engine
(to the last 6 places = serial number)
4-cylinder Diesel engine
6-cylindder Gasoline engine
6-cyliinder Diesel engine
6-cylindeer 2.8 litre petrol engine. The letters E or L are stamped on by hand.
L= Normal
E = Low emission

Breakdown of the engine number

Saab engines

The engine number consists of 16 characters and there are no gaps. An asterisk “*” can be used as a limiting symbol. Each number is unique.

Numbers can be stamped in either one or two lines as shown below.

*B235REM002123456* or

*B235R* or

*B235REM00*

*EM002123456*

*2123456*

B 23 5 E M 00 3 123456
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

 

1 = Engine type

B = Petrol engine

D = Diesel engine

2 = Cubic capacity

20= 1985 cc/engine B205

20= 1998 cc/engine B207

22 = 2171 cc/engineD223

23 = 2290 cc/engine B235

25 = 2498 cc/engine B258L

28 = 2,792 cc / engine B284E /B284L /B248R

30 = 2962 cc / engine B308E

30 = 2958 cc / engine D308L

3 = cylinders and cylinder heads

3 = 4-cylinder, straight cylinder head with two differential shafts and
a cylinder head with 2 camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder

4= up to and including MY 2000,

4-cylinder, straight cylinder head with two differential shafts and a
cylinder head with 2 camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder

from MY 2006 – ,

6-cylinder V engine, cylinder block (aluminium) and cylinder head

with 2 camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder

5= 4-cylinder, straight cylinder head with two differential shafts and a
cylinder head with 2 camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder, Ecopower /
low friction engine

6 = 4-cylinder, straight cylinder head with no differential shafts and a
cylinder head with 2 camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder

7= 4-cylinder, straight cylinder head with two differential shafts and a

Cylinder head with 2 camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder
8 = 6-cylinder, V-type engine cylinder head with 2 camshafts and 4
valves per cylinder

4 = Design

I = Injection engine

E = Turbocharger engine with intercooling.
Low pressure charging

E = Turbocharger engine with intercooling.
Low pressure charging; Standard boost pressure (MFI)

S = Turbocharged engine

S = From model year 05, turbocharged engine with intercooling
special boost pressure (MFI)

L = Turbocharger engine with intercooling, standard boost

R = Turbocharger engine with intercooling, high boost

5 = Fit to vehicle

C = Saab 9000

D = SAAB 900, SAAB 9-3, MY 1998 – 2003

E = SAAB 9-5

F= Saab 9-3 from MY 2003 – and Cadillac BLS MY 2006 –

(engines made in Sweden)

A= Saab 9-3 / and Cadillac BLS MY 2006- engines made in Australia.

C= Saab 9-3 MY -3 – (engines made in Germany)

V= Engine for SAAB 9-3 and SAAB 9-5

6 = Transmission fit

A = Automatic transmission

M = Manual / Front-wheel drive

N = Manual / Four-wheel drive (AWD)

7 = Variant

free number

8 = Model Year

(see table of model years under VIN breakdown)

9 = Serial number

Exists of 6 countable figures and calls the standard number of the engine during one model year.
With engines of GME the first countable figure can also be a letter.
The number shows the production order independent of Engine type in.

General Motors (Opel)-Engines GME

                         Z18 XE                                            Z19 DT, Z19 DTH and Z19 DTR

Example for a petrol engine

Example for a Diesel engine

X 20 X E V     Z 17 D  
Engine-

type

Engine-

type

Fuel type Engine type
Compression Fuel type
Cubic capacity Cubic capacity
Poollutant issue Pollutant issue
 
Polluttant issue   Fueel type
without : EC 15.04 D : Diesel
* : EC 15.04 E : Single injection
E : Euronorm G : Petrol – direct injection
C : Catalyst Con. / US 83 H : Homogenous petrol direct injection
X : EC 96 (US 93 / 94) V : Carbuettor
Y : EC 2000 Z : TBI Central injection
Z : EC 2005  (Euro 4) Engine type
A : EC 200? (Euro 5) C : Common Rail  (1)
L : LEV (Low Emission vehicle) F : Federal Car Fleet
U : ULEV (Ultra Low Emiss. vehicle) H : High performance charger
O : ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) I : Diesel direct injection  (1)
J : Adjusted performance
Cubic capacity   K : Compressor
Data in litres  x  10 L : Low pressure / charger
P : Port Deactivation
Compression   R : Increased performance
G :                e  £    8,5 S : Super charger
L : 8,5   <  e  £   9,0 T : Turbo
N : 9.0   <  e  £   9.5 V : Volume Model
S : 9.5   <  e  £   10.0 1 : Fam. I engine  (1)
X : 10.0   <  e  £   11.5 2 : Fam. II engine  (1)
Y : 11,5 <  e  £ 3 : L850 engine  (1)
4 : Saab engine (1)
    (1) Only to distinguish engines with the same designation

 

Z18 XE not for the SAAB 9-5 = Z19DTH

Gearbox number:

Location of the gearbox number

Model SAAB 9-3

5 Engine Number
MY 1998-2003

Model SAAB 9-5

5 Engine Number

Model SAAB 9-3 Sport

5 Engine Number
Sedan from MY 2003
Convertible from MY 2004
Sport Estate MY 2006

Cadillac BLS MY 2006-

5 Engine Number

Close-up:

Upper flank of the gearbox casing

Form and appearance of the gearbox number

Model SAAB 9-3 MY 1998 – 2003 and Model SAAB 9-5 MY 1998 –

Automatic transmission

The outlined data fields can be used to determine the VIN.

