Okay-- I am a new WRX owner. 2014 WRX Limited, Hatch. Bought this year because I really wanted the hatch.
One of the options I had on the car was a short-shifter.
But, having seen another 2014 with a short-shifter, I had a hard time believing mine actually was a short-shifter. The throws aren't short and the stem seems no shorter than the standard Subaru shifter. I have just seen one that was a lot shorter and the throws were much tighter.
I brought mine back to the dealership and they told me that the short-shifter I have was installed "in port" and is indeed a Subaru short shifter. They brought the vehicle into the repair bay and put it on a lift to confirm that it was, indeed, a short-shifter from Subaru.
The tech explained it to me this way-- the short-shifter from Subaru which is installed "in the port" is not very short or the throw particularly short and lacks a bushing that you would get with an "after-market" short-shifter.
If you have one installed in the dealership. it is likely not a true Subaru part, but an after-market short shifter like a "kartboy."
Please-- if anyone else has ordered a short-shifter with their car through Subaru, can you tell me if you are satisfied with it? Did I make a mistake? Is the dealership telling me the truth? Did I pay $349 for something a lot shi**tier than an after-market short-shifter?
Thanks. Hit me with the truth, please!