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Old 02-28-2010, 02:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have a GM car/truck? Find it's "birthday" here.

For all you Metro, Firefly, Cobalt, G5, etc. owners, here is a site that will
tell you what the build date of your car is, plus it lists all the options you
have and tells you how rare your car is. Just enter your VIN:

Comprehensive GM VIN Decoder

The website can be kind of confusing at first (It makes you think it hasn't done anything when it has...just need to scroll down).

Using this site and Autotrader.com to get VINs, I was able to make a table of the number of Trailblazer SSs that were built each year like below. I know no one here cares about that particular table, but thought its example might spur someone to make a similar one for, say, Geo/Chevy Metros.

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Year    Total    AWD    2WD    3SS    1SS   Black  Silver   White
2006    18722   12028   6694   XXXX   XXXX  10102   XXXX    2868
2007    21449   12264   9185  14904   6545  10093   XXXX    XXXX
2008     5769    3632   2137   4072   1697   1908    763    XXXX
2009      610     392    218    595     15    XXX    XXX     XXX

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Old 02-28-2010, 03:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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...it doesn't (yet) include my 2009 Pontiac Vibe.

...looks like they gaps in the information for Vibes.

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Old 02-28-2010, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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...it doesn't (yet) include my 2009 Pontiac Vibe.

...looks like they gaps in the information for Vibes.
What message is it giving you?

I wonder if that's due to the Vibe being a shared platform with Toyota...
Of course, if that were the case, the Metro may not work either because
it's a Suzuki. Can someone with a Metro run their VIN on that site?
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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FWIW, I just tried out a 2009 Vibe (got the VIN from Autotrader.com) and they had data for that one. It was an early build-date (August 2008), though. I then tried a 2010 Vibe and got the same answer you got. So, it must be just that yours was built too late for them to have data yet. When did you buy it?
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Very cool. I'm not even looking at the vin# part, I'm just looking at the diagrams. It's like having parts of a service manual right here.
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Very cool. I'm not even looking at the vin# part, I'm just looking at the diagrams. It's like having parts of a service manual right here.
I agree. Good info there.

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Golly, what a great tool. Good find 5speed5! Successful results for my metro, and a huge wealth of identification info for people looking for specific types.
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...tried it again today, and got success on our 2009 Vibe, but not on our 2004 Vibe.

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