I'm just wondering if any of you here tried to decode your VIN of your vehicle. My vehicle is a Forester 2.5XT with 4AT.
When I decoded my VIN, it turned out the it doesn't coincide with the actual Forester I got. my VIN is JF1SH9LT5CG276472. The first 5 digits are correct (japan made, I'll explain this later), the 6th digit which is for Impreza/Tribeca and 3.6L engine, the seventh is L where nothing is for Forester, 8th is I don't know (not listed in the Decoder), 9th is 5 (no idea), 10th is C which is correct, 2012 model, 11th is G which is for 5 speed MT but mine is 4 AT, 12th to 17th is for Outback Wagon.
Now, let's go back to the first 5 digits which seems to be correct. The VIN that starts with JF1 is only for Impreze, WRX, and STI while the SH is correct for Forester. Now, Forester VIN should start JF2 and not JF1. Here's what should be my VIN: 1st 5 digits JF2SH - forester/made in japan
6th digit G, H, or J - 2.5L turbo
7th digit A - 2.5 XT
8th digit C or D - I do not know
9th digit Any number - I do not know
10th digit C - 2012 year model
11th digit H - 4 speed AT
12th to 17 - should start at 400001
Why don't you try yours?