I'm trying to understand the VIN for my 1998 Mitsubishi Pajero. I thought that the VIN is supposed to be seventeen characters, but the chassis code shows less. Here is what I have...
You are kind of correct, but you're not if it's a grey import.
All vehicles manufactured for the European market, regardless of where they are produced and what manufacturer made them, will, without exception, have a VIN that is 17 characters long. These include a World identifier at the beginning, usually three characters in length, that denotes the country where the vehicle was manufactured.
If your Pajero is an import (and presuming you are in the UK, it is, or it would be badged "Shogun" not "Pajero"), the VIN will have fewer than 17 characters.
Additionally, on an import, the World Identifier will always be omitted and they will often, but not always begin wih the model type.
Shogun - JMAL049GWJJ000001 (UK)
Pajero - L049-000001 (Janpese import)
To cunfuse the matter further, somewhere in the number you have is a date code, but since the manufacture date in Japan is not based on the gregorian calendar, but on the number of years since the most recent emporer ascended the throne..... good luck with that!
I've been scouring a number of sites I would usually use to answer your question in more detail and all I can tell you is that it's a nightmare and nowhere can I find a site that can even tell me how many digits to expect on your japanese import, let alone their meaning. Even grey importers who bring these things in seem to struggle with figuring out what they mean!
Jul 22, 2011 |
Mitsubishi Pickup Cars & Trucks