AstroSafari VIN Decode

AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby Positive P [OP] » December 6th 2008, 9:20am

VIN Position Description

Position 1 Country of Origin:
1 = U.S.A.
2 = Canada

Position 2 Company built by:
G = General Motors

Position 3 Make or division:
1 = Chevrolet
7 = GM of Canada
C = Chevy Truck
K = GMC Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)
N = Chevy Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)
T = GMC Truck

Position 4 GVW/ Braking System:
B = 3,001 - 4,000/ Hydraulic
C = 4,001 - 5,000/ Hydraulic
D = 5,001 - 6,000/ Hydraulic
E = 6,001 - 7,000/ Hydraulic
F = 7,001 - 8,000/ Hydraulic

Position 5 Chassis:
M = Van (Astro, Safari) 2WD
L = Van (Astro, Safari) AWD

Position 6 Series:
1 = 1/2 ton
2 = 3/4 ton

Position 7 Body Type:
5 = Van

Position 8 Engine type:
A = 151 ci L4 2.5L TBI
B = 262 ci V6 4.3L TBI
E = 151 ci L4 2.5L TBI
N = 262 ci V6 4.3L 2 BBL ('85)
N = 262 ci V6 4.3L 4 BBL
W = 262 ci V6 4.3L CPI
W = 262 ci V6 4.3L MFI ('98-'05)
X = 262 ci V6 4.3L CPI
X = 262 ci V6 4.3L MFI ('98-'05)
Z = 262 ci V6 4.3L TBI

Position 9 Check digit:
This is a VIN checksum used to verify VIN legality.

Position 10 Model year:
F = 1985
G = 1986
H = 1987
J = 1988
K = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002
3 = 2003
4 = 2004
5 = 2005

Position 11 Plant:
A = Lakewood, GA
B = Lansing (Reatta), MI
B = Baltimore (Truck & Bus), MD
B = Pupyong, KOREA
C = Lansing, MI
D = Doraville, GA
E = Linden, NJ
E = Pontiac (Truck & Bus), MI
F = Fairfax II, KS
F = Flint (Truck & Bus), MI
G = Framingham, MA
H = Flint, MI
J = Janesville (Truck & Bus), WI
J = Janesville, WI
K = Leeds, MO
K = Kosai, JAPAN
L = Van Nuys ('82-'92 F-car), CA
M = Lansing, MI
N = Norwood ('82-'87 F-car), OH
R = Arlington (B-car), TX
S = St. Louis (Truck & Bus), MO
S = Ramos Arizpe, MEXICO
T = Tarrytown (Truck & Bus), NY
U = Hamtramck, MI
V = Pontiac (Truck & Bus), MI
W = Willow Run (B-car), MI
W = Iwata, JAPAN
X = Fairfax, KS
Y = Wilmington, DE
Z = Fremont, CA
Z = Spring Hill (Saturn), TN
Z = Fort Wayne (Truck & Bus), IN
0 = Pontiac (Truck & Bus), MI
1 = Wentzville, MO
1 = Oshowa 2, ONTARIO
2 = Moraine (Truck & Bus), OH
2 = Ste. Therese ('93-'96+ F-car), QUEBEC
3 = Detroit (Truck & Bus), MI
3 = Kawasaki, JAPAN
3 = St. Eustache, QUEBEC
4 = Orion, MI
4 = Scarborough, ONTARIO
5 = Bowling Green ('84-'96+ Corvette), KY
5 = London, ONTARIO
6 = Oklahoma City, OK
6 = Ingersoll, ONTARIO
7 = Lordstown, OH
7 = Lordstown (Truck & Bus), OH
7 = Fujisawa, JAPAN
8 = Shreveport (Truck & Bus), LA
9 = Detroit, MI
9 = Tillsonburg, ONTARIO
9 = Oshawa 1, ONTARIO

Position 12-17:
Production #
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby Matrixx » December 6th 2008, 7:29pm

Hi Positive P
This is a great post and I hope AA makes this one a sticky, thanks for the information. :)
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby Big_kid » December 6th 2008, 10:43pm

AWESOME!!!
Thanks for posting this! :D
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby Positive P [OP] » December 7th 2008, 4:14am

Took me all night and lots of researching.
Not too many places offer this type of info, and I feel like, this is my new home.
So I take care of my family!
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby 90lownslow » May 11th 2009, 4:25am

positon 3 i have a b. what is that?
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby ihatemybike » May 11th 2009, 1:54pm

Seems I wasn't the only one working on this.

http://groups.cardomain.com/groups/17153/pages/46316

I'm trying not to have anything in my list that does not have to do with AstroSafaris hence one country of origin and only one plant.

90soon2blownslow, I'll try to find your third position B.
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby ihatemybike » May 11th 2009, 1:59pm

Found it already, position 3) B = Chevrolet Incomplete

I'm willing to bet you have a conversion van. Correct?
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby ihatemybike » May 11th 2009, 2:07pm

If anyone wants their VIN decoded post up the first 11 characters.

Characters 12-17 is the production sequence. 100001 is the first vehicle of the model year.
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby 90lownslow » May 14th 2009, 2:34am

That makes sense. It has some extra features but no raised roof or tv it does have swivel seats. So it might just be a conversion van
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby webcat » May 14th 2009, 3:15am

Thanks , this will come in handy when i go to the junkyard tomorrow
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby ihatemybike » May 14th 2009, 5:17am

It doesn't have to have a raised roof or TV to be a conversion van. Conversion vans are any van that was upfitted by a third party. Most often they can be recognized by having windows that don't follow the normal body lines and are equipped with upgraded seats and a bench that converts into a small bed in the back.
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby Munken » October 16th 2009, 3:25pm

My two Astros have identical vin numbers except verifing no and the last 6 digits. I know it is the production#. But is there anyone who knows what they mean?

The numbers are:
224709
202513

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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby evil_motors » October 16th 2009, 6:22pm

last 6 is usually when they rolled off the assembly line.
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby Munken » October 16th 2009, 7:13pm

OK.
Like 224709 can be 22 April 7:09

And 202513 can be 20 February 5:13 ?
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby evil_motors » October 16th 2009, 8:20pm

no no... its just a random number from when it rolled off the assembly line. so the 202513 came off first and the 224709 came way later.
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby Munken » October 16th 2009, 8:48pm

evil_motors wrote:no no... its just a random number from when it rolled off the assembly line. so the 202513 came off first and the 224709 came way later.


Okay, Thank you. Then I know who is the older :thumbup:
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby dbzcollector » October 17th 2009, 4:05pm

the guy in the parts shop at my local GM dealer said the last 8 digits are needed to tell which kind of transmission my van used, even though it used the 4l60e like i had told him. why would there be a difference based on the last eight?
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby evil_motors » October 17th 2009, 9:09pm

the last 8 would refer to when the van rolled off the assembly line. could be a different trans computer or something. all dealerships ask for the last 8 of a vin. its easier to look them up that way.
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby scotiansafari » January 26th 2010, 1:34am

position 7 - body type, I have a 9 instead of a 5
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Re: AstroSafari VIN Decode

Postby astroturf » January 26th 2010, 2:04am

scotiansafari wrote:position 7 - body type, I have a 9 instead of a 5


Scotian, Have a look at this, page down abit.
2005VINCARDS.pdf

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