2009 SUBARU SERIAL NUMBER VIN DE-CODER, READ YOUR VEHICLE'S VIN

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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, on your registration and title

A code's specific meaning may be different on a yearly basis but the position remains the same.
 

 VIN example
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 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 Fuji 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

JF2  is FHI Fugi Heavy Industry passenger vehicle, made in Japan
4S3 is a SIA Subaru-Indiana factory passenger vehicle (Legacy)
4S4 is a SIA Subaru-Indiana factory MPV/SUV multi purpose vehicle- Outback and Tribeca

Position 4 model ie line or model type, ie. what product line.
B is Legacy and Outback, G is Impreza, S is Forester, W is Tribeca

Position 5- body  what kind of body
E- Impreza 4 door sedan,  L- Legacy sedan,  P- Legacy wagon (Canada), R- Impreza 5 dr wagon, X- SUV
This code can change yearly.

Position 6 - Engine types, varies by year. This can change yearly
6- 2.5L, 7- 2.5L WRX turbo, 8- 3.0L 6 cyl and 2.5L STI high power turbo, 9- 3.6L

Position 7 - model type and trim. First, you have to know the model, then you can decipher the correct trim.
number
Tribeca
Forester
Legacy
Outback
Impreza
1
5pass
2.5X
2.5i
2.5i
2.5i
2
5p Ltd
2.X  Premium awp
2.5 Limited
-
2.5i -S
3
5p ltd Nav
2.5X Premium
 
XT - Limited
Outback Sport
4
5p Ltd DVD
2.5X LL Bean/Limited
3.0R
-
2.5GT
5
-
2.5 XT
3.0R Limited
3.0R - Limited
WRX - 2.5GT
6
7pass
2.5 XT Limited
-
2.5i - Limited
WRX -SS
7
7p Ltd
-
2.5 GT Limited
-
-
8
7p Ltd Nav
-
-
-
-
9
7p Ltd DVD
-
GT specB
-
STI
0
7P Ltd Nav/DVD
-
2.5i base
2.5i base
2.5i Limited

Position 8 is the restraint system based on GVWR.
6- manual seat belts with dual front and dual side airbags, front/rear curtain airbags (except Outback).
C: Class C (4001-5000lbs) MPV manual seat belts with dual front and dual side airbags, front/rear curtain airbags (Outback)
D: Class D (GVWR 5001-6000lbs) manual seat belts with dual front and dual side airbags, front/rear curtain airbags

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: 9 - 2009, A- 2010, B 2011, C 2012...

(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, 9 2009)

Position 11- Manufacturing plant and Transmission: can vary by year
 
SIA (US Built)- 
3: 6spd manual trans
4: 5 spd automatic
6: 5 spd manual
7: 4spd automatic
FHI (Japan built) 
G: 5 spd manual, 
H: 4 spd automatic 
L: 6spd manual

Position 12-17- sequential production numbers. Changes yearly, based on the model
210001  and up- Legacy sedan; 
310001 and up - Outback wagon 
400001 and up- Tribeca
500001 and up- Impreza 4 door sedan 
700001 and up- Forester
800001 and up- Impreza 5door wagon
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START 2009 LEGACY AND OUTBACK, made in Lafayette, Indiana
 Information subject to change, correction, updating.
 
code
LEGACY SEDAN model
transmission
starting VIN
VIN key
9AA 2.5i 5 spd manual 4S3BL606X 96210001
9AB 2.5i 4 spd auto 4S3BL606X 97210001
9AC 2.5i SE 5 spd manual 4S3BL616X 96210001
9AD 2.5i SE 4 spd auto 4S3BL616X 97210001
9AE 2.5i Limited 4 spd auto 4S3BL626X 97210001
9AJ 2.5GT Limited 5 spd manual 4S3BL676X 96210001
9AK 2.5GT Limited 5 spd auto 4S3BL676X 94210001
9AL 2.5GT Limitedf Navigation 5 spd auto 4S3BL676X 94210001
9AS 2.5GT specB 6 spd manual 4S3BL696X 93210001
9AT 3.0R  5 spd auto 4S3BL846X 94210001
9AU 3.0R Limited 5 spd auto 4S3BL856X 94210001
9AV 3.0R Limited navigation 5 spd auto 4S3BL856X 94210001
OUTBACK WAGON
code
model
transmission
starting VIN
VIN key
9DA 2.5i 5 spd manual 4S4BP60CX 96310001
9DB 2.5i 4 spd auto 4S4BP60CX 97310001
9DC 2.5i SE 5 spd manual 4S4BP61CX 96310001
9DD 2.5i SE 4 spd auto 4S4BP61CX 97310001
9DG 2.5i Limited 4 spd auto 4S4BP66CX 97310001
9DH 2.5i Limited navigation 4 spd auto 4S4BP66CX 97310001
9DJ 2.5XT Limited 5 spd manual 4S4BP63CX 96310001
9DK 2.5XT Limited 5 spd auto 4S4BP63CX 94310001
9DL 2.5XT Limited navigation 5 spd auto 4S4BP63CX 94310001
9DU 3.0R Limited 5 spd auto 4S4BP85CX 94310001
9DV 3.0R Limited navigation 5 spd auto 4S4BP85CX 94310001
end 2009 Legacy and Outback


