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<h1>Online NSX VIN Decoder</h1>
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<p>If all you want to do is to check an NSX VIN to see if it's valid, you can do that [http://ojas.net/nsx/vin here] courtesy of NSXPrime user Ojas.</p>
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<p>If you want to read about the history of VINs or how the NSX VIN decoding works, keep reading</p>
 
<h1>History of VINs in the USA</h1>
 
<h1>History of VINs in the USA</h1>
 
<h2>First VIN System: 1949 to July 1964</h2>
 
<h2>First VIN System: 1949 to July 1964</h2>
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the serial number.<br>
 
the serial number.<br>
 
<br>
 
<br>
Due to the difficulty of differentiating '60s vehicles from '70s or '80s vehicles,  
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Due to the difficulty of differentiating '60s vehicles
the following rules apply:<ul>
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from '70s or '80s vehicles, the following rules apply:
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<ul>
 
<li>1965-1969 vehicles have a 9-digit VIN unless production exceeded 1 million, in  
 
<li>1965-1969 vehicles have a 9-digit VIN unless production exceeded 1 million, in  
 
which case the VIN is 10 digits, with the fourth digit being 1.</li>
 
which case the VIN is 10 digits, with the fourth digit being 1.</li>
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<li>1980 vehicles have a 10-digit VIN, with the third digit of A.</li></ul>
 
<li>1980 vehicles have a 10-digit VIN, with the third digit of A.</li></ul>
 
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<h2>Third VIN System: 1981 to current models</h2>
 
<h2>Third VIN System: 1981 to current models</h2>
 
Due to federal regulations, 1981 and newer vehicles are required to use a 17-digit VIN  
 
Due to federal regulations, 1981 and newer vehicles are required to use a 17-digit VIN  
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The same applies to the use of a factory code. When a manufacturer uses a factory  
 
The same applies to the use of a factory code. When a manufacturer uses a factory  
 
or plant code, ISO recommends that the 11th position of the VIN is used.  
 
or plant code, ISO recommends that the 11th position of the VIN is used.  
In the VIN code, capital letters A-H, J-N, P, and R-Z and digits 0-9 may be used;
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In the VIN code, capital letters A-Z (except I, O, and Q) and digits 0-9 may be used.
to avoid confusion, letters I, O and Q are not used.  No signs or spaces are  
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No signs or spaces are allowed in the VIN.
allowed in the VIN.
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<br><br>
 
<br><br>
 
The European Union has issued a directive to the effect that a VIN must be used  
 
The European Union has issued a directive to the effect that a VIN must be used  
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   represent the sequential production number.</li>
 
   represent the sequential production number.</li>
 
</ol>
 
</ol>
This section confirms to the VIS in ISO 3779.
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This section conforms to the VIS in ISO 3779.
 
<br><br>
 
<br><br>
 
US VIN requirements are specified in the Code of Federal Regulations,  
 
US VIN requirements are specified in the Code of Federal Regulations,  
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     <th><b>sample value</b></th>
 
     <th><b>sample value</b></th>
 
     <th><b>description</b></th>
 
     <th><b>description</b></th>
     <th><b>possible values</b></th>
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     <th><b>possible values for a US market NSX</b></th>
 
   </tr>
 
   </tr>
 
   <tr>
 
   <tr>
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     <td>&nbsp;NA1</td>
 
     <td>&nbsp;NA1</td>
 
     <td>engine</td>
 
     <td>engine</td>
     <td>1 = 3.0L (C30A)<br>2 = 3.2L (C32B)</td>
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     <td>NA1 = 3.0L (C30A)<br>NA2 = 3.2L (C32B)</td>
 
   </tr>
 
   </tr>
 
   <tr>
 
   <tr>
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     <td>trim level &amp; restraint</td>
 
     <td>trim level &amp; restraint</td>
 
     <td>
 
     <td>
2 = 1999 Zanardi Edition (NSX coupe with manual steering, dual airbag, active belt)<br>
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2 = 1999 Zanardi Edition NSX coupe with manual steering<br>
3 = 1997+ NSX coupe with power steering, dual airbag, active belt<br>
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3 = 1997-2001 NSX coupe with power steering<br>
5 = 1991-1994 NSX coupe with manual steering, driver or dual Airbag, active belt<br>
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5 = 1991-1994 NSX coupe with manual steering<br>
6 = <i>either</i> 1991-1994 NSX coupe with power steering, driver or dual Airbag,
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6 = 1991-1994 NSX coupe with power steering <i>or</i> 1996 NSX Coupe with power steering <i>or</i> 1997-2005 NSX-T with power steering<br>
active belt <i>or</i> 1997+ NSX-T with power steering, dual airbag, active belt<br>
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8 = 1995-1996 NSX-T with power steering
8 = 1995-1996 NSX-T with power steering, dual airbag, active belt
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     </td>
 
     </td>
 
   </tr>
 
   </tr>
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</table>
 
</table>
 
<br><br>
 
<br><br>
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<h2>Check digit</h2>
 
<h2>Check digit</h2>
  
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<br><br>
 
<br><br>
 
<h2>Serial numbers</h2>
 
<h2>Serial numbers</h2>
In early model years (1991 through at least 1994), only one series of
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In model years 1991-1996, each NSX had a serial number that was unique
numbers was used for US market cars in any given year. Later model years
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within that year's US market production. Model years 1997-2005 used
(1999-2005, and  possibly earlier) used a separate series for manual and automatic
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separate series for manual and automatic cars, with each series starting
cars, with each series starting at 000001.  2004 NSX production was split  
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at 000001.  Furthermore, 2004 NSX production was split between
between two plants (Tochigi and Suzuka); 2004 VINs used <i>four</i> separate series:
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two plants (Tochigi and Suzuka); 2004 VINs used <i>four</i> separate series:
 
<ul><li>2004 Tochigi manual:  VINs end in 4T000001, 4T000002, ...</li>
 
<ul><li>2004 Tochigi manual:  VINs end in 4T000001, 4T000002, ...</li>
 
<li>2004 Tochigi automatic:  4T000001, 4T000002, ...</li>
 
<li>2004 Tochigi automatic:  4T000001, 4T000002, ...</li>
 
<li>2004 Suzuka manual:  4S000001, 4S000002, ...</li>
 
<li>2004 Suzuka manual:  4S000001, 4S000002, ...</li>
 
<li>2004 Suzuka automatic:  4S000001, 4S000002, ...</li></ul>
 
<li>2004 Suzuka automatic:  4S000001, 4S000002, ...</li></ul>
<i>Please help:  do you know which model year was the first in which
 
a separate series was used for automatic and manual cars?</i>
 
 
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<h1>Miscellaneous notes</h1>
 
<h1>Miscellaneous notes</h1>
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Cars sold outside the US have different VIN formats.  
 
Cars sold outside the US have different VIN formats.  
 
For example, NSX models built for the Canadian market have their  
 
For example, NSX models built for the Canadian market have their  
own sequence number range, starting with 800001 each year.
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own serial number range, starting with 800001 each year.
 
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