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Old 04-09-2003, 09:36 PM   #1
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Toyota 4Runner VIN Code explained---I need codes for 1996, 2000-2003

Guys,

I found this chart in a tech sheet I received so I put it into a chart form for those of you who are extremely bored but curious what all those numbers and letters mean:

http://www.4runners.org/articles/vin_code.html

If you own a 1996, 2001, 2002, or 2003, can you post the alphabet code for ref code "j"? See the chart to see what I'm talking about.

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Old 04-09-2003, 09:51 PM   #2
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My 1996 is JT3HN87R3T0043862, so if I'm counting right, 1996 = T.
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Mark,

Thanks!

Now I just need 2000-2003 owners to chime in.

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hm, in my "J" place (the 10th character) is a number 2.

but i'm just going off my vin on a service recipt from some work i had done, not the actual car.
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Try this site for info onVIN PLATES

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I think the 03's are a little different than the chart
in the link. Here's what I know about my VIN

J - Japan
T - Toyota
E - ???
B - 4x4 (Z is 2wd)
U - 6cyl (T is 8cyl)
14 - SR5 (I think Sports are also 14 & Limiteds are 17)
R - ???
5 - check digit
3 - model year 2003
and the rest are the build sequence.

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guys,

thanks for the replies. kerrs, that link was very interesting. i can barely make out that top line but it appears to me that TMC (Japan) has a different way of coding their vehicles than TMS USA (USA).

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All the links in this thread are dead. So that's my official excuse for resurrecting, and correcting, it. That and I didn't feel like starting another thread titled "1996-2008 Toyota VIN Codes explained", since that's pretty much the gist of this one here. So...let's re-explain the situation then shall we?

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Originally Posted by SYGIGH View Post
I think the 03's are a little different than the chart
in the link. Here's what I know about my VIN

J - Japan
T - Toyota
E - ???
B - 4x4 (Z is 2wd)
U - 6cyl (T is 8cyl)
14 - SR5 (I think Sports are also 14 & Limiteds are 17)
R - ???
5 - check digit
3 - model year 2003
and the rest are the build sequence.
Close...but no cigar!

J - Japan
T - Toyota
E - Multipurpose Passenger Vehicle (SUV)
B - 4DR Truck 4WD (Z is 5DR Wagon 2WD)
U - 1GR-FE (T is 3S-GTE)
1 - Series #
4 - Restraint System/Grade #
R - 4Runner
5 - check digit
3 - model year 2003
O - Plant of Manufacture = TMC
and the rest are the build sequence.

Hint: SR5, Deluxe, and Standard are part of the Model Code(not the VIN).

This is from a Toyota Counter Reference Guide published in 2008. The info applies to all 1996-2008 Toyota vehicles.
Click the image to open in full size.

See also...
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Vehicle...yota/VIN_Codes

And for pre-96 VIN coding and model coding info...
http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/faq/vin/
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