In Reply to: 7 digit number on the VIN# plate posted by Oliver30 on March 07, 2001 at 23:12:54:
The part number for an E46 rear shock mount is:
33 52 1 092 362
Where "33" is the group number (rear axle), 52 is a sub classification, 1 means something like original part (9 means it's a parts kit), and the last 6 are the part number.
Are the 7 numbers you're referring to printed or stamped? The complete VIN should be stamped, adn the part number is probably printed in white. Just a guess, I'm not looking at my car right now.