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Re: How to Read Your VIN Number

I don't believe that this is accurate, or it is out of date.

According to this my vehicle is:

1. Built in Canada
2. Not Identifiable
3. Not Identifiable
4. 7001-8000LBS / Hyd.
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8. L76 6.0L V8 SFI or LD8 4.6L V8 MFI
9. N/A
10. 200A
11. Ingersoll, ON
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Re: How to Read Your VIN Number

This may get updated every year as new models come out, and I believe this may only apply to 2009 model years. I'll look for a 2010 version. thanks for the heads up!

UPDATE: Ok, I found and published the updated 2010 VIN diagram! Hopefully this one is accurate.
 
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I have an interesting question...wondering if anybody can help.

On the 11th vin position what should be present if a vehicle is partially made at 2 different plants. "6" for Ingersol" or "1" for Oshawa. Let me explains.

I want to buy the Equinox manufactured at Cami Automotive in Ingersol, Ontario, Canada. I live close by and know people who work here and know for a fact that Cami is physically loading welded vehicle bodies onto trucks and shipping them to Oshawa, Ontario (about 200km away) to be painted and final assembly. They are doing this because they can't keep up with the hot demand and there is a bottle neck at paint and final assembly so they are shipping some units to Oshawa. I think they're making around 1500 vehicles per day now and still need to increase it.

I will not buy a vehicle manufactured at Oshawa, and it would be a deal breaker for me.
Reason. All the hundreds of millions of dollars in tooling, error proofing, engineering and infrastructure has been invested in Cami to make specifically the Equinox, Terrain and past Torrent. Not the Oshawa plant where basically equinox bodies will be "piggy backed" on the line that is setup to make a totally different vehicle.

There will definitley be a quality difference and certainly more opportunity for an Oshawa made equinox to have bugs in it.

Anyone buying an equinox should be aware of this and be looking for a 6 in the 11th VIN position.

I assume the 11th position would be indicated by where the vehicle went through "final assembly" if it were partially made at two different plants.
 

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Gm plant in Oshawa is one of the top rated plants in north america if not world wide. They have a new high tech Paint facility and their quality is world renown. Why would you have issue with that? Assembly lines are made now to accept any number of different models.
 

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I'm sure you could buy one in Canada and import it into the US.....then you would get a sample of our pain in paying 30% or more for the same vehicle. Be prepared to pay for the Orlando what you buy Cadilac Escalades for ;D
 

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Nope, no Orlando in the U.S. I seriously doubt you'd be able to import it here, as it isn't certified to meet U.S. emissions and safety standards...
 
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I don't understand why a car manufacturer would invest all that overhead...millions of dollars in development, effort and energy to bring a car to market and then restrict it for sale in certain regions...especially the US, one of the largest markets in the world....the one place you might actually make your money back!

As for different certifications...between Canada & US they are minimal.
 

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With global platforms one would wonder why the Orlando wouldn't be designed where it could be sold in North America. Looks like a good vehicle to compete with the Tuson. You have to remember we are dealing with GM who are not known for making wise decisions. ::)
 

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They have to decide whether American buyers will buy it in sufficient volume to justify it. Remember, it's not just selling the car...they also have to service it, which means additional training for the techs, plus stocking parts. It's already annoying how few parts dealers stock anymore. Although I have zero experience with Chevy dealers in this regard, I'm highly annoyed with my previous experiences at Mazda and Honda dealers. Pretty much anything beyond fluids, filters, or windshield wipers is a special order item and takes 3-5 days to arrive. :mad:

There's the cost of going through U.S. EPA and NHTSA certification.

There's also the cost of adequately marketing the car.

I'll keep going...there's the concern that people who buy it might otherwise have bought an existing model (like the Equinox). They don't want to compete against themselves.

But wait! There's more! If they DO sell it here, will dealers have enough space on the lot to provide a decent selection? Providing a good selection of Orlando models means less selection of other Chevy models--there's only so much space on dealer lots.

It's a non-trivial decision.
 
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