VIN decoder and understanding options on data card

JonnyBoats

Member
I just purchased a used T1N 2005 2500 Sprinter from the company that bought it originally (one owner). I was curious to learn what was on the van when originally delivered back in 2005. I found this website where one can input a VIN number and get the original data card for free:

VIN Decoder for Mercedes-Benz

It produces a report showing the Code and Description for all options on the vehicle. For example

Code Description
S22 DRIVER'S SEAT ARMREST
XL8 WEIGHT VARIANT 3880 KG

Of course, my list is far longer than just these two items, this is simply meant as an example of what you will get. In my case, it went on for two pages and this is a simple cargo van.

Does anyone have documentation on these codes? In particular a more detailed description of exactly what they are?
 

Cheyenne

UK 2004 T1N 313CDi
I used to use that site a lot but recently another forum member posted a link to MB EPC...


With this you then get access to the full parts breakdown of every component on your Sprinter! Click the grey box on the data card page.

The two codes you listed mean you have a single armrest on your drivers seat and you likely have uprated axles for the increased GVWR of 3,880 kg (8,554 lb). eg code 'A50 Front axle with increased load capacity' and 'C33 Rear springs harder'. Standard weight rating would have been 3,500 kg (7,716 lb) as this is the typical max for a European car driving licence.

Keith.
 

JonnyBoats

Member
I used to use that site a lot but recently another forum member posted a link to MB EPC...


With this you then get access to the full parts breakdown of every component on your Sprinter! Click the grey box on the data card page.

The two codes you listed mean you have a single armrest on your drivers seat and you likely have uprated axles for the increased GVWR of 3,880 kg (8,554 lb). eg code 'A50 Front axle with increased load capacity' and 'C33 Rear springs harder'. Standard weight rating would have been 3,500 kg (7,716 lb) as this is the typical max for a European car driving licence.

Keith.
Thanks, Keith, yes mbepc.net gave me additional information that I did not get from www.LastVIN.com. Interestingly both sites show I have Code 580 for which LastVIN.com has a description of AIR CONDITIONER while mbepc shows SA code 580 without a description (blank). Perhaps it is worthwhile to check both sites as they are both free.

Many of the codes are self-explanatory such as FG8 CUP HOLDER(S), FRONT while others such as EK1 TERMINAL STRIP FOR ELECTRICAL CONNECTION not so much.

Is there a list of all possible codes somewhere? I am thinking of something which would help a prospective purchaser in choosing what options they would want on a new Sprinter they might be ordering?
 

elemental

Dis member
Many of the codes are self-explanatory such as FG8 CUP HOLDER(S), FRONT while others such as EK1 TERMINAL STRIP FOR ELECTRICAL CONNECTION not so much.

Is there a list of all possible codes somewhere? I am thinking of something which would help a prospective purchaser in choosing what options they would want on a new Sprinter they might be ordering?
There is a document called the Dealer Ordering Guide (DOG) which explains (more or less) each of the options available, at least for recent years. I don't know if they were using a document by that name or another one like it back in 2005, but you can certainly search for that name on the internet and likely come up with a few hits. The EK1 option puts three electrical source terminals under the driver's seat, used for powering accessories. If you search the term "EK1" on the forum you'll definitely get results. The same is probably true for other popular options - if you can't find a Dealer Ordering Guide that lays them out, you may very well get hits either on a forum search or perhaps even on a Google search for the option code.

Oh - and even a more recent Dealer Ordering Guide may be useful, as I don't think MB changes the option codes too frequently. EK1 is still the same today as it was a while ago, at least up to 2017 (I have a 2017 Dealer Ordering Guide).
 

autostaretx

Erratic Member
Here's what the EK1 looks like in a T1N (2005):

EK1T1Nbot.jpg

That's under the driver's seat, mounted on the side wall that's closest to the emergency brake.
(the fuzzy thumb in the photo is holding open the flip-cover)

--dick
 

autostaretx

Erratic Member
The file size limits have been expanded ... here's the 2020 Equipment Guide (which has the codes that correspond to the datacard lists, too):

--dick
 

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johnct

New member
The file size limits have been expanded ... here's the 2020 Equipment Guide (which has the codes that correspond to the datacard lists, too):

