Suzuki vehicles can be identified from the following numbers : Location of Vehicle identification number– in the vehicle stamped/punched– on the type plate Engine Number– stamped in the engine block , Gearbox Number– on the bell housing

Enquiries about engine and gearbox numbers can only be made through Suzuki Germany. The VIN can be identified using these numbers. It may take some days to receive a response as the enquiry has to be forwarded to the home plant. Such enquiries should therefore not be made on a routine basis.

Vehicle Identification Number:

Location of the VIN

On the engine compartment bulkhead
In the right rear wheel housing, on the frame
On the right suspension strut dome
(under a removable plastic covering)
Visible VIN
(not all models)

Visible VIN:

The visible VIN is found on a metal strip which can be seen behind the front windscreen on the driver’s side. This is not a substitute for the VIN stamped onto the metalwork.

 VIN Lettering

The VIN is placed in a straight line. The VIN on all models is always bordered on the left and the right by an X with brackets at the top and bottom. All characters of the VIN are the same size and the same distance apart.

Some examples of VINs:

XL 7

Breakdown of the VIN

VSE ET V02C 0 0100001
1 2 3 4 5


Breakdown of the VIN

 Type Plate:

 Location of the type plate

The type plate is always in the engine compartment, either on the bulkhead or riveted on to one side.


The type plates on the Swift and the Splash   rivete  onto the B-spar on the driver’s side and on the B-spar on the front passenger’s side on the New Alto. In more recent models, the VIN plate is an adhesive plate.

Plaate produced in Hungary
Platte produced in Spain
Platee produced in Japan (Sticker)
Plate produced in India

The type plate (metal)   glue or riveted to the body on both sides.

Engine Number:

Location of the engine number

The engine number normally stampe  onto the engine block. The position can vary depending on the type of engine.

The engine number   hardly accessible in a normal control only very much, because it is obstructed in the vehicle partially by other parts.?

 Appearance of the engine number

The engine number  needle punched or stamped onto a smoothly ground spot on the engine block. On some engine types there is also a barcode sticker with the engine number on the engine block, on the valve cove and on the toothed belt covering.


Gearbox number:

Location of the gearbox number

The gearbox number is located on the bell housing. There  also a sticker with the gearbox number attached to the gearbox.

Example of a bell housing with a stamped gearbox number and sticker

Appearance of the gearbox number

According to Suzuki Germany, engine and gearbox numbers have to be checked via the home plant. This takes up a lot of time and can only  done in individual cases involving serious crimes.


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