Porsche 944S2 Identification

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VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

The VIN (chassis number) is stamped into the top of the firewall on the rear right side of the engine compartment.  USA models have an additional VIN number with the Z's replaced which is visible in the bottom corner of the windscreen.

Porsche 944
17-Digit VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

W PO  ZZZ  94  Z  L  N  4  01234    Rest of World (RoW) (red characters of the VIN form the Porsche factory ID)
W PO  AAO  94  -  L  N  4  01234    USA/Canada
  |     |        |       |    |    |    |   |       |
 A    B      C     D  E  F  G  H      I
A Country of Manufacture W = West Germany
B Manufacturer Code P0 = Porsche
C USA Vehicle Specification Code AA0, AA2, AB2  or CB2 = USA
     A =  Coupe, C = Cab
     A =  2 Litre Engine, B = 3 Litre Engine
     0 = Seat Belts,  1= Driver Airbag,  2= Driver/Passenger Airbag
ZZZ = Rest of World
D 1st and 2nd Digit of Model 92 = 924
93 = 931 (924 Turbo)
94 = 944
95 = 951 (944 Turbo)
96 = 968
E Check Digit/Filler Character Z = RoW (Filler Character)
_ = USA (Check Digit)
F Model Year  C = 1982, D = 1983, E=1984, F=1985, G=1986, H=1987, J=1988, K=1989, L=1990, M=1991,  N=1992, P=1993, R=1994, S=1995 
G Assembly Plant N = Neckarsulm
S = Stuttgart (Zuffenhausen)
H 3rd Digit of Model 4  = 944  or  924
1  = 951 (944 Turbo)  or  931 (924 Turbo)
8  = 968
I Serial Number 00001 - 99999


Porsche Factory Identification Number

This number forms the main part of the VIN and should be marked on a barcoded label affixed the left hand door pillar.  Highlighted in VIN table below in red.

Engine Number

The engine number on the 3-litre S2 is difficult to find and is stamped on the rear right of the engine crankcase.  The engine number prefix for 944S2's is M44/41 underneath this prefix is stamped the 8-character engine number.  The letter in the 3rd position of the engine number represents the model year (same letters as the VIN number).

944 Engine Numbers

Engine Type e.g.  M44/41
Engine Number  e.g.  42L12345

Year Cyl Engine type Year letter Serial Number
- 1st digit 2nd digit 3rd digit 4th~8th digit
1984 4 1 = 944 2.5L Europe, ROW
3 = 944 2.5L USA, Canada, Japan
E 00001-30000
00001-30000
1985 4 1 = 944 2.5L Europe, ROW
3 = 944 2.5L USA, Canada, Japan
F 00001-60000
00001-60000
1986 4 3 = 924S 2.5L Europe, ROW
1 = 944 2.5L Europe, ROW
3 = 944 2.5L USA, Canada, Australia, Japan
G 00001-90000
00001-30000
1987 4 3 = 924S 2.5L Worldwide
1 = 944 2.5L Europe, ROW
3 = 944 2.5L USA, Canada, Australia, Japan M298/299
H 00001-60000
00001-30000
60001-90000
1988 4 6 = 924S 2.5L Worldwide
6 = 944 2.5L Worldwide
J 00001-70000
1989 4 6 = 944 2.7L Worldwide K 00001-70000
1990 4 2 = 944S2 3.0L Worldwide L 00001-

 

Paint Code

The paint code is located on a small silver metallic paper adhesive label located on the left-hand side of the in the engine compartment to the right of the fuse box.

Porsche Factory Options Label

A paper adhesive label is fitted on the rear body panel in the luggage compartment.  It is located next to the left-hand tail light behind the carpet.  The label shows the VIN, Model Number, Engine Code, Transmission Code, Paint Code, Interior trim and a list of 3-digit Codes for Factory Fitted Options.  A duplicate of this label is located in the front of the Owner's Guarantee and Maintenance Manual.

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