Edited/Updated December 2016
This is the most current version (see updated timeline above) of the Vin Registry, now that I have decoded as many Mirages as I could using CAPS. I have highlighted the cars listed overseas just
to prove that they do fall inline with the production dates that CAPS has listed and on the door jambs of the respective vehicles, as compared to cars delivered to the North American continent.
The cars overseas that are listed, are in fact delivered to the US, and then were shipped off continent, but members have since seen this posting/site, and have decided that it was beneficial to list
their car with us. If, in the case of cars listed in countries like Puerto Rico that are all but under US control, they are using the same VIN system as we do, so it stands to reason that some of their
cars will always come up with a listing in North American CAPS.
Have you got an original C53a Turbo Mirage or Colt?
Want to add to our database and help us track these cars as they change hands, get all "dolled-up", or worse yet, get passed up at wrecker yards and then get crushed?
If you answered, "YES", to at least 1 of the top 2 questions, then feel free to post your info to myself, Flying Eagle or if I'm not around, the rest of the ADMIN and MODERATOR staff.
To post vehicle information please follow this format and we will add it appropriately to the listings.
DON'T POST YOUR FULL VIN INFO IN THIS THREAD, PM US/ME AND WE WILL UPDATE THE LISTING. THIS IS TO SAFEGUARD WHAT YOU HAVE TO TELL US. BY ALL MEANS ADD YOUR STORIES HERE
BUT GIVE THE FULL VIN TYPE DETAILS IN "PM" FORM TO "FLYING EAGLE".
Okay the Format:
BUILD DATE DOOR JAMB PLATE - Example March 1988
FIREWALL CODE - Like AKU0XXXXX <- These are the last digits of your VIN so only PM them so as not to be seen if you so desire!
FIREWALL PLATE - Shows color, trim, engine, transmission <- we really need the color because it does not specify in basic CAPS search what color the car is
IMPORTANT!!!!!If you own a DODGE or PLYMOUTH COLT, I have to get the complete listings at this point, because the VIN cannot be decoded using CAPS.
The other big thing on our minds is a listing of any serious modifications that were made to the vehicle such that it cannot be put back to stock: ie the original motor was removed or the shell has a
cage welded in. Do not feel pressured to list your mods under the hood, as this makes many people tense to say the least. We are interested more in the state of the vehicle, than what is in it.
If you answered, "YES" to the PERSONAL STORY question of having seen a C53a turbo at the wrecker/elsewhere, can you document the VIN info as above and/or share whether or not the car may
have been crushed since you last saw it, or came back to find it already crushed? If you know of cars located at wrecking yards and can get the VIN at a minimum while you are there, it would be
greatly appreciated. We need to know where these cars are going. Even if you cannot get the VIN, the location of yet another C53a turbo car is better to be known than not at all.
If you have owned a C53a turbo car and have sent it to car heaven or have since sold it but may still have the VIN info, or if the buyer is a member here, please feel free to post about it.
Any and all VIN information will be used for positive reinforcement of the site and it's members, not for personal gain of the moderator staff or the site users. We will not allow the full VIN's to be
displayed so that people will be in harms way. The full viewing of this database is in it's infancy, so please bare with us until we sort a database method of delivery to your screen and viewing pleasure.
All model codes taken from the following Chrysler Publication (Printed in Japan) Factory Service Manual (ISBN or Manual # 81-270-9011) Volume 1 Engine, Chassis, Body Colt/Summit Colt Series 2000
All 1989 MY Vin "Z" 1.6L DOHC turbocharged Hatchbacks
Dodge and Plymouth
(Can also be sold in Federal States!)
Federal Emission only from what I can surmise
Not originally sold in Canada. Mitsubishi came to Canada in 2002.
All 1989 Vin "Z" 4g61t cars were available in one of only four colors (solid, not two tone!):
~1500 1989 Vin "Z" cars were released for sales. This was the last run of turbocharged engines for general sale in a Mirage/Colt, in North America.
900 Mirage turbo and 600 Colt turbo chassis's are the total number of cars that make up the ~1500 C53A turbo cars for North America. As of yet, there are no official USDM/Canadian market production breakdown numbers that I have been made aware of.
Per Shawn B - "This was a question long ago and with the help of a friend via the department of motor vehicles the number of accounted vehicles are as such 900 mirage turbos 600 colt gt with the gs sedan and hatchback being the rarest -i have only seen 1 hatch and 2 sedans with the non turbo motors"
The serial number on the firewall (painted red over top) and separate of the rivetted and stamped code number plate, contains the last serialized digits of the VIN.
This can be a good way to check if the firewall code and door jamb plates are a match.
All C53A Federal Emission VIN's are listed as both "MMNA" and "Puerto Rico & Guam" markets within ASA Mitsubishi Motors North America 2007-12-28.
All C53A California Emission VIN's are listed only as sold within "MMNA", and more specifically California, USA.
Registry photo snaps were up to date as of January 2017, there are more vehicles that are listed but not pictured yet.
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