2012 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.
subject to change, correction

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

JF1, JF2  is FHI Fugi Heavy Industry passenger vehicle, made in Japan
4S3 is a SIA Subaru-Indiana factory passenger vehicle Legacy (not Outback)
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.
subject to change, correction

B is Legacy and Outback, G is Impreza, S is Forester, W is Tribeca

Position 5- body  what kind of body
subject to change, correction

H- Forester or Impreza 5 door wagon, I- Impreza 4 door, M- Legacy sedan,  P- Impreza 5 door, R- WRX 5 door, Outback wagon, V- WRX 4 door, X- SUV
This code can change yearly.

Position 6 - Engine types, varies by year. This can change yearly
subject to change, correction

Impreza/Tribeca: A- 2.0L, 7- 2.5L turbo, 8- 2.5L STI turbo, 9- 3.6L
Legacy/Outback E- 3.6L, F- 2.5L turbo, G- 2.5L Canada, H-2.5L Canada,  J- 3.6L Canada, K 2.5L turbo Canada, L- 2.5L, M- 3.6L
Forester A-2.5L PZEV, B-2.5L, C 2.5L Canada, D- 2.5L Canada, E- 2.5L Canada, F- 2.5L Canada, G- 2.5L turbo, H- 2.5L, turbo Canada, J- 2.5L turbo CanaDa
 

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
A
-
2.5X/ XT Premium
base
base
2.0iL 
B
-
2.5 all wheel value pkg
Premium
Premium
2.0i Premium
C
-
2.5X Premium
Premium, AWP
Premium, AWP
2.0i Premium, awp
D
-
2.5X Premium awp
Premium, H/K audio
Premium, H/K audio
2.0i Premium, moonrood
E
-
2.5 Limited
Premium, moonroof
Premium, moonroof
2.0i Premium, nav / WRX
F
7pass Premium
2.5 Limited nav
Premium, HK audio, AWP
Premium, HK audio, AWP
2.0i Premium, moonroof, nav
G
7p Ltd Limited/Touring
2.5 X/XT Touring
Premium, awp, moonroof
Premium, awp, moonroof
2.0i Limited/SE
H
7p Limited/Touring Nav
2.5 X/XT Touring nav
Premium, awp, hk audio, moonroof
Premium, awp, hk audio, moonroof
STI
J
-
-
Limited, hk audio
Limited
STI sedan
K
7P Limited/Touring Nav/DVD
-
Limited, hk audio, moonroof
Limited, moonroof
STI/2.0i Limited, moonroof, nav
L
-
-
Limited, moonroof, Nav
Limited, moonroof, Nav
2.0i Sport Premium
M
-
-
Limited, moonroof
Limited, moonroof
2.0i Sport moonroof
N
-
-
-
-
2.0i Sport, nav
P
-
-
-
-
2.0i Sport, moonroof, nav
R
-
-
-
-
2.0i Sport Limited
S
-
-
-
-
2.0i Sport Limited, moonroof 
T
-
-
-
-
2.0i Sport Limited, nav
U
-
-
-
-
2.0i Sport Limited, moonroof, nav
V
-
-
-
-
2.0i Premium plus

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.

Position 10: Model year: C 2012, D 2013, E 2014

(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, A 2010, B 2011)

Position 11- Manufacturing plant and Transmission: can vary by year
 
SIA (US Built)- 
1: 6spd manual trans
2: 5 spd automatic
3: CVT
4: 5spd automatic
FHI (Japan built) 
G: 5spd manual 
H: 4 spd automatic
H: CVT, Impreza
L: 6 spd manual