--dick
Thanks so much Dick! This is the missing link for deciphering the datacard I obtained from mbdecoder.com. Although US, it seems to apply to Australian models as well,
John
 

autostaretx

Erratic Member
A while back, there was a thread of "You show me your datacard, i'll show you mine" which collected a bunch of the lists.
Here is a file (also as a text attachment) i created by going through all of them and collecting the codes:
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(vs30 codes at bottom)
-----T1N-----------
1212 No code designation available
1332 No code designation available (Aussie)
172 FUEL PREHEATER
178 No code designation available
580 AIR CONDITIONER
614K No code designation available
910 No code designation available
9147 PAINT COLOR ARCTIC WHITE MB 9147
935K No code designation available
936K No code designation available
A50 FRONT AXLE WITH INCREASED CARRYING LOAD
A71 DIFFERENTIAL LOCK, REAR AXLE
AC4 AXLE RATIO I = 4,857
AC6 AXLE RATIO I = 3.727
B90 WITHOUT LOAD-DEPENDENT BRAKE VALVE
BB0 BRAKING SYSTEM WITH ABS/ASR OR ABS/ETS
BB3 ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM (ESP)
BW1 ABS/ASR DISCONTINUED
C38 REAR SPRING FOR 3.88-T WEIGHT VARIANT
C39 COMFORT REAR SPRING FOR WEIGHT VARIANT 3,880 KG
C40 FRONT AXLE STABILIZER
C42 STABILIZER,REAR AXLE UNDER THE FRAME
C43 REAR-AXLE STABILIZER REINFORCED LOWER FRAME
C45 H.D. FRONT AXLE STABILIZER
C47 H.D. SHOCK ABSORBERS
CM6 BUMPER WITH CHROME INSERTS
D03 HIGH ROOF
D50 PARTITION PANEL FULL-WIDTH
D51 CONT. COMPRTMNT.WALL WITH 1 WINDOW
D62 PRE-INSTALLATION FOR RETROFIT COMPRTMNT.WALL
D64 PARTITION PANEL WITH SLIDING DOOR
E21 HEAVY-DUTY BATTERY/BATTERIES
E43 13-POLE TRAILER PLUG SOCKET
E58 ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS FOR NAFTA TRAILER SOCKET
E88 CIGAR LIGHTER
EE8 12V BATTERY 100 AH
EF5 RADIO SOUND 10 WITH CASS.PLAYER AND 2 SPEAKERS
EF7 RADIO SOUND 30 W. SINGLE CD PLAYER AND 2 SPEAKERS
EK1 TERMINAL STRIP FOR ELECTRICAL CONNECTION
ES5 INSTRUMENT PANEL CHARGING PACKAGE
F61 INSIDE REARVIEW MIRROR
F66 LOCKABLE GLOVE COMPARTMENT
F68 HEATED AND ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE OUTSIDE MIRROR
F76 GRAB HANDLE CO-DRIVER SIDE
FG7 STORAGE BOX AT CO-DRIVER SEAT
FG8 CUP HOLDER(S), FRONT
FS4 LEFT AND RIGHT AUXILIARY MIRRORS NOT HEATED
FY6 CENTRAL LOCKING WITH RADIO REMOTE CONTROL NAFTA
FZ9 TWO ADDITIONAL MASTERS
FZ1 CENTRAL LOCKING WITH REMOTE CONTROL
G40 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
GH3 TRANSMISSION G32 - 5/5,0
H01 HEAT INSULATION CARGO AREA/PASSENGER COMPARTMENT
H04 HEAT INSULATION DRIVER CAB
H12 HOT WATER ADDITIONAL HEATER
H13 ADDITIONAL HEAT EXCHANGER, REAR
