What Can Subaru VIN number Tell About Your Vehicle?

Dec 16, 2019

Subaru VIN numbers are used to learn all the essential information about the vehicle that a car buyer may want to know. Our Subaru VIN lookup service can help you identify the vehicle model, year of production, engine, restraint system, and many more. Moreover, Subaru VIN decoder can tell if the vehicle has ever been stolen, damaged, flooded or reported a lemon. This information can help you make a smart financial decision.

How to locate the Subaru VIN plate?

You can find the VIN in multiple locations on your Subaru, including the following:

- left front corner of dashboard

- left-side door jam

- various body panels

- engine components

- vehicle registration and title.

What does each character of the Subaru VIN number mean?

1.Country of production

J

4

Japan

USA

 

2. Car manufacturer

F

S

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Subaru

SubaruIsuzuAutomotive, Inc.

 

3. Vehicle type

1

2

3

4

Multi-Purpose Vehicle

/ Passenger Car

Multi-PurposeVehicle

PassengerCar

Multi-PurposeVehicle

 

4. Vehicle line/Restraint system (85-86)

A

Subaru/SeatBelts

 

4. Vehicle line (1987-08)

A

B

C

G

K

S

W

Loyale/XT

Legacy, Outback, Baja

SVX

Impreza

/ Outback (Sport)

Justy

Forester

B9 Tribeca

 

5. Body type

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

Justy 2-Door Hatchback

4-Door Sedan

ImprezaSedan

/ 4-Door Sedan

Impreza 4-Door Sedan

/ Justy 4-Door Hatchback

/ LegacyFour-Door Sedan

Impreza 4-Door Sedan

/ Legacy, Outback 4-Door Sedan

Hatchback

/ Impreza Wagon

/ Forester Sport Wagon

2-Door Coupe

/ Forester Sport Utility

/ Impreza Wagon

/ LegacyWagon (Outback)

H

J

K

L

M

N

P

Impreza Wagon

/ Legacy, Outback Wagon

LegacyWagon

Loyale Touring Wagon

/ Legacy Wagon

/ Touring Wagon

Legacy 4-Door Sedan

/Outback Sedan

Impreza Coupe

/ Wagon

/ 2-Door Coupe

Wagon

/ Loyale Wagon

/ Legacy Wagon

LegacyWagon

/ OutbackWagon

R

T

U

W

X

 

Brat

/ ImprezaWagon

Brat

/ Baja

Brat

Hardtop

XT, XT6

/ SVX 2-Door Coupe / B9 Tribeca 4-Door Utility

 

 

6. Engine Type

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

1.8L 4Cyl.

1.6L 4Cyl.

/ 1.8L 4Cyl.

/ 2.0L 4Cyl. (Turbo)

1.6L 4Cyl.

/ 2.2L 4Cyl.

/ 3.3L 6Cyl.

1.8L 4Cyl.

/ 2.2L 4Cyl.

1.8L 4Cyl.

2.2L 4Cyl.

/ 2.5L 4Cyl.

1.2L 3Cyl.

/ 1.8L 4Cyl.

/ 2.5L 4Cyl. (Turbo)

8

9

 

1.2L 3Cyl.

/ 2.5L 4 Cyl. (Turbo)

/ 2.7L V6

/ 3.0L V6

/ 3.3L V6

3.6L V6

 

 

7. Vehicle model

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Outback LL Bean

/ Impreza WRX STi

/ Tribeca Limited (7 Passenger)

Baja

/ Forester Base

/ Impreza Base

/ Legacy 2.5i

/ Outback 2.5i

/ STD

/ Tribeca (5 Passenger)

B9 Tribeca (5 Passenger)

/ Baja Sport

/ Brighton

/ DL

/ Loyale Non-Turbo

/ Legacy 2.5i Limited

/ Outback 2.5i Limited

/ Tribeca Limited (5 passenger)

