Buick VIN Decoder

In this article, you will lean how to decode a Buick VIN number.

You can use enter you VIN to automatically decode your Buick.

HOW TO DECODE BUICK VIN

Position 1

This position of the VIN is used to identify the country or final assembly point of the Buick. Buick vehicles are manufactured in several countries such as the United States, Canda, Korea, and Germany.

  • 1, 4, 5 - USA
  • 2 - Canda
  • 3 - Mexico
  • K - Korea
  • W - Ger

Position 2

This is the number that is used to identify the Buick manufacturer.

Position 3

This provides information on the brand division. This number makes it possible to point out the exact division of the manufacturer in cases where they have multiple divisions.

The first three positions are also known as the World Make Identifiers (WMI). Some of the examples for your Buick may be as follows:

Mark

WMI

Manufacturer

Brand Owner

Country Cod

Country

BUICK

1G4

GM (USA)

GM

1G

USA

BUICK

2G4

GM (CAN)

GM

2G

Canada

BUICK

3G4

GM (MEX)

GM

3G

Mexico

BUICK

5GA

GM (USA)

GM

5G

USA

BUICK

KL4

GM-DAT (KOR)

GM

KL

Korea

BUICK

LSG

Shanghai General Motors Corp Ltd (CHN)

GM

LS

China

BUICK

W04

Adam Opel AG (PL)

GM

W0

Poland

Position 4 - 5

Position four through five are used to identify the model of your Buick as well as its execution.

  • B_ - LeSabre (until 1985)
  • B_ - Roadmaster (1991 ... 1996)
  • B_ - Electra Estate Wagon (1980 ... 1989)
  • B_ - LeSabre Estate Wagon (1980 ... 1989)
  • B_ - Roadmaster Estate Wagon (1991 ... 1996)
  • CU - Avenue General Description Ultra Park then
  • CW - Avenue General Description Park then
  • G_ - LeSabre (2000 ...)
  • G1 - LaCrosse 1SV
  • G2 - the Regal 1SV
  • G3 - the Regal the Sport the Touring
  • G4 - the Sport LaCrosse the Touring
  • G8 - the Regal (for export )
  • G9 - LaCrosse (export)
  • GA - LaCrosse Base
  • GB - LaCrosse Leather
  • GC - LaCrosse Leather AWD
  • GD - LaCrosse Premium
  • GE - LaCrosse Premium AWD
  • GF - LaCrosse Touring
  • GK - Regal Leather
  • GL - Regal Leather AWD
  • GM - Regal Fleet
  • GN - Regal I w Premium / eAssist
  • GP - Regal Premium I
  • GR - Regal Premium I AWD
  • GS - Regal Premium II
  • GT - Regal Premium II AWD
  • GU - Regal GS
  • GV - Regal GS AWD
  • HP - Le Sabre Custom (1986 ... 1999)
  • HR - le Sabre Limited (1986 ... 1999)
  • the P1 - the Verano Base
  • PP - the Verano 1SD
  • PR - the Verano Convenience 1SG
  • PS - the Verano Leather A 1SL
  • PT - the Verano Premium 1ST (Turbo)
  • PV - the Verano 1SV
  • PW - the Verano the Sport the Touring
  • WB - the Regal the LS
  • WC - Lacrosse (Allure in Canada) the CX
  • WF - the Regal the GS
  • WG - Cascada 1SV (PL) (code of the WMI = W04)
  • WH - Cascada (PL) (the WMI = W04 code)
  • WS - Century Custom

Position 6 – Body Variant

Position 6 indicates the body variance of your Cadillac vehicle. These may be as shown below:

1 - 2 door compartment
2 – 2 door Sedan
3 – 2 door Convertible
5 - 4 door Sedan
6 – 4 door Sedan, Hatchback
8 - 5 door wagon/ hatch
9 - touring

Position 7 – Security Systems

This number identifies the Security Systems that make up your Buick.

1 - Seat belts
2 - Seat belts and dual front airbags
3 - Seat belts and driver's airbag
4 - Safety belts. Front and side airbags
5 - Seat belts. Front and side driver's airbag
6 - Seat belts. Front and side airbags. Occupancy sensor passenger
7 - Seat belts. Front and side airbags. Side airbags for the rear seats
9 - Static seat belts (only very old model)

Position 8 – Engine

This position identifies the engine specifications of your Buick. Some of these engine specifications are as shown below:

  • 1 - 3.8L V6 (L67)
  • 2 - 1.3L L4 (LY8)
  • 3 - 3.6L V6 (LFX)
  • 4 - 2.2L L4 (LN2)
  • 5 - 1.6L L4 (LWC)
  • 6 - 2.2L L4 (L42)
  • 8 - 1.8L L4 (LV6)
  • 9 - 4.6L V8 (L37)
  • A - 2.3L L4 (LG0)
  • C - 4.0L V8 (L47)
  • D - 2.3L L4 (LD2)
  • E - 3.4L V6 (LA1)
  • E - V8 5.0L (L03)
  • F - 2.2L L4 (L61)
  • F - 5.0L V8 (LB9)
  • G - 5.7L V8 (LS1)
  • H - 5.0L V8 (LX5)
  • H - 5.0L V8 (LG4)
  • J - 3.1L V6 (LG8)
  • K - 2.4L L4 (LEA)
  • K - 3.8L V6 (L36)
  • L - 1.8L L4 (LNK)
  • M - 1.4L L4 (L95)
  • M - 2.6L V6 (LY9)
  • N - 3.2L V6 ( LA3)
  • P - 2.0L L4 (LSJ)
  • P - 5.7L V8
  • R - 2.4L L4 (LUK)
  • R - 3.0L V6 (L81)
  • S - 5.7L V8 (LS6)
  • S - 2.8L V6 (LB8)
  • T - 2.4 L4 L (LD9)
  • U - 6.0L V8 (LS2)
  • V - 2.0L L4 (LHU, Turbo)
  • W - 4.3L L6
  • X - 2.0L L4 (LTG, Turbo)
  • Y - 4.6L V8 (LD8)

Position 9 – Check Sum

Position nine is known as the check number, and is used to algorithmically validate the Buick VIN.