Position 12-17- sequential production numbers. Changes yearly, based on the model
002001 and up- Legacy sedan; 
200001 and up - Outback wagon 
400001 and up- Tribeca
400001 and up- Forester
002001 Impreza 4 door
20001- Impreza 5 door 
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START 2012 OUTBACK, made in Lafayette, Indiana
 Information subject to change, correction, updating.
code
model Outback
option package code and description
trans
starting VIN
Vin Key
CDA 2.5i 01- base 6 spd manual 4S4BRBACXCI 200001
CDA 2.5i  11- alloy wheel value package 6 spd manual 4S4BRBACXCI 200001
CDB 2.5i 01- base CVT 4S4BRBACXC3 200001
CDB 2.5i 11- alloy wheel value package CVT 4S4BRBACXC3 200001
CDC 2.5i Premium 01- base 6 spd manual 4S4BRBBCXC1 200001
CDC 2.5i Premium 02- awp 6spd manual 4S4B4BCCXC1 200001
CDC 2.5i Premium 05- awp, h/k audio 6spd manual 4S4BRBFCXC1 200001
CDC 2.5i Premium 06- awp, moonroof 6 spd manual 4S4BRBGCXC1 200001
CDC 2.5i Premium 09- awp, moonroof, h/k audio 6 spd manual 4S4BRBHCXC1 200001
CDD 2.5i Premium 01- base CVT 4S4B4BBCXC3 200001
CDD 2.5i Premium 02- awp CVT 4S4BRBCCXC3 200001
CDD 2.5i Premium 05-awp, hk audio CVT 4S4B4BFCXC3 200001
CDD 2.5i Premium 06- awp, moonroof CVT 4S4BRBGCXC3 200001
CDD 2.5i Premium 09- awp, moonroof, hk audio CVT 4S4BRCHCXC3 200001
CDF 2.5i Limited 01- base CVT 4S4BRCJCXC3 200001
CDF 2.5i Limited 04- moonroof CVT 4S4B4BKCXC3 200001
CDF 2.5i Limited 08- moonroof, navigation CVT 4S4BRBLCXC3 200001
CDI 3.6R 01- base 5spd AT 4S4BRDACXC2 200001
CDJ 3.6R Premium 01- base 5spd AT 4S4BRDCCXC2 200001
CDJ 3.6R Premium 04- moonroof 5spd AT 4S4BRDGCXC2 200001
CDJ 3.6R Premium 07- h/k audio, moonroof 5spd AT 4S4BRDHCXC2 200001
CDK 3.6R Limited 01- base 5spd AT 4S4BRDJCXC2 200001
CDK 3.6R Limited 04- moonroof 5spd AT 4S4BRDKCXC2 200001
CDK 3.6R Limited 08- moonroof, navigation 5spd AT 4S4BRDLCXC2 200001
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start 2011 Legacy, made in Lafayette, Indiana
 Information subject to change, correction, updating.
code
model Legacy
option package code and description
trans
starting VIN
Vin Key
CAA 2.5i 01- base 6 spd manual 4S3BMAA6XC1 002001
CAA 2.5i 11- alloy wheel value package 6 speed manual 4S3BMAA6XC1 002001
CAB 2.5i 01- base CVT 4S3BMBA6XC1 002001
CAB 2.5i 11- alloy wheel value package CVT 4S3BMBA6XC1 002001
CAC 2.5i Premium 01- base 6 spd manual 4S3BMAB6XC1 002001
CAC 2.5i Premium 02- awp 6spd manual 4S3BMAC6XC1 002001
CAC 2.5i Premium 06- awp, moonroof 6 spd manual 4S3BMAG6XC1 002001
CAD 2.5i Premium 01- base CVT 4S3BMBB6XC3 002001
CAD 2.5i Premium 02- awp CVT 4S3BMBC6CX3 002001
CAD 2.5i Premium 05-awp, hk audio CVT 4S3BMBF6XC3 002001
CAD 2.5i Premium 06- awp, moonroof CVT 4S3BMBG6XC3 002001