Forester, Forester 2.5X

/ GL

/ Impreza

/Legacy L, L Plus

/ Legacy L Plus (1991)

/ Outback

/ RS Justy

/ SVX L

/ Baja Turbo

/ B9 Tribeca (5 Passenger)

/ Tribeca Limited (5 Passenger)

GLF

/ GL10

/ Impreza WRX

/ Legacy LS

/ Legacy GT

/ Legacy 2.5 GT

/ Outback 3.0R

/ SVX LS

/ XT6

B9 Tribeca (7 Passenger) / Forester S, 2.5 XS

/ Impreza LX, TS Sport

/ Impreza WRX-TR

/ Legacy GT Limited

/ Legacy LS, LSi

/ Outback 3.0R Limited

/ Turbo

/ SVX LS-L

B9 Tribeca (7 Passenger)

/ Forester Sports

/ Impreza RS

/ Impreza WRX-ST

/ Legacy Outback

/ LSi

/ Loyale Turbo

/ Outback

/ Outback L.L. Bean

/ RX Turbo

/ Tribeca (7 Passenger)

 

Forester L.L. Bean

/ GT

/ GL Turbo

/ Impreza RS

/ Legacy 2.5 GT Limited

/ Legacy Outback AWD

/ Loyale Turbo, Legacy Turbo

/ Legacy 2.5 GT Spec B (06-07)

/ Legacy 2.5 GT

/ Outback 2.5 XT Limited

/ Tribeca Limited(7 Passenger)

Legacy SUS

/ Impreza Outback Sport

/ Outback 2.5 XT

/ Outback Limited

/ Tribeca Limited(7 Passenger)

Forester 2.5XT

/ Impreza WRX, WRX Sport

/ Impreza WRX STi

/ Legacy GT, GT-B

/ Legacy Outback

/ Outback H6

/ Outback H6 VDC

/ PostalVehicle

 

8. Vehicle restraint (1990-08) - all Vehicles except Baja & 05-08 Outback

1

2

3

4

5

6

ManualBelts

AutomaticBelts

DriverAirBag

Driver Air Bag; Manual Belts

DualFrontAirBags

Dual Front, Side Air Bags; Man Belts

 

8. GVWR - Baja & 2005-08 Outback

C

D

4001-5000 lbs.

5001-6000 lbs.

 

8. GVWR/Restraint system (1983-89)

A

B

C

D

2

3

Less than 3000 lbs. GVWR/Manual Belts

3001-4000 lbs. GVWR/ManualBelts

4001-5000 lbs. GVWR

5001-6000 lbs. GVWR

3001-4000 lbs. GVWR/AutomaticBelts

DriverAirBag

 

9. Check digit

10. Model year

D

E

F

G

H

J

K

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

L

M

N

P

R

S

T

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

V

W

X

Y

1

2

3

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

4

5

6

7

8

 

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

 

 

11. Transmission

B

C

D

F

G

H

K

5-Speed M/T

A/T3/ECVT/4EAT

4-Speed M/T 4WD (83-84)

/ 5-Speed M/T 4WD (85-89)

A/T 4WD AT3/ECVT

M/T Full Time 4WD

A/T Full Time 4WD

4EAT

L

1

3

4

5

6

7

6-Speed M/T AWD

M/T FWD

A/T Full Time AWD

A/T Full Time AWD

A/T Full Time AWD

M/T Full Time AWD

A/T Full Time AWD

8

9

 

A/T Full Time AWD

A/T FWD

 

 

11.Assemblyplant

B

D

F

G

H

K

L

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

P

1

4

5

6

7

8

Japan

USA

USA

USA

USA

USA

USA

9

 

USA

 

 

12-17. Serial number

What can VIN number of older Saturn tell?

1972 Subaru Leone

The NHTSA standardized modern VIN format in 1981. Prior to this year, Saturnused shorter that 17 character VIN numbers. They were used to identify the vehicle’s body style and model year, engine, make and model.