See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Fig. Fig. 1: Locations of the various identification plates and labels
Fig. Fig. 2: Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) translation
Fig. Fig. 3: The vehicle identification plate contains several types of data
Fig. Fig. 4: The VIN is affixed to the top of the driver's side instrument panel
Fig. Fig. 5: The Emission Control information label contains important tune-up information
Fig. Fig. 6: The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards certification label contains the VIN and other data
A vehicle identification plate is attached to the right side of the firewall. This plate gives the vehicle type, vehicle identification number (chassis number), model, body color code, trim color code, engine model and displacement, transaxle model and axle model. All vehicles also have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on a plate attached to the top of the instrument panel on the driver's side, visible through the windshield. This number is also stamped into the firewall. Contained within the VIN is the chassis serial number, and other identifying codes.
The vehicle identification number is broken down as follows:
The first 3 digits are "JN1''-Nissan passenger vehicle; or "1N4''-USA produced passenger vehicle.
The next letter refers to the type of engine in use. For example, "P'' refers to the E16i gasoline engine and "S'' refers to the CD17 diesel.
The third letter refers to the model-for example, "B'' refers to the Sentra.
The fourth space is filled by a number referring to the model.
The fifth space refers to the body type.
Next comes the restraint system-"S'' for Standard and "Y'' for four wheel drive.
The seventh space is occupied by a check digit (this keeps anyone from creating a fictitious serial number based on this basic information).
Next comes the model year-for example, "J'' for 1988.
The ninth space contains a letter referring to the manufacturing plant.
The final block contains the 6 digit sequential serial or "chassis'' number for the actual vehicle.
All models also have an Emission Control information label on the firewall or on the underside of the hood, as well as a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) certification label and tire placard on the driver's door jamb.