Ford Taurus/Sable 1996-1999 Repair Guide

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)


See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: The VIN plate as viewed through the windshield

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is located on the instrument panel, close to the windshield on the driver's side of the vehicle. It is visible from outside the vehicle.

The 17-character label contains the following information:

Digits 1, 2 and 3: World manufacturer identifier
Digit 4: Restraint system type
Digit 5: Manufacturer's specification
Digits 6 and 7: Line, series and body type
Digit 8: Engine type
Digit 9: Check digit
Digit 10: Vehicle model year
Digit 11: Assembly plant
Digits 12 through 17: Production sequence number