Touareg: 2008 V6 TDI
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Melbourne Australia
Second Vehicle: VW 2
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Dealers have access via your VIN to every detail in respect to what was installed into your vehicle at the time of building. This is sourced from the VW database VAS.
The online tools that decode the build codes found in your owners manual and in you spare wheel well will give you the basic information. However the VAS/ELSA system will give you every single part number used in the build. I have spent quite a bit of time with my local spare parts manager "exploring" my car. Not much use if you are trying to retrofit options, unless you have the VIN for a vehicle that came with the option you're trying to install.
2008 V6 TDI, with the following Retrofitted Items:
ACC, Front & Side Assist, Paddle Shift, Towbar & Trailer Module, Fiscon Bluetooth. Reversing Camera, Front Fog Lamps, Redarc TowPro Brake Controller, T1 Door Warning Lamps, T1 Under Seat Drawer, Alloy Skid Plate, 5ton Winch, Cayenne Front and Rear Sway Bars, Tuned by Oettinger, Retrofitted 6 Piston Brembo Front Brake Callipers, Sports Steering Wheel, TPMS (OEM), Dual Batteries