CAD 2.5i Premium 09- awp, moonroof, hk audio CVT 4S3BMCH6XC3 002001
CAF 2.5i Limited 01- base CVT 4S3BMBJ6XC3 002001
CAF 2.5i Limited 04- moonroof CVT 4S3BMBK6XC3 002001
CAF 2.5i Limited 08- moonroof, navigation CVT 4S3BMBL6XC3 002001
CAH 2.5GT Limited 01- base 6spd manual 4S3BMKL6XC1 002001
CAH 2.5GT Limited 13- navigation 6spd manual 4S3BMKL6XC1 002001
CAI 3.6R 01- base 5spd AT 4S3BMEA6XC2 002001
CAJ 3.6R Premium 01- base 5spt AT 4S3BMDC6XC2 002001
CAJ 3.6R Premium 04- moonroof 5spd AT 4S3BMDG6XC2 002001
CAJ 3.6R Premium 07- hk audio, moonroof 5spd AT 4S3BMDH6XC2 002001
CAK 3.6R Limited 01-base 5spd AT 4S3BMDJ6XC2 002001
CAK 3.6R Limited 04- moonroof 5spd AT 4S3BMDK6XC2 002001
CAK 3.6R Limited 08- moonroof, navigation 5spd AT 4S3BMDL6XC2 002001
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START 2012 FORESTER, made in Japan
 Information subject to change, correction, updating.
code
option pkg
Forester model 
option package code and description
transmission
starting VIN
VIN key
CFA 01 2.5X 01- base 5 spd manual JF2SHAACG 400001
CFA 21 2.5X 21- alloy wheel/roof rack value package 5 spd manual JF2SHABCXCG 400001
CFB 01 2.5X 01- base 4 spd AT JF2SHAACXCH 400001
CFB 21 2.5X 21- alloy wheel/roof rack value package 4spd AT JF2SHABCXCH 400001
CFE 01 2.5X Premium 01- base 5 spd manual JF2SHBCCXCG 400001
CFE 02 2.5X Premium 02- awp 5 spd manual JF2SHBDCXCG 400001
CFF 01 2.5X Premium 01- base 4spd AT JF2SHBCCXCH 400001
CFF 02 2.5X Premium 02- awp 4spd AT JF2SHADCXCH 400001
CFF 33 2.5X Premium 33- awp, navigation 4spd At JF2SHADCXCH 400001
CFI 01 2.5XT Limited 01- base 4spd AT JF2SHBECXCH 400001
CFI 10 2.5XT Limited 10- navigation 4spd AT JF2SHAFCXCH 400001
CFJ 01 2.5XT Touring 01- base 4spd AT JF2SHAGCXCH 400001
CFJ 10 2.5XT Touring 10- navigation 4spd AT JF2SHBHCXCH 400001
CFM 01 2.5 XT 01- base 4spd AT JF2SHGACXCH 400001
CFN 01 2.5 XT Touring 01- base 4spd AT JF2SHGGCXCH 400001
CFN 19 2.5 XT Touring 10- navigation 4spd AT JF2SHGHCXCH 400001
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START 2012 TRIBECA, made in Lafayette, Indiana
 Information subject to change, correction, updating.
model code
Tribeca model
option package code and description
transmission
starting VIN
VIN key
CTC 3.6R Premium 01- base 5spd AT 4S4WX9FDXC 4400001
CTD 3.6R Limited 01- base 5spd AT 4S4WX9GDXC 4400001
CTD 3.6R Limited 04- moonroof 5spd AT 4S4WX9GDXC 4400001
CTD 3.6R Limited 08- moonroof, navigation, 5spd AT 4S4WX9HDXC 4400001
CTD 3.6R Limited 17- moonroof, navigation, rear seat dvd 5spd AT 4S4WX9KDXC 4400001
CTE 3.6R Touring 01- base 5spd AT 4S4WX9GDXC 4400001
CTE 3.6R Touring 13- navigation 5spd AT 4S4WX9HDXC 4400001
CTE 3.6R Touring 18- navigation, rear seat dvd 5spd AT 4S4WX9KDXC 4400001
END 2012 TRIBECA