H16 SEAT HEATER FOR DRIVER
H20 HEAT-ABSORBING GLASS ALL ROUND
H21 ALL-RND.HEAT ABSORB.GL.W.BAND FLTR ON FR.WINDOW
H22 HEATED REAR WINDOW
H86 TIMER FOR HEATER BOOSTER
HH9 SEMI-AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLED TEMPMATIC A/C
HZ9 HEATER BOOSTER, DIESEL
IL2 EXPORT CODE
IL6 METALLIC FINISH
J10 SPEEDOMETER KM/H
J11 SPEEDOMETER MPH AND KM/H
J19 TACHOGRAPH 1 DAY / 2 DRIVERS AUTOMATIC (EU)
J61 HYDRAULIC BRAKE TEST CONNECTION
J64 MAINTENANCE INDICATOR FOR DRY AIR FILTER
J65 OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE INDICATOR
JA1 INDICATOR LAMP FOR WIPER FLUID LEVEL
JK1 "SOFT LOOK" INSTRUMENT PANEL
JW0 BACKUP WARNING SYSTEM
JW6 ASSYST SERVICE INTERVAL INDICATOR
K60 TAIL PIPE LEADING STRAIGHT TO THE REAR
KB0 MAIN TANK 100 LITER
KL1 FUEL-LEVEL SENSOR FOR AUXILIARY HEATER
KL5 FUEL FILTER WITH WATER SEPARATOR
L05 AUTOMATIC DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS FOR USA/CANADA
L62 READING LAMP
L65 COURT. LIGHTS F. TRUNK/PASS. COMP. W. DOOR CONT.
L94 ELIMINATION OF PARKING LIGHT
LB5 CENTER HIGH-MOUNTED BRAKE LAMP
LL3 FRONT TRAFFICATOR, LARGE VERSION (TURN SIGNALS)
M35 14 V/115 A ALTERNATOR
M39 14 V/150 A ALTERNATOR
M40 ALTERNATOR 14 V / 200 A
M96 FUEL PREHEATER
MB0 OIL DIP STICK FOR COLD MEASUREMENT
MC0 ENGINE OM 647 DE 27 LA 115 KW (156 HP) 3800/RPM
MD2 SPEED LIMITER 100 KM/H
ME9 LOW EMISS. ENG. AS PER EPA 04 (USA TRANSIENT TEST)
MF1 LOW-EMISSION ENGINE AS PER CFFP (NAFTA)
MF2 ENGINE REGISTERED FOR "CARB STATES"
MQ5 ENGINE OM611 POWER STAGE III
MQ6 ENGINE OM612 DE27 LA 115KW (156HP) 3800RPM
MS1 TEMPOMAT (CRUISE CONTROL)
MS3 ENGINE VERSION EURO III
P47 MUDFLAP FRONT
P48 REAR MUD FLAPS
Q20 TRLR COUPLING (JAW-TYPE COUPLING 243/U 115)
Q24 NAFTA TRAILER CROSSMEMBER, TOWING CAPACITY 5000LBS
R65 SPARE WHEEL CARRIER UNDER FRAME END
R87 SPARE WHEEL
RA5 DROP CENTER RIMS 6 J X 16 H2 F. 225/75 R16
RF8 TIRE MANUFACTURER MICHELIN (80)
RF9 TIRE MANUFACTURER GOODYEAR (90)
RG5 225/70 R15 TIRES
RG8 TYRES 225/75 R16
RM0 ALL-SEASON TIRE
RM7 SUMMER TIRES
RM9 TIRE MAKE SPECIAL REQUEST
RS0 STEEL WHEELS 6J X 15
S20 CO-DRIVER'S FOLDING SEAT
S22 DRIVER'S SEAT ARMREST
S23 CO-DRIVER'S SEAT DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
S25 CO-DRIVER'S SEAT ARMREST
S31 CONVENIENCE HEAD RESTRAINTS FOR PASS. COMP.
S91 ELIMINATION OF CO-DRIVER'S SEAT
S99 PASSENGER SEAT FRAME DISCONT.
SA5 AIRBAG DRIVER SIDE
SA6 CO-DRIVER'S AIR BAG
SB1 DRIVER SEAT, COMFORT
SB2 PASSENGER SEAT, COMFORT
SD2 SAFETY DEV. ON B-PILLAR WHEN FRONT SEATS DELETED
SK0 DRIVER COMFORT HEAD RESTRAINT
SK1 FRONT PASSENGER COMFORT HEAD RESTRAINT
SS1 VENICE SEAT COVER FABRIC
SS4 SANTOS FABRIC
