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Old 10-22-2001, 08:52 AM   #1
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Question WRX factory options worth getting

I'm looking at the WRX wagon and was wondering which factory options are worth looking at. I'll just spout my up-front opinion on some of them:

17" Wheels - Yeah.. they're BBS's.. but 3k is still steep
Exterior Rack Attachments - I'm not much of an outdoorsman.. so I'll skip these
Air Filtration System - K&N probably better?
Armrest Extension - Sounds useful
Auto-dim mirror/compass - sounds neat, probably not very useful
Cargo Area Stuff - Sounds useful
Carbon Fiber Stuff - Why are these listed under "performance"?
Titanium Shift Knob - Looks alright.. is that a WRX logo on the tip?
Performance Suspension Kit - Aftermarket cheaper/better?
STI Performance Muffler - Aftermarket cheaper/better?
Short shifter - Aftermarket cheaper/better?
Guages - Turbo guage on the wheel was nice during test drive.. but I don't think it's needed really
Sound - Aftermarket better (I'm fairly confident on this one)

Opinions? Am I way off on all of these?
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Old 10-22-2001, 01:28 PM   #2
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My $.02 for what I know about on my Sedan WRX:

Armrest extension - very useful.
Auto-dim mirror - initially I didn't see the point, but after driving awhile I really like it.
Turbo gauge - I like mine.
Sound - aftermarket, no contest.
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Old 10-22-2001, 01:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: WRX factory options worth getting

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Originally posted by cougar
I'm looking at the WRX wagon and was wondering which factory options are worth looking at. I'll just spout my up-front opinion on some of them:

...Air Filtration System - K&N probably better?
I'm thinking you're talking about the A/C (vent) air
filtration system here. It's supposed to give ya 'clean'
air - this doesn't have anything to do with air filters,
such as K&N. I may be wrong, but I have the air filtration
system, and it ain't no K&N

Quote:
Armrest Extension - Sounds useful
Auto-dim mirror/compass - sounds neat, probably not very useful
Yes, the armrest extension is useful, especially with a stick (good
place to rest your arm...at least for me).

The compass/mirror is semi-useful - if you're going to get tint,
forget it. If not, go for it.

Don't have any of the other mods (wait...I've got the rear
differential protector, forgot about that), but I can say that you're
right on with the sound system option (even the upgrade sucks).

The rest of the I-clubber's can help with the suspension, wheel questions...

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Old 10-22-2001, 02:04 PM   #4
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well with my two cents you almost have a nickel, but here's what I think.

Rims- Completely not worth it, go aftermarket, cheaper, plus you get to keep the stockers for winter

Air Filtration- It's not for the engine, it's for the cabin.

Auto dim mirror- lots of cars have them now, and they are very useful, comes with a compass too, so a little more price justification

Suspension- only shocks and struts, control arms and sway bar are extra from what I read, Also cheaper at subaruparts.com +you get to keep the original. Also after markets can be bought that are better, try DMS 40mm for only an extra 200

STI perfomance muffler- not much of a muffler for 900$ you'd be better off getting a quality aftermarket

Shifter, aftermarket cheaper, maybe better, depends on taste.

Boost Guage- $520 are you kidding, you can get any three guages you want for a lot less. for $520 you can run 6 gauges, three console and three a-pillar (that's were I'm gonna be eventually)

Stereo you nailed- stock subie sounds are just that, stock. (Of course when your home stereo cost almost as much as the car what do you expect)
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Old 10-22-2001, 03:31 PM   #5
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Andy -

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Originally posted by andywrx
[b]

I'm thinking you're talking about the A/C (vent) air
filtration system here. It's supposed to give ya 'clean'
air - this doesn't have anything to do with air filters,
such as K&N. I may be wrong, but I have the air filtration
system, and it ain't no K&N
Is that what they're selling? I breezed over the options and assumed that's what it was..


Quote:
Originally posted by andywrx
[b]Yes, the armrest extension is useful, especially with a stick (good
place to rest your arm...at least for me).

The compass/mirror is semi-useful - if you're going to get tint,
forget it. If not, go for it.
I live in Houston.. tint is.. well.. almost a necessity. The compass would be nice.. but not necessary..

Quote:
Originally posted by andywrx

Don't have any of the other mods (wait...I've got the rear
differential protector, forgot about that), but I can say that you're
right on with the sound system option (even the upgrade sucks).

The rest of the I-clubber's can help with the suspension, wheel questions...

