How to read Pontiac VIN numbers?

Dec 16, 2019

A VIN is a unique code assigned to every vehicle manufactured after 1981. This number is the proven way to identify the vehicle you are considering. It can also tell you a lot of useful things about the car, such as make and model, year, country and plant of production, engine, transmission, and other specs. In addition, it can tell you the inspection, purchase, registration and damage history.

Use our Pontiac VIN decoder to learn more about the vehicle you are considering or to provide the buyer with the essential information about the car you want to sell.

How to locate the Pontiac VIN?

You can find the VIN plate in Pontiac in multiple locations on your Pontiac, but the most common places to find it are:

- Under the windshield on the driver side

- On the left side door jamb

- On the bottom of the vehicle hood

- On the engine

- On the title/registration

What does each character of your Pontiac VIN number mean?

1. Manufacturing country

1

2

3

4

5

6

J

K

W

USA

Canada

Mexico

USA

USA

Australia

Japan

Korea

Germany

2. Manufacturer

8

C

G

L

O

Y

Isuzu

CAMI

GeneralMotors

/ Suzuki

Daewoo Motors

/ Chev GM/GMDAT

Opel

NUMMI

3. Division of the manufacturer

2

Pontiac

4-5. Car line and series

AE

AF

AG

AJ

AL

AN

BL

FS

6000 SE

6000 Base

6000 LE

6000 SE

/ G5 (Canada)

/ G5 Pursuit (Canada)

G5

/ G5 SE (Canada)

/ G5 Pursuit SE (Canada)

G5 GT

/ G5 Pursuit GT (Canada)

ParisienneBase

FirebirdBase

FV

FW

GJ

GK

GP

HX

HY

HZ

FirebirdFormula, TransAm

FirebirdTrans AM

GrandPrixBase

GrandPrix LE

GrandPrixBrougham

BonnevilleBase

Bonneville SLE

/ BonnevilleSSEi

Bonneville GXP

/ Bonneville SSE

/ BonnevilleSSEi

JB

JC

JD

JL

JU

MB

MG

MR

Sunbird Base

/ Sunbird

/ Sunbird LE

/ Sunfire SE

/ Sunfire GT (Convertible)

/ Sunfire SL, SLX

SunbirdBase, LE

Sunbird GT

/ Sunbird SE

/ Sunfire GT (Coupe)

/ Sunfire GTX (Sedan)

Sunbird SE

Sunbird GT

Solstice

Solstice GXP

Firefly, LE, Turbo

MT

NE

NF

NG

NV

NW

PE

PF

FireflyBase, LE

Grand Am Base

/ Grand Am LE

/ GrandAm SE

GrandAm SE1

Grand Am Base

/ Grand Am SE2

GrandAm LE

/ GrandAm GT1

GrandAm SE

/ GrandAm GT

Fiero SE

FieroSport

PG

PM

SL

SM

SN

TD

TL

TN

Fiero GT

FieroBase

Vibe

Vibe AWD

Vibe GT

Wave (Canada)

Pontiac 1000

LeMans

TR

TS

TW

TX

WC

WH

WJ

WK

LeMans SE

LeMans GSE

Wave LT (Canada)

LeMans

/ LeMans VL

GrandPrix GXP

GrandPrix LE

Grand Prix LE/ Grand Prix/

GT, GTP Grand Prix SE

GrandPrix LE

WP

WR

WS

WT

VX

ZF

ZG

ZH

Grand Prix

/ Grand Prix GT/ SE

/ GT1

/ GTP

Grand Prix GTP

/ GT

Grand Prix GT2

/ GT

GrandPrix STE

GTO

G6

G6

G6 GT

ZM

 

G6 GTP

/ G6 GXP

 

6. Body Type

0

1

2

3

4

5

2-Door Hatchback

Two-Door Coupe

Two-Door Hatchback, Sport Coupe

Two-Door Convertible

Hatchback

4-Door Sedan

6

8, 9

 

4-DoorHatchback

Four -DoorStationWagon

 

