Decoding the VIN (Vehicle Id number – chassie number)
Year 1984-1985
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Example YS3 A T 3 5 S X E 1 000001

Pos 1-3
Manufacturer:
YS3 = SAAB-Scania AB

Pos 4
Production track:
A = 900

Pos 5
Model:
L = GL
M = GLs, GLi, i
H = GLE, EMS
T = Turbo
E = CD

Pos 6
Body:
2 = 2 door Sedan
3 = 3 door Combi Coupe
4 = 4 door Sedan
5 = 5 door Combi Coupe
6 = 4 door Sedan Longer model

Pos 7
Gearbox:
4 = 4 speed manual
5 = 5 speed manual
6 = 3 speed automatic

Pos 8
Engine:
C = Single carburettor
T = Dual carburettor
J = Fuel injector
S = Turbo
L = Turbo with intercooler
F = Engine for kerosene

Pos 9
Checksum:
0-9 or X

Pos 10
Year:
E = 1984
F = 1985

Pos 11
“Birthplace”:
1,2 = Trollhättan
3 = Arlöv
4 = Nystad (Finland)

Pos 12-17
Car number:

Year 1986-
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Example YS3 A T 3 5 S X E 1 000001

Pos 1-3
Manufacturer:
YS3 = SAAB-Scania AB

Pos 4
Production track:
A = 900

Pos 5
Model series:
A-Z = only for internal SAAB use

Pos 6
Body:
2 = 2 door Sedan
3 = 3 door Combi Coupe
4 = 4 door Sedan
5 = 5 door Combi Coupe
6 = 4 door Sedan Longer model
7 = 2 door cabriolet

Pos 7
Gearbox:
4 = 4 speed manual
5 = 5 speed manual
6 = 3 speed automatic

Pos 8
Engine:
C = Single carburettor
J = Fuel injector, 8 valve
D = Fuel injector, 16 valve (2.0 L)
E = Fuel injector, 16 valve (2.1 L)
S = Turbo, 8 valve
L = Turbo, 16 valve

Pos 9
Checksum:
0-9 or X

Pos 10
Year:
G = 1986
H = 1987
J = 1988
K = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993

Pos 11
“Birthplace”:
1,2 = Trollhättan
3 = Arlöv
4 = Nystad (Finland)

Pos 12-17
Car number

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