Mercedes-Benz Chassis Codes Explained(+3 easy ways to find)

In this brief article we are going to discuss the different Mercedes-Benz Chassis Codes, what these codes mean, and how to find out the Chassis code for a Mercedes-Benz.

List of Mercedes Chassis Codes

Mercedes ClassModelChassis CodeYearsEngine Power
A-CLASS A 150 (169.031, 169.331)W1692004 – 201270 KW / 95 HP
A 160 (169.031, 169.331)2009 – 201270 KW / 95 HP
A 170 (169.032, 169.332)2004 – 201285 KW / 116 HP
A 200 (169.033, 169.333)2004 – 2012100 KW / 136 HP
A 200 TURBO (169.034, 169.333)2005 – 2012142 KW / 193 HP
B-CLASSB 150 (245.231)W2452005 – 201170 KW / 95 HP
B 170 (245.232)2005 – 201185 KW / 116 HP
B 200 (245.233)2005 – 2011100 KW / 136 HP
B 200 TURBO (245.234)2005 – 2011142 KW / 193 HP
C-CLASSC 240 (202.026)W2021997 – 2000125 KW / 170 HP
C 280 (202.029)1997 – 2000145 KW / 197 HP
C 43 AMG (202.033)1997 – 2000225 KW / 306 HP
C 240 (203.061)W2032000 – 2007125 KW / 170 HP
C 240 4-matic (203.081)2002 – 2007125 KW / 170 HP
C 32 AMG Kompressor (203.063)2001 – 2007260 KW / 354 HP
C 320 (203.064)2000 – 2007160 KW / 218 HP
C 320 4-matic (203.084)2002 – 2007160 KW / 218 HP
C 55 AMG (203.076)2004 – 2007270 KW / 367 HP
C-CLASS Coupe C 320 (203.764)CL2032002 – 2008160 KW / 218 HP
C-CLASS EstateC 240 T (202.086)S2021997 – 2000125 KW / 170 HP
C 240 T (202.088)2000 – 2001125 KW / 170 HP
C 280 T (202.089)1997 – 2001145 KW / 197 HP
C 43 AMG (202.093)1997 – 2001225 KW / 306 HP
C-CLASS T-ModelC 240 (203.261)S2032001 – 2007125 KW / 170 HP
C 240 4-matic (203.281)2002 – 2007125 KW / 170 HP
C 32 AMG Kompressor (203.263)2001 – 2007260 KW / 354 HP
C 320 (203.264)2001 – 2007160 KW / 218 HP
C 320 4-matic (203.284)2002 – 2007160 KW / 218 HP
CLK CLK 320 (208.365)C2081997 – 2002160 KW / 218 HP
CLK430 (208.370)1998 – 2002205 KW / 279 HP
CLK 55 AMG (208.374)1999 – 2002255 KW / 347 HP
CLK 240 (209.361)C2092002 – 2009125 KW / 170 HP
CLK 320 (209.365)2002 – 2009160 KW / 218 HP
CLK 500 (209.375)2002 – 2009225 KW / 306 HP
CLK 55 AMG (209.376)2002 – 2009270 KW / 367 HP
CLK Convertible CLK 320 (208.465)A2081998 – 2002160 KW / 218 HP
CLK 430 (208.470)1998 – 2002205 KW / 279 HP
CLK 240 (209.461)A2092003 – 2010125 KW / 170 HP
CLK 320 (209.465)2003 – 2010160 KW / 218 HP
CLK 500 (209.475)2003 – 2010225 KW / 306 HP
CLK 55 AMG (209.476)2003 – 2010270 KW / 367 HP
E-CLASSE 240 (210.061)W2101997 – 2000125 KW / 170 HP
E 240 (210.062)2000 – 2002125 KW / 170 HP
E 280 (210.063)1996 – 2002150 KW / 204 HP
E 280 4-matic (210.081)1996 – 2002150 KW / 204 HP
E 320 (210.065)1997 – 2002165 KW / 224 HP
E 320 4-matic (210.082)1997 – 2002165 KW / 224 HP
E 430 (210.070)1997 – 2002205 KW / 279 HP
E 430 4-matic (210.083)1999 – 2002205 KW / 279 HP
E 55 AMG (210.074)1997 – 2002260 KW / 354 HP
E 240 (211.061)W2112002 – 2008130 KW / 177 HP
E 240 4-matic (211.080)2003 – 2008130 KW / 177 HP
E 320 (211.065)2002 – 2008165 KW / 224 HP
E 320 4-matic (211.082)2003 – 2008165 KW / 224 HP
E 500 (211.070)2002 – 2008225 KW / 306 HP
E 500 4-matic (211.083)2003 – 2008225 KW / 306 HP
E 55 AMG Kompressor (211.072002 – 2008350 KW / 476 HP
E-CLASS Estate E 240 T (210.261)S2101997 – 2003125 KW / 170 HP
