So I just test drove an 08 STI on Friday. I really like this car, and I'm going to try to get one I think very similar to yours. The BBS and foglights are cool, but not $2000 extra cool. I'm hoping on paying less than MSRP, hopefully right around invoice at the end of the month on a base STI. If I can't get that, I will suck it up and go with a regular WRX.
My first impressions test driving the STI is that I was very suprised how friendly it was to drive. I used to have a Mustang that I modded some, and drove the regular WRX. I had buddies when I was younger with supercharged Z28s, and some other fast cars, but I never had anything much over 240hp or so. I was a lttle nervous driving the STI, I had never piloted a 300hp car. Needless to say, it was all very routine. In fact, I was mostly suprised when driving the car, it didn't seem as crazy fast as I expected compared to the regular W. I'm not sure if that's because my wife and I got to drive the WRX without the dealer in the car, or something else. Don't get me wrong, it was fast, but it mostly felt like a tighter WRX, not the thrust that my buddy's 1990s 300hp Corvette had.
I wonder if there are diminishing returns on the boost, etc. from an STI at altitude. (I live near the ski resorts in Colorado). I test drove the car at around 6000ft.
What was totally sweet is I did my test drive in Glenwood Canyon, following the Colorado River with some nice sweeping curves. I don't care what the car magazines say, this car was like being on rails...
I agree with the whole BBS + other extras. I'm in the price range of getting a base level STI with the regular rims (I think they look good) and save the $2000 for my new higher insurance and premium dino juice.
If I can get close to invoice on the right car, I'm in (which I usually can do with Fighting Chance) but MRRP is basically the highest possible price the dealer hopes to get. I will post and let you know what happens.