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Just a question about the different trim levels of the Forester.


Back in down under I had a XS stated on the back of the rear Gate but the Forester I bought yesterday doesn't show  anything on the rear Gate. According the advert and seller she is a XC.


So how do I find out what trim level she has?



Many thanks,

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If you can find out wha the options code is i'll dof my cap to you sir !

Been hunting for ages there seems to be many conflicting vews i didn't even see the trim code until i look just now.

I guess i depends on where you cars from.

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Neither of those links work for me as my vin is only 9 digits long (jdm spec vin ? )

Mine must translate as


Body type. forester

Engine 5 ? 2.0L 5 speed ?

Then the serial number of the car.

If the trim levels and what bot are in the vin (uk) why have a trim & option code stamped elsewhere ?

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Yep it's extras like satnav and so on. And as for finding out the codes meanings for trim. It's like some top secret info. that only the elite must know :D



The following sample is the sequence and meaning of each character in the Subaru VIN:

Position Sample Description


World Manufacturer Identifier


1 J 
2 F  World Manufacturer Identifier
3 1

4 C Line type


5 X Body style

6 8 Engine type

7 6 Model identifier

8 5 Restraint type

9 9 Check digit

10 T Model year

11 H Plant of manufacture & transmission type

12 1 Sequential production number

13 0
14 0
15 2
16 1
17 6


The above serial number describes the following vehicle built in Japan by Fuji Heavy Industries:
1996 Subaru Alcyone SVX, 3.3L EG33 engine, AWD 4EAT transmission, manual seat belts
with driver / passenger airbags. The 216th vehicle produced during the 1996 model year.


Subaru WMIs

The WMI is specified in the first three characters of the Subaru VIN
WMI Country Description Vehicle Types

JF1 Japan Fuji Heavy Industries Passenger Vehicle

JF2 Japan Fuji Heavy Industries MPV

4S3 USA Subaru-Isuzu Automotive /

Subaru of Indiana Automotive Passenger Vehicle

4S4 USA Subaru-Isuzu Automotive /

Subaru of Indiana Automotive MPV

MPV means Multi-Purpose Vehicle (station wagon, SUV, van or truck)


Line type

The line type is specified in the fourth character of the Subaru VIN
VIN Code Description

A DL/GL/GL-10/Leone/Loyale/Alcyone XT/XT6

B Legacy/Baja

C Alcyone SVX

G Impreza

K Justy

S Forester

W Tribeca/B9 Tribeca


Body style

The body style is specified in the fifth character of the Subaru VIN
VIN Code Description

A XX-94 Justy 3-Door

B 80-84 2nd gen. Leone/DL/GL sedan

C 1st gen. Sedan (Impreza/Legacy); 85-94 Leone/DL/GL/Loyale sedan

D XX-94 Justy 5-Door; 2nd gen. Sedan (Impreza/Legacy)

E 3rd gen. Sedan (Impreza/Legacy)

F 1st gen. Wagon (raised-roof Legacy/Impreza/Forester); 80-89 2nd gen. Leone/DL/GL hatchback

G 2nd gen. Wagon (raised-roof Legacy/Outback/Impreza/Forester); 85-94 3rd gen. Leone/DL/GL/Loyale hatchback
H 3rd. gen Legacy/Outback Wagon/Impreza Hatch

J 1st gen. non-raised-roof Legacy Wagon

K 2nd gen. non-raised-roof Legacy Wagon

L 4th gen. Legacy Sedan

M 1st gen. Impreza Coupe; 80-84 2nd gen. Leone/DL/GL wagon; 5th gen. Legacy Sedan

N 85-94 3rd. gen Leone/DL/GL/GL-10/Loyale wagon

P 4th gen. Legacy/Outback Wagon

R Impreza Hatch Widebody

T Baja; 80-84 2nd gen. Leone/DL/GL Brat

U 85-87 2nd gen. Leone/DL/GL Brat

V Impreza WRX Sedan Widebody

W 80-84 2nd gen. Leone/DL/GL coupe

X XT/SVX Coupe; Tribeca


Engine type

The engine type is specified in the sixth character of the Subaru VIN
VIN Code Description
1 1300cc - 1989; 1800cc FWD 1996
2 1600cc - 1989; 1800cc Impreza 1993-95; 1800cc Impreza AWD 1996-97; 2000cc AWD turbo 2002-05
3 1600 4WD - 1989; 3300cc FWD/AWD 1992-1995; 2200cc FWD 1996-99
4 1800cc 1985-94; 2200cc AWD 1996-2000
5 1800cc 4WD w/out air susp - 1988, 1989; 1800cc 4WD 1990-94 2000cc 2004-
6 2200cc 1990; 2200cc FWD/AWD 1991-95; 2200cc AWD (Ghost); 2500cc AWD 1996-2000; 2500cc AWD
7 1800cc 4WD w/ air susp; 1200cc FWD 1989-94; 2500cc AWD turbo
8 2700cc FWD; 1200cc 4WD 1991; 1200cc AWD 1992-94; 3000cc 2001-2009; 3300cc FWD/AWD 1996-97
9 2700cc 4WD w/ & w/out air susp 1989-91; 3600cc 2008-up



The model is identified in the seventh character of the Subaru VIN
VIN Code Description
1 Base
2 Brighton
3 L
5 LS/S
6 LSi
8 Outback/SUS
9 Postal Vehicle/WRX


Restraint Type (Passenger) or Weight Class (MPV)[edit]
The restraint type, for passenger vehicles, or the weight class (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), for MPVs, is specified in the eighth character of the Subaru VIN
VIN Code Description
1 No Passive Restraint
2 Automatic Seat Belt w/o Air Bag
3 Automatic Seat Belt w/ Air Bag
4 Manual Seat Belt w/ Air Bag 1993-94; Automatic Seat Belt w/ Driver/Passenger Air Bags
5 Manual Seat Belt w/ Driver/Passenger Air Bags
6 Manual Seat Belt w/ Driver/Passenger Air Bags and Side Air Bags
A Class A (GVWR 3000 lbs. or less)
B Class B (GVWR 3001-4000 lbs.)
C Class C (GVWR 4001-5000 lbs.)
D Class D (GVWR 5001-6000 lbs.)


The Check Digit is identified in the ninth character of the Subaru VIN

The Model Year is identified in the tenth character of the Subaru VIN
Plants and transmission type[edit]
The assembly plant and transmission type is specified in the eleventh character of the Subaru VIN


VIN Code Plant Transmission
3 SIA Full-time AWD 6MT
4 SIA Full-time AWD 5AT
5 SIA Sport Shift Automatic
6 SIA Full-time AWD 5MT
7 SIA Full-time AWD 4EAT
8 SIA Full-time AWD 4EAT (Postal RHD)
D FHI On-demand AWD 5MT
F FHI On-demand AWD 3AT
G FHI Full-time AWD 5MT
H FHI Full-time AWD 4EAT
L FHI Full-time AWD 6MT
P FHI Full-time AWD 4EAT (Postal RHD)

SIA = Subaru-Isuzu of America (now known as Subaru of Indiana Automotive), Lafayette, Indiana
FHI = Fuji Heavy Industries, Gunma, Japan

The Vehicle Production Sequence number is specified in the twelfth - seventeenth characters of the Subaru VIN
100000 and after - Legacy Sedan SUS (Jan 98 - May 98)
210001 and after - Legacy Sedan
310001 and after - Legacy Station Wagon
410001 and after - Impreza Coupe
510001 and after - Impreza Sedan
610001 and after - Legacy Station Wagon Outback
710001 and after - Forester Wagon
810001 and after - Impreza Sports Wagon

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