The most important thing you should know about Setra bus

  1. Setra bus  can be identified from the following numbers:  Location Vehicle identification number– stamped on the vehicle– on the type plate (factory plate) Engine Number– on the engine data plate– on the engine controller with a sticker Gearbox Number– on the transmission data plate

 Setra bus Identification Number:

The front hatch has to be pulled down to gain access to the Setra bus vin . The release lever is in the right-hand entry but, depending on the model, if present, it may be in the entry by the driver’s door.

Setra bus

Setra bus

Location of the Setra bus vin :

Setra bus
At the front, on the right, on a spar in the spare wheel container.
Setra bus
depending on the version, on a crossmember behind the front hatch

Setra bus vin Lettering

Setra bus

Setra bus vin decoder 

 Setra decoder of the VIN until approximately construction year 2000 for WMI: WKK

 Setra bus decoder of the VIN from approximately construction year 2001 for WMI: WKK

 Breakdown of the VIN for WMI: VS9 and VF9

Setra bus type plate:

Location and Appearance of Setra bus type plate

Depending on the interior, either on the left or the right of the front entry

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Appearance of the Setra bus type plates starting with the 1999 model

The Setra bus type plate is imprinted onto an aluminium plate
Size: 148 mm x 115 mm
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Stuck on, underneath, is the speed regulator check plate and next to it on the
right is the check Setra bus plate for the tachograph.

Vehicles produced in Germany are indicated by: EVOBUS GMBH

Vehicles produced in Germany are indicated by: EVOBUS FRANCE S.A.S.

Vehicles produced in Germany are indicated by: EvoBus Iberica S.A.

Location and appearance of the Setra bus type plate on USA specification vehicles

behind the driver’s seat

 Setra bus Engine number:

Location of the Setra bus engine number 

Because of the way the Setra bus engine is installed and all the other aggregate fittings it is normally not possible once the engine is fully installed to read the stamped number.

Various types and the lettering in Setra bus :

8-cylinder V
In front of the cam shaft cover
6-cylinder V
Stamped onto a metal plate and painted over
6-cylinder in-line


Breakdown of the engine number up to the Euro III (roughly construction year 2000) – 15-characters

402 901 504 056 472
1 2 3

1=Engine model

2=Certification numbere


400, 500=Euro

0504, 505=Euro 1

507, 508=Euro

23=Serial number


Breakdown of the Setra bus engine number starting with the Euro IV (roughly construction year 2001) – 14-characters


447.958 1 0 056 472
1 2 3 4

1   =   Engine model number
2   =   Steering and engine plant codes

0 = Has nothing to do with the type of steering Fully installed
1 = LHD Fully installed
2 = RHD Fully installed
4 = Has nothing to do with the type of steering Dismounted
5 = LHD Dismounted
6 = RHD Dismounted

3   =   Transmission codes

0 = Manual gearbox with normal clutch
1 = Manual gearbox with hydraulic automatic clutch omsi 2 Setra
2 = Automatic transmission 
7 = Replacement engine, rear engine
8 = Replacement engine, installed at the works
9 = Replacement engine, complete engine

4   =   Serial number

0 = Body shell for assembly in Ligny (France) Setra s531 dt
4 = Body shell for assembly in Samano (Spain) Setra 531
A = Body shell for assembly in Samano (Spain)


 Setra bus gearbox number:

 Location of the Setra bus gearbox number

On a metal plate, on the right, as seen in the direction of travel.