If something goes wrong take all the necessary steps and it will get taken care of
It seems, from reading some of the other threads, that several of these problems are NOT being taken care of. In any case, I don't wish to spend any time at some shop, whether for mods or repeated warranty repair attempts.
A poll in this forum indicated only 38% of some 154 WRX owners experienced no problems at all. And this for a 2002 model. How many of these 38% will yet encounter or develop a brake failure, transmission problem, or some new issue that only arises after 50,000 miles? I can wait til Consumer Reports has evaluated the 2002 and 2003 MY. By then Honda or Toyota will have a competing awd product. Or a used 2002 Audi S4 might be OK.