Well, my odometer just hit 500 miles on my new '09 WRX sedan that I got last week. I've been trying to go easy on it and break it in correctly, but it's tough. I absolutely love it so far, and I know I'll only love it more when I can actually do some spirited driving. Here's a cell phone pic:
I got a decent deal on it--just under $24k. It's the base model, but came with the boost gauge, fog lights, footwell lights, and some other crap that just ends up adding more weight. I also got a good deal on a 5 yr/100k mile bumper-to-bumper warranty for $800. I was tired of making and paying for repairs on my '01 Celica GT-S, so I'm looking forward to having someone else foot the bill when something breaks. I have a couple of questions, though:
1. What upgrades can be made without voiding the warranty?
2. Can I do the work myself, or do I have to have them done at the dealer?
3. Is anything logged in the ECU if I exceed the recommended 4000 RPM during the first thousand miles? I know it sounds paranoid, but I don't want to risk losing the warranty for something stupid like that.
I'm not considering anything major at this point, but that will probably change. I'd definitely like to have the short-throw shifter sometime soon, though. About the only thing I miss from my Celica is the six speed (maybe the brakes, too, but that's an easy fix). The shifter in the WRX is pretty loose, and I have to watch that I don't try to go into sixth (reverse). Of course, the STS will only take care of the first problem.
I'm going to ask the dealer the same questions, naturally, but just thought I'd see if anyone had prior experience with WRX warranty work and mods.
And finally, has anyone had problems posting if their title has a space in it? I tried about ten different times, but I couldn't preview or post unless I had a no-space title. I know it sounds weird, but it's the only way I could get it to work.