See Figures 1 and 2
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped on a metal plate that is attached to the instrument panel adjacent to the windshield. It can be seen by looking through the lower corner of the windshield on the driver' side of the vehicle. The VIN is also located on various identification stickers throughout the vehicle and on certain metal parts such as the engine or transaxle.
The VIN is a 17-digit combination of numbers and letters. The 1st digit represents the country of manufacture, this is a 1 for all Saturns and means the vehicle was built in the U.S.A. The 2nd and 3rd digits are G8, which represent General Motors and Saturn Corporation. The 4th and 5th digits represent the Saturn car line and the particular sales code of the vehicle. For example, the sales code for a sedan will designate if the car is an SL, SL1 or SL2. The 6th digit identifies the vehicle' body style, in other words, whether it is a coupe, sedan or wagon. The 7th digit represents the safety restraint features with which that particular car was produced. This will mean, passive restraint seat belts, passive restraint with a driver's side Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) or active restraints with a driver's and passenger's SIR. The 8th number tells with what 1.9L engine the vehicle is equipped: Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) with Throttle Body Injection (TBI), SOHC with Multi-port Fuel Injection (MFI), or Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) with MFI. The 9th digit is a check digit for all vehicles. The 10th digit indicates the model year: M for 1991, N for 1992, P for 1993, R for 1994, S for 1995, T for 1996, V for 1997, or W for 1998. The 11th digit is a Z and indicates that the vehicle was built in the Spring Hill, Tennessee plant. The 12th through 17th digits indicate the production sequence number.