how to identify FWD and AWD?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by will, Oct 14, 2003.

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    will Guest


    i'm looking at a 1.5L Jap-Import Impreza, how do i know for sure it is a
    AWD, not FWD?

    which part of the VIN gives away this detail? failing that, how do i
    physically check it?


    will, Oct 14, 2003
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    TG Guest

    Physically just look underneath for a driveshaft to the rear or easier yet
    from the rear look for a center differential. TG
    TG, Oct 14, 2003
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    PeterV Guest

    Are you sure, my Auto Forester doesn't have a center diff, only the manuals.
    PeterV, Oct 14, 2003
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    will Guest

    #### thanks. i looked at it, it does have a rear differential. i didn't
    check the center one, but Subaru doesn't do 4WD (does it?), so it must
    be AWD. and i have paid the deposit :)

    i have also found a link (hard to find though in japanese) which
    confirms the AWD system, with translation at


    will, Oct 14, 2003
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    Rob Munach Guest

    He meant there is a differential located centered between the rear wheels.
    Rob Munach, Oct 14, 2003
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    TG Guest

    I'm sorry, I meant rear differential. TG

    TG, Oct 15, 2003
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