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Dodge Dakota VIN meaning

ok So after searching a couple of sites, I found what may be all the meaning of each digit on the VIN for our Dakota (1997-2004)

Digit 1: (Country where it was built) should always be 1 (USA)

Digit 2: (Companie who built it) B (Dodge from 2002 -) / D (Dodge from 2003 +)

Digit 3: (Vehicule type) should always be 7 (Truck)

Digit 4: (Gross vehicule weight) F (4001-5000lbs) / G (5001-6000lbs.) / H (6001-7000lbs.)

Digit 5: (Drivetrain) G (4x4) / L (2WD)

Digit 6: (Trim package) 1 (Base model or SXT) / 2 (R/T (2000 only) or SLT) / 3 (Sport or R/T) / 4 (SLT) I can't figure out why there is SLT as 2 and some as 4)

Digit 7: (Cab configuration) 2 (Club cab) / 6 (Regular cab) / 8 (Quad cab)

Digit 8: (Engine size) K (3.7L) / N (4.7L) / P (2.5L) / X (3.9) / Y (5.2) / Z (5.9L)

Digit 9: (Check digit) only a check digit, says nothing on the truck's info

Digit 10: (Year) V (1997) / W (1998) / X (1999) / Y (2000) / 1 (2001) / 2 (2002) / 3 (2003) / 4 (2004)

Digit 11: (Assembly plant) should always be S (Warren, MI)

Digit 12 to 17: (Build sequence) the last 6 digits reprsent the build sequence of the truck

There you go hope it help to some of us... keep in mind that I did that by searching info on the net and that I could be wrong... But I did my best to find this out...
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The 4th digit, is that the vehicle weight or the gross weight because mines a G, so it must be a gross weight.

Also the trim package (digit 6) on mine is a 2...
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The 4th digit, is that the vehicle weight or the gross weight because mines a G, so it must be a gross weight.

Also the trim package (digit 6) on mine is a 2...
Yeah it's gross weight... sorry about that...

and about the 2, I notice only 1 truck out of maybe 100 in the ones I checked so I thought it could be a mistake... but then I can't see the link cause the other one I saw with a 2 was a 4x4 SLT...
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My 6th digit is a 2 as well....
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Well it seems that all the 2000 R/T has the "2" as their 6th digit...
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Mine is a 2001 Sport Plus and the sixth digit is a 2 and it looks like it should be a 3.
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On my 1998 Sport the sixth digit is a two as well.
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well this seems to work GREAT!
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Found this today,
http://www.dodgeram.org/tech/specs/VIN_decode.htm
sixth digit 2 is a Sport/SLT
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Found this today,
http://www.dodgeram.org/tech/specs/VIN_decode.htm
sixth digit 2 is a Sport/SLT
so its really sport/rt/slt
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Found this today...
http://www.dodge.com/bodybuilder/200.../intro/vin.pdf

It shows-
Dakota
1-SXT
3-Sport
4-SLT
7-R/T

Durango
3-Sport
4-SLT
5-SLT+
7-R/T
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Found this today...
http://www.dodge.com/bodybuilder/200.../intro/vin.pdf

It shows-
Dakota
1-SXT
3-Sport
4-SLT
7-R/T

Durango
3-Sport
4-SLT
5-SLT+
7-R/T
Right from the source too...Dodge. Awesome find. I'll be able to use all the information now for the online registry.
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Found this today...
http://www.dodge.com/bodybuilder/200.../intro/vin.pdf

It shows-
Dakota
1-SXT
3-Sport
4-SLT
7-R/T

Durango
3-Sport
4-SLT
5-SLT+
7-R/T
Well I don't think they used the 7 for the R/T in the dakota... because a dakota r/t is considered as a sport with a special package.... if you get a r/t report on carfax it's gonna say dodge dakota sport
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well this seems to work GREAT!
Well as I stated before, this info was from some different sites and from what I have observed myself... I'm sorry if I'm wrong somewhere, but some of these points seems to be hard to decode...
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Well as I stated before, this info was from some different sites and from what I have observed myself... I'm sorry if I'm wrong somewhere, but some of these points seems to be hard to decode...
Sorry man, I didn't mean that as a stab at you. It's great that you guys are trying to decipher and register R/Ts
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