Subaru Legacy Model Codes

Right guys & girls

I have been doing a bit of work on model codes and trying to piece together what is found under the bonnet, with respect to these, and how this relates to your vehicle - basically a Legacy model code translation.

Just some caution points:

  • I think some UK specs have a "K" in the code which throws a spanner in the works.
  • Also, it seems that UK cars have an '8' in the model code as well, even though they are not RS's.
  • The Model Code can be found along side the VIN on the VIN plate or on top of the front strut top.



This list is quite long and is by no means 100% accurate. But I have used the help of Mark (GTB Limited), GerryM and sourced a lot from Wippe's post in 2005. 

To prevent a succession of lists being added below where people are making corrective suggestions, can you just place up a small post highlighting what the error is - i.e. just the specific line - then I'll edit my post and input the correction. 

I know this is a bit of a strange way of doing this - but it does prevent the next person viewing this having to reel through a dozen lists (part and full) before he/she finds their Legacy. Thanks. 

So here goes 

1st Generation

1st digit
B=Legacy

2nd digit = Body Style
C=Sedan
F=Wagon

3rd digit = Engine Size and Drive Type
2= 1800cc 2WD
3= 1800cc AWD
4= 2000cc 2WD
5= 2000cc AWD
7= 2200cc AWD
A= 2000cc AIR Susp

4th digit = Production Years
A type= 02/89 - 04/90
B type = 05/90 - 05/91
C type = 06/91 - 05/92
D type = 06/92 - 09/93

5th digit = Number of doors
4= 4 Doors
5= 5 Doors

6th digit = Model type
2= EI
3= MI
4=TI
5= VI
6= VZ
7= RS TYPE R
8= RS
9= GT
A= RS TYPE RA
C= VZ-R

7th digit = Engine and Drive Type
A= 2.0 2WD 5 SPD - DOHC
D= 2.0 4WD 5 SPD TURBO - DOHC
E= 2.0 4AT - DOHC
F= 2.0 4WD 5 SPD N/A - DOHC
G= 1.8 5 SPD 2WD AND 4WD - SOHC
J= 1.8 4WD 5 SPD (TI MODEL ONLY) - SOHC
P= 2.0 4AT 4WD TURBO - DOHC
R= 1.8 4AT - SOHC


2nd Generation

1st digit
B=Legacy

2nd digit = Body Style
D=Sedan
G=Wagon

3rd digit = Engine Size and Drive Type
2= 1800cc 2WD
3= 1800cc AWD
4= 2000cc 2WD
5= 2000cc AWD
7= 2200cc AWD
A= 2000cc AIR Susp
C - 2.5
E - 3.0

4th digit = Production Years
A type = 10/93 - 05/96
B Type = 06/96 - 07/97
C type = 08/97 - 05/98

5th digit = Number of doors
4= 4 Doors
5= 5 Doors

6th digit = Model type
2= EI
3= MI
4=TI
5= VI
6= VZ
7= RS TYPE R
8= RS
9= GT
A= RS TYPE RA
C= GT-B (Revision B & C only)
E= GT-B LTD (Revision C only) 

7th digit = Engine and Drive Type
A= 2.0 2WD 5 SPD - DOHC
D= 2.0 4WD 5 SPD TURBO - DOHC
E= 2.0 4AT - DOHC
F= 2.0 4WD 5 SPD N/A - DOHC
G= 1.8 5 SPD 2WD AND 4WD - SOHC
J= 1.8 4WD 5 SPD (TI MODEL ONLY) - SOHC
P= 2.0 4AT 4WD TURBO - DOHC
R= 1.8 4AT - SOHC


3rd Generation

1st digit
B=Legacy

2nd digit = Body Style
E=Sedan
H=Wagon

3rd digit = Engine Size and Drive Type
2= 1800cc 2WD
3= 1800cc AWD
4= 2000cc 2WD
5= 2000cc AWD
7= 2200cc AWD
A= 2000cc AIR Susp
C - 2.5
E - 3.0

4th digit = Production Years
A type = 06/98 - 04/99 (RSK 12/98 - 04/99)
B Type = 99/6 - 00/5
C type = 00/6- 01/4
D Type = 01/5 - 03/4

5th digit = Number of doors
4= 4 Doors
5= 5 Doors

6th digit = Model type (JDM models only)
2= EI
3= MI
4=TI
5= VI
6= VZ
7= RS TYPE R
8= RS
9= GT
A= RS TYPE RA
C= GT-B (Revision A & B ) & GT-B E-tune (Revision B, C & D)

7th digit = Engine and Drive Type
A= 2.0 2WD 5 SPD - DOHC
D= 2.0 4WD 5 SPD TURBO - DOHC
E= 2.0 4AT - DOHC
F= 2.0 4WD 5 SPD N/A - DOHC
G= 1.8 5 SPD 2WD AND 4WD - SOHC
J= 1.8 4WD 5 SPD (TI MODEL ONLY) - SOHC
P= 2.0 4AT 4WD TURBO - DOHC
R= 1.8 4AT - SOHC
T= 2.0 4AT 4WD TURBO - DOHC SS (Sports Shift) - RSK & GT-B E-Tune only