Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi

 

In General:

Mitsubishi vehicles can be identified from the following numbers:

Location
Vehicle identification number – in the vehicle stamped/punched
– on the type plate
Engine Number – on the engine block
Gearbox Number – on the bell housing

 

Enquiries about engine numbers and gearbox numbers can only be made through the above-mentioned Mitsubishi Europe headquarters in the Netherlands. It requires a lot of effort, but the VIN can be identified there using these numbers.

Mitsubishi-Motors in Germany can only work out the VIN from the engine number (and vice-versa).

1. Vehicle Identification Number:

1.1 Location of the VIN

Letter Model Location
A Colt (until Model 2004)

Lancer (until Model 2007)

Lancer Evolution Carisma Model 1996

Carisma Model 1998

Carisma Model 2002 Galant

Grandis

Space Star

Space Wagon

Eclipse

Pajero Pinin

Pajero

Outlander

Located in the engine compartment on the engine compartment bulkhead (partly behind a plastic covering)
B Pajero Classic

Pajero Sport

L200

 In the rear right wheel housing, on the side wall of the frame, near the bumper
C Colt Model 2005

Colt CZC Cabrio

Lancer from model 2008
Lancer Sportback

In front of the front passenger’s seat, on the metal flooring

 

D – all RHD

+

– Colt (Model 2005)

– Grandis

There is also another visible VIN on a plate at the top left of the dashboard. This can be seen through the windscreen

 

A
On the engine compartment bulkhead
(partly hidden behind a plastic covering)
B
In the right rear wheel housing, on the frame
C
In front of the front passenger’s seat (slide the seat back to the rear and lift up the carpet flap)
D
Visible VIN

Visible VIN:
The visible VIN is found on a stamped plate which can be seen beneath the front windscreen on the driver’s side. This is not a substitute for the VIN stamped onto the metalwork.

1.2 VIN Lettering

The VIN numbers are stamped or etched on in a straight line. The VIN on all models always has a special symbol at both ends (the Mitsubishi logo, a diamond or a star) . Each model may have a different symbol, but the symbols on the VIN are always the same. All characters on a VIN are the same size and the same distance apart.

Some examples of VINs:

Colt CZC Cabrio
Lancer
Space Star
Carisma
Galant
Grandis
Eclipse
Pajerro Pinin
Pajjero
Paajero Sport
Ppajero new, from 2007
Outlander 2006
Outlander from 2007
L 200 old
Pajeero (V7) stamped short-VIN (for the japanese market)

On vehicles intended for the US  other markets the 17-character VIN (in a different format) can be seen on the type plate  as a visible VIN, but some, in particular Japanese manufacturers, only stamp an abbreviated VIN onto the vehicle. This example shows the model designation (V7), the engine type (8) and the vehicle type (W), as well as a filler (0) after the hyphen and a consecutive serial number.

1.3.1 Composition of the VIN

2. Type Plate:

2.1 Location of the type plate

The type plate is normally in the engine compartment, riveted onto the front facing of the bulkhead, in most cases near the VIN

Exceptions:

On the Grandis the type plate is riveted onto the cross member on the right headlight.

On the 2005 version of the Colt, the Colt CZC and Outlander, the type plate (a sticker) is located on the lower part of the B-pillar, on the front passenger’s side.

From 2006 the type plate on the L 200 has been located on the outer face of the scuttle panel in the engine compartment.

2.2 Composition and appearance of the type plates

The composition of the type plates varies depending on which country or works they were produced in and according to the different models.
Metal type plates are riveted onto the bodywork at both ends. The type of rivets used can vary according to which works affixed the plate.

Produced in the Netherlands
(The Born / Netherlands works)
Produced in Thailand
(The Laemchabang / Thailand works)
Produced in Thailand
(The Laemchabang / Thailand works)
Plate produced in Japan
(Mizushima Motor Vehicle Works)
Plate produced in Japan
(IPF, Bajro Plant Pininfarina Factory)
Plate produced in Japan
(Plant of Nagoya Motor Vehicle Works)

Type Plate Stickers

   models (  the Colt , CZC) have a type plate sticker. This new type plate already contains the information contained in the model code plates,  that vehicles with this kind of type plate no longer need to have an extra model code plate.

