I too have a 08 2.5 impreza. Its a newport blue sedan w/ premium package and 5 speed. Only options are the arm rest extension and cargo nets (didn't want them). Final purchase price was 18,100 +ttl.
I am not new to subaru models (95 legacy with 186k and still running), but I find that the 08 is a step in a better direction for subaru. They need to claim a greater stake in the market place (to survive), so the changes made in the 08 model are warranted and welcomed imo. Boxer engine and the balanced awd is the heart and soul of our subaru's,
Sure, some of the plastics are cheap, but for the money, AWD, EBD, VCD, TC, Hill holder for under 19k is a awesome deal.
Not really into modding my car, perhaps an upgrade to the 17's from the wrx and better tires. Maybe a kartboy or shortshifter.