What information about your car can Ford VIN number reveal?

Dec 16, 2019

A VIN is more than a serial number of a vehicle. Many people use Ford VIN number lookup tools when they are considering a pre-owned car. VIN check allow to see if the Fordwas ever reported a lemon, when it was last serviced, or if it has been involved in an incident.

Where to find the Ford VIN plate?

In most Ford models, the VIN is stamped at these locations:

• on dash panel under the hood

• on top side of frame

• on a plate on the right/left front door pillar post

• on a plate on right/left front door pillar

What does each character of your Ford VIN number mean?

Character 1: The first letter or number of the Ford VIN number reveals where the car was manufactured.

1

2

3

4

5

6

J

K

L

W

U.S.A.

Canada

Mexico

U.S.A.

U.S.A.

Australia

Japan

Korea

Taiwan

Germany

Character 2: The second letter of the Ford VIN numbers names the manufacturer of your Ford.

F

Z

Ford

Ford

Character 3:This character identifies the vehicle type.

A

B

C

D

M

T

V

Passenger Car

Bus

Stripped Chassis

Incomplete Vehicle

Multipurpose vehicle

Truck, Van

Passenger Car

Characters 4: The fourth character helps you to reveal the restraint systems used in your Ford.

A

B

C

D

E

F

H

H

Driver Air Bag; Driver Manual/

Passenger Automatic Belt

Manual Belts

Manual Belts,Driver Air Bag

Manual Front Belts

Dual Front, Front Side Air Bags;

Manual Belts

Dual Front Air Bags; Manual Belts

Manual Belts;Dual Front, Front Side Air Bags

 (00-01)

Manual Belts;Dual Front, Front Side Air Bags, w/Curtain

Air Bags; (02-08)

K

L

N

P

P

R

R

S

Manual Belts;Dual Front Air Bags

 

Manual belts; Front/ Automatic Rear Belts

Automatic Front Belts

Driver Air Bag; Automatic Front/

Manual Rear Belts

Automatic Front/

Manual Rear Belts;Dual Front Air Bags

Dual Front Air Bags; Automatic Front/

Manual Rear Belts

T

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

 

Manual Belts/Dual Front Air Bags

 

Character 5: The fifth letter/digit in your Ford VIN number identifies the designation.

P

T

Ford

Ford (Imported)

Character 6-7: The next two characters reveal the model and body type of your Ford.

01

02

04

05

06

07

08

09

10

11

EXP, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Fusion SE, 4-Door Sedan (AWD)

Fusion SEL, 4-Door Sedan (AWD)

Escort L, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Escort, 2-Door Hatchback

Aspire, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Escort GL, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Escort, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Festiva L, 2-Door Hatchback

Aspire, 4-Door Hatchback

/ Escort GLX, Four-Door Hatchback

/ Escort, Four-Door Hatchback

/ Festiva GL, 2-Door Hatchback

Aspire SE, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Escort GT, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Festiva LX, Two-Door Hatchback

 

Escort, Four-Door Wagon

/ Fusion SEL, 4-Door Sedan

Escort L, 4-Door Wagon

Escort GL, 4-Door Wagon

/ Escort LX, Four-Door Sedan

/ Escort Pony, Two-Door Hatchback

/ Escort, Four-Door Sedan

 

Escort GLX, 4-Door Wagon

/ Escort LX, Two-Door Hatchback

/ Escort LX, Four-Door Wagon

/ Escort ZX2, Two-Door Coupe

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

Escort GT, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Mustang Ghia, 2-Door Sedan

/ Mustang GLX, 2-Door Sedan

Escort L, 4-Door Hatchback

/ Escort LX, Four-Door Sedan

/ Escort SE, Four-Door Sedan

/ Escort, Four-Door Hatchback

 

Escort GL, 4-Door Hatchback

/ Escort LX, 4-Door Hatchback

Escort GLX, Four-Door Hatchback

/ Escort LX, 4-Door Hatchback

/ Escort LX, 4-Door Wagon

 

Escort LXE, 4-Door Sedan

/ Mustang GL, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Mustang GLX, 2-Door Hatchback

