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#586 of 3823 Re: VIN digits - Malibu decoder ring
Oct 28, 2004 (2:08 pm)
3745 You didn't have to post your whole VIN though - LOL. I can figure it out with only last 6 digits. I am sure that most people might know of websites explaining what all the digits means for all vehicles but specifically for you Malibu Sedan/Maxx Owners here is the scoop:
First a sample VIN;
1G1ZT64884F217972 (hope this isn't anyone's - LOL)
Now what each digit means:
1= U.S.A. - country of origin:
G= GM - Manufacturer
1= Chevrolet - Make of vehicle
Z= Malibu is "Z" carline
T= LS model (BTW S=base, U=LT and W=SS new for 2006)
6= Maxx body (5=sedan)
4= Front/Side airbags (2=Front airbags only)
8= 3.5L V6 engine (F=2.2L L4)
8= check digit (calculated based on a formula)
4= 2004 model year (5=2005)
F= Fairfax, Kansas (Assembly Plant)
217972 = sequence number
If anyone found that interesting please post back to let me know
#587 of 3823 Re: Build Date 2004 Malibu Maxx [pao]
Oct 28, 2004 (2:23 pm)
I know you didn't ask pao but your build date was 2/17/04 which most likely was AFTER change to column (I would never be definite on a subject like this if you get my drift).
#588 of 3823 Re: Build Date for Malibu - help 
Oct 28, 2004 (2:29 pm)
3745, your build date was 1/21/04
#591 of 3823 Re: VIN digits - Malibu decoder ring [e2helper]
Oct 28, 2004 (4:31 pm)
Thanks for sharing the VIN breakdown info, e2helper. I was pretty familiar with the elements of what makes up a VIN as I am a General Motors retiree. However, I was not familiar with the coding for the current Malibus. I'm sure others will find the information enlightening.
#592 of 3823 Re: Build Date 2004 Malibu Maxx [e2helper]
Oct 28, 2004 (4:44 pm)
e2helper.....I do..and like others here..appreciate your contribution to this forum and all your assistance....
#593 of 3823 Re: VIN digits - Malibu decoder ring [e2helper]
Oct 28, 2004 (5:52 pm)
What is the general reputation of the Fairfax assembly plant? It seems some plants are known for turning out top-notch quality and others aren't.
#594 of 3823 Thx for encouragement :)
Oct 28, 2004 (6:18 pm)
OK - thanks for responses. I will continue to check forum and in cases where I come up some related tangents to a thread that might be of interest to you all (like the VIN decoder info) I will post it.
#595 of 3823 Re: road noise [nwmaxx]
Oct 28, 2004 (6:35 pm)
I believe I found the culprit of the noise. Normally, a person using the power switch would hold the switch until the window stops (up). I had a 95 Monte Carlo and a 98 GMC Sierra that when doing this and holding the switch up, the window actually "flexed" the outer door panel slightly which allowed outside noise in. I would have to close the window and tap down quickly to "release" this pressure which killed the noise. I tried this on the Maxx, but did not see any "flexing". However, I did let it close all the way and then tap the down switch, yet the window is closed. Now, I hear no noise while driving. Hmmmmm, my Ford Contour never had this problem. I could hold the switch up until the window stopped and never had a problem. Guess I won't mess with the windows much.