Yesterday, I got my first Subaru! A (semi) shiny 2003 WRX wagon. Thrilled with it so far as it is much more fun to drive than my accord was and it fit my budget. It all feels like it works well to me, but I am curious what I need to be looking out for given that it's got 170k miles.
A few questions:
1: I don't see many of them around Baton Rouge, but assume there are a few. Anywhere to go for work when I need it?
2: Lens covers on fog lamps are broken. I plan to just order replacement assemblies from amazon rather than try and replace the covers (Amazon.com: Subaru Impreza Replacement Fog Light Assembly - 1-Pair: Automotive) Mistake?
3: Previous owner smoked - I'm thinking replacing the cabin air filter will help - also figured I just order off Amazon as the local AutoZone, etc don't seem to have in stock (Amazon.com: FRAM CF10377 Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter: Automotive)
4: I'm thinking that it would be nice to get a tune assuming that I don't IMMEDIATELY blow up any mechanical parts in doing so. It looks like CORR performance is pretty near here. I need to already have a COBB accesstuner or something similar when I go, right?
4b: They can't just flash a new tune into the computer without me having a "chip" of some sort?
4c: Is it generally economical or considered good form to buy the "chip" from the tuner?
4d: If you have to buy a toy like the accesstuner, am I likely to do ok tuning myself if I stay conservative? I doubt I want to get "all I can" out of the parts I've got.
OK, way more than enough newbie questions for now. I would actually surf the forums to find answers to my questions, but I want to go drive in the rain.