An example taken from a Z3 Colt
An example taken from a Z3 Colt CZC Convertible

3. Model Code Plate:

Model code plates contain information about a vehicle. The plate is fixed on with rivets.

On some newer vehicles this information is contained on the type plate stickers.   these vehicles do not have a model code plate.

The information on the model code sign if leave merely conclusions on the model, the motorisation, color and equipment to. A conclusion on a concrete vehicle (on Vehicle identification number) is not possible.

Example: A type plate containing the information normally shown on a model code plate

3.1 Location of the model code plate

Model code plates are found in differing locations on different models.

On most models the model code plate is to be found right next to the type plate
On the old version Colt, Lancer, Pajero and Outlander the model code plate is riveted onto the underside of the boot. (in the front leftside as on the picture or in the rear rightside)
On the (new) L 200 the model code plate is riveted onto the engine compartment bulkhead, at the top, on the right, viewed in the direction of travel
The model code plate is located above the left headlight on the Pajjeroo Sport

3.2 What the model code plate looks like and what information it contains

The appearance of a model code plate varies depending on the country and works in which it was produced. There is n model code plate on the Colt, as it is part of the type plate.

Examples:

Example of the breakdown of a model code plate (there are variations from this scheme on the L 200)

1 = Model code
2 = Engine type code
3 = Fittings Code
4 = Transmission type code, partly  axle ratio
5 = Colour code
6 = Interior fittings code
7 = (Special) Fittings code

 

3.3 Breakdown of the model codes
All models except the L200 and Pajjero Classic (V2/V4):

Z3 2 A X L H L 6
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 = Model designation (see breakdown of the VIN)
2 = Engine type (see breakdown of the VIN)
3 = Vehicle type (see breakdown of the VIN)
4 = Bodywork type 1-3 characters (see breakdown of the VIN) but on the Pajeero Sport: G = wide fenders (wings)
5 = Transmission type (see breakdown of the VIN)
6 = Level of fittings
7 = Particular characteristics of the engine
8 = Steering (L= LHD; R = RHD)
9 = Destination (6 or A = Europe)

 

  the code for the   characteristics of the engine (7)  the type of steering (8),models   have a code for the kind of drive (e.g. ‘Z’ = 4WD on the Outlander until 2006)   for exhaust gas scrubbing (e.g. ‘Q’ = Catalytic converter on the Galant). If these models do not have this peculiarity, the breakdown follows the pattern outlined  .

The old version L 200:

K6 2 V J E D E L 6
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

 

1 = Model designation (see breakdown of the VIN)
2 = Engine type (see breakdown of the VIN)
3 = Vehicle type ‘T’ (load carrier or Pickup)
4 = Vehicle beam, type of rear superstructure:
– If nothing shown = standard beam
– G = wide fenders with rear superstructure
– Y = Single cab without any rear superstructure
– Z = Double cab without any rear superstructure
5 = Bodywork type (see breakdown of the VIN)
6 = Type of rear superstructure:
– If nothing shown = Cab and rear superstructure
– E = Smooth surface and low loader
7 = Transmission type (see breakdown of the VIN)
8 = Level of fittings
9 = Particular characteristics of the engine
10 = Steering (L= LHD; R = RHD)
11 = Destination (6 or A = Europe)

 

The new L 200 (from 2006):

KB 4 J U Z L 6
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 = Model designation (see breakdown of the VIN)
2 = Engine type (see breakdown of the VIN)
3 = Vehicle type ‘T’ (load carrier or Pickup)
4 = Vehicle beam
– N = Standard
– G = wide fenders wings
5 = Bodywork type (see breakdown of the VIN)
6 = Transmission type (see breakdown of the VIN)
7 = Level of fittings
8 = Particular characteristics of the engine
9 = Steering (L= LHD; R = RHD)
10 = Destination (6 or A = Europe)

