Originally Posted by Vlad
Was this a late 2002 thing, vs 2001 model?
^ this is correct as I recall it: jdm 2001 HID-only = black chrome, jdm 2001 non-HID and jdm 2002 = black. Source: read this on Nasioc like 10 years ago... and the fact that I've never seen Halogen black chromes.
Subaru has done this with other years too... 04 vs 05 headlights; 06 vs 07 taillights, 11 vs 12 headlights, etc.