Escort EXP, Two-Door Luxury Coupe

Escort EXP, Two-Door Sport Coupe

/ Tempo L, 2-Door Sedan

Tempo GL, 2-Door Sedan

Escort Pony, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Fairmont, Two-Door Sedan

/ Probe GL, 2-Door Hatchback

 

Escort GL, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Fairmont, 4-Door Sedan

/ Probe LX, two-Door Hatchback

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

Fairmont, Two-Door Sport Coupe

/ Probe GT, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Tempo GL, Four-Door Sedan

Escort GT, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Fairmont, 4-Door Wagon

/ Five Hundred SE, 4-Door Sedan (FWD)

 

Five Hundred SEL, Four-Door Sedan (FWD)

/ Taurus SEL, 4-Door Sedan (FWD)

Escort GL, 4-Door Hatchback

/ Five Hundred Limited, 4-Door Sedan

(FWD)

/ Taurus Limited, 4-Door Sedan (FWD)

Five Hundred SE, 4-Door Sedan (AWD)

/ Granada, two-Door Sedan

/ Mustang GL, 2-Door Sedan

 

Five Hundred SEL, 4-Door Sedan (AWD)

/ Granada, 4-Door Sedan

/ Mustang GT, 2-Door Convertible

Escort GL, 4-Door Wagon

/ Five Hundred Limited, 4-Door Sedan

(AWD)

/ Granada, 4-Door Wagon

 

Taurus, 4-Door Sedan

Focus SVT, 4-Door Hatchback

/ Taurus, 4-Door Wagon

/ Tempo L, 2-Door Sedan

Escort L, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Escort Pony, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Escort, 2-Door Hatchback

 

32

33

34

35

36

37

38

39

40

41

Escort GL, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Escort LX, 2-Door Hatchback

/ LTD, 2-Door Sedan

/ Tempo LX, 2-Door Sedan

Escort GT, 2-Door Hatchback

/ Focus LX, 4-Door Sedan

/ LTD Brougham, Four-Door Sedan

/ Tempo GLS, Two-Door Sedan

 

Crown Victoria, Two-Door Sedan

/ Escort L, 4-Door Wagon

/ Focus SE, 4-Door Sedan

/ Focus ZX4, Four-Door Sedan

/ Tempo, Two-Door Sedan

Crown Victoria, Four-Door Sedan

/ Escort GL, 4-Door Wagon

/ Escort LX, 4-Door Wagon

/ Fairmont, Two-Door Sedan

 

Escort L, 4-Door Hatchback

/ Fairmont, 4-Door Sedan

/ Focus SE, 4-Door Wagon

/ Focus ZTW, 4-Door Wagon

/ Focus ZXW, 4-Door Wagon

Escort GL, 4-Door Hatchback

/ Escort LX, 4-Door Hatchback

/ Fairmont, two-Door Sport Coupe

 

Focus ZTS, 4-Door Sedan

/ Focus ZX4 ST, Four-Door Sedan

/ LTD, 4-Door Wagon

/ Tempo GLS, 4-Door Sedan

/ Tempo Sport GL, 4-Door Sedan

Country Squire, Four-Door Wagon

/ Focus SVT, 2-Door Hatchback

/ LTD Brougham, Four-Door Sedan

/ Tempo, Four-Door Sedan

LTD Squire, 4-Door Wagon

/ Mustang LX, 2-Door Sedan

/ Mustang, Two-Door Coupe

Mustang LX, 2-Door Hatchback

42

43

44

45

46

47

48

49

50

51

Crown Victoria, Two-Door Sedan

/ Mustang Cobra, 2-Door Hatchback

 

Crown Victoria, Four-Door Sedan

Crown Victoria, Four-Door Wagon

/ LTD Country Squire, Four-Door Wagon

 

Mustang Cobra SVT, 2-Door Convertible

/ Mustang GT, 2-Door Convertible

Mustang Cobra, 2-Door Convertible

/ Thunderbird, Two-Door Sedan

Mustang Cobra, 2-Door Coupe

Mustang Cobra, 2-Door Coupe

Mustang Cobra, 2-Door Convertible

Taurus L, 4-Door Sedan

Taurus G, 4-Door Sedan

/ Taurus MT5, 4-Door Sedan

52

53

54

55

56

57

58

59

60

61

Taurus GL, 4-Door Sedan

/ Taurus LX, Four-Door Sedan

 

