Ford Taurus/Sable 1996-1999 Repair Guide



The 8th character of the VIN designates the engine type installed in the vehicle. An engine identification label may also be attached to the engine valve cover.

The codes are as follows:

Code 1: 3.0L (OHV) gasoline/methanol engine
Code 2: 3.0L (OHV) gasoline/ethanol engine
Code U: 3.0L (OHV) gasoline engine
Code S: 3.0L (DOHC) gasoline engine
Code N: 3.4L (DOHC) gasoline engine