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Mar 20, 2003 (11:31 am)
Hey all, thought this would be helpful about how to decode your VIN for those of us who ordered or will be ordering cars.
1st character- Identifies the country in which the vehicle was manufactured.
For example: U.S.A.(1or4), Canada(2), Mexico(3), Japan(J), Korea(K), England(S), Germany(W), Italy(Z)
2nd character- Identifies the manufacturer. For example; Audi(A),
BMW(B), Buick(4), Cadillac(6), Chevrolet(1), Chrysler(C), Dodge(B),
Ford(F), GM Canada(7), General Motors(G), Honda(H), Jaquar(A), Lincoln(L), Mercedes Benz(D), Mercury(M), Nissan(N), Oldsmobile(3), Pontiac(2or5), Plymouth(P), Saturn(8), Toyota(T), VW(V), Volvo(V).
3rd character- Identifies vehicle type or manufacturing division.
4th to 8th characters- Identifies vehicle features such as body style, engine type, model, series, etc.
9th character- Identifies VIN accuracy as check digit.
10th character- Identifies the model year. For example: 1988(J), 1989(K), 1990(L), 1991(M), 1992(N), 1993(P), 1994(R), 1995(S), 1996(T),
1997(V), 1998(W), 1999(X), 2000(Y)------2001(1), 2002(2), 2003(3)
11th character- Identifies the assembly plant for the vehicle.
12th to 17th characters- Identifies the sequence of the vehicle for production
as it rolled of the manufacturers assembly line.
Mar 20, 2003 (11:42 am)
Good to hear that you test drove the vehicle this morning. Can't wait to hear your impressions! I'll be checking the board tonight.
That is one incredible price you got on your car. I was only able to get $1000 off MSRP; which is still about $1200 over invoice; and even that was a hard deal to pull off. Great haggling and keep us informed of your initial ownership experience.
Great post about the VIN. I checked it with mine and was able to determine that it was definitely built in Germany. . .cool stuff; thanks for the info.
Mar 20, 2003 (2:07 pm)
Can somebody help me find cd changer for 99 C280
#6365 of 7297 wc68 and others c-230
Mar 20, 2003 (9:39 pm)
no i didn't have too pay for advertising fee,but i ordered the car in feb so maybe was still new model and diler wanted to start selling them, i know for a fact that few weeks ago someone ordered the same car and got hard time to even get few $$ less than msrp, car is hot buy now and dilers around are aware of that
Mar 21, 2003 (6:22 am)
...i was able to get about $600 over invoice. But it was not easy.
#6367 of 7297 Re: cd changer by gnopras
Mar 21, 2003 (7:33 am)
Alpine makes cd charger for your car. You might find it at regular car stereo stores.
Mar 21, 2003 (1:11 pm)
I think ours was just C3, C4. We did order it. If we'd tried to buy off the lot, no doubt the car would have had a sunroof on it. We felt it was unnecessary and didn't want to pay for it.
#6369 of 7297 A weird C240
Mar 23, 2003 (4:43 pm)
Today, while driving along, I saw a silver C240 with wheel covers and black door handles. I have never seen a C-Class made like that. I was just wondering if anyone else has seen one. Is it a custom build or something?
#6370 of 7297 weird C- Class
Mar 23, 2003 (6:02 pm)
that is a classic model it is the base car in Canada. The US car base is an elegance which is a upgrade from the classic
Mar 24, 2003 (9:51 am)
Is that test drive over yet?. . . .I know you're thorough, but. . . . My C230K is arriving in Baltimore on Friday. I should have the car by the middle of next week. The wait is ALMOST OVER!!