E 240 T (210.262)2000 – 2003125 KW / 170 HP
E 280 T (210.263)1996 – 2003150 KW / 204 HP
E 280 T 4-matic (210.281)1996 – 2003150 KW / 204 HP
E 320 T (210.265)1996 – 2003165 KW / 224 HP
E 320 T 4-matic (210.282)1996 – 2003165 KW / 224 HP
E 430 T (210.270)1997 – 2003205 KW / 279 HP
E 430 T 4-matic (210.283)1999 – 2003205 KW / 279 HP
E 55 T AMG (210.274)1997 – 2003260 KW / 354 HP
E-CLASS T-Model E 240 T (211.261)S2112003 – 2009130 KW / 177 HP
E 240 T 4-matic (211.280)2003 – 2009130 KW / 177 HP
E 320 T (211.265)2003 – 2009165 KW / 224 HP
E 320 T 4-matic (211.282)2003 – 2009165 KW / 224 HP
E 500 T (211.270)2003 – 2009225 KW / 306 HP
E 500 T 4-matic (211.283)2003 – 2009225 KW / 306 HP
E 55 T AMG Kompressor2003 – 2009350 KW / 476 HP
G-CLASSG 320 (463.232, 463.233)W4631997 – 2015158 KW / 215 HP
G 500 (463.247, 463.248)1998 – 2015218 KW / 296 HP
G 55 AMG (463.243, 463.246)1999 – 2015260 KW / 354 HP
G 55 AMG (463.270, 463.271)2004 – 2015350 KW / 476 HP
G-CLASS Cabrio G 320 (463.209)1997 – 2015158 KW / 215 HP
G 500 (463.247)1998 – 2015218 KW / 296 HP
M-CLASSML 320 (163.154)W1631998 – 2002160 KW / 218 HP
ML 3502003 – 2005173 KW / 235 HP
ML 350 (163.157)2002 – 2005180 KW / 245 HP
ML 430 (163.172)1998 – 2005200 KW / 272 HP
ML 500 (163.175)2001 – 2005215 KW / 292 HP
ML 55 AMG (163.174)2000 – 2005255 KW / 347 HP
ML 500 4-matic (164.175)W1642005 – 2015225 KW / 306 HP
R-CLASS R 500 4-matic (251.075, 251.175)W251, V2512006 – 2015225 KW / 306 HP
S-CLASSS 280 (220.063, 220.163)W2201998 – 2005150 KW / 204 HP
S 320 (220.065, 220.165)1998 – 2005165 KW / 224 HP
S 350 (220.067, 220.167)2002 – 2005180 KW / 245 HP
S 350 4-matic (220.087, 220.187)2003 – 2005180 KW / 245 HP
430 S (220.070, 220.170)1998 – 2005205 KW / 279 HP
S 430 4-matic (220.083, 220.183)2002 – 2005205 KW / 279 HP
S 500 (220.075, 220,175)1998 – 2005225 KW / 306 HP
S 500 4-matic (220.084, 220.184)2002 – 2005225 KW / 306 HP
S 55 AMG (220.073, 220.173)1999 – 2005265 KW / 360 HP
S 55 AMG Kompressor (220.074, 200.174)2002 – 2005368 KW / 500 HP
S-CLASS Coupe CL 500 (215.375)C2151999 – 2006225 KW / 306 HP
CL 55 AMG (215.373)1999 – 2006265 KW / 360 HP
CL 55 AMG Kompressor (215.474)2002 – 2006368 KW / 500 HP
SL 280 (129.059)R1291998 – 2001150 KW / 204 HP
320 (129.064)1998 – 2001165 KW / 224 HP
500 (129.068)1998 – 2001225 KW / 306 HP
350 (230.467)R2302003 – 2012180 KW / 245 HP
500 (230.475)2001 – 2012225 KW / 306 HP
55 AMG2006 – 2012380 KW / 517 HP
55 AMG (230.474)2001 – 2002350 KW / 476 HP
55 AMG Kompressor (230.474)2002 – 2012368 KW / 500 HP
SLK 32 AMG Kompressor (170.466)R1702001 – 2004260 KW / 354 HP
320 (170.465)2000 – 2004160 KW / 218 HP
55 AMG (171.473)R1712004 – 2011265 KW / 360 HP
SLR5.4 (199.376)R1992004 – 2015460 KW / 626 HP
Edition 5.4 7222006 – 2015478 KW / 650 HP
SLR ROADSTER 5.42007 – 2015460 KW / 626 HP
5.42006 – 2015478 KW / 650 HP
VIANO3W6392003 – 2015140 KW / 190 HP
3.22003 – 2015160 KW / 218 HP
3.72004 – 2015170 KW / 231 HP
VITO / mixto Box 1192003 – 2015140 KW / 190 HP
1222003 – 2015160 KW / 218 HP
VITO Bus 1192003 – 2015140 KW / 190 HP
1222003 – 2015160 KW / 218 HP
1232004 – 2015170 KW / 231 HP

