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 Identification Codes

Vehicle Identification Number  
(VIN) Locator



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     The vehicle identification number (VIN) is a seventeen-digit alphanumeric code. The VIN is stamped on a metal tab riveted to the instrument panel, top upper left of the dash. The VIN number is also found on the vehicle certification (VC) label.




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Item

Description

1

World manufacturer identifier (WMI)

2

Restraint type code

3

Line, series, body type (passenger car)

4

Engine code

5

Computer generated VIN check digit

6

Model year code

7

Assembly plant code

8

Production sequence number


Vehicle Identification Number

World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI)
World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI)




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     The first three vehicle identification number (VIN) positions are the world manufacturer identifier (WMI).

1FA — Ford, USA, passenger car

Restraint Type Code



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The fourth VIN position is the vehicle restraint system type code.


F — Active safety belts — all positions, driver and front passenger air bags

Line, Series and Body Type Code




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Positions 5 through 7 indicate vehicle line, series and body type.


P40 — Two-door coupe

P42 — Two-door coupe, GT (Mach One available in GT Coupe only)

P44 — Two-door convertible

P45 — Two-door convertible, GT

P48 — Two-door coupe, Cobra

P49 — Two-door convertible, Cobra

Engine Code


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The eighth VIN position is the engine displacement and number of cylinders code.


4 — 3.8L, OHV, EFI, six cylinder

R — 4.6L, DOHC, EFI, eight cylinder (Mach One)

X — 4.6L, SOHC, EFI, eight cylinder

Y— 4.6L, DOHC, S/C, EFI, eight cylinder (Cobra)

Computer Generated Check Digit


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The ninth VIN position is a government assigned, computer-generated check digit code (0-9).

Model Year Code


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The tenth VIN position is the model year code.

    2003
4 — 2004

Assembly Plant Code


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The eleventh VIN position is the assembly plant code.
 

F — Dearborn, Michigan (USA)

Production Sequence Number


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The last six VIN positions are the production sequence number. This number is also used as the vehicle serial and warranty number.


100001-599999

Vehicle Certification (VC) Label
              

Vehicle Certification (VC) Label Locator


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Vehicle Certification (VC) Label Locator


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    The upper portion of the vehicle certification (VC) label contains the manufacturer name, the month and year of manufacture, the certification statement and the VIN. It also includes gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR). The VC label is located on the left-hand door jamb.



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Item

Description

1

Exterior paint color code

2

Region code

3

Special order code
(DSO — domestic special order
FSO — foreign special order
PTO — paint, tire option special order)

4

Brake type code

5

Interior trim code

6

Tape/paint stripe code

7

Radio type code

8

Axle ratio code

9

Transmission code

10

Spring code

11

Powertrain calibration code



Vehicle Certification (VC) Label Reference

Paint Codes


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     The first set of paint code letters/numbers listed indicate the vehicle primary body color. The second set of paint code letters/numbers listed (if applicable) indicate a two-tone or accent body color. All colors are base coat/clear coat.


CX — Dark Shadow Gray Metallic

CY — Competition Orange (water based)

D3 — Colorado Red

D6 — Screaming Yellow (water based)

FX — Merlot — 40th Anniversary Edition

G2 — Redfire (water based)

G6 — Purple Haze (water based) — Cobra

L5 — Azure Blue (water based) — Mach One

SN — Sonic Blue (water based)

UA — Ebony (water based)

YN — Silver Metallic (water based)

Z1 — Oxford White (water based)

Brake Codes


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The brake type codes are:


2 — Four-wheel disc with anti-lock brake system (ABS)

3 — Traction control

5 — Four-wheel disc with anti-lock brake system (ABS) and traction control

Interior Trim Codes


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The interior trim codes are listed below. The first letter/number is for the interior fabric. The second letter is for the interior color.


9 — Rhodes cloth

A — Link Weave cloth — Mach One

B — Imola leather

G — Imola leather (sport seat)

M — Nudo leather — Cobra

U — Shadow/Twill cloth

The interior trim colors are:
 

2 — Medium Graphite

D — Midnight Black/Mystichrome — Cobra

H — Medium Parchment

W — Midnight Black

Z — Oxford White

Tape/Paint Stripe Codes

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P — White/Gray (tape applique emblem)

X — Black (hood and body tape stripe)

4 — Arizona Beige (anniversary car accent stripe)

Radio Codes

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The radio type codes are:


2 — Premium electronic AM/FM stereo with compact disc (CD) player and clock

9 — CDX6+, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc compact disc (CD) changer and MACH 460 subwoofer sound system

Z — AM/FM stereo, dual media (MP3) with compact disc (CD) player

Axle Ratio Codes


         



The axle ratio is: VINAxle.gif

Blank — 2.73 ratio

Blank — 3.27 ratio

Blank — 3.55 ratio

Transmission Codes



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The transmission code is:

9 — Four-speed automatic (4R75W) — GT

B — Six-speed manual (T56) — Cobra

G — Five-speed manual (TR3150) — Base

K — Five-speed manual (TR3650) — GT

U — Four-speed automatic (4R70W) — Base

Spring Codes

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The spring code portion of the vehicle certification (VC) label identifies both the front and rear springs. The first letter/number indicates the front spring code. The second letter/number indicates the rear spring code.


