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    Question Why is color of engine bay different from body?

    I visited the dealer again today. I popped the hood & noticed the color of engine bay is different from the body, so is the back side of the hood & trunk. Steel Gray Metallic & Crystal Gray Metallic have light blueish grey color (it's very obvious). Aspen White (STI) has offwhite color. Obsidian Black Pearl has flat black color. This is the FIRST time I've seen on cars, especially NEW car.

    Is it ONLY on 2006 WRXs or Subarus?

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    Maybe they use less refined but more heat resistant paint under the hood. Obviously they don't put a lot of clear coat like they puy on the body panels. (not that subaru uses a think layer of clearcoat anywhere on the car)

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    Car manufacturers have been doing that for a looooong time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex
    Car manufacturers have been doing that for a looooong time.
    What other manufacturers? Honda & Toyota have never done this. Are Legacy/Outback, B9 Tribeca, & Forester like this as well? As I recall, my friend's silver 2002 WRX is NOT like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fendyman
    What other manufacturers? Honda & Toyota have never done this. Are Legacy/Outback, B9 Tribeca, & Forester like this as well? As I recall, my friend's silver 2002 WRX is NOT like this.
    The silver WRX is grey under the hood. Honda and Toyota also does this.

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    Even my first car 1978 Plymouth Champ (same as Mitsubishi Colt) was NOT like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fendyman
    Even my first car 1978 Plymouth Champ (same as Mitsubishi Colt) was NOT like this.
    Did it have the dual range gearbox?

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    the color is typically the same color as the outer to a point. the reason it looks different is that it does not go through all the same finishing processes of the outer shell paint. hence the under hood looks alot duller then the color sanded, clear coated outer shell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hellbilly1342
    the color is typically the same color as the outer to a point. the reason it looks different is that it does not go through all the same finishing processes of the outer shell paint. hence the under hood looks alot duller then the color sanded, clear coated outer shell.
    That is correct. Sometimes they use the same base, but with no clearcoat. Sometimes they only use two stages of a three stage paint. Sometimes they use a whole different color. A couple cars I fixed in the past come to mind. My 03 SRP rex uses two stages of a three stage job. The Sonic yellow WRX seems to use the base color with no clear. I fixed a 1994 red metro that was orange under the hood. I fixed a brown 2003 Corolla that was an all together different brown under the hood. There was a separate color code for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex
    Did it have the dual range gearbox?
    Yup. Economy & Power (sounds louder).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fendyman
    Yup. Economy & Power (sounds louder).
    I had a 79 colt with the 8 speed trans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex
    That is correct. Sometimes they use the same base, but with no clearcoat. Sometimes they only use two stages of a three stage paint. Sometimes they use a whole different color. A couple cars I fixed in the past come to mind. My 03 SRP rex uses two stages of a three stage job. The Sonic yellow WRX seems to use the base color with no clear. I fixed a 1994 red metro that was orange under the hood. I fixed a brown 2003 Corolla that was an all together different brown under the hood. There was a separate color code for it.
    I understand about not having clear coat or different finishing process. I'm talking about VERY obvious different in color. 2006 Steel Gray Metallic is like bronze (pretty dark, too), but the engine bay is LIGHT blueish grey, same as Crystal Gray Metallic's one. We are talking about $22,000 plus car, NOT $10K-15k cheap car. What's up w/ that SOA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fendyman
    I understand about not having clear coat or different finishing process. I'm talking about VERY obvious different in color. 2006 Steel Gray Metallic is like bronze (pretty dark, too), but the engine bay is LIGHT blueish grey, same as Crystal Gray Metallic's one. We are talking about $22,000 plus car, NOT $10K-15k cheap car. What's up w/ that SOA?
    No offense, but what defference does it make?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex
    No offense, but what defference does it make?
    I know WRX is not a luxury car, but THIS makes it look REALLY cheap! Just not what I expect from $22,000+ car. That's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fendyman
    I know WRX is not a luxury car, but THIS makes it look REALLY cheap! Just not what I expect from $22,000+ car. That's all.
    I just went outside and looked at a beige 01 Millenia S. Under the hood it is a darker brown color. This car was about 30k when new.

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