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Old 01-14-2007   #1 (permalink)
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VIN Numbers: You should know where your civic was quality built!

Everyone should know this if you don't then here it is:

1st number of you VIN if it is a 1-US, 2-Canadian, 4-US, J-japan.

So if your VIN starts with "J" that means your civic was built in Japan!
starts with a 1 or a 4 than it was built in the US
starts with a 2 built in Canada

please feel free to add to this...

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If it was made in America it will say "Honda of America" under the hood. I know that much. Haven't the pleasure of seeing a JDM Civic up close. Still cool thing to know though.
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If it was made in America it will say "Honda of America" under the hood. I know that much. Haven't the pleasure of seeing a JDM Civic up close. Still cool thing to know though.
just because it is built in japan doesnt mean its jdm. those built in japan for US market are merely japanese built for the US market specifications.... Only the ones sold into the japanese market, are Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) spec.
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Thats good to know, I bought my 95 Civic in Germany. I was stationed there in the mid 90s. The VIN starts with a(2). It was modified for European Autobahn Specs. I had to have them Americanized when I returned to the states. It was great driving the Autobahn in Germany with it. Having a 1.5L engine,5-speed manual and averaging about 40mpg. The Civic kept up with the best of German cars...for less than half the price of a European car, and gas averaging about $5.00 per gallon I didn't have to stop for fuel very often either. Civic is now 12 years old and still runs great...
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mine was made in canada, i remember before i changed the radiator support it had the sticker from there but this just reconfirms it
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mine is made in Japan... anyone have any idea what it means if you have the engine no.?
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okay nvm on the engine question i found out i have an EW4 which means my engine is a piece of crap only producing a little under 100 hp when it's running full power... and in prime shape... which it is... hahaha
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just because it is built in japan doesnt mean its jdm. those built in japan for US market are merely japanese built for the US market specifications.... Only the ones sold into the japanese market, are Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) spec.
OVNI_CIVIC you are correct; Although don't confuse a japanese built civic with an american or canadian built one. The Japenese built are managed by TQM. Which means not that they only meet american standards, they surpass the standards; with minimum tolerences.

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hahah i got a Canada 1, even have the fancy sticker under the hood!
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Re: VIN Numbers: You should know where your civic was quality built!

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hahah i got a Canada 1, even have the fancy sticker under the hood!
canada is 2

and it would hae been built in alliston , ontario if it is a 2
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Re: VIN Numbers: You should know where your civic was quality built!

unless it has changed since i workrd for honda
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Re: VIN Numbers: You should know where your civic was quality built!

got the canada SI lol still has the french stickers on it...to bad i cant read french..
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Re: VIN Numbers: You should know where your civic was quality built!

Mine's a Canadian Civic, bought it in Alberta. But the VIN starts with a 1 so it was built in the USA.
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Re: VIN Numbers: You should know where your civic was quality built!

I own a 95 Civic built in canada.
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Re: VIN Numbers: You should know where your civic was quality built!

Mine's a late 93 built in japan
J HM EG53
with a D16Z6

By the way Im in the UK and my trim is ESI I take it thats the same as the US SI ?

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Re: VIN Numbers: You should know where your civic was quality built!

Mine starts with a J. Does that mean its better then the 1's, 2's and 5's?
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Re: VIN Numbers: You should know where your civic was quality built!

Mine's a J.
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Re: VIN Numbers: You should know where your civic was quality built!

haha, i get to play "tokyo drifting" all the time now, go little japanese civic, go!
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Re: VIN Numbers: You should know where your civic was quality built!

Mine was:

Description Position Raw Data Decoded Data
Region: 1 J Asia
Country: 1-2 JH Japan
Manufacturer: 2-3 HM Honda
Model Specific: 4-8 EH959 Unknown
Check Digit: 9 3 Valid
Year: 10 P 1993
Assembly Plant: 11 S S
Serial Number: 12-17 009976 9976


What does "EH959" and "Unknown" mean?
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