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

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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
4
S
3
B
E
6
3
5
X
3
6
2
0
0
0
0
1
position #
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12-17
means
manufacturer's code
line body engine model/trim
restraint systems
check digit year
factory and
transmission
sequential production number

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 Legacy sedan Legacy wagon Outback Forester Impreza Baja
1
2.5i
2.5i
2.5i
     
2
2.5i Limited
2.5i Limited
2.5i Limited
   
Sport
3      
X
 
Turbo
4    
3.0R sedan
     
5    
3.0R VDC
XS
   
6    
3.0R LL Bean
 
RS sedan w/ sport pkg
 
7
GT Limited
GT Limited
XT Limited
XS w/ moonroof, LL Bean
RS sedan, wagon
 
8
GT
GT
XT
 
Outback Sport
 
9      
XT
WRX sedan, wagon
 
0        
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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Real examples
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). 
position  1-2-3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12-17
this VIN 4S4 B P 6 7 C ?
5 4 50431-
what it means made in USA at SIA, is a truck Legacy line Legacy wagon either 2.2 or 2,.5L. since it's  2005 it's 2.5 since it's a 4S4 truck, this must be an Outback XT Limited manual seat belts and front and side airbags check digit, a mathematical mystery 5= 2005 in 2005, 4 meant 5spd automatic  sequential production 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). 
position  1-2-3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12-17
this VIN JF1 G D 7 0 6 ?
5 L 50431-
what it means made by Fugi in Japan Impreza line Impreza sedan 2.5L turbo, STi only since it's an  Impreza 0 = STi manual seat belts and front and side airbags check digit, a mathematical mystery 5= 2005 in 05 L was AWD 6spd manual sequential production number
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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).
position  1-2-3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12-17
this VIN JF1 G D 2 9 6 ?
3 G 50431-
what it means made by Fugi in Japan Impreza line Impreza sedan 2.0L turbo WRX or H6 Legacy wagon
(this is a WRX)
manual seat belts and front and side airbags check digit, a mathematical mystery it's a 2003 in 1995 G was manaul AWD if made in Japan sequential production number
.
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 12-17
this VIN 4S3 B K 6 3 5 ?
S 9 932008-
what it means made in SIA Legacy line wagon 2.2L must have been 2wd L wgn manual seat belts and dual airbags check digit, a mathematical mystery 1995 in 1995 9 must have been SIA automatic 2wd sequential production number
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2009 VIN chart


2008

2008

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2009 Tribeca

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2008 Tribeca

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2008 Tribeca VIN
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2007 Tribeca
2007 Tribeca VIN codes

2006 B9 TRIBECA
2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca VIN code
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2009 Legacy and Outback

2008 Legacy and Outback VIN
2008 Legacy, Outback
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2007 Legacy and Outback VIN
2007 Legacy and Outback VIN
07 Legacy, Outback
2007 Subaru Legacy and Outback VIN de-code
c SoA

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2006 Legacy and Outback VIN
2006 Subaru Legacy and Outback VIN codes
C SoA
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2005 Outback, Legacy
2005 Outback, Legacy VIN
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2004 LEGACY, OUTBACK VIN

2004 SUBARU LEGACY, OUTBACK VIN CODES
C SoA
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1999 Outback, Legacy
1999 Outback, Legacy


2009 Forester

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2009 Forester VIN code
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2008 Forester (see schematic above)

2007 Forester
2007 Subaru Forester VIN decode
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2004 Forester
2004 Forester
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2000 Forester
2000 Forester VIN codes


2009 Impreza


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2008 Impreza

2008 Subaru Impreza VIN codes
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2008 Impreza STI
2008 Subaru Impreza STI VIN codes
2008 Subaru Impreza STI VIN codes
WRX STI VIN CODES
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2007 Impreza
2007 Impreza VIN
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2006 Impreza WRX, STI VIN codes
2006 Impreza WRX, STI Vin codes
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2004 Impreza WRX, STI VIN code
2004 SUBARU WRX, STI VIN CODE
c SoA
2002 Impreza
2002 Impreza VIN codes
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2001 Impreza VIN
2001 Subaru Impreza VIN codes
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1999 Impreza
1999 Impreza VIN codes

1997 Impreza VIN codes
1997 Subaru Impreza VIN code
c SoA

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2006 BAJA
2006 SUBARU BAJA VIN
2004 Baja
2004 Baja


1997 SVX
1997 SUBARU SVX VIN CODE

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