Subaru VIN Decoder

Subaru VIN Decoder

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Updated Thursday Jul 27, 2017

Enter any Subaru VIN to look up options, features, model, year and other factory specifications. This Subaru VIN Decoder will display information such as engine, transmission, model, year, trim, MSRP and installed options. 

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*VIN Decoder is in Beta and may not work for all VIN numbers.

Decoding a VIN allows you to obtain a vehicle's information instantly, such as: 

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Where can I find the VIN number? 

decode vin number Bottom lower corner of the windshield. 
vin number location Driver door jamb
  The title, registration or insurance card.

 

Keep in mind that we provide this Subaru VIN decoder free for our regestred members. In case our Subaru VIN decoder doesn't provide the information that you are looking for such as the engine serial number, there are a few alternative websites that also offer free Subaru VIN number decoding. 

Option 2: Subaru VIN Decoder

Vindecoderz.com is one of our favorite Subaru VIN decoding sites. The site gives its users important information on their vehicles such as Subaru engine serial number. It also includes general information like the name and makes and other specific data like the approximate mileage the vehicle may have covered and the type of fuel it runs on. The site also gives an option to check the history of the vehicle which may be very resourceful to Subaru owners, potential owners, and enthusiasts but that service is paid.

Option 3: Vincario

Vindecoder.eu is another Subaru VIN decoding site. On VIN lookup, the site gives information on the vehicle like the product type, the type of drive, the engine specifications, the transmission and much more. In addition to this, the site has a stolen database where the theft history of the vehicle is looked up for paid members.

SUBARU VIN NUMBER LOCATION


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The Subaru VIN can be located in the following places in the vehicle:

  • On a metal plate riveted on the left or right suspension housing.
  • On the driver’s side of the vehicle on the windscreen where it meets the dashboard

HOW TO DECODE SUBARU VIN


Position 1

Position one of the Subaru VIN identifies of the country where the vehicle was assembled.

  • 1, 4, 5 United States
  • 2 Canada
  • 3 Mexico
  • J Japan

Position 2

The second position in the Subaru VIN is used to identify the manufacturer of the vehicle.

Position 3

Position three identifies the brand division of the manufacturer. This character pinpoints the exact brand division regardless of the number of divisions the manufacturer may have.

These first three positions of the Subaru VIN are collectively known as the World Make Identifiers (WMI). The WMI codes for Subaru are as follows:

Make

WMI

Manufacturer

Brand Owner

Country Code

Country

SUBARU

4S3

Subaru-Isuzu of America (USA)

GM

4S

USA

SUBARU

4S4

Subaru-Isuzu of America (USA)

GM

4S

USA

SUBARU

JF1

Fuji Heavy Industries (J)

GM

JF

Japan

SUBARU

JF2

Fuji Heavy Industries (J)

GM

JF

Japan

SUBARU

JF3

Fuji Heavy Industries (J)

GM

JF

Japan

SUBARU

JF4

Fuji Heavy Industries (J)

GM

JF

Japan

SUBARU

JFB

Fuji Heavy Industries (J)

GM

JF

Japan

 

Position 4

For Subaru vehicles released until the year 1998, this position identifies the model line of the vehicle.

  • A - Alcyone / XT / XT6 (all with a coupe)
  • B - Legacy / Baja
  • C - SVX
  • G - Impreza

For modern Subaru models released for the European market, and those released for the North American market, position four identifies the model line of the vehicle.

  • B - Legacy
  • G - Impreza
  • S - Forester
  • W - (B9) Tribeca

Position 5

Position five represents the body type of the Subaru.

E - Legacy sedan
G - Legacy Wagon

D - Impreza (sedan)
G - Impreza (touring)
F - Forester;
K - Legacy (station wagon);
L - Legacy (sedan);
P - Outback;
X-B9 Tribeca

Position 6

Position six of the Subaru VIN identifies the engine type and wheel formula of the vehicle.

For Subaru vehicles released until the year 1998

  • 3 - 1.8 liters, 4x4
  • 4 - 2.0 liters, 4x2
  • 5 - 2.0 liters, 4x4
  • 7 - 2.2 liters, 4x4
  • 9 - 2.5 liters, 4x4

For modern Subaru models released for the European market

  • 4 - 1.6 liters
  • 5 - 1.6 liters
  • 8 - 3.0 liters
  • 9 - 2.0 liters
  • G - 2.5 liters
  • F - 2.5 liters

For modern Subaru models released for the North American market

  • 2 - 1.8 liters 4x2
  • 3 - 3.0 liters 4x2
  • 4 - 2.2 liters of 4x4
  • 6 - 2.5 liters 4x4
  • 8 - 3.0 liters of 4x4

Position 7

This position identifies the steering wheel position of the vehicle.

  • L - left
  • R - right

Position 8

For Subaru vehicles released until the year 1998, and the modern ones released for the European market, position eight is held by a character that identifies the power supply system and the transmission type of the vehicle.

  • J - SOHC, petrol, distributed injection, manual gearbox, 4x4
  • R - SOHC, petrol, distributed injection, automatic gearbox
  • G - SOHC, petrol, distributed injection, manual gearbox, 4x2

For modern Subaru models released for the North American market, position eight identifies the safety systems incorporated in the vehicle.

  • 2 - automatic seat belts
  • 5 - seat belts, two front airbags
  • 6 - seat belts, two front airbags, side airbags
  • C - seat belts, two front airbags, side airbags, side air curtains

Position 9

For Subaru vehicles released until the year 1998, and the modern ones released for the European market, position nine identifies the drive system of the vehicle.

3 -  all-wheel drive, manual gearbox without a downshift
4 -  all-wheel drive, manual gearbox with a reduction gear
5 -  all-wheel drive, automatic gearbox
9 - front-wheel drive, manual

Position 10 – Model Year

Position ten of the Subaru VIN represents the production year of the vehicle. This is as shown in the table below.

