Body Plate Decoding, 1977-Present

The body plate is on the left front fender side shield, wheel housing or left side of upper radiator support. It includes schedule, date, body type, engine code, transmission code, tire code, trim code and paint codes. The service manual is conspicuously unclear about the placement of some characters, or whether or not Row 1 is at the top or at the bottom of the Body Code plate. It directly contradicts itself more than once. If anyone has corrections to this data based on another reliable source, please contact the webmaster.

1977-1980 Mopar Body Code Plates (6 x 23):

A A A X B B B X C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C
  • A - Engine
  • B - Transmission
  • C - VIN
  • D - Lower Body Paint Color Code or special order codes
  • E - Trim
  • F - Interior Paint and Build
  • G - Order Num.
  • H - Upper Body Color or Two-Tone Color
  • J - Vinyl Roof
  • K - Order (U=U.S.  C=Canada  I=International)
  • L - Factory Use
  • X - Open Space
D D D X E E E E X F F F X G G G G G G G G G G
H H H X J J J X X K X X X X X X X X X X X X X
L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L
L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L
L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L

Prior to 1977, the engine code, transmission code, and VIN number were located on the bottom row.

1980-1999 Mopar Body Code Plates (7 x 23):

                                              A - Model J - Vehicle Order Number
                                              B - VIN K - Vinyl Roof/Door Combo Code (Pillette)
                                              C - Paint Procedure L - Transmission
N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N D - Primary Paint M - Order Code (see pre-1981)
J J J J J J J J J J J J X K K K X L L L X M X E - Secondary Paint N - Factory Use Only
C C C X D D D D X E E E E X G G G G X H H H X G - Trim X - Open Space
A A A A A X B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B H - Engine  

According to the 1987 Service Manual, lines 4 through 7 (bottom to top) was sometimes long enough to require a second body code plate to overlap the first. When there is an SEC code to be punched on the body code plate and there is not enough room left on a line to punch the full 6 digits of the SEC code, the balance of that line will be left blank and the SEC code will be punched on the next line. The last nine positions of line 7 will contain a two digit species, when applicable, and a six digit gateline sequence number. The last code shown on either plate will be followed by "END." When two plates are required, the last code space on the first plate will show "CTD" (for continued). When second plate is required, the first four spaces of each line will not be used due to overlap of plates.

2000s Body Plates

There are seven lines of information on the body code plate. Lines 4, 5, 6, 7 are not used to define service information. Information reads from left to right, starting with line 3 in the center of the plate to line 1 at the bottom. In the 2000s, the body code plates had different patterns for cars, trucks, and vans. The order for cars was: vehicle order number, vinyl roof, carline shell, paint procedure, primary paint, secondary paint, interior trim code, engine code, transmission code, market code, and VIN number. For vans the order was: vehicle order number, vehicle shell line, carline, price class, body type, paint procedure, primary color, secondary color, interior trim code, engine code, transmission code, market code, and VIN number. For trucks the general order was: vehicle order number, carline shell, price class, body type, paint procedure, primary paint, secondary paint, interior trim code, engine code, transmission code, market code, VIN, body-in-white assembly sequence, and cargo box code. The exact order may differ from vehicle to vehicle (see below for specific vehicles and examples). The market code, price class, paint procedure and carline had the same codes for all three types of vehicle.

Carline:

  • K = Dodge (FWD)
  • Y = Chrysler (FWD)
  • C = Chrysler (AWD)
  • D = Dodge (AWD)

Price Class:

  • H = Highline
  • L = Lowline
  • P = Premium
  • S = Luxury
  • X = Premium
 

Paint Procedure:

  • APA = Monotone
  • AP9 = Special
  • APD = Two-tone (Lower break)

Market Code:

  • B = International
  • C = Canada
  • M = Mexico
  • U = United States


2005 Ram Pickups Body Code Plate

A A A A A A A A A A A A B B B C C C D E E X X A - Vehicle Order Number E - Body Type
F F F X G G G G X H H H H X J J J J X K K K X B - Transmission Codes F - Paint Procedure
X L L X M X N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N C - Car Line Shell G - Primary Paint
O O O O O O X P X Q Q Q X   D - Price Class H - Secondary Paint
  J - Interior Trim Code K - Engine Code
L - Species Code M - Market Code
N - VIN O - Body-in-white assembly sequence
P - Tailgate trim code Q - Cargo box code
X - Open Space  

Car Line Shell: DR1 = 1500 4 X 2, DR6 = 1500 4 X 4, DR2 = 2500 4 X 2, DR7 = 2500 4 X 4, DR3 = 3500 4 X 2, DR8 = 3500 4 X 4

2005 Stratus/Avenger/Sebring and LX cars Body Code Plate

On the 2005 Stratus/Avenger/Sebring, the body code plate is located in the engine compartment on the driver side strut tower. On 2005 LX cars, the body code plate is located in the engine compartment on the front right side shock tower mounting front panel.