Taurus LX, Four-Door Sedan

/ Taurus SE, Four-Door Sedan

Taurus SE, Four-Door Sedan

/ Taurus SHO, 4-Door Sedan

Taurus L, 4-Door Wagon

/ Taurus SES, 4-Door Sedan

 

Taurus MT5, 4-Door Wagon

/ Taurus SE Comfort, Four-Door Sedan

 

Taurus GL, 4-Door Wagon

/ Taurus SE, Four-Door Wagon

Taurus LX, 4-Door Wagon

/ Taurus SE Comfort, 4-Door Wagon

 

Taurus SE Comfort, 4-Door Wagon

/ Taurus SEL, 4-Door Wagon

Thunderbird, Two-Door Convertible

/ Thunderbird, Two-Door Sedan

Thunderbird Sport, 2-Door Sedan

62

63

64

65

66

67

68

69

70

71

Thunderbird James Bond Edition,

2-Door Convertible

 

Thunderbird Pacific Coast,

2-Door Convertible

Thunderbird Neiman Marcus,

2-Door Convertible

 

Contour GL, 4-Door Sedan

/ Contour LX, 4-Door Sedan

 

Contour LX, 4-Door Sedan

/ Contour SE, 4-Door Sedan

Contour SE, 4-Door Sedan

Contour SVT, 4-Door Sedan

Thunderbird 50th Anniversary,

2-Door Convertible

Crown Victoria, Two-Door Sedan

/ Crown Victoria, four-Door Sedan

Crown Victoria LX, 2-Door Sedan

/ Crown Victoria (Police), 4-Door Sedan

72

73

74

75

76

77

78

79

80

82

Crown Victoria S, 4-Door Sedan

/ Crown Victoria, Four-Door Sedan

Crown Victoria, Four-Door Sedan

Crown Victoria LX, Four-Door Sedan

/ Crown Victoria LX Sport, 4-Door Sedan

Crown Victoria S, Four-Door Wagon / Crown Victoria Touring, 4-Door Sedan

Crown Victoria, Four-Door Wagon

Crown Victoria LX, 4-Door Wagon

LTD Country Squire, Four-Door Wagon

LTD Country Squire LX, 4-Door Wagon

Mustang, Two-Door Coupe

Mustang GT, 2-Door Coupe

84

85

88

89

90

91

93

95

98

 

Mustang, Two-Door Convertible

Mustang GT, 2-Door Convertible

Mustang Shelby GT500, Two-Door Coupe

Mustang Shelby GT500,

2-Door Convertible

Escort, Two-Door Hatchback / GT, 2-Door Coupe

Escort LX, 2-Door Hatchback

Escort GT, 2-Door Hatchback

Escort LX, 4-Door Hatchback

Escort LX, 4-Door Wagon

 

Character 8. Check the eighth character of your Ford to identify its engine.

1

2

3

4

5

6

8

1.3 4Cyl

/ 3.0 V6 EFI (FFV)

/ 3.0 V6 (Duratec)

1.6 4Cyl

/ 3.0 V6 EFI (FFV)

2.0L 4Cyl EFI DOHC 130 HP

/ 3.8L V6

1.6 4Cyl HO

/ 3.8L V6 EFI

1.6 4Cyl EFI

/ 2.0L 4Cyl EFI DOHC 170 HP

1.6 4Cyl EFI Turbo

/ 2.3L 4Cyl LPG

/ 4.6L V8 EFI SOHC (Romeo Plant)

1.6 4Cyl EFI Turbo

/ 1.8L 4Cyl EFI DOHC

9

A

B

C

D

E

F

1.9L 4Cyl

/ 4.6LV8 EFI

/ 4.6LV8 EFISOHC (CNG)

