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My 1.9L started w/ "4USCH..." Not "W..." eom (archive)

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Posted by JT///m3 on January 10, 2000 at 09:35:00:

In Reply to: Don't seen report on AP, but found this posted by DavidB on January 09, 2000 at 00:02:53:

: : Found this story from the end of November:

: GREER, South Carolina (AP) _ A federal agency that polices vehicle identification numbers is investigating the way BMW assigns Germany's code to cars made at its plant here.
: The Z3 sports cars and X5 sport-utility vehicles _ models made only at the Upstate South Carolina plant _ have the designator ``W'' at the start of their VINs instead of the U.S. ``4'' assigned to the factory.
: The U.S. National Insurance Crime Bureau records the VIN of all vehicles made for U.S. sale. The information is used by police and insurance investigators.
: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the switch, local media reported Tuesday.

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