A A A A A A A A A A A A B B B C C C C C C X X A - Vehicle Order Number X - Open Space
F F F X G G G G X H H H H X J J J J X K K K X B - Vinyl Roof F - Paint Procedure
L L L X M X N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N C - Car Line Shell G - Primary Paint
  H - Secondary Paint J - Interior trim code
K - Engine Code L - Transaxle codes
M - Market Code N - VIN
 

2004 Dakota Body Code Plate

A A A A A A A A A A A A X X X B B B C D D X X A - Vehicle Order Number E - Paint Procedure
E E E X F F F F X G G G G X H H H H X J J J X B - Car Line Shell F - Primary Paint
K K K X L X M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M C - Price Class G - Secondary Paint
N N N N N N X O O O X X X X X X   D - Body Type H - Interior Trim Code
  J - Engine Code K - Transmission Codes
L - Market Code M - VIN
N - Body-in-white assembly sequence O - Cargo Box Code
X - Open Space  

Cargo Box Code: XBS = Sweptline

Car Line Shell: AN1 = Dakota 4 X 2, AN5 = Dakota 4 X 4

2000-2005 Minivan Body Code Plate

The body code plate in 2005 minivans is located in the engine compartment on the radiator closure panel crossmember.

A A A A A A A A A A A A X X X X X B B C D E E A - Vehicle Order Number E - Body Type
F F F X G G G X X H H H X X J J J J X K K K X B - Vehicle Shell Line F - Paint Procedure
L L L X M X N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N C - Carline G - Primary Paint
  D - Price Class H - Secondary Paint
J - Interior Trim Code K - Engine Code
L - Transaxle Codes M - Market Code
N - VIN X - Open Space

Vehicle Shell Line: RS

Carline: FWD: H = Plymouth, K = Dodge, Y = Chrysler; AWD: C = Chrysler, D = Dodge, P = Plymouth

Price Class: H = highline, L = lowline, P = premium, S = luxury, X= premium

Body Type

These are the body types for the specific vehicles listed above:

  • 41 = Ram Truck Quad Cab, Short Box
  • 42 = Ram Truck Quad Cab, Long Box
  • 61 = Ram Truck Standard Cab, Long Box
  • 62 = Ram Truck Standard Cab, Long Box
  • 64 = Ram Truck Cab Chassis
  • 48 = Four Door Sedan Tall
  • 49 = Hatchback Tall
  • 31 = Dakota Club Cab (130.9 in. wheelbase)
  • 61 = Dakota (111.9 in. wheelbase)
  • 62 = Dakota (123.9 in. wheelbase)
  • 52 = Short wheelbase
  • 53 = Long wheelbase

Engine Codes

Engine Code

 

Description

  Engine Code   Description
EBA   1.8L 4 cyl. DOHC 16V Dual VVT   EHP   3.3L V6 VVT MDS
EBG   2.0L 4 cyl. DOHC 16V Turbo   EHZ   3.3L V6 PZEV
ECB   2.0L 4 cyl. SOHC16V SMPI   EJA   1.8L 4 cyl. SOHC 16V SMPI
ECC   2.0L 4 cyl. DOHC 16V SMPI   EJB   1.5L 4 cyl. SOHC 12V SMPI
ECD   2.0L 4 cyl. DOHC Diesel 16V   EJC   1.6L 4 cyl. M270
ECE   2.0L 4 cyl. DOHC DPF Diesel   EJD   1.6L 4 cyl. SOHC 16V
ECF   2.0L 4 cyl. DOHC 16V SFI   EJG   1.6L 4 cyl. M270 Turbo
ECG   2.0L 4 cyl. 16V   EKG   3.7L V6
ECN   2.0L 4 cyl. DOHC 16V Dual VVT   ELF   5.2L V8 MPI
ECP   2.0L 4 cyl. PZEV 16V Dual VVT   ELN   5.2L V8 MPI CNG
ED2   2.4L 4 cyl. 16V DOHC   ELP   5.2L V8 LPG
ED3   2.4L 4 cyl. DOHC 16V Dual VVT   EML   5.9L V8 MPI
ED4   2.4L 4 cyl. DOHC 16V Turbo   ENE   2.2L 4 cyl. Single TD OM651
ED5   2.4L 4 cyl. DOHC 16V HO Turbo   ENG   2.2L 4 cyl. Dual TD OM651
ED9   2.4L 4 cyl. HEV 16V Dual VVT   ENJ   2.5L 4 cyl. 16V Turbo Diesel
EDG   2.4L 4 cyl. PZEV 16V Dual VVT   ENR   2.8L 4 cyl. Turbo Diesel
EDJ   2.2L 4 cyl. Turbo Diesel   ENS   2.8L 4 cyl. TD Next Generation
EDM   2.5L 4 cyl. EFI   EPE   2.5L Magnum SMPI I-4
EDT   2.4L 4 cyl. DOHC 16V Turbo   ERB   3.6L V6 Base Phoenix
EDV   2.4L 4 cyl. DOHC 16V HO Turbo   ERH   4.0L Power Tech I-6
EDZ   2.4L 4 cyl. DOHC 16V SMPI   ERP   3.6L V6 Prem Phoenix
EEB   2.5L V6 SOHC 24V SMPI   ERV   3.6L V6 HEV Phoenix
EEE   2.7L V6 DOHC 24V FFV   ERZ   3.6L V6 PZEV Phoenix
EER   2.7L V6 DOHC 24V MPI   ESF   6.1L SRT HEMI SMPI V8
EES   2.7L V6 24V w/Active Intake   ESG   6.4L SRT HEMI SMPI V8
EF7   3.0L V6 SOHC 24V   ETA   5.0L Diesel
EF8   3.0L V6 DOHC 24V MPI   ETB   5.9L I-6 Cummins Turbo
EF9   3.0L V6 DOHC 24V MPI 2 Turbo   ETC   5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel
EFB   3.0L V6 VVT   ETH   5.9L HO Cummins Turbo Diesel
EFP   3.0L V6 VVT MDS   ETJ   6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel
EG1   2.9L V6 OHV   EVA   4.7L V8 MPI
EG2   3.5L V6 Gas   EVC   4.7L High Output V8 MPI
EGA   3.3L V6 OHV   EVD   4.7L V8 FFV
EGD   3.3L V6   EVE   4.7L V8
EGF   3.5L High Output V6 24V MPI   EWA   8.0L V10 MPI
EGG   3.5L High Output V6 24V MPI   EWB   8.0L V10 SFI
EGH   3.8L V6 OHV   EWC   8.3L V10 SFI
EGL   3.8L V6 OHV   EWE   8.4L V10 SFI
EGM   3.3L V6 OHV FFV   EXL   3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel
EGQ   4.0L V6 SOHC   EXM   3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel
EGS   4.0L V6 SOHC   EY7   2.4L 4 cyl.
EGT   3.8L V6 SMPI   EYB   4.0L V6 VVT
EGV   3.3L V6 OHV   EYP   4.0L V6 VVT MDS
EGW   3.2L DOHC   EZA   5.7L HEMI V8
EGX   3.2L V6 SOHC 18V   EZB   5.7L HEMI Multi Displacement
EGY   3.3L V6 OHV FFV   EZC   5.7L HEMI VCT
EHB   3.3L V6 VVT   EZD   5.7L HEMI VVT MDS
EHC   3.9L SMPI V6   EZE   5.7L HEMI HEV
EFA   3.0 V6        

