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I was just browsing through the dealer inventory in california and noticed that SOA has changed one of the vin numbers on the new shipment of STi's to an letter X. Maybe this number change, represents the ping fix. Just my opinion.
What do you guys think?

thanks underpressure
 

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which character number was it? Do you know what it was before ? If it
was a 'W' before it could represent a model year change to the 2005, as that uses sequential letters, I think.

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Up pipe??

underpressure said:
I was just browsing through the dealer inventory in california and noticed that SOA has changed one of the vin numbers on the new shipment of STi's to an letter X. Maybe this number change, represents the ping fix. Just my opinion.
What do you guys think?

thanks underpressure
The 9th digit in a VIN number is the check digit and has nothing to do with the car. The value of this digit can be 0-9 or X and is used to ensure that the VIN# is valid, i.e. CRC.

To get the value of this digit some calculations need to be performed on the rest of the letters/numbers in the VIN#. Using the table below replace all letters with their number value, while leaving the numbers as is.
Code:
Letter=Value
A=1 B=2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8
J=1 K=2 L=3 M=4 N=5 O=6 P=7 R=9
S=2 T=3 U=4 V=5 W=6 X=7 Y=8 Z=9
Now you need to multiply each digit of the 17 digit VIN# with the number associated with its position as described below.
Code:
Position=Value
   1st=8  2nd=7  3rd=6  4th=5  5th=4  6th=3
   7th=2  8th=10 9th=0 10th=9 11th=8 12th=7
  13th=6 14th=5 15th=4 16th=3 17th=2
After multiplying each digit with the number associated with its position, add up all the products and divide by 11. The remainder will be the value of the check digit(9th digit in VIN#). If the remainder is 10 then the check digit will be X.

Using a VIN# off a car on eBay as an example:
JF1GD70624L509579
With the first table our 17 digit number would be:
16174706243509579
Multiplying the individual digits with table 2 would result in:
8 42 6 35 16 21 0 60 0 36 24 35 0 45 20 21 18
Adding all these products together and you get:
387
Dividing this by 11 will leave you with remainder:
2
Since the VIN# has a 2 in the 9th position, this means that the VIN# has the correct check digit.

EDIT:
Just in case anyone is wondering here are the what the other digits in the VIN# signify:
Code:
Position=Purpose=Details
1st=Country of Origin=J (Japan)
2nd=Manufacturer=F (Fuji Heavy Industries)
3rd=Vehicle Type=1 (Passenger Vehicle)
4th=Model=G (Impreza)
5th=Body Type=D (4 Door Sedan)
6th=Displacement/Engine=7 (2.5L Turbo)
7th=Grade=0 (STi)
8th=Restraints=6 (Manual seatbelts, dual airbags, side airbags)
9th=Check Digit=0-9, X
10th=Model Year=4 (2004)
11th=Transmission=L (Full time AWD, 6MT)
12th-17th=Manufacturer Number=(I believe STis are 5XXXXX)
So the first 13 digits, excluding the check digit, should be the same for all 2004 STi owners: JF1GD706_4L5_____
 

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Re: RE070s not directional?

hmm when i was getting my bumper replaced at a body shop, the guy entered my vin number to get a car specific bumper and it came up as a 2000 impreza L wagon i think. luckly i caught the mistake and didnt get the wrong bumper on my car
 
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