7. Restraint system

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

2

3

Active Seat Belts

Dual Front Airbags +Active Seat Belts

Dual Front Airbags +Manual Belts

Manual Belts

Dual Front/Side Airbags +Active

Belts

Dual Front/ Side Airbags +Manual Belts

Dual Front Airbags +Active Seat Belts

Dual Front Airbags +Manual Belts

Driverside Airbag +Manual Belts

3

3

3

4

4

4

4

5

5

Dual Front Airbags + Manual Belts

Dual Front Airbags + Manual Belts &

PassengerSensor

Dual Front, Side & Head Curtain Airbags

+ ManualBelts

AutomaticBelts

Dual Front & Head Curtain Airbags

+ Manual Belts

Dual Front/Side Airbags + Active

Seat Belts

Dual Front/ Side Airbags + Manual Belts

Driverside Airbag +Automatic Belts

Dual Front & Driver's Side Airbags

+Manual Belts

5

5

5

6

6

6

6

7

7

Dual Front & Side Airbags + Manual Belts

Dual Front Airbags +Active Seat Belts &

PassengerSensor

Dual Front Airbags +Manual Belts &

PassengerSensor

Dual Front & Side Airbags +Active Seat

Belts&PassengerSensor

Dual Front & Side Airbags +Manual Belts &

PassengerSensor

Dual Front Airbags + Automatic Belts

Dual Front, Side & Head Curtain Airbags

+ Manual Belts & Passenger Sensor

Dual Front, Front & Rear Side Airbags

+ ManualBelts

Dual Front, Head&Side Curtain Airbags

+ ManualBelts

7

8

8

8

9

 

Dual Front, Side & Head Curtain Airbags

w/Manual Belts & Passenger Sensor

Dual Front & Head Curtain Airbags

w/Manual Belts

Dual Front & Head Curtain Airbags

w/Manual Belts & Passenger Sensor

Dual Front, Side & Head Curtain Airbags

w/Manual Belts & Passenger Sensor

Dual Front Airbags w/Active Seat Belts &

PassengerSensor

 

8 Engine Type

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

2.0L 4Cyl

3.8L V6 Supercharged

3.9L V6

1.0L 3Cyl Turbo

1.3L 4Cyl

3.8L V6

1.3L 4Cyl

2.3L 4Cyl

3.8L V6 Turbo

3.9L V6

4.5L V8

1.6L 4Cyl

2.2L 4Cyl

3.8L V6 Supercharged (L62)

1.6L 4Cyl

2.4L 4Cyl Hybrid

5.7L V8

1.0L 3Cyl

1.6L 4Cyl

5.7L V8

3.6L V6

3.8L V6

5.7L V8

4.1L V8

 

8

9

A

B

C

D

E

1.8L 4Cyl

3.5L V6

4.1L V8

4.5L V8

5.7L V8

1.3L 4Cyl

1.5L 4Cyl Turbo

4.6L V8

5.0L V8

2.3L 4Cyl

3.8L V6

4.6L V8

2.4L 4Cyl

4.9L V8

1.6L 4Cyl

2.0L 4Cyl

3.8L V6

4.0L V8

5.3L V8 (LS4)

5.3L V8

2.3L 4Cyl

4.4L V8 Supercharged

3.4L V6

5.0L V8

7.0L V8

F

G

H

J

K

L

M

2.2L 4Cyl DOHC

5.0L V8

5.0L V8

5.7L V8

2.2L 4Cyl

2.0L 4Cyl

3.5L V6

5.0L V8

3.1L V6

5.7L V8

2.0L 4Cyl

3.5L V6

3.8L V6

1.8L 4Cyl

2.5L 6Cyl

3.0L V6

3.8L V6

2.0L 4Cyl Turbo

3.1L V6

9. VIN Check Digit

10.Pontiacmodel year

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

J

K

L

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

M

N

P

R

S

T

V

W

X

Y

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

A

1971, 2001

1972, 2002

1973, 2003

1974, 2004

1975, 2005

1976, 2006

1977, 2007

1978, 2008

1979, 2009

1980, 2010

11. Assembly plant

1

4

5

7

9

0

B

Oshawa, Canada

Orion, MI

Bowling Green, KY

Lordstown, OH

Oshawa, Canada

Lansing, MI

Bupyung, South Kore

F

L

M

S

U

Y

Z

Fairfax, KS

Elizabeth, Australia

Lansing, MI

RamosArizpe, Mexico

Hamtramck, MI

Wilmington, DE

Fremont, CA

12-17. Serial production number

What can VINs of older Pontiacs tell?

1976 Pontiac

Prior to 1981, Pontiac used mainly 13-digit VIN numbers. The meaning of each character varied from model to model. Thus, in 1972-1982 Pontiacs, the first character was used to identify division, the second – series, the third and fourth – body style,  the fifth – engine, the sixth – year, the seventh – assembly plant, and the last six characters - production sequence.