How to find the paint code and interior trim code on your Subaru!

When we sell body parts and interior parts we always recommend to our customers that they match the paint or trim codes off of their vehicle to the codes from our vehicle.  You might be surprised just how many color variations both in paint and interior trim colors were used by Subaru. 

Of course you can paint body parts to match your car, but we know it saves you time and money if you can find a replacement part already painted the right color.  Here at East Coast we will always make the effort to help our customers get the right part they need and will provide paint and interior trim codes whenever possible.

This is a general guide of where to locate the paint and trim codes for your late model Subaru. We do not have a list of the coinciding names for the colors – but if you are at least able to match the numbers when purchasing a part you will take the guess work out of trying to match colors. 

Below I have listed a couple of examples of Subarus we have in inventory.  The location of the VIN plate is usually the same on Subarus, some older models are different but for a while now, especially on the newer ones this is the most common placement.  Look for your VIN plate on top of the front driver’s side strut tower near where it meets the fender under the hood, you’re looking for the metal tag held on by two rivets and it has raised writing stamped into the metal, all Subarus and every other vehicle made by Fuji Heavy Industries have the same type of VIN plate (which even includes a Saab 9-2).  See examples below.

On all of the late model Subarus we deal with, the paint code should be three characters long sometimes all numbers and sometimes a mixture of letters and numbers.  The interior trim code should also be 3 characters.

Subaru VIN plate

This photo was taken under the hood of a 2005 Impreza.  Here I have the VIN plate circled in red, the circle is a little hard to see but its basically right in the center of the photo.  Right on top of the strut tower as mentioned above.

Subaru VIN plate

A close up of the VIN plate reveals the paint and trim codes on this Impreza.  Outlined in green, the trim code is B20, and the paint code is 2L7, it’s outlined in blue.  They are in the lower left corner of the tag.

Here’s another example:

Subaru VIN plate

This is a 1999 Legacy.  Same tag in the same place, it is circled in red again, a little easier to see on a black car.

Subaru VIN plate

Here, once again outlined in green, the trim code is 710 and the paint code, which is blue, is 54A.

I hope this guide has been helpful in helping you find your paint and or interior trim code on your Subaru.  Thank you for reading, and remember if you have any used auto part needs call us up at 1-800-231-9121.  Have a great day!


  1. I have lost the FOG LAMP BEZEL for my 2006 IMPREZA/WRX/STI. The Trim Code # is B20. Do you have this in stock and what is the charge?

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