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Old March 26th, 2017, 11:18 AM
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Question regarding engine numbers

Hi all,

I am looking to import a defender, and just have a couple of questions regarding numbers. I always hear about matching engine numbers, but how do you tell if it is a matching number, as it doesn't have that 'spelled out' on the title? Is there a way to cross reference the engine number online etc? Or is it just that the engine number determine what type of engine it is 200 tdi etc? Thanks all!
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Old March 26th, 2017, 11:25 AM
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Hi all,

I am looking to import a defender, and just have a couple of questions regarding numbers. I always hear about matching engine numbers, but how do you tell if it is a matching number, as it doesn't have that 'spelled out' on the title? Is there a way to cross reference the engine number online etc? Or is it just that the engine number determine what type of engine it is 200 tdi etc? Thanks all!
Someone correct me if i am wrong but the key is the first 3 leading characters which tells the approximate year of the engine, and of course the model. For instance 200TDI's start with 11L, 12L, or 13L. 11L is 1990/1991. If customs sees a 12L in a 1990 truck, that is a red flag.

Put the VIN in here and it should tell you the prefix that you need the truck to have. The NHSTA/DOT use this same calculator for reference.

http://www.clifton.nl/index.html?calvin.html
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Someone correct me if i am wrong but the key is the first 3 leading characters which tells the approximate year of the engine, and of course the model. For instance 200TDI's start with 11L, 12L, or 13L. 11L is 1990/1991. If customs sees a 12L in a 1990 truck, that is a red flag.

Put the VIN in here and it should tell you the prefix that you need the truck to have. The NHSTA/DOT use this same calculator for reference.

Clifton Scientific Text Services, the Netherlands
Am no expert that's for sure, but I thought that 11L was the Defender version of the 200TDI and the 12L was the Disco version, while 13L was the Range Rover 200TDI version.
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Am no expert that's for sure, but I thought that 11L was the Defender version of the 200TDI and the 12L & 13K were Disco 200TDI versions.
Yea you might be right with that.

Regardless customs wants to make sure the prefix matches up with what LR says it should have.
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Regardless customs wants to make sure the prefix matches up with what LR says it should have.
You are 100% right, Adam.
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Thanks guys for the reply that clears things up & thanks Adam for that website, very helpful indeed.
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