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Old 04-25-2008, 11:16 AM   #1
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I have the bd7 chassis code on my car but I drive an L? How is this?
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Old 04-26-2008, 06:04 PM   #2
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Here is my rough understanding of Subaru's VIN logic:
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The first 3 digits are the vehicle type / Manufactures location:
"JF1" Passenger car manufactured by FHI in Japan.
"JF2" Multipurpose passenger vehicle made by FHI in Japan.
"4S3" Passenger car made by SIA in Indiana
"4S4" Multipurpose passenger vehicle made by SIA in Indiana (2005+ Outback for instance)

The 4th digit is the model:
"B" = Legacy
"G" = Impreza, "S" = Forrester, "W" = Tribeca

The 5th digit is the vehicle type:
"C" 1st gen Sedan, "F" or "J" 1st gen Wagon
"D" 2nd gen Sedan, "G" 2nd gen Wagon, "K" 2nd gen Wagon
"E" 3rd gen Sedan, "H" 3rd gen Wagon
"L" 4th gen Sedan, "P" 4th gen Wagon

T=Baja
D=Impreza Sedan
X=Tribeca ("Crossover" vehicle)

The 6th digit of the VIN is the engine code.
6 ..... '90-'95 2.2 liter
3 ..... '96+ 2.2 Liter (FWD)
4 ..... '96+ 2.2 Liter (AWD)
6 ..... '96+ 2.5 Liter (only available w/AWD)
7 ..... '04+ 2.5 Liter Turbo (Sti ?)
8 ..... '01+ 3.0 H6 (only available w/AWD) ???

The 7th digit is the Trim Level (varies by year and model):
2 = 2nd Gen Brighton
3 = 2nd Gen L, Outback
4 = 2nd Gen LS, LSi
5 = 3rd Gen GT (?)
6 = ?
7 = 1st Gen Turbo, 2nd Gen GT

2005 MY 0=XT, 1=i, 2=i ltd, 3=XT ltd, 4=R 5=R ltd, 6=R LL Bean, 7=GT Ltd, 8=GT 9=GT Spec B

The 8th digit is the Weight Class and/or Restraint Type :
5 = Dual SRS Airbags
6 = Dual SRS Airbags + Side curtain airbags. (?)
C = Class C (4000-5000 Lb GVWR)

The 9th digit is simply a "check digit" :

The 10th digit is the year of Manufacture:
F=1985, G=1986, H=1987,
J=1988, K=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

The 11th digit is the Transmission/Drivetrain configuration (varies by year and MFG plant):
1=SIA 5spd FWD
3=SIA 6spd AWD
4=SIA 5EAT AWD
6=SIA 5spd AWD
7=SIA 4EAT AWD
9=SIA 4EAT FWD
G=FIH 5spd AWD
-= 6spd or RHD Postal vehicle
H=FHI auto AWD
L=FIH 6spd AWD

Digits 12 through 17 are for the sequential serial number part of the VIN
1##### is for Baja
2##### is for Legacy 4-door Sedans
3##### is for Legacy Station Wagons
4##### is for the B9 Trebeca
5##### is for the Impreza Sedan
6##### is for Legacy & Outback Wagon
7##### is for Forrester
8##### is for Impreza Sport Wagon
Based on the above, assuming your Subaru was built in the United States, Your VIN should read somewhat like the following:

4S3BD335?X42#####

BD3 would mean (in America, at least) that your car is a Legacy Sedan with a 2.2 litre motor.

BD7 ? Hmm... maybe your car came with some sort of hotted up 2.0 Litre turbo motor ?

I would be really curious as to what your VIN actually is, although for privacy purposes maybe you might prefere NOT to post your last 5 (serial no) VIN digits.

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Old 04-27-2008, 12:53 AM   #3
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the number on the chassis code varies year to year, I have a BD6, because the Ej22 is the largest engine in 95...the BD6 in 97 is the GT with the EJ25, IIRC.
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:44 AM   #4
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I have a BD6, because the Ej22 is the largest engine in 95..
Huh ?
You have a BD, Mark ? Since when ?

Since you have an Outback WAGON, I would have expected your VIN to look something like 4S3BK635?S63##### ?
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:01 PM   #5
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BK6, my bad. It was late...

Either way, the numbers change, so you can't nail it down to any one engine.
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Old 04-28-2008, 01:20 AM   #6
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BK6, my bad. It was late...

Either way, the numbers change, so you can't nail it down to any one engine.
Umm... You CAN however generally nail it down to any one engine for a given model year. Given that his car appears to be a 30th Anniversary "L", it should normally have a 2.2 Liter motor and a 10th digit VIN = "X" signifying a 1999 year of manufacture.

I have never heard of an Engine code "7" on any US manufactured Legacys in model year 1999. I would be guessing that he might have a Japanese manufactured Legacy.

At any rate I am really curious what hes got for a VIN.

I guess it is also remotely possibly that someone resold a stolen car with a fabricated VIN (where who ever butchered the VIN didnt know much about Subaru's VIN logic). If we can not make sense of his VIN, he should probably contact SoA and ask them about it.

For a USDM 30th Anniversary Legacy "L" I would expect a VIN looking something like "4S3BD335?X42#####" where the "?" is the check digit and the pound signs are the unique serial number.

A "BD7" may certainly exist in other countries, however this would mean the first two digits of the VIN would be "JF" indicating the car was manufactured in Japan by Fuji Heavy Industries, not in Indiana by Subaru of America.
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Old 04-28-2008, 01:10 PM   #7
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But if it's a 30th anniversary Legacy, it has to be a USDM model since it's a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Subarus in the US...
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:38 AM   #8
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But if it's a 30th anniversary Legacy, it has to be a USDM model since it's a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Subarus in the US...
Yes. All the more reason why I am so curious about his VIN.
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:11 AM   #9
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As far as I know, there were only 2 engines that year.

Of course, 99 featured a couple of frankenstein EJ25 engines that crossed over between phase I and phase II designs. Of course that would only really make sense if he had a GT...
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