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START 2009 FORESTER, made in Japan
 Information subject to change, correction, updating.
code
2009 Forester model 
transmission
starting VIN
VIN key
9FA 2.5X 5 spd manual JF2SH616X 9G700001
9FB 2.5X 4 spd AT JF2SH616X 9H700001
9FC 2.5X Premium 5 spd manual JF2SH636X 9G700001
9FG 2.5X Premium AWP 5 spd manual JF2SH636X 9H700001
9FD 2.5X Premium 4spd AT JF2SH636X 9G700001
9FH 2.5X Premium AWP 4spd AT JF2SH636X 9H700001
9FI 2.5X Limited (LL Bean) 4 spd AT JF2SH646X 9H700001
AFJ 2.5X Limited (LL Bean) navigation 4spd AT JF2SH646X 9H700001
9FM 2.5 XT 4spd AT JF2SH656X 9H700001
9FN 2.5 XT Limited 4spd AT JF2SH666X 9H700001
9FN 2.5 XT Limited navigation 4spd AT JF2SH666X 9H700001
end 2009 Forester


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START 2009 TRIBECA, made in Lafayette, Indiana
 Information subject to change, correction, updating.
model code
Tribeca model
transmission
starting VIN
VIN key
9TA 5 pass 5spd AT 4S4WX91DX 94400001
9TD 5 pass SE 5spd AT 4S4WX92DX 94400001
9TB 5 pass Limited 5spd AT 4S4WX92DX 94400001
9TC 5 pass Limited, navigation 5spd AT 4S4WX93DX 94400001
9TH 7 pass 5spd AT 4S4WX96DX 94400001
9TL 7 pass SE 5spd AT 4S4WX97DX 94400001
9TI 7 pass Limited 5spd AT 4S4WX97DX 94400001
9TJ 7 pass Limited, navigation 5spd AT 4S4WX98DX 94400001
9TK 7 pass Limited, navigation, rear seat dvd 5spd AT 4S4WX90DX 94400001
END 2009 TRIBECA


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start 2009 Impreza, made in Japan
Information subject to change, correction, updating.
model code
4 door Impreza model
transmission
starting VIN
VIN key
9JA 2.5i 4dr 5spd manual JF1GE616X 9G500001
9JB 2.5i 4dr 4spd AT JF1GE616X 9H500001
9JC 2.5i 4dr Premium 5spd manual JF1GE606X 9G500001
9JD 2.5i 4dr Premium 4spd AT JF1GE606X 9H500001
9JF 2.5i 4dr premium, navigation, satellite radio 5spd manual JF1GE606X 9H500001
9JM GT 4dr Prermium 4spd AT JF1GE746X 9H500001
9JO WRX 4dr 5spd manual JF1GE766X 9G500001
9JP WRX 4dr Premium 5spd manual JF1GE766X 9G500001
9JQ WRX 4dr Premium, navigation, satellite radio 5spd manual JF1GE766X 9G500001
model code
5 door Impreza model
trans
starting VIN
VIN key
9LA 2.5i 5dr 5spd manual JF1GH616X 9G800001
9LB 2.5i 5dr 4spd AT JF1GH616X 9H800001
9LC 2.5i 5dr Premium 5spd manual JF1GH606X 9G800001
9LD 2.5i 5dr Premium 4spd AT JF1GH6B6X 9H800001
9LF 2.5i 5dr Premium navigation, satellite radio  5spd AT JF1GH606X 9H80001
9LJ Outback Sport 5spd manual JF1GH636X 9G800001
9LK Outback Sport 4spd AT JF1GE636X 9H800001
9LM GT 5dr Premium 4spd AT JF1GH746X 9H800001
9LO WRX 5dr 5spd manual JF1GH766X 9G800001
9LP WRX 5dr Premium 5spd manual JF1GH766X 9G800001
9LQ WRX 5dr Premium navigation, satellite radio 5spd manual JF1GH766X 9G800001
9LV STI 5spd manual JF1GR896X 9L800001
9LW STI, silver BBS alloys 5spd manual JF1GR896X 9L800001
9LX STI, gold BBS alloys 5spd manual JF1GR896X 9L800001
ALY STI, silver BBS alloys, navigation 5spd manual JF1GR896X 9L800001
9LZ STI, gold BBS allopys, navigation 5spd manual JF1GR896X 9L800001
end 2009 Impreza
Information subject to change, correction, updating.
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