T11 DOOR REINFORCEMENT IN AREA OF LOCK
T16 SLIDING DOOR RIGHT
T74 GRAB HANDLE FOR ENTRANCE
T85 ENTRANCE GRAB AT CORNER PILLAR AT LEFT REAR
T86 ENTRANCE GRAB AT CORNER PILLAR AT RIGHT REAR
U44 DRALON VELOUR
U61 SEATING, PASS.COMP.,2ND BENCH SEAT, 2ND ROW
U62 SEATS PASS. COMPARTMENT 3X SEATBENCH ROW 1 NARROW
U63 SEATING,PASS.COMP.,3RD BENCH SEAT,2ND ROW
U64 PASSEN. COMP. SEATS, 3-PASSEN. BENCH SEAT, 3RD ROW
V21 DELUXE INTERIOR TRIM
V31 WINDOW PILLAR PANELING
V36 HEADLINER
V42 SIDE WALL ANCHORING RAILS AT BELT RAIL
V43 WOOD FLOOR
V46 PASSENGER COMPARTMENT FLOOR MATS
V50 ELECTRIC WINDOW LIFTER, 2-WAY
V64 ASHTRAY IN PASSENGER COMPARTMENT
VA3 LOAD COMPARTMENT INNER TRIM UP TO ROOF WASHABLE
W18 LEFT FRONT SLIDING WIND. IN SIDE WALL/SLIDING DOOR
W19 RIGHT FR. SLIDING WIND. IN SIDE WALL/SLIDING DOOR
W51 REAR-END DOOR, DOUBLE-WING WITH WINDOW
W54 REAR-END DOORS, DOUBLE-WING, OPENING TO SIDE WALL
W73 REAR-END DOOR STEP
W79 WIDE STEP AT REAR, HIGHER POSITIONING
WM0 SPRINTER FACELIFT 2003
WN3 STEUERCODE WERK
X42 PLATES / PRINTED MATERIALS ENGLISH
X92 COMPANY LOGO (MERCEDES-BENZ) DELETED
XC8 VIN VISIBLE FROM OUTSIDE
XL8 WEIGHT VARIANT 3880 KG
XY2 MODEL YEAR 2
XY3 MODEL YEAR 3
XY5 MODEL YEAR 5
XY6 MODEL YEAR 6
Y11 BRACKETS USED FOR WARNING TRIANGLE
Y17 PRE-FITTINGS FOR FIRE EXTINGUISHER
Y26 WHEEL CHOCK
Y43 HYDRAULIC JACK
Z41 APPROVAL AS TRUCK
Z71 LARGE SCALE TEST SPEC. CONT.
Z75 BODYSHELL REINFORCEMENT
Z81 TIE-DOWN EYES
Z90 UNDERBODY CONSERVATION DELETED
ZB0 COUNTRY-SPECIFIC DHL PACKAGENG
ZB6 PRODUCTION PARTS KIT
ZG1 ENGAGEABLE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
ZJ9 NAFTA (USA, CANADA, MEXICO) NATIONAL VERSION
ZR3 AUSSTEUERUNG ENDE AUFBAULINIE ((CONTROLLING END ASSEMBLY LINE))
ZU7 CANADIAN COUNTRY VERSION
ZU8 USA COUNTRY VERSION
ZX8 DODGE EXECUTION
ZU8 USA COUNTRY VERSION
ZX9 FREIGHTLINER EXECUTION
The 115 amp would've shown up as: M35 14 V/115 A ALTERNATOR
the 150 amp as: M39 14 V/150 A ALTERNATOR
and the 200 amp as: M40 ALTERNATOR 14 V / 200 A

--------NCV3-----
M40 14V/200A alternator
M46 14V/220A alternator

M47 ALTERNATOR FOR FUEL ECONOMY combines with M60
M60 ALTERNATOR 14 V/250 A
---------VS30------------------------
Z4X Production In Charleston
Z4V Production in Düsseldorf
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There are occasional tweaks based upon the year the list was generated, but usually it's just in the text.
For example: FY6 CENTRAL LOCKING WITH RADIO REMOTE CONTROL NAFTA
sometimes appears as FY6 CENTRAL LOCKING WITH RADIO REMOTE CONTROL (315 MHZ)
... which is the frequency that NAFTA vehicles use for such things.

--dick
 

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