Continental 2000-2002

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)


The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a seventeen digit combination of letters and numbers. The VIN is stamped on a metal tag riveted to the instrument panel, top upper left corner of the dash. The VIN is also found on the vehicle certification label.

The VIN breakdown, as shown on the accompanying illustration, is as follows:

1 - World Manufacturer Identifier
2 - Restraint type code
3 - Line and series code
4 - Engine code
5 - VIN check digit
6 - Model year code
7 - Assembly plant code
8 - Production sequence number

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Fig. VIN Breakdown


The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped on a metal plate that is fastened to the instrument panel adjacent to the windshield. It can be seen by looking through the lower corner of the windshield on the driver's side.

The VIN is a 17-digit combination of numbers and letters. The first three digits represent the world manufacturer identifier. Using the example in the figure, the number and letter combination 2FA signifies Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. The fourth digit indicates the type of passenger restraint system; in the example, the letter C stands for active belts and a driver's side air bag. The fifth digit is a constant, the letter P signifying passenger car. The sixth and seventh digits indicate the body style. The eighth digit is the engine code: F for the 5.0L engine, or in this case W for the 4.6L engine. The ninth digit is a check digit for all vehicles. The 10th digit indicates the model year: K for 1989, L for 1990, M for 1991, N for 1992, P for 1993, R for 1994 and so on. The 11th digit is the assembly plant code, the letter X represents St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. The 12th through 17th digits indicate the production sequence number.

The Vehicle Certification Label is attached to the left front door lock panel. The upper half of the label contains the name of the manufacturer, month and year of manufacture, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR), and the certification statement. The lower half of the label contains the VIN and a series of codes indicating exterior color, body type, interior trim type and color, radio type, sun roof type (if any), as well as axle, transmission, spring, district and special order codes.

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