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Old 03-12-2003, 09:17 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I notice that some of the 1st generation Outbacks have Beige and some have Grey on the lower 2-tone. Could someone give me some insight into what years/trims were available with which paint schemes? Thanks.

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Old 03-12-2003, 01:30 PM   #2
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Slate Grey was used on all '95 thru '99 Legacy Outbacks except the '99 30th anniversary Ltd. model. The '99 30th anniversary model used Titanium lower paint and also had fully painted bumpers. The slate grey versions had unpainted (black) lower bumper portions with the exception of the '95 "fake" Outbacks; they had slate grey Legacy bumpers. FYI - All '00 to '03 have Titanium lower cladding / bumpers.
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Old 03-12-2003, 01:42 PM   #3
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Okie.
From 96-99, all base OB's had grey lower paint.
The 1996 model didn't have raised suspension or different bumpers, just two tone paint, some option packages, and 15" Legacy Turbo wheels
Starting in 1997, the Limited models had different top color choices; a bright red, a bright blue, and a deep red/black (black mica, black granite pearl, etc) as opposed to the white, maroon, dark green, and dark blue. They also had 5 spoke rims with gold accents. The Limited models in 1997 and 1998 had gold pinstripes instead of grey ones that matched the lower cladding.
The bumpers have unpainted sections where they stick out; IE the foglight and front lower grill area is unpainted, and the rear underside with the ridges.

in 1998, the upper gold pinstripes (above the windows) went away, replaced by Limited badges on the front doors.
1998 also saw 2-piece headlights for all legacy models, and dual sunroofs on the OB limited. The wheels changed to a different, more machined 6 spoke for all base cars.

in 1999, the lower cladding color changed to beige for the Limited models, with no other changes I'm aware of. The (5 spoke)wheels also got updated with beige accents instead of gold. the Black granite peral color was replaced with one that was more of a maroon metallic, but still darker than the red on the base cars. the whole bumpers are painted, with no gry accents, and I can't remember if they colorcoded the bumpstrips or not.


After the 2000 MY rolled out, I stopped paying attention
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Old 03-12-2003, 01:43 PM   #4
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LOL
and there's the paint colors
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Old 03-12-2003, 03:00 PM   #5
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AND.....

The SUS has a different paint scheme than a wagon.


On an SUS, the lower color doesn't continue over the wheel arches, it stops, then starts again at the bumpers, with a pinstripe only on the door area between the two wheel wells.

My SUS, being a 99 30th Limited, has the Slate lower color, with gold accented wheels. the foglight area of the bumper IS NOT painted, but left black.
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Old 03-12-2003, 11:21 PM   #6
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Okie.
From 96-99, all base OB's had grey lower paint.
The 1996 model didn't have raised suspension or different bumpers, just two tone paint, some option packages, and 15" Legacy Turbo wheels.
The 1996 model DID have raised suspension and different bumpers. '96 was the first "real" Outback; I had one for 6 1/2 years.

In 1995 they had an Outback option which consisted of (quote from 1995 Legacy brochure) - Legacy L Wagon (manual or automatic transmission), plus: AWD Active Safety Group (AWD, 4 wheel disc brakes w/ ABS, and cruise control), special 15" 5-spoke alloy wheels, 195/60HR15 all-season tires, front and rear splash guards, roof rack, projector-beam fog lamps, two-tone paint, upgraded woven cloth fabric, cargo area power outlet, cargo hook and cargo tray.
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Old 03-13-2003, 07:04 AM   #7
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Dave is right on...'96 was the first year of the "real" Outback with the lifted suspension, 205/70r15 tires, 155hp 2.5DOHC Engine (96 only, w/hydraulic lifters) w/ auto trans, and a 2.2 (w/ roller rockers) w/ the 5 speed. The '95 is what I call the "Training Outback" (sorry '95 owners). It had the two tone paint w/ slate grey bottom, 15" alloys w/ 205(195)/60r15s, and the same interior as the '96, but not the suspension upgrades or the 2.5. All of the interiors were the same (mainly grey).

In '97 came the more powerful, 165hp 2.5DOHC (solid lifters) that came in both 5 speed (my car) and auto, and the addition of the hood scoop. Also, this was the first year of the Ltd. and SUS(see other posts for options) All of the Outbacks in this year came with the grey bottom trim.

'98 was the first year of the gold lower trim on the Ltd., and a slight redesign on the fabric (zigzag) pattern, a sunglasses holder, weather radio, and the polished 6 spoke wheels came with the standard Outback.

'99 stayed the same except for the 30th anniversary badging on Ltds., and a SUS Ltd.

'00 went to the new body style, PhII 2.5 SOHC, a standard power drivers' seat, new suspension, slightly smoother ride, quieter new interior (tan and grey available), 16" alloys w/225/60r-16 tires, and some new exterior colors w/ titanium lower trim. Unfortunately, Subaru made the grey interior only available in white and blue exterior cars. Most of the cars in '00 came with a tan interior which doesn't seem to wear as well as the grey does, oh well. You could only get grey leather in Black Limiteds, all other colors of Limiteds came with tan leather. (have seen 1 winestone sedan w/ grey)

In '01 came the LL Bean (H-6 Ltd) and VDC (H-6 Ltd. w/ McIntosh Audio and overpriced traction control) Outbacks with a 212hp 3.0 H-6, and some very upscale options. It was about time for a 6 cylinder engine, but no manual transmission was offered.... Not a very good marketing move, this still needs to be remedied. Hopefully the new 240hp H-6 will have a strong 5 speed or 6 speed manual available, dual range would be nice as an option. This was the first year of LSD rear diff standard in all Outbacks as well as side impact airbags

'02 stayed the same with the exception of a VDC Outback Sedan with an H-6 (No 5 speed, of course).

'03 brought about heated seats/mirrors standard, a CD player, a relocated cup holder (away from stereo), in glass antenna, and a self dimming mirror. You can also get a standard Outback with an H-6 and cloth interior (no 5 speed though). A monochromatic Titanium VDC is available this year also (sweet looking car).

BTW, they still have titanium lower trim...
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Old 03-13-2003, 09:16 AM   #8
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Dave is right on...

'02 stayed the same with the exception of a VDC Outback Sedan with an H-6 (No 5 speed, of course).


'03 brought about heated seats/mirrors standard, a CD player, a relocated cup holder (away from stereo), in glass antenna, and a self dimming mirror. You can also get a standard Outback with an H-6 and cloth interior (no 5 speed though). A monochromatic Titanium VDC is available this year also (sweet looking car).

BTW, they still have titanium lower trim...
Thanks outback2.5HO. Not to nitpick but I ahve a couple of corrections on the '02 and '03. The cupholder was relocated and in glass antenna started in '02. '02 also received larger front rotors, Bridgestone Potenza's to replace the Firestone's and puddle lights. '03 also recieved a minor facelift (grill & bumper) and revised suspension. The self dimming mirror is an option on '03 base Outbacks.
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That's cool..

It was way past my bedtime when I was posting... I knew I forgot something.
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