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Old 04-09-2009, 11:15 PM   #1
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Default Is there a way to decode a VIN to find out if it had a Torsen?

Well can you tell from a vin if car has a torsen rear?

I remember reading it somewhere but search cant find it.
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Disregard, found this on m.net:

No, the VIN does not have any codes related to equipment or options. You can determine what's on a car by using the package guides that are linked in the FAQ, which has a button at the bottom of every forum page. You can also call the Mazda 1-888 Customer Service number, and they can look up the VIN on their database and tell you which package and options were on the car when it left the factory.

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So from y reading a 99' with out cruise control, did NOT come with a torsen...right?
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Talk about a one-man show!
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Just call mazda. You'll have your answer in less than 5 minutes. Does the car have leather? Than it has a Torsen. If cloth seats, then call Mazda.
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If you have a 92 then you dont have a torsen. You have a VLSD at best.
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For the 99:

# Power Steering Package: Variable-assist power steering and wheel trim rings.

# Touring Package: Variable-assist power steering, 3-spoke Nardi leather-wrapped steering wheel, 14-inch aluminum alloy wheels and power door mirrors.

# Popular Equipment Package: Touring package items plus cruise control, Torsen limited-slip differential, power antenna, windblocker and power door locks.

# Leather Package: Popular equipment package items plus tan leather-trimmed upholstery, tan vinyl top 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels and BOSE audio system. All leather package Miatas with automatic transmissions come with ABS.

# Sports Package (manual tranmission only): Sports suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, rear spoiler, front air dam, 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels, Torsen-limited-slip differential, strut tower brace bar and 3-spoke Nardi leather wrapped steering wheel.
# Appearance Package 1: Front air dam, side sills and rear mud guards.
# Appearance Package 2: Appearance package 1 items plus fog lights and rear deck-lid spoiler.
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If you have a 92 then you dont have a torsen. You have a VLSD at best.


Thanks for the 99 info.

PS: my 92 has a Torsen, actually gone through two of them so far
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I registered my car with Mazda on their website, it told me everything that my car came with from the factory. I have a fully functional VLSD, nice for a '91 with 154k miles... 2k of which is turbo'd.
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Nice until it dies.
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