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Every vehicle covered by this guide is equipped with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), which contains important information regarding your particular vehicle, such as: manufacturer; car line; vehicle series, chassis and restraint system; engine type; design sequence; body type; year of manufacture; assembly plant; and sequential manufacture number.
Throughout this guide you will be required to know with which engine your vehicle was originally equipped. The 6th digit (for Suzuki models) or the 8th digit (for Geo models) in your vehicle's VIN code, when cross-referenced with the accompanying vehicle identification chart, indicates your vehicle's original engine.
If the engine in your vehicle was replaced with a different one, the VIN code will not reflect this change, since it is illegal to remove or alter the original VIN code tag from the vehicle.
The 10th digit in the VIN code indicates the year of manufacture of your vehicle. Once again, cross-reference the VIN code letter on your vehicle with the vehicle identification chart in this guide.
The VIN code is located on the left, front door pillar on 1986-87 Samurai models, and on the left-hand side of the instrument panel on 1988-95 Samurai and 1989-91 Sidekick and Tracker models. On all 1992-98 Sidekick, X-90, Tracker and Sidekick Sport models, the VIN code is mounted on the top, left-hand side of the instrument panel (visible through the windshield).