Transmission Codes

For Chrysler built automatics, “E” at the end signifies electronic control; “R” in front indicates rear wheel drive usage; “T” in front indicates transverse mounting; “H” at end indicates hydraulic control; “L” in middle indicates longitudinal engine mounting. VLP indicates variable line pressure.

Trans Code

 

Description

  Trans Code   Description
DAV   Continuously Variable (CVT)   DFF   4-speed Automatic VLP 41TE
DAW   CVT w/Off-Road Crawl Ratio   DG2   6-speed Automatic 62TE
DD4   5-speed Performance Manual   DG3   6-speed Automatic Aisin AS68RC
DD5   5-speed Manual T350   DG4   4-speed Automatic 45RFE
DD7   5-speed Manual T355   DG5   6-speed Automatic Getrag MPS6
DDC   5-speed Manual NVG 3500   DG6   4-speed Automatic 42RLE
DDD   5-speed HD Manual G288   DG7   4-speed Auto w/Electronic Controls 47REE
DDK   5-speed Manual NVG 1500   DG7   6-speed HD Automatic 48RE
DDO   5-speed Manual AX15   DG8   4-speed Automatic 48RE
DDP   5-speed Manual NVG 4500   DGA   3-speed Automatic 31TH
DDQ   5-speed Manual (AX15) (AX5)   DGB   4-speed Automatic 47RE
DDR   5-speed Manual T850   DGD   3-speed Automatic 30RH
DDT   5-speed Manual TR4050   DGG   3-speed Automatic 32RH
DEC   6-speed Manual Tremec   DGJ   5-speed Automatic W5A580
DED   6-speed Manual   DGK   4-speed Automatic 42RE
DEE   6-speed Manual NVG 5600   DGL   4-speed Electronic Automatic (41TE)
DEF   6-speed Manual Aisin BG6   DGM   3-speed Automatic 31TH
DEG   6-speed Manual G56   DGP   4-speed Automatic 47RE
DEH   6-speed Manual NSG370   DGQ   5-speed Automatic 45RFE
DEJ   6-speed Manual Getrag 238   DGS   4-speed Automatic AW4 (Borg-Warner)
DEK   6-speed Manual Getrag DMT76   DGT   4-speed Automatic 46RE
DEL   6-speed Manual 6MTX-LD   DGU   5-speed Automatic W5J400
DEM   6-speed RWD Manual Med. Duty   DGV   3-speed Automatic - A495
DEN   6-speed Manual 6MTX-MD   DGV   4-speed Automatic VLP 42RE
DF8   AHS FWD F1 Automatic   DGW   4-speed Automatic 44RE
DF9   AHS-T RWD Automatic   DGX   4-speed Eletronic Automatic 42LE
DFB   6-speed Automatic MPS6-a   DGZ   4-speed Automatic MT643
DFE   6-speed Automatic PS250        
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