Originally Posted by nhluhr
the VIN is absolutely NOT needed to lookup most parts but it is the best way to ensure that parts are applicable to a certain model. If a dealership is giving you flak on a part that you KNOW is transferrable to your vehicle, tell them you know what their **** looks like and they don't need a VIN:
You just have to populate all the fields manually if you don't supply a VIN. When you click on the <?> next to Model Code, it gives you a list of vehicles... G11 applies to 02+ Impreza. After that, you fill in the remaining boxes that have chooser buttons and you can ignore the ones that are just blank fields.
That's the other system.
Now we all know what they both look like. w00t!