 

The Pajerro Classic (V2/V4):

V4 3 G H X E C L 6
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1 = Model designation (see breakdown of the VIN)
2 = Engine type (see breakdown of the VIN)
3 = Vehicle type (see breakdown of the VIN)
4 = Fender types:
– If nothing shown = Standard beam
– G = wide fenders
5 = Roof types:
– If nothing shown = Standard roof
– H = wide fenders
6 = Transmission type (see breakdown of the VIN)
7 = Level of fittings
8 = Particular characteristics of the engine
9 = Seat version
– If nothing shown = Standard seating
– C = No third seat
10 = Steering (L= LHD; R = RHD)
11 = Destination (6 or A = Europe)

 

4. Engine Number:

4.1 Location of the engine number

The engine number is normally stamped onto the cylinder block. The position can vary depending on the type of engine. The images show only some of the engines available.


134 and 135 (3A91 / 4A90 / 4A91)
from the engine plant at Kölleda, Germany
OM639 (Mercedes Diesel engine)
4M40
4M41
4G13
4G15
4G3
4G63
4G69
4D68
6A12
6G72
F9Q
BSY (VW engine)
4D56 in the new L200
4D56 on the Pajero
4HN engine 2,2/2,4 litre engine PSA
The 4B10 engine in the Lancer (Sportback) MY 2008
Schematic representation of a 4D56
6G75 on the Pajero new

4.2 Appearance of the engine number

The engine number is stamped   punched onto a smooth spot  the engine block,   more recently on some engines it can be needle punched (e.g., the 134/135, the FQ9 , the OM639). and some engines the positioning of the engine number makes it very difficult to read.

Examples:

4G93 engine
4G69 engine
4HN engine 2,2/2,4 litre engine PSA
4G18 engine
4M41 engine
6A12 engine
4G15 engine (The engine type designation is only on a sticker on the side!)
BSY (VW) engine for the Grandis
F9Q engine
6G75 engine
134- and 135- engine (3A91 / 4A90 / 4A91)

OM639 (Mercedes) engine for the Colt

4.3 Engine number sticker

  there is  a sticker with the engine type designation in the engine compartment/on the underside of the bonnet   attached directly to the engine.
An example in the engine compartment in mitsubishi : 4D56 engine
The additional number MD338959 (see image) is merely a parts number. These normally begin with the letter ‘M’. This number cannot be used for identifying a vehicle.
An example on the engine itself: 4G15 engine
The additional engine specifications shown on the sticker cannot be used for identification purposes.
Example of a sticker on the underside of a bonnet: BSY engine in the Outlander from MY 2007 and the Lancer (Sportback) from MY 2008

4.4 Breakdown of the engine number of the mitsubishi

On engines manufactured by Mitsubishi itself the engine number breaks down as follows:

4G93 HJ4653
1 2
1 = Engine type: (see breakdown of the VIN)
(the first figure stands for the number of cylinders)
2 = consecutive alphanumeric engine number (Normally. 2 letters and 4 digits)

 

The breakdown of the Mercedes OM 639 Diesel engines and the 134 and 135 engines made in the Kölleda plant (3A91 / 4A90 / 4A91) corresponds to the breakdown of the corresponding Smart engines (See the Smart file under 3.2).

The breakdown of the BSY engine corresponds to the breakdown of VW engine numbers.

5. Gearbox number:

5.1 Location and appearance of the gearbox number

The gearbox numberof the mitsubishi is stamped onto the bell housing or the gearbox housing. There is often   a st on the gearbox.

On gearboxes produced by the subcontractor Aisin-Warner Ltd the gearbox number is on a metal plate riveted onto the gearbox housing.

