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Old 02-18-2001, 05:45 PM   #1
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Post Midnight Black Pearl (Who has concerns?)

My dealer called me the other day, and since I'm the first one on his list, informed me that the first car he's getting is a Midnight Black Pearl 5-speed sedan.

Normally I'm not so particular about colors but this one has me worried. It's neither black nor blue, apparently, and I dislike muted colors that lack definition. I'm afraid of getting stuck with some Hyundai-ish colored car. Can I get some other opinions on Midnight Black Pearl? Do you like? Do you dislike? The fact that my car is going to be this color has me seriously reconsidering. Anyone want to trade me their silver?
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:48 PM   #2
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Why would it matter if we like it or not? It's your car...

...but anyway, it looks like it's gonna be black with blue metallic flakes. So, in dark conditions, it should look black, but in bright sunlight, the blue will show thru.
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:57 PM   #3
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Why would it matter if we like it or not? It's your car...
Well for one thing, I'm interested in people's opinions.. you do have opinions, don't you? I've never owned a dark colored car before. I've never owned a Subaru before either. So I guess there could be a lot of information people could offer me, such as paint quality, aging, maintenance, etc. Why bother showing up here if you don't have anything to say?

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...but anyway, it looks like it's gonna be black with blue metallic flakes. So, in dark conditions, it should look black, but in bright sunlight, the blue will show thru.
Thanks for the information guy, but if you had read my post rather than jump on my back, you'd have noticed that I already *know* what the paint is comprised of. I wanted other people's FEELINGS on it.
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Old 02-18-2001, 06:02 PM   #4
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Dark cars are a pain in the arse to keep looking good because of dirt and swirl marks. I'm damn glad I went with silver.
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Old 02-18-2001, 06:03 PM   #5
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I read and have reread your original post and there is nothing in it that communicates the fact that you knew any details about the paint besides "it's neither black nor blue, apparently."

The only thing you asked was "Do you like? Do you dislike?" I don't see anything in those questions that asks about "as paint quality, aging, maintenance, etc," as you indicated in your second post.

So perhaps you should've read your post before jumping on mine.
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Old 02-18-2001, 06:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for addressing the second part of my critique of your response, points taken, but you didn't address the first part, which was your comment "Why would it matter if we like it or not? It's your car..." Am I mistaken in believing that opinions can be solicited here?

Patiently waiting,

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Old 02-18-2001, 06:17 PM   #7
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No, opinions are just fine, I guess it's just my personal opinion that we buy our own cars to please ourselves & not others. Sorry if I put it so bluntly above, it wasn't my intention to offend.
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Old 02-18-2001, 06:23 PM   #8
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BtoB,

If you don't mind the additional care of the darker color I think it would be beautiful. My BRP sedan had lots of swirl marks from the factory. I used McGuires swirl mark remover on it and it was gorgeous. I don't think the quality of the paint is going to be any different than any other color but it will take more maintenance. The color is nice and I think it will be a rarer WRX color.

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Old 02-18-2001, 07:04 PM   #9
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Since opinions are asked for, mine is that blue/black is the 5th best looking WRX color I rank them WR blue, white, silver, yellow, Midnight black, red. Colors really are just a personal thing. It sounds like you want silver so I would get that. Your dealer should have had no problem getting you the color you wanted if you ordered awhile back. I would try and get the silver if you prefer it because you would probably enjoy it more. Call you dealer and discuss it with them. If they don't give you the answer you want, call another dealer. Many dealers have unsold WRX's(some silver) coming in the first shipment.

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[edit]whoops, forgot about yellow[/edit]

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Old 02-18-2001, 07:27 PM   #10
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I think it would look like a goood sporty street ridin' color. Thats what I think, but I never really had a dark colored car besides a 96 G20, I didnt really dig it cuz it really in deed did have swirl marks, but I did not know anything about cars when I had the car anyways. Just FYI about my paints: Now I like White colors, I have a White Scooby, had White MX-3 and Blue metallic crystal 240sx S13.... ergghh and *ahem* 89 Red CRX Si, no booing... i hated that car, always overheated.

