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SUBARU SERIAL NUMBER VIN DE-CODER, READ YOUR VEHICLE'S VIN

Examples on this page , through 2009 model year: Legacy, Outback - Forester - Impreza, WRX, STI - Tribeca - Baja - SVX other pages: 2010 VINS Note - this unofficial independent Subaru research site is designed to help you learn about Subarus. It is not sponsored, authorized, supported or approved by Subaru or any dealer and is not connected to or affiliated with, any dealer. Always contact your local dealer. Inspect any vehicle prior to purchasing. Information subject to change, correction, updating. homepage, sitemap, contact text, formatting c j spitz, unauthorized reproduction prohibited. thanks for visiting. you are here http://www.cars101.com/subaru/vin.html v 8.7.10 The current VIN is 17 characters long. This system started in 1981. Prior to that, VINs varied in length from 11 to 17 characters. Where is it located: Left front corner of dashboard, driver's door jam, various body panels and engine components, your registration and title A code's specific meaning may be different on a yearly basis but the position remains the same.

VIN real examples are below position # means

20000 1 12-17 sequential manufacturer's restraint check factory and line body engine model/trim year production code systems digit transmission number

4 1

S 2

3 3

B 4

E 5

6 6

3 7

5 8

X 9

3 10

6 11

Positions 1-2-3 are the Manufacturer ID code. 1: country code. J is Japan (1 or 4 is USA, 2 is Canada, 3 Mexico, K Korea, S England, W Germany, Z Italy etc) 2. manufacturer. F is Fugi Heavy Industries (A is Audi, B BMW, C Chrysler, F Ord, G GM, H Honda, S Subaru, V VW etc) 3. Vehicle type or manufacturing division JF1 is FHI Fugi Heavy Industry passenger vehicle, made in Japan 4S3 is a SIA Subaru-Isuzu factory passenger vehicle 4S4 is a SIA Subaru-Isuzu factory MPV multi purpose vehicle such as the 2005 Outback, but not the 04 which was a 4S3 because it was still considered a car. Position 4 is Line type, ie. what product line. B is Legacy, G is Impreza, S is Forester, Position 5- tells what kind of body, ie Impreza sedan, Legacy wagon, Baja, Impreza or Forester wagon, Legacy wagon etc. D- Impreza sedan; L- Legacy sedan; G Impreza Sport wgn and Forester; P- Legacy wagon; T- Baja This code can change yearly. Position 6 - Engine types, varies by year. This can change yearly 2 is 2.0L turbo 4cyl; 6 is either 2.2L or 2.5L 4 cyl; 7 is a 2.5L turbo STi motor; 8 is a 3.0L 6 cyl. Position 7 - model type and trim. First, you have to know the model, then you can decipher the correct trim. 2003: 1: Baja, 2: Brighton, 3: Legacy L, Forester X, 4: Legacy GT, 5: Legacy GT w/ leather, Impreza TS, Forester XS, 6: Legacy Outback, 7: Legacy Outback w/ All Weather pkg, Impreza RS sedan, 8: Legacy Outback Limited wagon and sedan, Impreza Outback Sport, 9: Legacy Outback wagon H6, Impreza WRX, 0: Legacy Outback LL Bean wagon 2005 number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 3.0R sedan 3.0R VDC 3.0R LL Bean Legacy Legacy Outback sedan wagon 2.5i 2.5i 2.5i 2.5i 2.5i 2.5i Limited Limited Limited Forester Impreza Baja

Sport X Turbo

XS RS sedan w/ sport pkg

XS w/ GT GT XT RS sedan, moonroof, LL Limited Limited Limited wagon Bean Outback GT GT XT Sport WRX sedan, XT wagon WRX STi

Position 8 is the Restraint. 5- manual seat belts with dual front airbags, 6- manual seat belts with dual front and dual side airbags. C: Class C (4001-5000lbs) MPV Position 9: check digit. A mathamatical formula that takes all the other characters in the VIN and comes up with a value of 0-9 or X, thus ensuring accuracy. I have no idea how this works. It's a mystery. Position 10: Model year: J is 1988, K is 1989, L 1990, M 1991, N 1992, P 1993, R 1994, S 1995, T 1996, V 1997, W 1998, X 1999, Y 2000, 1 2001, 2 2002, 3 2003, 4 2004, 5 2005, 6 2006, 7 2007, 8 2008... Position 11- Manufacturing plant and Transmission: can vary by year SIA (US Built)- 4: SIA, 5spd SportShift automatic, 5: SIA, 4spd SportShift automatic, 6: 5spd manual awd, 7: automatic awd, '-' can be 6spd manual, postal car depending on the year FHI (Japan built)- G: manual awd, H: automatic awd, L 6spd manual Position 12-17- sequential production numbers. Changes yearly, based on the line 100001 Baja; 200001 Legacy and Outback sedan; 300001 Legacy and Outback wagon; 500001 Impreza sedan; 600001 Legacy and Outback wagon; 700001 Forester; 800001 Impreza Sport wagon

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Example from 2005. This is an Outback XT Limited wagon 4S4 B P 6 7 C 4 5 4 32662- (last digit left blank because this is a real car). 5 6 7 8 9 P 6 7 C 4

position 1-2-3 this 4S4 VIN

4 B

10 5

11 4

12-17 50431-

either 2.2 or made in what it Legacy Legacy 2,.5L. since USA at SIA, means line wagon it's 2005 it's is a truck 2.5

since it's a 4S4 truck, manual seat check digit, a in 2005, 4 sequential 5= this must be an belts and front mathamatical meant 5spd production 2005 Outback XT Limited and side airbags mystery automatic number

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Example from 2005. This is an Impreza STi sedan JF1 G D 7 0 6 9 5 L 51722-- (last digit left blank because this is a real car). 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 D 7 0 6 manual seat belts and front and side airbags 9 ccheck digit, a mathamatical mystery 5 L

position 1-2-3 this JF1 VIN made by what it Fugi in means Japan

4 G

12-17 50431sequential production number

2.5L since it's an Impreza Impreza turbo, Impreza 0 = line sedan STi only STi

in 05 L was 5= AWD 6spd 2005 manual

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Example from 2003. This is an Impreza WRX sedan JF1 G D 2 9 6 3 3 G 50431- (last digit left blank because this is a real car). 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 D 2 9 6 3 check digit, a mathamatical mystery 3 G

position 1-2-3 this JF1 VIN made by what it Fugi in means Japan

4 G

12-17 50431-

WRX or H6 Legacy manual seat belts Impreza Impreza 2.0L wagon and front and side line sedan turbo airbags (this is a WRX)

in 1995 G was sequential it's a manaul AWD if made production 2003 in Japan number

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Example from 1995. This is an automatic 2wd Legacy L wagon 4S3 B K 6 3 5 X S 9 32008- (last digit left blank because this is a real car). position 1-2-3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 this VIN 4S3 B K 6 3 5 X S 9 must have check digit, a in 1995 9 must have what it made Legacy manual seat belts wagon 2.2L been 2wd L mathamatical 1995 been SIA automatic means in SIA line and dual airbags wgn mystery 2wd

12-17 932008sequential production number

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2009 Tribeca

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2006 B9 TRIBECA

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2009 Legacy and Outback

2008 Legacy and Outback VIN

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07 Legacy, Outback

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2009 Forester

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2007 Forester

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2009 Impreza

2008 Impreza

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2004 Impreza WRX, STI VIN code

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2002 Impreza

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1997 Impreza VIN codes

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2006 BAJA

2004 Baja

1997 SVX

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