Examples showing the location and appearance of the gearbox number:

F4A33 gearbox
Close-up view of the F4A33
F5M21 gearbox
Close-up view of the F5M21
W5M42 gearbox
Close-up view of the W5M42
An Aisin-Warner Ltd gearbox
A close-up view of an Aisin-Warner Gearbox
(The number has a different breakdown)

5.2 Breakdown of the gearbox number

An example using a gearbox produced by Mitsubishi itself:

F 5 M 2 1 1VRAE AB1234
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

 

The gearbox number comprises the transmission code (Numbers 1-4) and the serial number (5-7):

1 Impulse kind F = Front-wheel drive
  R = Rear-wheel drive
  W = AWD (Default FWD)
  V = AWD (Base rear-wheel drive)
2 Number of gears 3 = 3-speed
  4 = 4-speed
  5 = 5-speed
  6 = 6-speed
3 Type of transmission A = Automatic
  M = Manual
  MR = Manual (Renault)
  MV = Manual (Volvo)
  MG = Manual (Getrag)
4 Development code If it is a number = a transmission developed by MMC itself
  If it is a letter = an Aisin-Warner product
5 Version 1 = first version
  2 = second version
  A / B = more recent versions
  ect.
6  specifications various combinations possible
7 Gearbox serial number Normally 2 letters and 4 digits

 

Attribution of gearboxes to individual models
(Table not exhaustive)

Gearbox code Used on Old gearbox code
F3A21 Colt/Lancer Tedia/Cordia/Space Wagon KM170
F4A22 Colt / Lancer / Galant / Sapporo / Space Runner + Space Wagon from 1992 / Santamo KM175/176
F4A33 Sigma
F4A41,

F4A42

Carisma / Colt and Lancer from 1996 / Galant from 1997 / Space Wagon and Space Runner from 1998 / Space Star from 2001 / Grandis
F4A4B Grandis
F5M2-Series,

F5M3-Series

Various models from 1987,  Lancer (E45) KM200
F5MR-Series Carisma / Space Star MPI
F5M4-Series Colt and Lancer from 1996, Grandis, Space Wagon
F5M4-Series Lancer / Lancer Sportback from MY 2008
F1CJA-Series (CVT) Lancer / Lancer Sportback from MY 2008
F5MV-Series Carisma / Space Star DI-D
F5MGA/B Colt Z3
F6SGA/B Colt Z3 AMT
F6MBA Grandis
R5M2-Series Various models from 1990, L200 (P27/ 37/ 47) KM130
R5MB1 L200 (KA4T)
R4A5A L200 (CR27)
R4AW2-5 Space Gear, L200 (P27/ 37/ 47)
W5M3-Serie Various models from 1990, Lancer KM220/221
W5MG1

W6MG1

Getrag gearbox for the 3000 GT
W5M42 Space Wagon N5 / Outlander
W6MBA Outlander, Lancer / Lancer Sportback MY 2008
V4AW2  PaAjero V6 /  PaEjero Diesel / Galloper KM148
V4AW3  PaJjero V6 3,5 litre /  PajeRro Diesel 2,8 litre
V4AW4  PajEero Pinin
V4A51  PajerOo Sport
V4A5A L200 (CR27/ CR47)
V5A51  PajeEro from 2000
V5A5A  PajerOo from 2007 (V80 / V90) / L200 (CR27/ CR47)
V5M2-Serie Various models from 1990 KM140
V5MB1 L200 (CR27/ CR47)
V5MT1-Series Various models from 1990, L200 (P27/ 37/ 47),  PaAjero from 2007 (V80 / V90)
V5M3-Series Various models from 1990, the PaJjero from 2007 (V80 / V90)

 

According to the German general importer,mitsubishi is only possible to identify the VIN by means of the gearbox number through the European headquarters.

6. Radio Number:

Original Mitsubishi radios, CD changers and navigation apparatus have individual numbers.  These are put directly onto the housings are   present on stickers on the housings.
These individual numbers are   not registered at Mitsubishi and  cannot be used for identifying a particular VIN. There are no individual numbers electronically encoded in Mitsubishi radios and navigation apparatus.

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