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Old 02-18-2001, 07:46 PM   #11
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For all intents and purposes it is black.. even in sunlight. The blue only shows up on certain angles, and with light coming from a certain angle as well. I personally don't like this colour, that's why I opted for the Deep Blue mica.. a colour which as I understand it, is not available in the US market.
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Old 02-18-2001, 08:31 PM   #12
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My thoughts. Black is hard to keep clean. When it is clean it looks GOOD. I personally like the Blue. It is dark (kinda) but not black. I would go nuts trying to keep it clean. My wife has a black Mountainer and it is hot. It is hard to keep clean. I have used Black here not blue/black. I think the blue black should look good though. My opinion, I think all the colors look good on the WRX so far. The yellow is questionable. I will need to see them in person.

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Old 02-18-2001, 08:41 PM   #13
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I personally cant wait for mine to get here. I really wanted a car that needed washing alot, because I love doing it. I completly get off on detailing the $hit out of my car. I used to have a silver eclipse and you could never tell if I had just waxed it or not. The thing about dark cars is you can tell the amount of work someone puts into cleaning/waxing the car. IMHO the silver car I had hid dirt well and didnt show all the hard work that went into the detailing. Swirl marks are a possible problem, but if you are careful washing (use soft material, two buckets) and never go to automatic car washes you should be ok. Also, as stated above there are some products to help reduce this swirl effect, should it happen to your car.
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Old 02-19-2001, 12:50 AM   #14
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u know what, i think the black for the WRX would look like the ones on the Celica's Dark blue.....(is a guess..)
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Old 02-19-2001, 01:47 AM   #15
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I love it! Havent seen anything like it, and its a combo of my two favorite colors on a car so what could be so bad about it! I have to see it in person though...
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Old 02-19-2001, 07:47 AM   #16
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It's a nice color. I saw it in person yesterday at the PGH Auto Show on a WRX wagon. It looks black for the most part, but up close and at certain angles and lighting it looks dark blue. It plays tricks on you like Mystic for Mustangs, Cherry Black for Monte Carlos and Vapor or Reflex for Beatles. It reminds me of my dads old 74 Midnight Blue Metallic Z28. Really cool color. Would look much better with painted side skirts, a spoiler and nicer wheels on the sedan. This being said dark cars get hot in the sun, are a bitch to keep clean, and Scubies are notoriuos for having bad paint. IMO it's the 3rd best color for the sedan. WR Blue, Silver, MBP, Aspen White, SRP, Blaze Yellow.
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Old 02-19-2001, 08:37 AM   #17
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I had a Black Granite 98 Legacy GT. That thing was terribly hot in the summer, and could be scratched at nothing. It was a very high maintenance car. That is one thing I like so much about my white car now, it takes a lot less work to make it look just as good.
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Old 02-19-2001, 09:08 AM   #18
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I like the Midnight Black Pearl, but unless you are a detailing fanatic like Stallion then it may not be a good idea. I've owned 3 black cars and after one silver, I can honestly say that I am never going back willingly. (Color is a secondary concern for me when it comes to used cars-- wear & price matter more.)

I have no doubt it is a gorgeous color, and the summer heat aspect is a concern if you're a wimp (sorry! ) or live in a truly hot place like Phoenix. It is quite windy and dusty where I live, and the speed of which even a highly waxed dark car shows dirt is intolerable to me.
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Old 02-19-2001, 01:28 PM   #19
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I've heard similar complaints that Subies have bad paint. What kinds of problems are there? I heard the same thing about Volkswagen's paint, but my GTI GLX came with thick, flawless silver paint that in 18 months has had no problems, not even a single chip. My '98 Prelude has numerous paint chips after just a few months.
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Old 02-19-2001, 04:03 PM   #20
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Sorry to say that unless Subaru has changed the process, the paint is very soft/thin/weak. I've got quite a few pock marks on the hood from stones and have had to have the roof repainted because of bird guano.

It was on there for less than a week (fiancee borrowed the car) and a couple days after I washed the car, that area had begun to flake. Now bird poop has ~6% ammonia and and that and clear coat dont go well together.

I still love the car, and the color IS awesome. Its black, but in the suns reflection has a deep red color. (I loved my Saturn's blue black... Black from a distance, dark blue close up... awesome effect.)

From what I've heard, that color will be more of a really really deep blue. But dont quote me on that. (Philly auto show had a silver and a red... so no dice there.)

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