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I posted this over g6performance, figured I'd post here too.

The vehicle identification number (VIN) plate is the legal identifier of the vehicle. The VIN plate is located on the upper LH corner of the Instrument Panel and can be seen through the windshield from the outside of the vehicle:

The VIN is a 17 digit sequence of numbers and letters.
I'll break it down and list each option so you can decode your own VIN.

1) Country of Origin
1 = U.S.A.

2) Manufacturer
G = General Motors

3) Make
2 = Pontiac

4/5) Carline/Series
Z/F= Pontiac SE,
Z/G = Pontiac SE1,
Z/H = Pontiac GT,
Z/M =Pontiac GTP.

6) Body Style

5 = Sedan, 4-DR, 4-WDO Notch Back ( F69, G69, H69, M69)

1 = Coupe 2-DR (M37, H37)

3 = 2-DR Convertable (M67, H67)

7) Restraint System.
2 = Active Manual Belts W/Driver and Passenger Inflatable Restraint System Frontal
2 = Front Airbags only for 2005 model
4 = Front/Side Airbags for 2005 model
5 = Front Airbags only with Passenger Airbag suppression for 2006 mode
6 = Front/seat thorax with Passenger Airbag suppression for 2006 model (convertible only)
7 = Front/seat thorax/roof rail with Passenger Airbag suppression for 2006 model

8 ) Engine
B = 2.4L, L4 (LE5 RPO)
8= 3.5L , V6 (LX9 RPO)
1 = 3.9L, V6 (LZ9 RPO)

9) Check Digit
Check Digit

10) Model Year
5 = 2005
6 = 2006
7 = 2007
(since 2001 Model year GM has gone back to using Numbers for vin year code, previously was alphabetized)

11) Plant Location
4 = Orion, MI. USA

12-17) Plant Sequence Number
6 digit Plant Sequence Number

IE: 007245 would be the Seven thousandth, two hundredth, and fourty fifth car built that year. Obviously if you have 000001 You have the first car built from that plant for that model year of that vehicle.
My VIN is slightly different, 2009 Pontiac G6 GT coupe with the 3.5l NON Flex fuel with a six speed tap shift transmission. The transmission shifts only on the center console. No steering wheel controls. Here is my partial VIN 1G2ZH17N494** DOES NOT MATCH UP. Is not a changed VIN. Its the same on the entire vehicle, in the computers, all stamps on the firewall, frame, doors even airbag. I looked. So somewhere towards the end of Pontiac as a company, they changed the VIN scheme.
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