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Decoding the VIN ?

 
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Hey Folks,

where can I find the info to decode my VIN?
my car has a build date of 1/93 but is a 1994 MY import type.

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94MY starts at VIN 696460 - your car is a 93MY but probably first registered in 1994? The changeover VIN from 93MY to 94MY can be found by looking at the rear suspension components on the JHT parts site. - click the blue VIN number to view site.

There are some decoders out there but AFAIK they are a bit iffy when it comes to NA versus BRIT coding?

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Originally Posted by Lawrence View Post

There are some decoders out there but AFAIK they are a bit iffy when it comes to NA versus BRIT coding?

Larry

Right. Many decoders are USA/North American oriented and won't decode ROW VINs.

Not sure about the present day but at least thru the X300 series Jaguar still used (at least) two VIN systems: USA/NA and UK/ROW. I've heard, but not confirmed, that Japan has its own VIN requirements as well.

Not sure about XJ40s but on USA-market 80s vintage XJS and Series III cars both VINs existed in plain view on the car causing some confusion at times.

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Thanks Folks.

I am trying to find out the paint code and trim level and such.
also interested in what all the other "letter" codes stand for.

Dave
 
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Paint on trim codes are on a separate tag. Not sure of the location on an XJ40 but they're often found in the on/near the driver's door opening. Someone here will know for sure.

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Originally Posted by XJ12Dave View Post
Thanks Folks.

I am trying to find out the paint code and trim level and such.
also interested in what all the other "letter" codes stand for.

Dave

If you open the driver's door you should see a square sticker on the door jam/sill area near lower the b-pillar
area with the vin number and two 3-letter codes for the paint and trim. The vin decoders won't tell you the paint and trim colors. The letters in the vin typically confirm engine size, trans, LHD or RHD, airbag or not, etc. there are a few online decoders if I can find a link again and the service manual has a breakdown.

Contributing to the model year/build date confusion is that all XJ12s sold in the US were designated as 1994 model years regardless of build date. Whereas there are 1993 and 1993.5 XJ12s in other markets.

 
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Hey Folks,

I know about the stickers in the door jams but the letters need to be decoded.
that's what I am looking for, the code breakdown, I have looked online but as you have stated the Build Date vs MY is the problem.
that and I read something about 16 vs 17 Digit VIN's on imports before 1995.

I guess nothing is easy.

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Try this for paint codes:
1994 Jaguar All Models Colors of Touch Up Paint

And this for trim or paint.
Paint and Trim Codes


Or list the codes here and someone will know them. Jaguar used the same codes for different years and models in many instances.

 
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Hey Folks
Here is the Data Sticker for the Vehicle in question.
I figured out that the color is Pearl but other than that no idea.

Thanks, Dave
 

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NDR is cream, same as I have in my car. NDP is glacier white I believe. I forgot there's a link to the beginning of the service manual at the top of the XJ40 forum under 'XJ40 How To quick links' that has the VIN decided and paint/trim codes. This also tells you what color carpets, headliner, and other trim pieces you have based on your main trim code.

https://www.jaguarforums.com/forum/a...40-b_en_us.pdf
 
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Fantastic, found it.

thank you very much for the help.

Dave
 
 
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