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Old 11-15-2007, 08:01 PM   #1
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Other than ID, what do the numbers in your vin mean?
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Default I pulled the following from the Internet

If you look on the internet, you can find for your model, what each number or letter in the VIN represents.
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How to read VIN number?

VIN number consists of 17 characters separated in four sections.

The first three characters shall uniquely identify the manufacturer, make and type of vehicle :

First number Identifies the country in which the vehicle was manufactured:
USA (1 or 4), Canada (2), Mexico (3), Germany (W), Japan (J), Italy (Z), Korea (K), England (S)...
Second character specifies the manufacturer:
Audi (A), BMW (B), Buick (4), Cadillac (6), Chevrolet (1), Chrysler (C), Dodge (B), Ford (F), GM Canada (7), General Motors (G), Honda (H), Jaguar (A), Lincoln (L), Mercedes Benz (D), Mercury (M), Nissan (N), Oldsmobile (3), Pontiac (2or5), Plymouth (P), Toyota (T), VW (V), Volvo(V)...
Third VIN character indicates the vehicle type or manufacturing division.
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Fourth through eighth vehicle identification number digit reveals the vehicle features such as body style, engine type, model, series,...
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The digit is a VIN accuracy check digit, verifying the previous VIN numbers.
Tenth VIN character tells the model year. 1988 (J), 1989 (K), 1990 (L), 1991 (M), 1992 (N), 1993 (P), 1994 (R), 1995 (S), 1996 (T), 199 7(V), 1998 (W), 1999 (X), 2000 (Y)------2001(1), 2002 (2), 2003 (3), 2004 (4), 2005 (5).
Eleventh digit reveals the assembly plant for the vehicle.
through 17. VIN number digits indicate the sequence of the vehicle for production as it rolled of the manufacturers assembly line. This five digit serial number starts at 000001 at the beginning of every model year.
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:09 PM   #3
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Very little information encoded in the VIN itself:

This is an example of a VIN # for a 2006 Corvette Coupe:
1 G 1 Y Y 2 6 U 3 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
There are 17 characters. Starting with first character on left the codes are:
1. "1"= Built in US
2. "G"= General Motors
3. "1"= Chevrolet
4. Denotes the car line: Corvette is a "Y" body.
5. Provides more info about the car:
Usually a "Y" but the ZR-1 is "Z"
6. Body style: "1" = FRC, "2" = Coupe, "3" = Convertible
7. Restraint code
8. Engine:
L98="8"
LT1="P"
ZR1="J"
LT4="5"
LS1="G"
LS6="S
LS2=U
LS7=E
9. Check Digit 0 to 9 or X
10. Model year:
"B" thru "N" are yrs '81-'92 respectively
"P"='93
"R" thru "T" '94-'96
"V"='97
"W"='98
"X"='99
"Y"='00
"1"='01
5=05
6=06
7=07
11. Plant: Bowling Green = "5"
12-17. Production sequence number that starts with the #10001 for each model yr.
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Very little information encoded in the VIN itself:

This is an example of a VIN # for a 2006 Corvette Coupe:
1 G 1 Y Y 2 6 U 3 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
There are 17 characters. Starting with first character on left the codes are:
1. "1"= Built in US
2. "G"= General Motors
3. "1"= Chevrolet
4. Denotes the car line: Corvette is a "Y" body.
5. Provides more info about the car:
Usually a "Y" but the ZR-1 is "Z"
6. Body style: "1" = FRC, "2" = Coupe, "3" = Convertible
7. Restraint code
8. Engine:
L98="8"
LT1="P"
ZR1="J"
LT4="5"
LS1="G"
LS6="S
LS2=U
LS7=E
9. Check Digit 0 to 9 or X
10. Model year:
"B" thru "N" are yrs '81-'92 respectively
"P"='93
"R" thru "T" '94-'96
"V"='97
"W"='98
"X"='99
"Y"='00
"1"='01
5=05
6=06
7=07
11. Plant: Bowling Green = "5"
12-17. Production sequence number that starts with the #10001 for each model yr.
if you have a 2008 it looks like the LS3 is a 'W' in the vin
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8. Engine:
LS3 = W
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8. Engine:
LS3 = W
beat your post by 2 minutes

I guess we both have 08's
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Very little information encoded in the VIN itself:

This is an example of a VIN # for a 2006 Corvette Coupe:
1 G 1 Y Y 2 6 U 3 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
There are 17 characters. Starting with first character on left the codes are:
1. "1"= Built in US
2. "G"= General Motors
3. "1"= Chevrolet
4. Denotes the car line: Corvette is a "Y" body.
5. Provides more info about the car:
Usually a "Y" but the ZR-1 is "Z"........
The VIN for my 2008 Z06 starts out 1G1YY....... I'm pretty sure I didn't get cheated on the engine or many of the other Z06 parts since I watched them build it, but they could have fooled me.

I suspect some of what you have listed changes from year to year. In the old days there used to be a number of pages in the paper Chevrolet parts books that showed the meaning of the VIN positions for the years close to the publication of the book a separate page for each car line for each year. Now that all that is on-line I suspect the VIN information is also there, but one has to work for a dealer or Chevrolet to get to that information.
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Very little information encoded in the VIN itself:

This is an example of a VIN # for a 2006 Corvette Coupe:
1 G 1 Y Y 2 6 U 3 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
There are 17 characters. Starting with first character on left the codes are:
1. "1"= Built in US
2. "G"= General Motors
3. "1"= Chevrolet
4. Denotes the car line: Corvette is a "Y" body.
5. Provides more info about the car:
Usually a "Y" but the ZR-1 is "Z"
6. Body style: "1" = FRC, "2" = Coupe, "3" = Convertible
7. Restraint code
8. Engine:
L98="8"
LT1="P"
ZR1="J"
LT4="5"
LS1="G"
LS6="S
LS2=U
LS7=E
9. Check Digit 0 to 9 or X
10. Model year:
"B" thru "N" are yrs '81-'92 respectively
"P"='93
"R" thru "T" '94-'96
"V"='97
"W"='98
"X"='99
"Y"='00
"1"='01
5=05
6=06
7=07
11. Plant: Bowling Green = "5"
12-17. Production sequence number that starts with the #10001 for each model yr.

So - my 2005 last 5 digits are 10449. Does that mean it was the 449th built?
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So - my 2005 last 5 digits are 10449. Does that mean it was the 449th built?
Of production vehicles, yes.
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So - my 2005 last 5 digits are 10449. Does that mean it was the 449th built?
No it would be 10,449 built.
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12-17. Production sequence number that starts with the #10001 for each model yr.
This should be that they start with 100001
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beat your post by 2 minutes

I guess we both have 08's
I only have my VIN so far. waiting for my 08 the be delivered to the dealer.
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No it would be 10,449 built.
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No it would be 10,449 built.
Nice catch, I misread the number.....

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I only have my VIN so far. waiting for my 08 the be delivered to the dealer.
I picked mine up from the dealer Wednesday
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