What is a Mercedes-Benz Chassis Code?

A Mercedes-Benz Chassis Code is a character in the car VIN number that denotes the type and model of car. Mercedes-Benz have their own designation system by which, looking at certain digits in the VIN number, you could easily look up and know the chassis code. From the chassis code you come to understand the vehicle model number, type of body and various other information.

Whether you happen to be a Mercedes collector or just a Mercedes aficionado, who loves this brand of cars,  Mercedes-Benz Chassis code understanding is crucial knowledge. Collectors, in their hunt for cars and verifying their authenticity, need a good understanding of Chassis codes to enable themselves to estimate the value of a vintage or classic.

How do I know my Mercedes Chassis Code

There are many ways to know your Mercedes’ Chassis Code.

  • The easiest way to know your Chassis code is to spot your car’s Data Card located on the body pillar inside the driver door. Here you can find a sticker that has recommended tire pressure. Here will also appear a code on the right side. The first three digits here will be your car’s chassis code.
  • Another way to find your chassis  code is using your Mercedes’ model year and model (which is at the left side on the boot-lid). You could then use some ready-reckoner tables available online. (Please see References section)
  • Using the VIN number of your car, there is an even better method would be to use an online VIN tracking website that can pull out all the build details and options that your car was manufactured and assembled with. (See References section at the end). This is particularly useful to those checking the authenticity of a used car.

What does a Mercedes-Benz Chassis Code look like?

A Mercedes Chassis code looks like this. It basically consists of one Alphabet followed by 3 digits, a dot and then 3 digits. It would look like:

X X X X . X X X

The first character, or “Chassis Prefix”,  would be either one of the alphabets ‘A’, ‘C’, ‘R’ or ‘W’ followed by a 3 digit number.