Andy
Yeah.. again.. Houston.. potholes.. so I thought about getting the differential protector just for that. Definitely look at upgrading the sound.. I've got a Sony Mobile ES in my car at the moment that I'm very happy with.. that would probably be my first mod along with tint.
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Old 10-22-2001, 04:00 PM   #6
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Yup, tint was a need for me down here in FL, too. That
make the dimmer almost negligible, but it's still nice
to have when a Semi pulls behind me.

Just an FYI - the compass on the mirror is easily
replaced by a radar detector that has a compass...just
a thought.

Anyway...Most of the people on this board will tell you
to keep it as stock as possible (no dealer options), do
everything else yourself (for cheaper, usually). Although,
if you're a newbie (like me), or don't have a lot of time,
the dealer might work best. At any rate, good luck...and
enjoy. I can guarantee you will...

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Old 10-22-2001, 05:19 PM   #7
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Default The options I have

I bought my car with a few packages, and added a few as well.. Here is a list of what I have with my WRX:

Arm extension
Premium Sound Package
Performance Guage Pack
Rear Diff. Protector
Air Filtration system
Diming/Compass Mirror

The Arm Extension is worth it, IMHO. I find its a nice place to rest my arm, as I have an MTX. The Premium Sound Package was already included on the car - but I would recommend aftermarket sound components. My little subwoofer upgrade has already blown out. Simply put, its no premium upgrade.. I only bought this on the car becuase it was included in the best deal I could find around town. The Performance Gauge Pack, although probably not worth the money, is a feature that I like. I like the center console mounted gauges, and I didn't really want to go out and buy them seperatley, athough thats where the much better deal is.. Rear diff, I got for obvious reasons.. I think this upgrade could spare you a lot of trouble in the long run... Air Filtration system again came in the package I got with the car.. not sure if its worth the money or not.. probably not.. Diming Compass Mirror I got. I recommend this upgrade to anyone who's eyes are sensitive to bright headlights..

The wheel/suspension/muffler upgrades, are not woth the money IMHO.. You can find a much better aftermarket package or component for a lot less money. My dealer wanted 4k for the wheel package!!! RIP OFF. The shortshifter you can get cheaper and probably better from aftermarket. I read a lot about the kartboy shifter on here.. probably one of the first aftermarket mods I will do.

As someone else said, its probably best to go with a pretty much stock car, as I tried to do.. My car did come with a package, but its what most dealers in my area were selling and I did get a good deal on it.. I added the gauges and rear differential protector later..

Sorry for the length,
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Old 10-22-2001, 09:10 PM   #8
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If you are by any means handy with tools and have steady hands, then by all means get aftermarket or buy the parts yourself and put them on.
The only advantage that you'd have by getting the parts with the car is to be able to finance them with the car. IMHO you'd be better to buy a stripped down version of the car with as few options as possible and then take the money you saved and put that towards much better quality stuff (the wheels especially).
I agree with everyone that the armrest extension is very useful, and most of the cars do have it installed already. I've heard that the electro-dimming mirrors aren't what they're cracked up to be so I wouldn't go there.
I'd buy some of the OEM parts (rear bumper protector, rear diff protector, cargo net, but I'd buy them at www.subaruparts.com or some other place that offered prices near dealer cost and install them myself.
Just my .02
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Old 10-23-2001, 12:14 AM   #9
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Likewise the deal that I got included the speaker upgrade and subwoofer. I haven't blown the sub yet (not from lack of trying ). Even though it is not as good as an aftermarket of the same price, to me, it's not a deal-breaker. It does sound pretty good, much better than the stock.

I am also in agreement about the armrest extension, get it. No one has mentioned the spoiler, so I will assume that as a given. The titanium shifter knob feels too small in my hand and I bet that it heats up to skin-scorching temps in the sunshine.
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Old 10-23-2001, 12:40 AM   #10
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Everything I got was included in the car (I drove it off the lot ), but they were all the things I wanted.

Rear differential protector - definitely not necessary for the kind of driving I do (mostly on paved roads) but I figured I would be really glad on the rare occasion that I even thought I might need it.

Premium sound system - I give it an "eh." The sub's nice, and the tweeters are par at best, but it's all around a very pleasant system. I would even say I'm pretty happy with it.

Armrest extension - very nice. Get it if you have elbows.

Auto-dimming mirror/compass - I like it a lot. The only reason I can tell that I like it a lot is that I don't notice that it's there when I'm driving - ie I can always see everything behind me and I never squint when I check my rear-view mirror. That's the way driving should be.

