Ford Probe 1989-1992 Repair Guide



The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped on a metal plate that is riveted 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 3 digits represent the world manufacturer identifier which is Mazda. The 4th digit indicates the type of passenger restraint system, either active or passive seat belts. The 5th digit is a Ford passenger car identifier, indicating the vehicle is imported from outside North America or is a non-Ford built passenger car sold by Ford in North America. The 6th and 7th digits indicate the body style: 20 for Probe GL, 21 for Probe LX, or 22 for Probe GT. The 8th digit is the engine code: C for the 2.2L normally aspirated engine, L for the 2.2L turbocharged engine, or U for the 3.0L V6 engine. The 9th digit is a check digit for all vehicles. The 10th digit indicates the model year: K for 1989, L for 1990, M for 1991, or N for 1992. The 11th digit is the assembly plant code, the digit 5 represents Flat Rock, Michigan. The 12th through 17th digits indicate the production sequence number.

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Fig. Fig.1Sample Vehicle Identification

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Fig. Fig. 2 Vehicle Identification (VIN) location