Mercury Cougar 2000-2002

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)


The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped onto a metal tag mounted in the upper left-hand corner of the instrument panel, visible through the windshield from the outside of the vehicle. The VIN is also presented on various other labels and identifiers found throughout the vehicle.

The VIN is an identification code comprised of a seventeen-digit combination of numbers and letters. Each letter, number or combination represents different items, such as manufacturer, type of restraint system, line, series and body type, engine, model year and consecutive unit number.

The last six digits of the VIN indicate the assembly plant production sequence number of each individual vehicle manufactured at the factory. The unit numbers are divided as follows by manufacturer:

000,001 through 599,999-Ford division vehicles
600,000 through 999,999-Lincoln and Mercury division vehicles

Refer to the accompanying specifications chart and illustrations for VIN breakdown.

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Fig. Vehicle identification label locations

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Fig. The VIN tag can be viewed from outside the vehicle; it is located on the driver-s side of the instrument panel