Position 10 – Model Year

The tenth position of the VIN identifies the production year your Buick model.

Year of Issue

Designation

Year of Issue

Designation

Year of Issue

Designation

1971

1

1991

M

2011

B

1972

2

1992

N

2012

C

1973

3

1993

P

2013

D

1974

4

1994

R

2014

E

1975

5

1995

S

2015

F

1976

6

1996

T

2016

G

1977

7

1997

V

2017

H

1978

8

1998

W

2018

J

1979

9

1999

X

2019

K

1980

A

2000

Y

2020

L

1981

B

2001

1

2021

M

1982

C

2002

2

2022

N

1983

D

2003

3

2023

P

1984

E

2004

4

2024

R

1985

F

2005

5

2025

S

1986

G

2006

6

2026

T

1987

H

2007

7

2027

V

1988

J

2008

8

2028

W

1989

K

2009

9

2029

X

1990

L

2010

A

2030

Y

Position 11 – Assembly Plant

Position 11 identifies the plant where your Buick was assembled. This number makes it possible to identify the exact plant of assembly for those manufacturers who have a number of plants. Some of Buick plans are as follows:

0 - Lansing - Grand River, MI ( USA)
1 - Oshawa # 2, ON (CAN)
4 - Orion, MI (USA)
5 - Bowling Green, KY (USA)
7 - Lordstown, OH (USA)
9 - Oshawa # 1, ON (CAN)
A - Arlington, TX (USA)
C - Changwon (KOREA)
F - Fairfax, KS (USA)
G - Gliwice (POLAND)
L - Elizabeth (AUS)
L - San Luis Potosi (MEX )
S - Ramoz Arizpe (the MEX)
U - The Detroit, MI (USA)
X - not for sale (USA)

Position 12-17 – Serial Number

This sequence of six numbers are known as the Buick’s serial number. The serial number identifies the exact car that holds the VIN, and it is not standardized. These characters are selected depending on the manufacturer’s preference.

BUICK VIN NUMBER LOCATION

The Buick VIN numbers can be located in a number of places on the vehicle. These area are as follows:

  • Stamped on the upper left side of the engine near the carburetor.
  • Die-stamped on the upper left side of the engine at the number one cylinder.
  • Usually stamped directly into the frame or on a tag attached to the frame.
  • Stamped on a plate attached to the top of the right frame side rail, and located ahead of the front body bracket.
  • Stamped on the crankcase at the front end of the block just forward of the right cylinder head.

BUICK MODELS

Buick models are as follows:

  • Buick Encore
  • Buick Verano
  • Buick Cascada
  • Buick Enclave
  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Buick Regal
  • Buick Century
  • Buick LeSabre
  • Buick Lucerne
  • Buick Model 21
  • Buick Model 26
  • Buick Model 32
  • Buick Model 33
  • Buick Model 38
  • Buick Model 39
  • Buick Model 41
  • Buick Park Avenue
  • Buick Rainier
  • Buick Reatta
  • Buick Rendezvous
  • Buick Riviera
  • Buick Super Riviera
  • Buick Roadmaster
  • Buick Skylark
  • Buick Terraza

EXAMPLE DECODED BUICK VIN

VIN: 1G4GJ117XHP400001

WMI: 1G4

VDS: GJ117X

VIS: HP400001

Manufacturer: Buick GM Canada

Brand: Buick

Model: Regal

Region/ Plant: Orion Michigan USA

Check: X

Year: 2017

Sequential Number: 00001

Approximate Mileage: New

OPTIONS AND FEATURE CODES

Option
Code

Description

5XQ

LPO, 19" (48.3 cm) machine-faced aluminum wheels

A45

Memory settings

A51

Seats, front bucket

A6C

Seat adjuster, passenger, 4-way manual, 2-way power vertical

AE2

Trunk latch, safety

AEF

Window, power

AEQ

Windows, power

AG1

Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power

AG2

Seat adjuster, front passenger 8-way power

AHR

Head restraints, 4-way adjustable

AKX

Windshield, solar absorbing

AL0

Air bag, Passenger Sensing System

AP9

Cargo net

APG

Seat adjuster, driver 4-way power lumbar

AQQ

Remote Keyless Entry

ASV

Sensor, humidity

ATH

E-Z Key Passive Entry System

AW7

Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and right-front passenger

AXG

Window, power

B34

Floor mats, carpeted front

B35

Floor mats, carpeted rear

B7Y

Sill plates, front

B85

Moldings, body side

BTM

Keyless start

BTV

Remote vehicle starter system

C3U

Moon roof, power

C59

Air vents, rear

CAV

LPO, Cargo tray

CJ2

Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control

D70

Axle, 2.77 final drive ratio

D7B

Door handles, body-color

DA5

Armrest, rear center

DB3

Sunshade, power

DD8

Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming

DH6

Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors

DLF

Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable

DLG

Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable

F45

Chassis continuously variable real time damping

F46

Drivetrain, all-wheel drive

FE9

Emissions, Federal requirements

FX3

StabiliTrak, stability control system

 

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