In the spare tire hold surround (under the luggage area carpet), there is a self-stick label with VW codes printed on it that describe vehicle-specific equipment and options.
The label begins with the VIN followed by a description of the vehicle, in our case “New Beetle GLX I2132/1.8”. The next line — 1C16N6 — is the Volkswagen sales code for “1.8L 4 cyl gas 180 Hp (132 KW) AWP engine with the 6-speed transmission”.
The rest of the label details the engine, transmission, paint, and options installed by the factory.
Here is the full option decoding for our 2004 Turbo S.
|AWP||engine version of 1.8T block|
|FZQ||6-speed O2M manual transmission|
|FZQ||gear ratios 3.818 2.105 1.345 0.972 0.970 0.806|
|FZQ||rack & pinion 1: 3.94 2: 3.09|
|LD7X/71||paint code platinum gray metallic / interior leather color (DETAILS BELOW)|
|C9A||alloy wheels 6.5J x 16 ET42 (dealer option)|
|CP9||alloy wheels 7J x 17|
|G0K||6-speed manual transmission|
|H7K||all-season tires 225/45 R17 91H (NAR)|
|J1L||battery 280 A (60 Ah)|
|K8F||roundback (body style variation)|
|4UM||driver and front passenger airbag (NAR) with front passenger airbag deactivation (2-stage)|
|MQ7||4-cylinder SI engine 1.8 l/132 kW (20V) turbo base engine is T8C/T16/T63|
|U0M||instrument cluster with tachometer, trip odometer, km/h speedometer|
|0N5||standard rear axle|
|1AT||electronic stability control (ESC)|
|1C2||antifreeze up to -35 degree Celsius tolerance up to -40 degree C|
|1G1||space-saving spare wheel (16-inch wheel)|
|1H0||without proportioning valve (BRM)|
|5RR||right exterior mirror: convex (US)|
|5SH||left exterior mirror: flat (US)|
|0CU||vehicle class differentiation 1C0|
|4X8||side airbag in front, with head airbag and optimized head impact elements (USA)|
|0GM||emission standard LEV1|
|3L3||manual height adjustment for front seats|
|3Q1||rear head restraints|
|QG0||without service interval prolongation|
|4A3||seat heater for front seats separately controlled|
|8BL||halogen headlamps for driving on the right, US design|
|G87||shock absorption in front|
|8YT||radio premium (Monsoon)|
|B0D||component parts set, complying with vehicle type for USA (without California)|
|QZ3||power steering (limited steering lift mechanism)|
|3FE||electric tilting and sliding glass sunroof with sun screen/sun blind|
|4KU||side and rear windows in laminated glass|
|4R4||power windows with comfort operation and circuit breaker|
|9AB||manually controlled air conditioning system|
Paint code and interior color specification
The vehicle color scheme, printed opposite the label
is formatted as four letters/numbers, a space, and sometimes additional characters that describe leather color or some other interior design feature.
Aftermarket paint vendors focus on the first four characters as the identifying paint code.
Remember that the paint code is the critical specification, not the English paint name or description. The same paint code may be marketed by different names in official brochures and paint charts.
For example, LD7X corresponds to Platinum Gray Metallic clearcoat, a two stage paint, that was applied across a number of different VW models often under different names.
Instead of the common “2R” interior code, our premium 2004 Turbo S model has a “71” addendum that refers to the leather color of the seat inserts.
A primer prepares the surface. Basecoat is the automotive term for the actual color. Sometimes a midcoat, a semi-transparent layer, adds a glitter-like appearance (call a tri-coating process). Clearcoat refers, as the name implies, to the finish over the basecoat (and midcoat is there is one).
Paint can be purchased in a number of different sizes and delivery methods.
- PAINT PEN: 1/2 oz — similar to a felt marker but with a firmer chiseled tip; avoids the “brush blob” problem
- BOTTLES: 1 or 2 oz — small size comes with a built-in cap paint brush for chip repair; large size typically used when a larger spray area is required
- SPRAY CAN: 12 oz (4-5 oz of liquid paint) — covers approximately four square feet; darker colors generally require more paint than lighter ones
- ROUND CAN: pint (16 oz), quart, gallon — a pint covers approximately 20 square feet