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Old 08-01-2003, 06:48 PM   #1
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Question Which WRX accessory packages did you get or do you find worth the $$$?

Curious to know.

Looks like performance group 1, the armrest extension (whatever that is... anyone got a pic of it?) and the axle guard (maybe?) would be worthwhile?
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Old 08-01-2003, 07:47 PM   #2
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personally, i don't see how anyone could stand driving the car w/o one, but some people say it gets in the way.

as far as other acc options, maybe an sti shifter? most of all the dealer options can be had aftermarket (now anyway) for a lot cheaper. if it were me, i would get the car as base model as i could, and buy cheaper/better acc. from dealers here.
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Old 08-01-2003, 08:06 PM   #3
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Thanks for the pic!

STi shifter is different from the short shift kit, yes?
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Old 08-01-2003, 08:19 PM   #4
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I didn't get the armrest extention b/c I have one in my Jetta and it's always in the way. After having this car for a month and 3000 miles, I'm still glad I didn't get it.

I did get the rear diff protector because I'm occasionally on unpaved roads that are in worse shape than they should be, and that's about the lowest point on the car.

The thing that I got that I appreciate the most on a daily basis is the trunk liner and cargo bin. Dunno if they have that for the sedan?

The rubber floormats are less impressive, they are kind of small and slide around a lot. I'm thinking of replacing them with something aftermarket.

I wish I'd gotten the center gauge pod b/c I'm a geek and I want to know as much as possible about what's going on under the hood. Actually I meant to order the boost gauge, but botched the sheet I gave the dealer when I ordered. Now I'm kind of glad I didn't, because with the tach in the center on the 04's it's kind of in the way on either side of the wheel.

I wish the sunroof had been available on the wagon, I don't know how I'll live without one!
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Old 08-01-2003, 08:38 PM   #5
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I would say the armrest extension, cargo tray, and dimming mirror are good functional things to get.

Other things which I have and like are the security system, upgraded speakers and subwoofer, cargo bin + net, and painted side spoilers.

I like the aftermarket offerings much better for gauges (I have an Omori electronic boost gauge) as well as wheels.

I will have a differential protector on Monday (probably not a necessity - but more for piece of mind while playing on dirt/unimproved roads)

Pretty much every option can be picked up at or near cost online, so it may be much cheaper to get them that way - the air filtration is an example - you only need the filter, as everything else is already there in the car. check www.subaruparts.com and www.subaruwrxparts.com for prices on most accessories and parts as a metric when wheeling and dealing with the sales guy
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Old 08-01-2003, 08:41 PM   #6
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I got the only thing I saw worth purchasing, which was the STi suspension upgrade.

I find it to be an invaluable upgrade, and everything else was just fluff for me.

- dow's .02
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Old 08-01-2003, 08:54 PM   #7
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I ordered my car, and at invoice most of the stuff was cheaper than I could buy it afterwards, especially with the package discounts. I think the air filtration was the exception to that, so I don't have it yet.

And yeah, I'm still divided about gauges (Subaru vs. aftermarket) -- there are some nice looking after market ones. The Subaru ones might draw a little less unwanted attention from the police and/or whoever I sell this car to in a few years.

I forgot about the auto dimming mirror. The compass is ok, I'm still not sure what I think about the auto dimming part. It's a little slow sometimes, so I get blinded when some jacked up SUV pulls up behind me suddenly.
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Old 08-01-2003, 09:21 PM   #8
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I ordered my car, and at invoice most of the stuff was cheaper than I could buy it afterwards, especially with the package discounts.


the mark-up on those are ridiculous!

mine came with the armrest extension, the auto-dim, the filtration, the subwoofer, and the spoiler. the only thing i wanted was the spoiler and i only got the rest because it was a lot car and i got a great deal. you can do any of it aftermarket if you're even semi-handy and save a fortune. the armrest extension is great for long trips, but for short trips and "spirited driving", it gets a bit annoying...i've got a kartboy shift knob which sits low and the extension is just barely in the way for that. i can't think of any time the compass has come in handy, though admittedly, it's nice to know because i'm a dork. i've got allergies too, so the filtration system is probably going to help come ragweed season. anyway, getting it stock and doing a lot of stuff to it is not hard and will save you money. you also get to learn your particular car, and get the excitement from upgrading it yourself.
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Old 08-02-2003, 12:23 AM   #9
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the security upgrade(i.e. car alarm) is a must,other than that I put in the armrest extension myself to save money.
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Old 08-02-2003, 01:59 AM   #10
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You can get it all aftermarket and install it yourself. The boost gauge might be a pain in the butt, ditto the spoiler (drilling).

Worth it:
-auto-dimming mirror (damn SUVs)
-armrest (unless you hit it while shifting; for me my arm rests on it perfectly)
-STi short shifter (but the Kartboy is cheaper; depends whether or not you like the stock shifter height )

Oh yeah, and painted sideskirts. Car looks kinda nasty without them unless you get black.

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Old 08-02-2003, 02:48 AM   #11
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If the armrest extention wansn't offered, I would have made one.
If you are too lazy to 'dim' your own mirror...

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Old 08-02-2003, 10:43 AM   #12
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The factory boost gauge is a joke. It's tiny and ugly. Aftermarket boost gauges are not hard to install. In fact boost gauges are the easiest to install IMO.
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