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Digits 1, 2 and 3: World Manufacturer identifier
Digit 4: restraint system
Digit 5: manufacturer's specification
Digits 6 and 7: Line, series and body type
Digit 8: Engine type
Digit 9: check digit
Digit 10: Vehicle model year
Digit 11: assembly plant
Digits 12 through 17: Production sequence number

Engine series:

2: 3.0 (OHV) (ethanol version)
U: 3.0 (OHV)
S: 3.0 (DOHC)
1: 3.0 (OHV) (methanol version)
N: 3.4 (DOHC) SHO

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VIN STUFF UPDATED: (Only Applies to Passenger Cars)

Digit 1: Country of Manufacturer
Digit 2: Manufacturer Make
Digit 3: Vehicle Type
Digit 4: Restraint System
Digit 5: Passenger Car Identifiers
Digits 6 and 7: Line, series and body type
Digit 8: Engine type
Digit 9: check digit
Digit 10: Vehicle model year
Digit 11: assembly plant
Digits 12 through 17: Production sequence number

Digit 1 (Country of Manufacture)

1= USA
3= Mexico
4= USA

Digit 2 (Manufacturer Make)
F= Ford
L= Lincoln
Z= Ford (International)

Digit 3 (Vehicle Type)

1= Limousine
2= MPV
A= Passenger Car
B= Bus
C= Basic (Stripped Chasis)
D= Incomplete Vehicle
E= Passenger Vehicle
H= Incomplete Vehicle
J= Incomplete Vehicle (Hearse)
N= Passenger Vehcle
R= Incomplete Vehicle
T= Truc (Completed)
V= Passenger Vehicle

Digit 4 (Restraint System)

F= Active Belts at all Seating Locations and Front Driver and Passenger Air Bags
H= Same as Above Plus Side Airbags, Curtons or Canopies

Digit 5 (Passenger Car Identifiers)

P= Ford
M= Mercury -or- Lincoln
T= Passenger Cars Imported From outside North America and Non-Ford Cars Built For Ford

Digit 8 (Engine Type)

1= 3.0 (DOHC) (Duratec)
2= 3.0 (OHV) (Vulcan - FFV)
3= 3.0 (OHV Essex)
N= 3.4 (DOHC) (Yamaha - SHO)
U= 3.0 (OHV) (Vulcan)
S= 3.0 (DOHC) (Duratec)

Digit 9 (Check Digit)

Must have a value of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or X

Digit 10 (Engine Type)

T= 1996
V= 1997
W= 1998
X= 1999
Y= 2000
1= 2001
2= 2002

Digit 11 (Assembly Plant)

A= Atlanta, Georgia
G= Chicago, Illinois
R= Hermosello, Mexico
W= Wayne, Michigan
X= Ontario, Canada
Y= Wixom, Michigan
5= Flat Rock, Michigan
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