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Old 04-15-2018, 07:23 PM   #1
Ekire2019
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Hi everyone,

I introduced myself as a future STI owner a week ago (basically as soon as the 2019 specs/details come out, i will place my order for a sport tech.) I like to be prepared and as such, I have done some researching and am curious about the following. I appreciate everyones time and patience as i know this is a lot to ask.

1. TPMS - do Canadian STI's have TPMS. If so, what advice is there to someone not too mechanically inclined about getting a set of TPMS for winter tires? I do my own winter/summer switching and I just want to be able to remove and replace without too much extra work.

2a. Theft prevention - I can be a bit paranoid and overprotective. The car will most likely need to be parked out in the driveway on occasion in any weather. I know a way they are stealing cars is a pair of people using some sort of signal booster, and with me going for a push to start/keyless entry, I think I may have to get key protection in the form of a signal blocker of some sort. Anyone use anything that they can pitch? Something small but effective. I also saw somewhere that Starlink is a subscription based security that can track the car - is this available up here?

2b. Theft prevention - is the dealer upgrade shock sensor worth the coin? What other advice/options do people have for theft prevention? I dont want the car to get dragged out of my driveway.

3. Armrest extension seems expensive - anyone ever go with one?

4. Dashcam - im thinking i want one. Anyone use any that seemed to work well? I dont want anything too large or crazy looking and am considering a type that hardwires into the car for the motion sensing recording - will that kill the battery?

5. Winter wheels/tires - After a bunch of looking around the best advice i found for the 2018's was getting 245/40R18 tires and an 18x8.5" wheel. I found that the stock offset is +55 and as i am not too mechanically smart, any help here is wonderful. This is presuming that the 2019's will be very close if not the same specs as the '18's. I am considering the dealer upgrade wheels/tires if they offer a winter package.

6. Colour - I see limited colour options and wondering if they will work with me on this. I have seen a couple of the Lapis Blue Pearl on road and like that colour but it isn't an option on the Canadian website - the USA site currently has it as an option.

7. Cost negotiation - I have been told by some that they will not negotiate on STI's and others have said they will. Also heard that they may work with me on the cost of accessories. Any experience here?

8. Is there anything that is a must in your opinion and why? Im not big into modding/upgrading, so it would most likely just be stuff available from dealer, however I will entertain other ideas.

9. Other dealer stuff - 3M chipshield on front, tint, corrosion bodyguard module, paint protection, upholstery protection. I did sit down with a sales rep but got limited details on these (not sure if there is other extras available.) I dont believe I will go with the chipshield, the corrosion module or upholstery protection as based on my research, they arent reliable or a value for the money. I am considering the paint protection as I understand Subaru uses weak paint. With the tint, I am curious what the stock vs upgrade tint is like - I dont want to black out the car, but am interested in something.

10. Delivery estimates - Im not looking for an ETA on these, but am curious how long it took you to get the car once you ordered.

11. Sirius - I am interested in the Sirius traffic but not the radio. I have found that they usually come together, but have also seen something that indicated I might be able to get the traffic without the radio.

The accessories that I see on their website that I am considering: touch up paint, wheel lock set, armrest extension, dome LED upgrade, floor mats(unsure which ones), shock sensor. If any of these are useless or not worth the money, or you think there are other accessories that I should think about, I am willing to look into it.
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Old 04-21-2018, 07:54 AM   #2
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Unless there is a change, i dont have to worry about TPMS, and found out that they dont offer the lapis blue here.
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Old 04-21-2018, 09:08 PM   #3
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The armrest extension - I'm not sure if the stock armrest is the same in all models, but if you're getting the suede covered one, get the stock armrest with the car and then get the after market one from http://www.subispeed.com/2015-subaru...i#.Wtve9uSG9Js.

At least this is what I'm doing. The factory extender is not the same nice suede that comes with the car. This one allows you to use the suede top.

I also heard a rumor that wheel locks are a bit useless as those ppl out to get wheels will likely have acquired the "master key" of wheel locks and render them useless. Do some research on this.
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Old 04-24-2018, 12:47 AM   #4
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2b. I went for the shock sensor and its never went off. That being said i garage my car and park in an underground garage at work. To me it was worth the $150 and i got a small deduction on my insurance.

3. as RaArmadillo said, get this aftermarket to keep the factory trim. Super easy to install yourself.

8. Might be worth considering the factory short throw shift as its a pain to install after the fact. I am happy with the regular shifter but if this is of interest i recommend getting up front to save some money.

9. Unless dealers in Canada are better then the US don't get ANY of this stuff from the dealer. They will overcharge and it will be suspect quality. i got full front clear film (Xpel) and window tint (Llumar Pinnacle) for the same price as the dealer clear film for only the front bumper. Do your research.

10. I ordered in early July and took delivery in Mid November (Seattle Area).
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Old 04-24-2018, 12:02 PM   #5
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7. Cost negotiation - I have been told by some that they will not negotiate on STI's and others have said they will. Also heard that they may work with me on the cost of accessories. Any experience here?
I guess it depends what your definition of negotiation is.
I went to two dealers and just asked for their price.
Dealer 1: $41,000
Dealer 2: $37,000

Exact same car.
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Old 04-24-2018, 01:42 PM   #6
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7. Cost negotiation - I have been told by some that they will not negotiate on STI's and others have said they will. Also heard that they may work with me on the cost of accessories. Any experience here?

8. Is there anything that is a must in your opinion and why? Im not big into modding/upgrading, so it would most likely just be stuff available from dealer, however I will entertain other ideas.

9. Other dealer stuff - 3M chipshield on front, tint, corrosion bodyguard module, paint protection, upholstery protection. I did sit down with a sales rep but got limited details on these (not sure if there is other extras available.) I dont believe I will go with the chipshield, the corrosion module or upholstery protection as based on my research, they arent reliable or a value for the money. I am considering the paint protection as I understand Subaru uses weak paint. With the tint, I am curious what the stock vs upgrade tint is like - I dont want to black out the car, but am interested in something.

10. Delivery estimates - Im not looking for an ETA on these, but am curious how long it took you to get the car once you ordered.

11. Sirius - I am interested in the Sirius traffic but not the radio. I have found that they usually come together, but have also seen something that indicated I might be able to get the traffic without the radio.

The accessories that I see on their website that I am considering: touch up paint, wheel lock set, armrest extension, dome LED upgrade, floor mats(unsure which ones), shock sensor. If any of these are useless or not worth the money, or you think there are other accessories that I should think about, I am willing to look into it.
7. Most dealers will negotiate (I did for mine). If they aren't moving cars, they aren't making money. Now for ordering? Not really sure about negotiating a price when ordering.

8. The short throw shifter was a must for me. After driving with and without....definitely with.

9. The dealer I got mine from put a ceramic coat on it with a 3 year protection included, I opted for the 7 year coverage for $300. Covers paint fade, oxidation, loss of gloss, surface rust, stains from bird droppings, acid rain, water spotting, etc. (very long list of stuff) with no deductible. I was going to get that done anyway.

10. The salesman I dealt with found mine from another lot and did a dealer trade. Had it within a week.

11. You will get a 4 month trial of Sirius, the finance guy that did my paperwork said after it runs out hold off for a little while and they will give a really good deal. The last time I did it, I got everything for $5 a month for a year.

As far as accessories, mine came with interior LED's and blue floor lighting, but that's about it. I don't really care about the rest right now.

I do have to say that I got lucky, my salesman found exactly what I was going to order on a lot that wasn't that far away. He was even surprised.

Good luck! You will love the car!
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