For anything performance related, I would definitely go aftermarket like everyone is suggesting. You can get better for cheaper, plus even if you only upgrade something small like the shifter, you feel like all of the sudden the whole car is totally personalized exactly the way you want it.
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Old 10-23-2001, 10:04 AM   #11
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Default Re: WRX factory options worth getting

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Originally posted by cougar
I'm looking at the WRX wagon and was wondering which factory options are worth looking at. I'll just spout my up-front opinion on some of them:

17" Wheels - Yeah.. they're BBS's.. but 3k is still steep
Exterior Rack Attachments - I'm not much of an outdoorsman.. so I'll skip these
Air Filtration System - K&N probably better?
Armrest Extension - Sounds useful
Auto-dim mirror/compass - sounds neat, probably not very useful
Cargo Area Stuff - Sounds useful
Carbon Fiber Stuff - Why are these listed under "performance"?
Titanium Shift Knob - Looks alright.. is that a WRX logo on the tip?
Performance Suspension Kit - Aftermarket cheaper/better?
STI Performance Muffler - Aftermarket cheaper/better?
Short shifter - Aftermarket cheaper/better?
Guages - Turbo guage on the wheel was nice during test drive.. but I don't think it's needed really
Sound - Aftermarket better (I'm fairly confident on this one)

Opinions? Am I way off on all of these?
Wheels-Not worth it. You can get stronger and lighter aftermarket wheels for cheaper.

Crossbars-That's up to you.

Air filtration system-yes, it's for the cabin. I recommend it. It reduces a lot of the dust and pollen

Armrest extension- I like it. The extra storage space helps. A lot of people think it gets in the way. Maybe if you're tall and have long arms.

Auto dim mirror/compass - Personal preference. I did without it.

Cargo liner-Would be nice. My interior is already all dirty from transporting tires around.

Carbon fiber stuuf - if you're into it. I'm not. It's rice.

Titanium shift knob- Again personal preference. I bought a MOMO for cheaper. It does not say WRX on top, it says STi. It is cool though!

STi Suspension- Not worth it. no adjustability for the amount of money you're paying. Spend a few hundred more and get coilovers.

STi Muffler- Definitley not worth it. Spend $100 more and get a turbo back system.

Short shifter-Not bad. But, aftermarket is still cheaper.

Gauges-Not worth it. If you get the gauge pack, the turbo gauge doesn't even light up properly. If you get the column mounted boost gauge, that also sucks. It doesn't even read in PSI or bar.

Upgraded sound system-Aftermarket is absolutely better.

You forgot to list cargo net and rear diff protector. Both are good to have. The only benefit to getting options with your car is to be able to finance it in together. I bought my car with no options. And bought everything else afterwards. Usually, when you finance it in, you also pay for labor for installation.

Oh yeah, forgot about security upgrade. This has got to be one of the best factory alarms I haev ever used. It includes a shock sensor.

I bought all my factory options from Exeter Subaru. www.subaruwrxparts.com They have beaten all of Subaruparts.com's prices on everything I got from them. Plus, they also sell aftermarket parts. You can also call them at 877-SUBARU9. Ask for Mike or Bill.
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Old 10-23-2001, 10:59 AM   #12
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Might want to edit your post there in the CF section redobs, I think that the "R" word is semi banned here.
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Old 10-23-2001, 11:10 AM   #13
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What I got:

fake "Carbon Fiber" - I wouldn't have gotten this one just for the looks, but I started to read on this list that the fake "aluminum" scratched too easily, so what the heck. It looks nice :-) Didn't bother with the CF shifter knob or brake handle, though.

Upgraded stereo and sub- Not the best out there, but certainly not the worst. Lightyears ahead of the system in my old car. For dealer invoice, not a bad deal considering it's all paid for and installed without me even spending a thought on it. And bt's "Godspeed" sounds pretty frikkin good on it. You MUST adjust the sub after you get it: Factory monkeys must like distorted bass.

Cargo net (hey, what the heck, it works)

Armrest. Not bad, doesn't interfere with my shifting, and everyone needs more storage space.

What I'm ordering aftermarket:

OEM alarm upgrade - this drops my insurance rates so it ought to pay for itself in a while. Also, it'll be nice to get a flashing light confirmation of arming/locking.

Kartboy with bushings - there are a thousand posts on this already.

Cargo area mat thing - keeps the carpet clean.

Rear bumper cover - looks nicer than scratched paint.

Other options thoughts:
Never bothered with getting a roof rack set up. I got a trailer hitch and hitch rack for my bikes instead. Usually safer and more aerodynamic.

Wider-angle mirrors would be nice to eliminate blind spots.
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