Decode Lexus VIN

Lexus VIN Decoder

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A free Lexus VIN decoder allows you to look up options, model, year, engine, transmission, and specifications. Also, you can check the title records and accidents by clicking Check History.  

To check what engine, transmission, and options are installed on your vehicle use this free online VIN Decoder Tool. 

HOW TO DECODE LEXUS VIN

decode lexus vin

To decode a Lexus by VIN, you will need to locate the VIN. Lexus VIN can be located in the following areas of the vehicle:

  • On the drive's side of the vehicle, where the dashboard meets the windscreen.
  • Under the rear of the engine bay area
  • Adjacent to the firewall within the engine compartment
  • On the body of the vehicle directly under the passenger seat

Position 1

The first position in the Lexus VIN identifies the particular country where the vehicle was assembled.

  • J - Japan
  • 2, 5 - the US

Position 2

The second position of the VIN is used to identify the car manufacturer; in this case, it is T for Toyota, the parent company of Lexus.

  • T - Toyota

Position 3

Position three of the Lexus VIN identifies the exact brand division. This character makes it possible to pinpoint the exact manufacturer division even if it has several divisions.

  • H - Lexus Division

The first three positions of the Lexus VIN are collectively known as the World Make Identifiers (WMI). Some of the examples for your Lexus may be as follows:

Mark

WMI

Manufacturer

Brand Owner

Country Code

Country

LEXUS

2T2

Toyota Motor Mfg Canada Inc (CAN)

TOYOTA

2T

Canada

LEXUS

JT1

TOYOTA (J)

TOYOTA

JT

Japan

LEXUS

JT6

TOYOTA (J)

TOYOTA

JT

Japan

LEXUS

JT8

TOYOTA (J)

TOYOTA

JT

Japan

LEXUS

JTH

TOYOTA (J)

TOYOTA

JT

Japan

LEXUS

JTJ

TOYOTA (J)

TOYOTA

JT

Japan

 

Position 4

Position seven of the Lexus VIN identifies the engine type of the vehicle for models made before the year 1996. This is as shown below:

  • F - LS400
  • K - ES300
  • S - GS300
  • V - ES250
  • Z - SC300 / SC400

For Lexus models made from 1996 to 2009, this position identifies the vehicle's type of body and wheel formula. This is as shown below:

  • B - sedan, 4 doors 4x2
  • B - MPV (including and crossover), 5 doors (Lexus GX) 4x4
  • C - compartment door 2, 4x2
  • C - sedan, 4 door, 4x4 (GS430 AWD '2006 / IS350' 2006 / GS460 '2009)
  • D - a sedan with a long wheelbase, 4 doors, 4x4 (LS600hL' 2008)
  • E - wagon, 5 doors, unit 4x2
  • F - convertible, 2 doors, unit 4x2
  • G - MPV (including and crossover), 5 doors (4 sides hinged rear door) 4x2
  • G - sedan with a long wheelbase, 4D, 4x2 (LS460hL '2009)
  • H - MPV (including and crossover), 5 doors (4 sides hinged rear door) 4x4
  • Z - MPV (including and crossover), 5 doors, 4x2 (RX350 '2009)

For models made after the year 2009, this position identifies the body type, axle configuration, and vehicle level. This is as shown below:

  • B - sedan, 4D, 4x2
  • B - MPV (including and crossover), 5 doors, 4x4, (BASE for GX460, Luxury for NX)
  • C - saloon doors 4 , 4x4 & (IS250 AWD / GS350 AWD / LS460 AWD)
  • D - sedan with a long wheelbase, 4D, 4x4 & (LS460 AWD / LS600hL)
  • F - convertible, 2 doors, 4x2
  • G - sedan with a long wheelbase, 4D, 4x2 (LS460L)
  • H - MPV (including and crossover), 5 doors (4 sides hinged rear door +) 4x4 &, LX
  • H - compartment door 2, 4x2 (LFA / RC350 AWD / RC F)
  • J - MPV (including crossover), 5 doors, 4x4, (HIGH for GX460)
  • K - hatchback door 5, 4x2
  • S - compartment door 2, 4x4 &
  • Y - wagon, 5 doors, 4x2, Luxury
  • Z - MPV ( including and crossover), 5 doors, 4x2 (RX 350)