Year of Issue

Designation

Year of Issue

Designation

Year of Issue

Designation

1971

1

1991

M

2011

B

1972

2

1992

N

2012

C

1973

3

1993

P

2013

D

1974

4

1994

R

2014

E

1975

5

1995

S

2015

F

1976

6

1996

T

2016

G

1977

7

1997

V

2017

H

1978

8

1998

W

2018

J

1979

9

1999

X

2019

K

1980

A

2000

Y

2020

L

1981

B

2001

1

2021

M

1982

C

2002

2

2022

N

1983

D

2003

3

2023

P

1984

E

2004

4

2024

R

1985

F

2005

5

2025

S

1986

G

2006

6

2026

T

1987

H

2007

7

2027

V

1988

J

2008

8

2028

W

1989

K

2009

9

2029

X

1990

L

2010

A

2030

Y

 

Position 11

Position eleven of the Subaru VIN identifies the assembly plant of the vehicle.

G - factory in Ota city, pref. Gunma, Japan

For modern Subaru vehicles made for the North American market, position eleven identifies the assembly place of the vehicle as well as its type of transmission.

6 - Subaru of Indiana Automotive (USA), 4x4 manual
7 - Subaru of Indiana Automotive (USA), 4x4 automatic gearbox
8 - Subaru of Indiana Automotive (USA), 4x4 automatic gearbox
C - plant in Ota city Gunma, Japan, 4x2 automatic gearbox
G - factory in Ota city,  Gunma, Japan, 4x4 manual
H - factory in Ota city, Gunma, Japan, 4x4 automatic

Position 12 - 17 – Serial Number

Position twelve through seventeen of the Subaru VIN is held by a set of digits that represent the vehicle’s serial number. This set of numbers is used to pinpoint the exact vehicle being looked up. The numbers are not standardized and their choice is solely dependent on the manufacturer of the vehicle.

SUBARU MODELS


Subaru models are as listed below:

  • Subaru 360
  • Subaru 450
  • Subaru 1000
  • Subaru 1500
  • Subaru 1600
  • Subaru Alcyone SVX
  • Subaru Alcyone
  • Subaru B9sc
  • Subaru Baja
  • Subaru Bighorn
  • Subaru BRAT
  • Subaru Brumby
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Subaru BRZ Concept STI
  • Subaru Dex
  • Subaru Elaion
  • Subaru Exiga
  • Subaru FF-1 Star
  • Subaru Fiori
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru G
  • Subaru G3X Justy
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Justy
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Legacy (first generation)
  • Subaru Legacy (second generation)
  • Subaru Legacy (third generation)
  • Subaru Legacy (fourth generation)
  • Subaru Legacy (fifth generation)
  • Subaru Legacy (sixth generation)
  • Subaru Leone
  • Subaru Levorg
  • Subaru Liberty
  • Subaru Liberty Exiga
  • Subaru Lucra
  • Subaru Mini Jumbo
  • Subaru Outback
  • Subaru Outback Sport
  • Subaru Pleo
  • Prodrive P2
  • Subaru R1
  • Subaru R1e
  • Subaru R2
  • Subaru Rex
  • Subaru Sambar
  • Subaru Stella
  • Subaru - Elten
  • Subaru R-2
  • Subaru Sumo
  • Subaru Traviq
  • Subaru Trezia
  • Subaru Tribeca
  • Subaru Vivio
  • Subaru Vortex
  • Subaru WRX
  • Subaru XT

EXAMPLE DECODED SUBARU VIN


VIN: 4S4BRBAC4E3274483

2014 Subaru Outback

Manufacturer:                                    Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc

Product Type:                                    Multi-Purpose Vehicle

Make:                                                 Subaru

Model:                                               Outback

Trim:                                                  Base (without AL wheel + Power seat or with AL wheel)

Body:                                                 Wagon

Drive:                                                 AWD/ All-wheel drive

Engine Displacement (ccm):           2500

Engine model:                                  2.5NA U5            

Transmission:                                    Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Model Year:                                       2014

Plant Country:                                   USA

Plant City:                                           Lafayette

Plant State:                                        Indiana

OPTIONS AND FEATURE CODES


  • Exterior and Interior Auto Dimming Mirrors
  • Exterior and Interior Auto Dimming Mirrors with Home link
  • Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio Upgrade
  • Side Sill Plate
  • All Weather Floor Mats
  • Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass
  • Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass and Home Link
  • Cargo Tray - 4Dr
  • Foot well Illumination Kit – Blue
  • Sun Shade
  • Shift Knob - Leather 5MT
  • STI Shift Knob 5M/T - Leather & Aluminum
  • STI Black Duracon Shift Knob 5MT
  • STI Short Throw Shifter
  • Door Edge Guards - Crystal Black Silica
  • Body Side Molding - Crystal Black close; Color-matched moldings that help to protect doors
  • Body Side Molding - Carbide Gray
  • Body Side Molding - Crystal White Pearl
  • Body Side Molding - Ice Silver
  • Body Side Molding - Island Blue
  • Body Side Molding - Lapis Blue Pearl
  • Body Side Molding - Venetian Red
  • Bumper Applique Rear
  • Door Edge Guards - Carbide Gray Metallic
  • Door Edge Guards - Crystal White Pearl
  • Door Edge Guards - Ice Silver Metallic
  • Door Edge Guards - Island Blue Pearl
  • Door Edge Guards - Lapis Blue Pearl
  • Door Edge Guards - Venetian Red
  • Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror with Approach Light
  • Fog Lamp Kit
  • Splash Guards
  • Sports Mesh Grille
  • Wheel Locks - Steel Wheels

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