Originally Posted by WGFA
Is it possible to find the build date from a Trucks Vin # or window sticker?
There's lots of misinformation floating around the web on this subject. Here's the straight skinny.
The actual build date (the date the vehicle came off the assembly line) is available in password protected Ford databases. Your dealer has the password and can go into the OASIS system and produce a build sheet for your VIN. The build sheet will include the date the vehicle rolled off the assembly line. the VIN is useless to determine the build date, other than to get the dealerperson to the right spot in the OASIS database.
You'll hear misinformation that the build date is on the window sticker. But it's not. There is a date at the bottom center of the sticker, but that's the date the window sticker was printed, not the date of assembly. The date of assembly will be a few days later. For example, the bottom line on my sticker shows
BM081 N RB 2X 215 004316 12 08 11
My truck rolled off the assembly line on 12/13/11, then because of holidays and a shortage of truck drivers in this area, I didn't see it until 01/02/12.