Picked up SWP five door basic WRX Saturday. Finding this car has been a journey since last December. Thought I would offer a few observations of what I learned along the way. First, I waited to see what cars would come around rather than ordering a car. This might have been a mistake as when orders stopped in April, the dealers began to jack up the prices, some by over $2000 over MSRP. I finally found a car listed at MSRP and after clicking on the dealerís Internet price, purchased the car at over $1100 below MSRP. The dealer told me that they still made a decent profit and I was able to add a few features because of this. I donít know why anyone would pay the outrageous prices some of the dealers are asking. Iím sure when orders on the 2013 start, the prices will come back in line.
I had wrestled for some time with all of the scenarios, WRX vs. STI, four door vs. five, basic vs. premium vs. limited, all of the colors, WRX vs. BRZ vs. something else and on an on. Finally decided that I didnít need all of the hard-core features of an STI (would still love to have one, though) and didnít want to pay an extra ten grand. I didnít find much use for a moon roof, fog lights, leather seats, or navigation package and decided that the basic WRX was the best bang for the buck. The car I purchased came with short throw shifter, dimming mirror and compass, cargo tray and armrest extender. I added satellite radio, all weather mats and rear bumper protector. The dealer was very straightforward and the purchase was as pleasant as I can imagine buying a new car could be. I did have to drive 150 miles to pick up the car. It was a blast driving home.
There were a couple things that I did not expect- just to nit pick a little. Since satellite radio was added on after delivery, the antenna is placed in the upper right corner of the windshield and itís kind of obnoxious up there. Iím not sure if it comes this way when factory installed. Iím still trying to figure out how to use all the features of the sound system and blue tooth. I do know an eight year old who can probably get it all set up for me. The only other unexpected observation is that the doors seem a little light and hollow compared to my previous car, a 2006 Outback. I was expecting something a little more solid.
Overall, it has been great. Subaru does a great job of putting a package together. There may be other cars that are faster, others that handle better, others that are more fuel efficient, others that are more practical, others that have more luxury features, but this car puts it all together and I think the outcome is far greater than the sum of its parts. More later.