Position 5

This position of the Lexus VIN for models made before the year 1996 identifies the vehicle's model and platform. This is as shown below:

  • F - LS400
  • K - ES300
  • S - GS300
  • V - ES250
  • Z - SC300 / SC400

For models made between 1996 and 2009, this position identifies the engine type the vehicle runs on. This is as shown below:

  • A - 3MZ-FE (ES330 / RX330)
  • B - 2GR-FXE (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection) + 4JM (RX450h '2009)
  • C - 2GR-FSE (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection) + 1KM ( GS450h '2008)
  • C - 2GR-FXE (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection) + 4JM, 2FM (RX450h AWD ' 2009)
  • D - 2JZ-GE (GS300 / IS300 / SC300)
  • E - 2GR-FSE (3.5 liters, V6 mixed injection) (IS350 / GS350 '2007)
  • F -. 1MZ-FE (3.0 liters V6, 24 Cl, gasoline) (ES300 / RX300)
  • H - 1UZ-FE (GS400 / LS400 / SC400)
  • H - 3GR- FSE (GS430 AWD '2006)
  • J - 1FZ-the FE (LX450)
  • the K - 4GR-the FSE (2.5 liters, the V6) (the IS250)
  • the K - 2GR-the FE (3.5-liter, V6) (RX350' in 2009)
  • of l - 3UZ-the FE (GS430 / GS460 '2008)
  • of l - 1UR-the FSE (4.6-liter, V8, a mixed injection) (LS460' 2009 / LS460L '2009)
  • of N - 3UZ-the FE (GS300' 2006 / GS350 '2007 / LS430 / SC430)
  • P - 2UR-GSE (5.0 liters, V8, mixed injection) (IS F)
  • T - 2UZ-FE (4.7 liters, V8, 32 Cl, gasoline.) (GX470 / LX470)
  • U - 2UR-FSE (5.0 liter, V8, mixed injection) + 1KM (LS600hL '2008)
  • W - 3MZ-FE + 1JM, 2FM (RX400h AWD)
  • Y - 3UR-FE (5.7 liters, V8) (LX570)

For models made after the year 2009, this position also identifies the engine type of the vehicle.

  • A - 1AR-FE (2.7-liter, L4, mixed injection) (RX270)
  • A - 8AR-FTS (2.0-liter, L4, turbocharging, a mixed injection) (GS200t / NX200t / NX200t AWD / RC200t)
  • B - 2GR-FXE (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection) + 4JM (RX450h)
  • B - 2AZ-FXE + 2JM (HS250h '2010)
  • C - 2GR-FXE (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection) + 4JM, 2FM (RX450h AWD)
  • D - 2ZR-FXE (1.8-liter, L4) + 3JM (CT200h)
  • E - 2GR-FSE (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection) (IS350 / IS350 AWD / IS350C / GS350 / GS350 AWD / RC 350 / RC350 AWD)
  • F - 4GR -FSE (2.5 liters, V6) (IS250 / IS250 AWD / IS250C)
  • F - 2GR-FXS (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection) + 6JM (RX450h '2016)
  • G - 2GR-FXS (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection ) + 6JM + 2FM (RX450h AWD ' 2016)
  • J - 2AR-FXE (2.5-liter, L4) + 2JM + 2FM (NX300h AWD)
  • K - 2GR-FE (3.5 liters, V6) (ES350 / RX350 / RX350 AWD)
  • L - 1UR-FSE (4.6-liter, V8, mixed th injection) (LS460 / LS460 AWD / LS460L / LS460L AWD)
  • M - 1UR-FE (4.6 liters, V8) (GX460)
  • M - 2GR-FSE (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection) (RC 300 / RC 300 AWD)
  • N - 3UZ-FE (SC430)
  • P - 2UR-GSE (5.0 liters, V8, mixed injection) (GS F / IS F / RC F)
  • S - 2GR-FSE (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection) (GS450h)
  • S - 2GR-FXE (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection) + 1KM (GS450h '2016)
  • U - 2UR-FSE (5.0 liters, V8, mixed injection) + 1KM (LS600hL)
  • V - 1VD-FTV (4.5 liters, V8, turbodiesel) (LX450d '2016 LPG markets, Australia, New Zealand)
  • W - 2AR-FXE (2.5-liter, L4) + 2JM (ES300h / NX300h)
  • X - 1LR-GUE (4.8 liters, V10, mixed injection) (Lexus LFA )
  • Y - 3UR-FE (5.7 liters, V8) (LX570)
  • Z - 2GR-FKS (3.5 liters, V6, mixed injection) (GS350 '2016 / GS350 AWD' 2016 / RX350 '2016 / RX350 AWD' 2016)

Position 6

Position six of the Lexus VIN for models made before 2009 shows the code configuration depending on the base model and time.