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start 2012 Impreza, made in Japan
4dr sedan and 5 door hatchback
Information subject to change, correction, updating.
 
model code
Impreza 4 door sedan model
4 door sedan option code and description
transmission
starting VIN
VIN key
CJA 2.0i 4dr 01- base 5spd manual JF1GJAA6XCG 002001
CJB 2.0i 4dr 01- base CVT JF1GJAA6XCH 002001
CJC 2.0i 4dr Premium 01- base 5spd manual JF1GJAB6XCG 002001
CJC 2.0i 4dr Premium 02- all weather package (awp) 5spd manual JF1GJAC6XCG 002001
CJC 2.0i 4dr Premium 27- awp, alloy wheel upgrade, moonroof 5spd manual JF1GJAD6XCG 002001
CJD 2.0i 4dr Premium 01- base CVT JF1GJAB6XCH 002001
CJD 2.0i 4dr Premium 02- awp CVT JFAGJAC6XCH 002001
CJD 2.0i 4dr Premium 27- awp, alloy wheel upgrade, moonroof CVT JF1GJAD6XCH 002001
CJD 2.0i 4dr Premium 28 awp, alloy wheel upgrade, navigation CVT JF1GJAE6XCH 002001
CJD 2.0I 4dr Premium 29- awp, alloy wheel upgrade, navigation moonroof, CVT JF1GJAF6XCH 002001
CJF 2.0i 4dr Limited 01- base CVT JF1GJAG6XCH 002001
CJF 2.0i 4dr Limited 04- moonroof CVT JF1GJAH6XCH 002001
CJF 2.0i 4dr Limited 08- moonroof, navigation CVT JF1GJAK6XCH 002001
- - - - - -
model code
Impreza 5 door hatchback model
5 door wagon option code and description
trans
starting VIN
VIN key
CLA 2.0i 5dr 01- base 5spd manual JF1GPAA6XCG 200001
CLB 2.0i 5dr 01- base CVT JF1GPAA6XCH 200001
CLC 2.0i 5dr Premium 01- base  5spd manual JF1GPAB6XCG 200001
CLC 2.0i 5dr Premium 02- all weather package (awp) 5spd manual JF1GPAC6XCG 200001
CLC 2.0 5dr Premium 27- awp, alloy wheel upgrade, moonroof 5spd manual JF1GPAD6XCG 200001
CLD 2.0i 5dr Premium 01- base CVT JF1GPAB6XCH 200001
CLD 2.0i 5dr Premium 02- awp CVT JF1GPAC6XCH 200001
CLD 2.0i 5dr Premium 27-  awp, alloy wheel upgrade, moonroof CVT JF1GPAD6XCH 200001
CLD 2.0i 5dr Premium 28- awp, alloy wheel upgrade, navigation CVT JF1GPAE6XCH 200001
CLD 2.0i 5dr Premium 29- awp, alloy wheel upgrade, moonroof, navigation CVT JF1GPAF6XCH 200001
CLF 2.0i 5dr Limited 01- base CVT JF1GPAG6XCH 200001
CLF 2.0i 5dr Limited 04- moonroof CVT JF1GPAH6XCH 200001
CLF 2.0i 5dr Limited 08- moonroof, navigation CVT JF1GPAK6XCH 200001
CLJ 2.0i 5dr Sport Premium 01- base 5 spd manual JF1GPAL6XCG 200001
CLK 2.0i 5dr Sport Premium 01- base CVT JF1GPAl6XCH 200001
CLL 2.0i 5dr Sport Limited 01- base CVT JF1GPAR6XCH 200001
CLL 2.0i 5dr Sport Limited 62- moonroof  CVT JF1GPAS6XCH 200001
CLL 2.0i 5dr Sport Limited 63- moonroof, navigation CVT JF1GPAU6XCH 200001
Information subject to change, correction, updating.

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start 2012 WRX AND STI
4dr sedan and 5 door hatchback
made in Japan. Information subject to change, correction, updating.
 
model code
WRX and STI 4 door sedan model
model option code and description
trans
starting VIN
VIN key
CWN WRX 4 door  01- base 5spd manual JF1GV7E6XCG 002001
CWO WRX Premium 4door 01- base 5spd manual JF1GV7F6XCG 002001
CWO WRX Premium 4 door 14- navigation 5spd manual JF1GV7F6XCG 002001
CWP WRX Limited 4 door 01- base 5spd manual JF1GV7F6XCG 002001
CWP WRX Limited 4 door 14- navigation 5spd manual JF1GV7E6XCG 002001
CWV STI 4 door 01- base 6 spd manual JF1GV8J6XCL 002001
CWV STI 4 door 10- navigation 6 spd manual JF1GV8J6XCL 002001
CWW STI Limited 4 door 01- base 6 spd manual JF1GV8J6XCL 002001
CWW STI Limited 4 door 10- navigation 6 spd manual JF1GV8J6XCL 002001
model code
WRX and STI 5 door hatchback model
model option code and description
trans
starting VIN
VIN key
CXN WRX 5 door 01- base 5spd manual JF1GR7E6XCG 200001
CXO WRX Premium 5 door 01- base 5spd manual JF1GR7E6XCG 200001
CXO WRX Premium 5 door 14- navigation 5spd manual JF1GR7E6XCG 200001
CXP WRX Limited 5 door 01- base 5spd manual JF1GR7E6XCG 200001
CXP WRX Limited 5 door 14- navigation 5spd manual JF1GR7E6XCG 200001
CXV STI 5 door 01- base 6 spd manual JF1GR8H6XCL 200001
CXV STI 5 door 10- navigation 6 spd manual JF1GR8H6XCL 200001
all info subject to chamnge, correction

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