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Hello all,
Greetings from Chicago.
Having just purchased my first Subaru, a '99 Legacy Outback wagon, I'm curious about a few things.
My particular car is titled as an SSV which I understand to mean "Special Service Vehicle" which was a fleet car intended for law enforcement, etc. According to what I've read they were only available in white, mine wears it's for sure original green paint. I suspect my state may have applied an incorrect model name to a pedestrian Outback.
Is there a distinct model designation for the SSV cars? Which digits of the Subaru VIN designate the model?
Thanks,
Ross
 

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Interesting, never heard of SSV, is that a State thing?

I have sometimes found my wife's car listed as an LL Bean and it is not.

Sometimes, mistakes just get made. The odd thing about VIN decoding seems to be, you must use a 'decoder' from the same year your car was made.

other than that, I'm just gonna lurk to see if I can learn something!
 

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Hi, the SSV was intended for sale to the safety service industry. It could fall into many categories. For example: forest fire safe, police, animal control etc.

I think the only difference is the glove box is referred to as a "donut box" and the cup holders are referred to as "coffee holders" in the SSV manual.
 

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I think the only difference is the glove box is referred to as a "donut box" and the cup holders are referred to as "coffee holders" in the SSV manual.
ROFL!! I should laugh....I work in the "donut" profession....
 
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