Volkswagen's part numbering scheme

Each part number is composed of nine numbers in three groups,
followed optionally with a letter suffix:

vvv ggg ppp suffix


Vehicle type (vvv):

155 = Convertible
171 = Golf I
161 = Jetta I
165 = Jetta II
191 = Golf
261 = 16V GTI
531 = Scirocco I
535 = Scirocco II


Primary index (ggg):

100-199 = Engine/Cooling/Clutch
200-299 = Exhaust, Fuel Tank
300-399 = Transmission/Transaxle
400-499 = Front Axle/Suspension
500-599 = Rear Axle
600-699 = Brake
700-799 = Cables, Bumpers and Foot control
800-899 = Body/Interior
900-999 = Electrical, ignition, fuel injection


Individual Part Number (ppp):

000-999 = Individual part


The primary index and the part number are the most important numbers because many of the cars share the same parts. So do not be surprised to see a 171-Rabbit type part in a Jetta.

Note that some part numbers are exclusively related to certain parts of the car.
For example, vvv = 020 are related to the transmission.



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