How Volkswagen Part Numbering System Works

February 8th, 2016 by

Volkswagen Part Number System

The part numbering system used by Volkswagen was created back in the 1930’s by the original creator of the Volkswagen Beetle, Ferdinand Porsche. It still in use today, the system has been adopted by many automakers including Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and more. While it may appear to just be a random string of numbers, there’s actually meaning behind each of the numbers and segments. Here at Speedcraft Volkswagen, we’ll show you how the Volkswagen part numbering system works.

For the VW part number, the main portion consists of 9 digits. These nine digits are the first three groups of three shown in the number. For the sake of clarity, the letter “O” will never be used in a part number, as it can easily be confused for the number 0. Take a look at the image below to see what each group of numbers represents:

Volkswagen Part Numbers

As you can see, the first three numbers represent the model or engine that the part works with. Each model or engine has their own unique number code which will appear here. The second chunk of numbers is broken down into two sections: the first digit and the second and third. The first digit depicts the Main group while the second two numbers represent the sub group. Finally, the third group of numbers show where the part is located on the vehicle.

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Take a look below to see which codes represent each Volkswagen vehicle:


  •    7L6 – Touareg
  •    7L0 – Touareg
  •    5N0- Tiguan
  •    5G0 – MK7 Golf or GTI
  •    5G1 – MK7 Golf or GTI
  •    5K0 – MK6 Golf or GTI
  •    5K6 – MK6 Golf or GTI
  •    5C7 – MK6 Jetta Sedan
  •    5C6 – MK6 Jetta Sedan
  •    5C5 – New Beetle 2013 >
  •    5C0 – New Beetle 2013 >


  •    561- New Passat 2012 >
  •    3C9 – B6 Passat Wagon
  •    3C8 – CC all
  •    3C0 – B6 Passat or CC
  •    3B9 – B5 Passat Wagon
  •    3B5 – B5 Passat
  •    3B0 – B5 Passat
  •    1Y0 – Beetle Convertible
  •    1Q0 – EOS
  •    1KM- MK5 Jetta
  •    1K9 – SportWagen


  •    1K6 – MK5 Jetta or GTI
  •    1K5 – MK5 Jetta or GTI
  •    1K0 – MK5 Jetta or GTI
  •    1J9 – MK4 Jetta Wagon
  •    1J6 – MK4 GTI or Golf
  •    1J5 – MK4 Jetta
  •    1J0 – MK4 Golf or GTI
  •    1EM – Cabrio
  •    1E0 – Cabrio
  •    1CM- Beetle
  •    1C0 – Beetle


Main and Sub Groups

The Main Group is represented by a number between 0-9 and identifies the system the part is located in on the vehicle. Main Groups include:

  1. Engine
  2. Fuel Tank, Exhaust, and Air Conditioning
  3. Transmission
  4. Front Steering, Suspension, Axle and Differential
  5. Rear Suspension, Axle and Differential
  6. Brakes and Wheels
  7. Pedals, Shifter and E-brake
  8. Body
  9. Electrical
  10. Accessories, Radio, jack and tools

For the Sub Group, this part of the number identifies where the part is in the main group. Of course there are many these so if you’re looking for the meaning of a specific code, don’t hesitate to ask!

Modification Code

After the first nine digits, there is a pair of numbers which stand for the vehicle’s modification code. This code is only used when needed, so not all parts will have this part of the number. This code is used when there is something different with this part and others like it that use the same 9 digit base. Difference can vary between a change in design, material or vendor.

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Color Code

Finally, the last three digits in your part number stand for its color code. This can be found on both interior and exterior parts and will identify the color of the item.

We hope that this helps you understand the complex numbering system used for each of your Volkswagen’s parts. If you have any questions, feel free to ask – we’re happy to help!

If you’re looking to order a specific part for you vehicle, feel free to contact us here at Speedcraft Volkswagen. If you need assistance installing or replacing a part, be sure to contact our expert service department, we’ll have it finished in no time!