Originally Posted by CrazyCal
Exactly. 8-3-500000 and up would include:
- any 2003 cars after that split
- and 2004 cars (8E-4-******)
- and 2005 cars (8E-5-******)
- obviously the above would all need to be 1.8T's, but you get the idea
So your 2004 VIN would start with "8E-4", so that would put it mathematically "after" the 8-3-5000000 vin split. Indeed, your car certainly came after the 2003's on the production line as well! The split is basically saying "mid-2003 and up B6 1.8T's", but the specific numbers are there to determine what "mid" actually means in that context. In this case, serial number 500000 of the 2003 model year.
It looks difficult, but the VIN split stuff is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Good luck with the 034 kit. That kit came out just after I replaced my PCV stuff, otherwise I would have bought it in heartbeat.