For example, W 124.019  is the chassis code for the E-Class car model E 200 sold between 1984 and 1997 with a 2.0 L M111.940 in-line 4-cylinder Engine

What does a Mercedes-Benz Chassis code mean?

Chassis Prefixes

  • ‘W’ is used to denote short wheelbase sedans as well as SUVs. By far,  ‘W’ is the widely seen and common prefix among all the possible prefixes. For example, the W 124 was a sedan produced by Mercedes Benz between 1984 and 1997
  • ‘V’ is used to denote long wheelbase sedans or Limousine. Quite obviously ‘V’ means the S-classes including both the standard as well as extended wheelbase models.
  • ‘R’ is used to denote 2-seater roadsters. The car model series ‘R’ points to would be the SL and SLK cars. These are the cars with a removable or foldable hard-top
  • ‘C’ is used to denote a coupe. Here it is interesting to note that the Chassis Code Prefix and Model Prefix are both the same. These ‘C’ models all come with a fixed hardtop
  • ‘S’ is used to denote ‘Estate’ or station wagons, usually E-Classes
  • ‘A’ is used to denote cabriolet cars. By Cabriolet, we mean cars with a foldable soft-top 
  • ‘X’ is used to denote those SUVs that are designed from an already existing platform. For instance, the X164 GL is directly derived from the W164 ML

The Remaining Digits

The last 3 digits denote the particular generation in that body category. From these digits, you would also come to know the approximate model year. For instance, the “W211” chassis code denotes that it is the 3rd generation Mercedes-Benz E Class that was manufactured between 2002 and 2009 

Conclusion

In this brief article we have discussed the different Mercedes-Benz Chassis Codes, what these codes mean, and how to find out the Chassis code for a Mecerces-Benz.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): 

 

 

Where is the chassis code on a Mercedes?

The Chassis code for a Mercedes will be located inside the 

engine bay. You need to locate a metal data plate on the top of the radiator. This plate has on it, the chassis number as well as the engine number of the car. The chassis number is denoted either literally by the word “Chassis” or by the German word “Fahrgestall Nr.” You can also find the chassis number in the car’s original manual by looking at the Data Card that it came along with.

Another easier location to spot the Data Card is on the body pillar inside the driver door. Here you can find a sticker that has recommended tire pressure. Here will also appear a code on the right side. The first three digits here will be your car’s chassis code

For instance, if you find 211.056 then it means that your body code is W211.

Which W model is my Mercedes?

The easiest way to find your Mercedes-Benz’s model number is to read it from your car’s Data Card, which is located on the body pillar inside the driver door. Here you can find a sticker that has recommended tire pressure. 

You will also see a code on the right side. The first three digits here will be your car’s chassis code is located on the 

For instance, if you find 211.056 then it means that your body code is W211.

From the VIN number the 4th to 6th digits denote model or chassis number. For instance, for the VIN number WDD205040XRXXXXXX, W205 is the body or Chassis Code.

Using your car model number and year of manufacturing, you can look up the ‘W’ or Chassis Code for your car. This can be looked up in a table available online. 

Further, it is possible to look up your VIN number online and get the chassis code, which is the first 3 digits of the model number. 

(Please see references)

How do I check my Mercedes specs?

It is possible to look up your VIN number online and get the complete build sheet as to what options went into your car. (Please see references)

What do Mercedes model numbers mean?

Model number in Mercedes is generally one or two alphabets followed by a two or three digit number.

The alphabets denote the type of model. Like C denotes C-Class, S denotes S-Class, E denotes ‘E’ Class.

The numbers denote the engine size in liters times 100. For instance 200 denotes a 2.0 liter engine

For instance, C200 denotes a C-Class Mercedes having a 2.0 liter engine. (Please see references for more exhaustive information)

References 

Wikipedia model-code list on Mercedes models 

Mercedes-Benz Official History page

Online VIN lookup page

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