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How Do We Read Chasis Number?


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param100

Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:13 PM

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Understand that we can know the year a particular was made from the chasis number. Any one here care to explain to us.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:57 PM

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Not if you know the internal coding system used by car manufacturers.

The surefire way of knowing any car's year of manufacturer is to check the VIN - Vehicle Identification Number.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 05:15 PM

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in my knowledge,

chassis numbers are just that. As an identification of an individual car to prevent theft and so on and so forth.

but factories do know from the chassis number (also known as VIN) the date when the said vehicle was assembled so they can track back who was in charge of factory operations, which stock was used and who was the supplier. those kind of infos are confidential and only for internal use.

sample these, a wira 1.5

PL1C97SNRVB008945

P = means a car factory in malaysia
C97 = means wira/satria 1.5 or 2.0 diesel (C98 is 1.6, C96 is 1.3, C99 is 1.8)
S = sedan (M is 3 dr hatch, L is 5 dr hatch)
N = cannot remember, maybe for transmission
R = if i am not mistaken its for RHD
V = also cannot remember, maybe trim spec
B = factory (B for shah alam, C for AMM Pekan)

and the last 6 digits are the serial number according to production.

cars of the early 90s are more simpler

example

Corolla 1.6 SEG 1993

AE101-950401

AE101 is model code, last 5 digits are for production numbers.

another example is Proton Iswara in 1992

C21ALN-D605847

C21 is code for Saga 1.3 (also Iswara 1.3, C22 for 1.5)
ALN is the spec of the car - body shape, fuel system, transmission
last 6 digits the production number

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 05:26 PM

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Based on this number PL1C97SNRVB008945, if I'm not wrong 'V' at position ten represents year made. V is 1997.

Anyone can confirm that.

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 09:29 AM

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QUOTE (param100 @ Jan 13 2009, 05:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Based on this number PL1C97SNRVB008945, if I'm not wrong 'V' at position ten represents year made. V is 1997.

Anyone can confirm that.

the information can be obtained in Proton's workshop/parts manual, unfortunately those are not for sale. so have to find out at proton SC