I don't know about, "from the factory". You would probably be waiting a long time for your car to arrive. (In 1990, I ordered a Isuzu P/U with custom options directly from Japan, through a local dealer, and it took 4 months for the truck to arrive.) I think only the Legacy is made state-side.
Maybe your friend is referring to "dealer-installed" options?
[This message has been edited by macrac (edited August 22, 2000).]