Mazda Trucks 1994-1998 Repair Guide

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)


See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: A sample breakdown of the VIN number

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Fig. Fig. 2: Location of the VIN code label stamped into the cowl panel in the engine compartment-MPV

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Fig. Fig. 3: Location of the VIN code plate on the front edge of the driver side dashboard underneath the windshield

A 17 digit combination of numbers and letters forms the vehicle identification number (VIN).

The VIN is stamped on a metal tab that is riveted to the instrument panel close to the windshield. The VIN plate is visible by looking through the windshield on the driver's side.

On MPV models, the VIN is also stamped on the firewall directly behind the engine.

By looking at the 17 digit VIN number, a variety of information about the vehicle can be determined.

See Figure 4

The first 3 digits represent the manufacturer, make and type of vehicle (world manufacturer identifier).
The 4th digit identifies the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR Class) and brake system. For incomplete vehicles, the 4th digit determines the brake system only. All brake systems are hydraulic.
The 5th, 6th and 7th digits identify model or series, chassis and body type.
The 8th digit identifies the engine.
The 9th digit is a check digit.
The 10th digit identifies the model year.
The 11th digit identifies the assembly plant.
Digits 12-17 make up the production sequence number.

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Fig. Fig. 4: Vehicle Identification Chart