/ 4.9L 6Cyl LPG

/ 5.8L V8

2.0L 4Cyl EFI

/ 2.3L 4Cyl

/ 3.9L V8 EFI-DOHC

2.5L V6 EFI

/ 3.3L 6Cyl

2.0L 4Cyl

/ 2.2L 4Cyl EFI

/ 3.8L V6 EFI Supercharged

/ 5.8L V8 EFI

2.3L 4Cyl EFI Turbo

/ 2.5L 4Cyl CFI

/ 4.2L V8

/ 5.0L V8 EFI SHP

4.9L 6Cyl

/ 5.0L V8 HO EFI

5.0L V8

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

2.5L V6 EFI DOHC

/ 5.0L V8 EFI

/ 5.0L V8 HO

/ 5.0L V8

1.3L 4Cyl EFI

/ 2.0L 4Cyl Diesel

/ 4.6L V8 OHC

2.2L 4Cyl EFI Turbo

1.9L 4Cyl EFI

1.3L 4Cyl

2.2L 4Cyl EFI Turbo

/ 2.4L 4Cyl Turbo Diesel

/ 2.5L V6 EFI DOHC

2.3L 4Cyl OHC EFI

/ 5.0L V8

/ 5.0L V8 HO

N

P

R

S

T

U

V

2.0L 4Cyl

/ 2.5L 4Cyl CFI

/ 3.4L V8 EFI SHO-DOHC

/ 4.0L V6

2.0L 4Cyl EFI-SPI

/ 3.2L V6 SHO-DOHC

2.3L 4Cyl HSC

/ 3.8L V6 EFI Supercharged

2.3L 4Cyl HSO EFI

/ 3.0L V6 EFI DOHC

/ 5.4L V8 Supercharged

2.3L 4Cyl EFI Turbo

/ 5.0L V8 EFI HO

3.0L V6 EFI

2.9L V6 EFI

/ 4.6L V8 EFI DOHC

/ 4.6L V8 FFV SOHC

W

X

Y

Z

 

 

 

2.3L 4Cyl EFI

/ 2.3L 4Cyl Turbo

/ 3.3L 6Cyl

/ 3.5L V6

/ 4.6L V8 EFI

2.3L 4Cyl HSC-EFI

/ 3.3L 6Cyl

/ 4.6L V8 EFI

3.0L V6 EFI SHO

/ 3.8L V6 EFI SHO

/ 4.6L V8 Supercharged

1.6L 4Cyl EFI DOHC

/ 2.0L 4Cyl EFI (Gaseous Fuel Prep.)

/ 2.0L 4Cyl EFI DOHC

/ 2.4L 4Cyl EFI DOHC (PZEV)

 

 

 

 

Character 10.This is the year when you Ford was produced.

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

J

K

L

M

N

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

P

R

S

T

V

W

X

Y

1

2

3

4

5

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

6

7

8

 

2006

2007

2008

 

Character 11.The eleventh digit or letter identifies the Ford assembly plant.

5

6

8

A

B

E

F

G

H

K

M

O

Flat Rock, Michigan (AAI)

Kyung Ki-Do, Korea (Mazda-Kia)

Campbellfield, Australia (Broadmeadows)

Hapeville, Georgia (Atlanta)

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Cologne, W. Germany

Dearborn, Michigan

Chicago, Illinois

Lorain, Ohio

Claycomo, Missouri (Kansas City)

Cuautitlan, Mexico

/ Rheine, West Germany

Detroit, Michigan

R

T

U

W

X

Y

Z

 

San Jose, California/ Hermosillo, Mexico

 

Edison, New Jersey

/ Flat Rock, Michigan

/ Metuchen, New Jersey

Louisville, Kentucky

Wayne, Michigan

St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

Wixom, Michigan

St. Louis, Missouri

 

Character 12-17: The twelve through seventeenth digits in the Ford VIN number represent a serial number of your car.

What can VINs of older Ford can tell?

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Prior to 1981, Ford VIN numbers included 11 or 12 symbols. They were used to identify the vehicle’s make, year, color, model, manufacturer, and some other features. In 1981 the VINs were standardized and Ford started using modern 17-character VINs. Any car shopper considering a pre-owned Ford should use Ford VIN decoder to ensure that their future vehicle will meet their expectations and does not have hidden issues.