Front springs — base part number — 5310 (RH/LH)

Rear springs — base part number — 5560 (RH/LH)

Powertrain Calibration Information



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NOTE: Powertrain calibration information is limited to a maximum of five characters per line on the Vehicle Certification Label. Because of this, calibration identification consisting of more than five characters will wrap to the second line on the VC label.

Powertrain calibration information is printed in the lower right corner of the Vehicle Certification Label. Only the base calibration information is printed. Revision levels will not appear, however, this information can be found in the On Line Automotive Service Information System (OASIS). For the current model year, Ford Motor Company is using three different protocols which describe powertrain base calibration. These protocols are designed to provide worldwide standardization for vehicle calibration. If the electronic calibration strategy has been used since 1998 and carried into the current model year, protocol 1 will be used. Refer to Protocol 1 below. If the electronic calibration strategy has been used since 1999 and is carried into the current model year, protocol 2 will be used. Refer to Protocol 2 below. For new electronic calibration strategies introduced since the 2000 model year, use protocol 3. Refer to Protocol 3 below.

Protocol 1




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Item

Description

1

Model year (model year in which calibration strategy was first introduced)

2

Engine code

3

Engine revision level

Protocol 2

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Item

Description

1

Model year (model year in which calibration strategy was first introduced)

2

Engine code

3

Transmission code

4

Emission standard (designates the specific country emission standard)

5

Design level (design level assigned to the engine)

Protocol 3


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Item

Description

1

Model year (model year in which calibration strategy was first introduced)

2

Vehicle code

3

Transmission code

4

Unique calibration (designates different hardware to similar vehicles). Example: tires, drive ratios, etc.

5

Fleet code (describes fleet to which the vehicle belongs). Example: 6 - evaporative emissions

6

Certification region (lead region where multiple regions are included in one calibration). Example: A - U.S. federal

7

Revision level (will advance as revisions occur). Not printed on label



Protocol 3

The following offers a more detailed explanation of the coding strategy used for protocol 3.

Model Year

Y — 2000

1 — 2001

2 — 2002

3 — 2003

4 — 2004

Y — 2000

1 — 2001

2 — 2002

3 — 2003

4 — 2004

Vehicle Line

ZE — Mustang

ZE — Mustang

Transmission

1 — Automatic transmission

2 — Manual transmission

1 — Automatic transmission

2 — Manual transmission

The following offers a more detailed explanation of the coding strategy used for protocol 3.

Model Year

Y — 2000

1 — 2001

2 — 2002

3 — 2003

4 — 2004

Y — 2000

1 — 2001

2 — 2002

3 — 2003

4 — 2004

Vehicle Line

ZE — Mustang

ZE — Mustang

Transmission

1 — Automatic transmission

2 — Manual transmission

1 — Automatic transmission

2 — Manual transmission

Unique Calibration

The Emissions/CAFE/CO2 Compliance Department is responsible for assigning these calibration numbers. Unique calibration identifications are assigned to cover similar vehicles to differentiate tires, drive configurations, final drive ratios and other calibration-significant factors.

These two characters are chosen by the analyst to provide easily identifiable information unique to each calibration. For example, using the number 2 to denote a two-valve engine versus using the number 4 to denote a four-valve engine.

Fleet Code

1 — HDGE/Dyno

2 — Fast AMA, U.S.

3 — ADP, U.S.

4 — Not assigned

5 — Not assigned

6 — Evaporative emissions

7 — MACAA

8 — On-board diagnostics (OBD)

9 — Not assigned

Certification Region

5 — U.S. fifty states

A — U.S. federal, including altitude, may include Canada and/or Mexico

B — U.S. California standard, includes U.S. green states

C — Canada

D — China

E — European Community (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom)

F — Extended European Community (E plus Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Yugoslavia)

G — Gulf Cooperative Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE)

H — Hong Kong

J — Japan

K — Korea

L — Malaysia

M — Mexico

N — New Zealand

P — Australia

Q — South America (Brazil)

S — Singapore

T — Taiwan

U — South America (unleaded fuel regions)

V — Vietnam

X — Rest of world (ROW)

Y — Military

Z — Israel

5 — U.S. fifty states

A — U.S. federal, including altitude, may include Canada and/or Mexico

B — U.S. California standard, includes U.S. green states

C — Canada

D — China

E — European Community (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom)

F — Extended European Community (E plus Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Yugoslavia)

G — Gulf Cooperative Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE)

H — Hong Kong

J — Japan

K — Korea

L — Malaysia

M — Mexico

N — New Zealand

P — Australia

Q — South America (Brazil)

S — Singapore

T — Taiwan

U — South America (unleaded fuel regions)

V — Vietnam

X — Rest of world (ROW)

Y — Military

Z — Israel

Revision Level (not printed on label)

91-99 — Hardware certification levels

01-04 — Preliminary levels

00 — Job 1 production (initial certification)

05-09 — Pre-job 1 revisions to calibrations

10-89 — Post-job 1 revisions to calibrations

0B — Durability test level

BD — On-board diagnostics (OBD) intermediate level (pre-05)

91-99 — Hardware certification levels

01-04 — Preliminary levels

00 — Job 1 production (initial certification)

05-09 — Pre-job 1 revisions to calibrations

10-89 — Post-job 1 revisions to calibrations

0B — Durability test level

BD — On-board diagnostics (OBD) intermediate level (pre-05)

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