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MWG2
12-16-2007, 09:26 AM
NOTE TO FORUM ADMIN: You may want to post this as a sticky. The article incorportes excellent information on decoding every digit in the VIN.

http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/driving/articles/43004/article.html

an08HHR
12-16-2007, 10:03 AM
With Chevy the 8th digit is which engine is in the car. --- letter D on the HHR is the 2.2L
if it is P then you have the 2.4L
many sites give this info



MWG2, nice that you honor your father with that picture:one:

MWG2
12-16-2007, 10:53 AM
MWG2, nice that you honor your father with that picture:one:


Thank you. If he was alive today I think he would have fallen in love with the HHR. :thumb:

Snoopy
12-16-2007, 01:38 PM
That Edmunds reference is to generic in nature. Here is a much better one directly from GM. Just click on the year....the rest is self explanatory....:thumb:


http://service.gm.com/dealerworld/vincards/

masterchief1112
01-19-2009, 01:48 AM
very interesting. the numbers never made sense before.

chevyorange
01-20-2009, 09:10 PM
3GNDA33P68S533913

That's my 2008 HHR 2LT.

When I break it down I get:

3 - Mexican built (sigh)
GN - Chevrolet
D - 5001 to 6000 GVWR
A3 - SaysHHR LS With Manual Trans. Mine is supposed to be a 2LT with Auto. Should it not read A5 here?
3 - Four Door All Purpose Vehicle
P - LE5 2.4L (yay that jibes!)
68 - Check Digit
S - Ramos Arizpe, Mexico built
533913 - Sequence. I'm sure they didn't build 533,913 HHRs this year so one of these must be dropped?

I guess my question is why they'd put an HHR LS Manual code on a 2LT Automatic... and then get the engine right later? Chevy Mgr? I'm a code nut, always decoded all my Chevys and they were always exactly right in the past!

ZTony8
01-21-2009, 08:47 AM
Chevyorange-6 is the check digit,8 is the year designation.
The production sequence starts with 500001 and includes Saturn Vues which are also made there.
I can't explain the anomaly of the A3 designation on your 2LT.I'm guessing factory foul up.My 2LT has an A5.I'm scatching my head about the D GVWR designation in your VIN versus the C in mine.I'm thinking the difference in transmission puts yours over a weight threshold.

stranger
01-21-2009, 04:32 PM
Oh me oh my....... And I tried to tell the Maryland State Motor Vehicle Admin. that my HHR was a Multi Purpose Vehicle and that the Chevorlet Dealer in Rockville Maryland was really just showing everyone just how stupid they were by callin' it a 4 door sedan. Shame they didn't decode the vin.

JimCubb
02-15-2009, 09:07 PM
My VIN is 3GNDA13D07S599270.

Yes, it is a Chevrolet (3GN). It weighs from 5,000 to 6,000 pounds with hydraulic brakes (D). It is a HHR LS (A1). It is a Sport Utility Truck (3). It has a 2.2L engine (D). Think the next 0 means something. The 7 says that it is a model from 07 and the S says that it was made in Ramos Arizpe. Mine was not the 599,270th vehicle built at the facility by the 99,270th vehicle built at the facility.

It upsets me that the link tells me no more than I already knew, stopping at the engine size, and I had to learn the rest here. Don't get me wrong, I am very glad to have learned all this. I merely wish that GM had made all the information availble and that the availability was better known.

thorn11166
03-01-2009, 01:54 AM
is there a way to use your vin to find out all the options on your vehicle? i bought mine used and just wondering what all i got that i haven't noticed...
VIN 3GNDA23D17S568163

ChevyMgr
03-01-2009, 07:19 AM
is there a way to use your vin to find out all the options on your vehicle? i bought mine used and just wondering what all i got that i haven't noticed...
VIN 3GNDA23D17S568163

PM your email to me.

jx3
03-03-2009, 12:06 AM
is there a way to use your vin to find out all the options on your vehicle? i bought mine used and just wondering what all i got that i haven't noticed...

Compare the RPO codes from the glove box to the list in the following thread......

http://chevyhhr.net/forums/showthread.php?t=17281

DaGrinch
08-07-2011, 07:47 AM
Oh me oh my....... And I tried to tell the Maryland State Motor Vehicle Admin. that my HHR was a Multi Purpose Vehicle and that the Chevorlet Dealer in Rockville Maryland was really just showing everyone just how stupid they were by callin' it a 4 door sedan. Shame they didn't decode the vin.

Used car dealer in Gaithersburg classified my 2LT as a truck. I would have thought it was either a multi-purpose vehicle or a 4 door sedan. MPV would have been my first thought.:duh:

HHR Girl15
08-09-2011, 11:09 PM
http://service.gm.com/dealerworld/vincards/ -- This is the web site I used to run my VIN for my HHR. You need to choose your model year, and then scroll to the Light Duty Truck/MPV section. I own a 2007 Fall Limited Edition Black HHR. Unfortunately, manufactured in Mexico . . .

843de
08-10-2011, 12:58 AM
"Unfortunately, manufactured in Mexico . . ."

They are were all built in Mexico at the Ramos Arizpe plant which is now being converted for Buick and Chevrolet fleet production.