Decoding Acura Integra VIN Numbers
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An unfortunate side effect of a healthy aftermarket and performance community adopting a car model is that many less-than-ethical resellers will try to resell a lesser model as a more expensive car. For example: adding a 5-lug setup and spoiler to an Integra RS and reselling it as a Type-R model.
To help you determine the correct, original model and equipment of any Integra you are considering puchasing, here is an easy guide to decoding a VIN number (which is located on the driver's side under the windshield and on various body parts).
First, separate the VIN like this: JH4 DB7 5 5 1 W S 000001
First set of 3 characters (JH4): Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Acura Passenger Vehicle
Next set of 3 characters (DB7): Body & Engine type:
DB7: 4dr B18B
DB8: 4dr B18C
DC4: 2dr B18B
DC2: 2dr B18C
Next digit (5): Body & Transmission Type:
3: 2dr 5spd
4: 2dr auto
5: 4dr 5spd
6: 4dr auto
Next digit (5): Vehicle Grade:
1: Type R
3: RS no pass. airbag (1994 models only)
4: RS with passenger airbag (1994 models only)
9: GS-R w/ leather seats
Next digit (1): This is a check digit, you can ignore it.
Next digit (W): Model year
Next digit (S): Factory Code
S: Suzuka, Japan
Final 6 digits (000001) = Production Order Serial Number, e.g. the order in which this car rolled off the assembly line.
So for the example VIN, we could deduce that this Integra is a 1998 Integra LS Sedan with a 5-speed manual transmission that was the first one to roll off the assembly line.