For models made after the year 2009, the character who holds this position identifies the system's security systems.

  • 1 - 2 frontal airbags, side airbags (front and rear), lateral inflatable curtain (front and rear seats)
  • 2 - 2 front airbags, side airbags first-row safety, knee airbags for the driver and passengers
  • 5 - 2 front airbags, side airbags, side curtains, knee airbag, and front passenger's
  • 7 - 2 front airbags, side airbags (first and second row ), Inflatable side curtains (front and rear seats)
  • 8 - 2 front airbags, side airbags, Driver's knee airbag
  • M - 2 front airbags, side airbags all series, inflatable side curtains (front and rear seats). Driver's knee airbag, front passenger inflatable cushion
  • R - 2 front airbags, side airbags, first row, safety side inflatable curtains (front and rear seats). Driver's knee airbag, an inflatable cushion of the front passenger

Position 7

Position seven of the Lexus VIN for a vehicle made before 1996 identifies the vehicle's equipment level, the installed engine, and options.

For models made between 1996 and 2009, this position identifies the security systems for automobile models and level coupled installed motor and options for off-road vehicles and SUVs.

For Automobile Models

  • 0 - 2 front airbags, side airbags, side inflatable curtains (front and rear seats)
  • 1 - 2 frontal airbags, side airbags (front and rear), lateral inflatable curtain (front and rear seat)
  • 2 - 2 front airbags
  • 5 - 2 front airbags, side airbags, side curtains, knee airbag
  • 6 - 2 front airbags, side airbags ti, side curtains, knee airbags
  • 7 - 2 front airbags, side airbags (first and second row), the lateral inflatable curtain (front and rear seats)
  • 8 - 2 front airbags, side airbags
  • 9 - 2 frontal airbags, side airbags, inflatable side curtains (front seats only)

For Off-road Vehicle and SUVs

  • 0 - LX470 / RX300 / LX570
  • 1 - STD (RX330 / RX400h)
  • 8 - VX Limited (LX450)

For Lexus models made after the year 2009, position seven of the VIN identifies the configuration code, depending on the base model and the period of time.

Position 8

Position eight of the Lexus VIN for models made before 1996 represents the vehicle's body and safety system type.

C - Coupe, 2 doors

E - Sedan, 4 doors

T - Sedan, 4 doors

For models made after this year, the character identifies the model of the vehicle.

Between 1996 and 2009

  • 2 - IS250 / IS300 / IS350 / IS F
  • A - RX350 '2009 / RX450h' 2009
  • F - LS400 / LS430 / LS460 / LS460L / LS600hL
  • G - ES300 / ES330
  • J - LX450
  • S - GS300 / GS350 '2007 / GS430 / GS 450h '2008 / GS460
  • U - RX300 / RX330 / the RX400h
  • W - LX470 / the LX570
  • X - GS400 (until 2001 model year)
  • X - GX470
  • Y - SC400 / SC430
  • Z - SC300

After 2009

  • 2 - IS250 / IS250 AWD / IS250C / IS350 / IS350 AWD / IS350C / IS F
  • A - HS250h / RX270 / RX350 / RX350 AWD / RX450h
  • C - RC200t / RC300 AWD / RC350 / RC350 AWD / RC F
  • F - LS460 / LS460 AWD / LS460L / LS460L AWD / LS600hL
  • G - ES350 / ES300h
  • H - CT200h / LFA
  • L - GS350 / GS 350AWD / GS450h / GS F
  • X - GX460 / LX450d / LX570
  • Y - SC430
  • Z - NX200t / NX200t AWD / NX300h / NX300h AWD

Position 9

Position nine of the Lexus VIN identifies the checksum. This digit is algebraically generated and it checks whether the VIN that is being checked is actually valid.

