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I researched and I am getting both answers to be true. Some insight would be appreciated. I found that if pins 6 and 14 are populated(present) on the OBD2 port of the vehicle then it supports CANBUS, so my vehicle as those ports populated. Then I found a datasheet that does not list my vehicle as one that supports CANBUS.

My vehicle again is a white Subaru 1996 legacy OUTBACK AWD
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automatic 2.5 or manual 2.2?
 

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My understanding is that all early Subaru vehicles with OBD-II (1996 thru after 2002?) were ISO9141.
 

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I think that in both Oregon and also Colorado, there's a pretty good chance that any given Outback contains cannibus.

Judging by the way I see people drive out here.
 

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The earliest references that I can find to CAN bus use in Subarus are in the model year range 2004 to 2007. A vehicle dating back to 1996 might have used pins 6 and 14 for something other than CAN.
 

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The pins are populated for system communication, but the MY96 did not contain a CANBUS protocol. There is a "network" of sorts, that communicate with each other, but like said above, it's ISO9141.

With that said, if you remove a module (like TCU, ABS, SRS, BIU), the system will know, but it probably won't disable engine function unlike a CANBUS system might.

Fun fact: CANBUS goes back as early as the 8-series BMW. Bosch was the first to implement the CANBUS system for automotive use. So while it's been around since the early 90s, it didn't show-up in the Japanese stuff till the mid 2000s.
 

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Fun fact: CANBUS goes back as early as the 8-series BMW. Bosch was the first to implement the CANBUS system for automotive use. So while it's been around since the early 90s, it didn't show-up in the Japanese stuff till the mid 2000s.
I use to work with a guy that had a BMW 850 stuck in a garage from new,... (so its like a 1990 with less then 100 miles on the clock). he had considered it a family investment, like in 2040 it would be in the back page classifieds of hemmings motor news for big bucks.
(he had too much money at the time anyway,....probably bought a $50,000 chunk of mcdonalds, at the same time).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_8_Series_(E31)
 
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