Type and serial number:
The 5th character of the overall number should be ignored.

Here: 01KW 13002

Manual transmission

Type and serial number:

The outlined data fields can be used to determine the VIN.

The SAAB 9-3 Sport Saloon from MY 2003, the 9-3 Convertible from MY 2004 and the 9-3 Sport Estate MY 2006 –

Automatic Transmission, FA 57, 5-speed, Sentronic

Type and serial number:

The outlined data fields can be used to determine the VIN.

N.B.: The 5th character of the overall number should be ignored.

AF 40, 6-speed automatic transmission, Sentronic

Type and serial number:

The outlined data fields can be used to determine the VIN.

FM, 5-speed manual transmission

Type and serial number:

The outlined data fields can be used to determine the VIN.

FM 57, 5-speed manual transmission

Type and serial number:

The outlined data fields can be used to determine the VIN.

FM 67, 6-speed manual transmission

Type and serial number

F 40, 6-speed manual transmission

Type
Serial number
Serial number

FM 17 (GME) manual transmission

The gearbox number stamped onto the housing cannot be used to deduce the VIN. It merely shows the type and the date of production.

The gearbox number stamped onto the housing cannot be used to deduce the VIN. It merely shows the type and the date of production.

 Breakdown of the gearbox number:

Saab gearboxes:

F M 5 7 5 03 A12345

or

00BW123456

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
 

1

= Impulse kind

 

= Four-wheel drive (AWD)

F = Front-wheel drive (FWD)

 

2 = Transmission type

 

A = Automatic transmission

= Manual transmission with ACS

M = Manual transmission

 

3 = Number of gears

 

= 4-speed gearbox

= 5-speed gearbox

= 6-speed gearbox

 

4 = Gear ratio

 

Code 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A
Gear ratio

 

3,2 3,1 3,0 2,9 2,8 2,7 2,6 2,5 2,4 2,3 2,2
5 = Fit to engine / vehicle

 

The SAAB 9-3 Sport Saloon from MY 2003, the 9-3 Convertible from MY 2004 and the 9-3 Sport Estate MY 2006 –

 

 

1 = manual transmission for the B207E, B207L, B207R, B207S,
B284E and B284L engines
2 =automatic transmission for the B207E, B207L, B207R,
B207S, B284E and B284L engines

3 = manual transmission for the D223L engine

 

SAAB 9-3 MY 1998 – 2003

 

5 = manual transmission for the B205E and B205R engines

8 = automatic transmission for the B205E and B205R

 

SAAB 9-5

 

A = automatic transmission for the B205E, B235E and B308E engines

B = manual transmission for the B205E, B235E,B235L, B235R, D308L engines and Z1.9DTH

C = automatic transmission for the B235L and B235R engines

D = automatic transmission for the D223L and Z1.9DTH engines

 

6 = An internal designation for the production and spare parts check

 

7 = Serial number

 

Manual gearbox:

6 characters, one letter and 5 numbers

 

Automatic transmission

9 or 10 characters, beginning with a double digit production year,

followed by the month of production in the manner set out below:

 

A: January       B: February        C: March

D: April            E: May                 F: June

G: July              H: August           J: September

K: October       L: November      M: December

 

followed by the number of gears:

W = 4-speed and V = 5-speed gearboxes

 

The final 5 or 6 characters stand for the serial number of the month.

Example: 02BW123456.

General Motors gear boxes

gear box type F 17 (fitting to engine Z18XE)

A 067 3 1 F17 C 394
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

 

1 = Assembly Plant

A = Aspern

B = Bochum

2 = Day vehicle manufactured

In the example, the 067th day of the year (08 March)

3 = Year of manufacture

Location on the Saab Model 9-3 MY 1998-2003

4 =
Shift

1 = Early shift

2 = Late shift

5 =
Transmission type
F17    = manual transmission – FWD – 170 Nm torque
F406  = manual transmission / Front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive / 6-speed
AF406 = automatic transmission / Front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive / 6-speed
6 =
Gearbox code

W = wide ratio

C = close ratio

E = wide ratio (Eco)

7 =
Gear ratio
3,94

 

The gearbox numbers on the F40 and AF40 transmissions (fitted onto the Z19DT and Z19DTH GM engines) are not usable for enquiry purposes at the moment.

Body Shell Number:

Location on the Saab Model 9-3 MY 1998-2003

6 Riveted to the radiator yoke, on the left, viewed from the direction of travel.

Close-up:

Bodywork license plate: Covarnished serenely stamped characters in car color.

The SAAB 9-3 Sport Saloon from MY 2003 and the 9-3 Sport Estate MY 2006 –

Bodywork license plate: Finding place beside the Kofferaumschloss under a plastic cover. Serenely stamped.

9-3 Convertible from MY 2004

The body shell number (punched) is located under the carpet in the boot, on the left, near the spare wheel well.
1st line: Date of production (JJJJMMTT)
2nd line: Body shell number (8 digits)
3rd line: Left-hand or right-hand drive

Location on the Saab 9-5

On the rear spar near the boot lock
Body shell number plate.
Embossed characters.
Overpainted in the colour of the vehicle

Colour Code:

Code list

 

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