Position 10 – Model Year

Position ten of the Lexus VIN identifies the year of production of the Lexus. This is as indicated in the table below:

Year of Issue

Designation

Year of Issue

Designation

Year of Issue

Designation

1971

1

1991

M

2011

B

1972

2

1992

N

2012

C

1973

3

1993

P

2013

D

1974

4

1994

R

2014

E

1975

5

1995

S

2015

F

1976

6

1996

T

2016

G

1977

7

1997

V

2017

H

1978

8

1998

W

2018

J

1979

9

1999

X

2019

K

1980

A

2000

Y

2020

L

1981

B

2001

1

2021

M

1982

C

2002

2

2022

N

1983

D

2003

3

2023

P

1984

E

2004

4

2024

R

1985

F

2005

5

2025

S

1986

G

2006

6

2026

T

1987

H

2007

7

2027

V

1988

J

2008

8

2028

W

1989

K

2009

9

2029

X

1990

L

2010

A

2030

Y

 

Position 11 – Assembly Plant

This position is held by a character that identifies the assembly plant of the Lexus vehicle regardless of the number of plants the manufacturer of the vehicle may have. Lexus assembly plants are as follows:

For Models Before 1996

0 ... 9 - Japan (Tahara, Tsutsumi, Motomashi)

Models between 1996 and 2009

0 ... 9 - Japan

C - Cambridge (Canada)

For Models After 2009

0 ... 9 – Japan

A - Motomashi, Japan (GS350 '2015 / GS 350 AWD' 2015 / GS F '2016)

C - Cambridge (Canada) (RX350 / RX350 AWD / RX450h / RX450h AWD)

Position 12-17

Position twelve through seventeen identifies the Lexus serial number. These six numbers identify the exact Lexus that holds the VIN being looked up. This sequence of numbers is not standardized and is selected based on the vehicle's preference.

LEXUS MODELS

Lexus models are as listed below:

  • Lexus ESh
  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus ES
  • Lexus GX
  • Lexus GST
  • Lexus IS
  • Lexus LFA
  • Lexus LFC2
  • Lexus LFLC
  • Lexus LX
  • Lexus RC
  • Lexus RX
  • Lexus RCF
  • Lexus LS
  • Lexus LC
  • Lexus LC500h
  • Lexus NX
  • Lexus CT (A10)
  • Lexus HS
  • Lexus SC
  • Lexus CT

EXAMPLE DECODED LEXUS VIN

VIN: JTJBC11A202418624

2005 Lexus RX

Manufacturer                                                    Toyota Motors Corp

Make                                                                  Lexus

Model                                                                 RX

Body                                                                  Wagon

Trim                                                                    G grade

Drive                                                                   4WD/ 4-Wheel Drive/ 4x4

Number of Seats                                                5

Number of Doors                                               5

Engine Displacement (ccm)                             3456

Engine Cylinders                                              4

Engine Model                                                    2GR – FXE, 4JM+2FM

Number of Gears                                              6

Check Digit                                                       2

Plant Company                                                Toyota Motors Kyushu, Inc

Plant Country                                                   Japan

Plant City                                                          Kyushu

Sequential Number                                         418624

OPTIONS AND FEATURE CODES

  • NEBULA GREY PEARL                                                    01H9
  • MATADOR RED MICA                                                      03R1
  • SILVER LINING METALLIC                                              01J4
  • EMINENT WHITE PEARL                                                0085
  • CAVIAR                                                                            0223
  • NIGHTFALL MICA                                                            08X5
  • AUTUMN SHIMMER                                                        04X2
  • SATIN CASHMERE METALLIC                                       04U7
  • ULTRA WHITE                                                                 0083
  • OBSIDIAN                                                                        0212
  • BLACK, PERFORATED LEATHER SEAT SURFACES      M
  • BLACK, PREMIUM LEATHER SEAT SURFACES             M
  • BLACK, F SPORT LEATHER SEAT SURFACES               M
  • NOBLE BROWN, PERFORATED LEATHER SEAT SURFACES      W
  • NOBLE BROWN, PREMIUM LEATHER SEAT SURFACES             W
  • PARCHMENT, PERFORATED LEATHER SEAT SURFACES           K
  • PARCHMENT, PREMIUM LEATHER SEAT SURFACES                  K
  • RIOJA RED, F SPORT LEATHER SEAT SURFACES                      N


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