I see there are a few threads on this subject but I didn't want to "steal" another's thread.
I just purchased my wrx in July. I have approx. 2500 miles on it. I am concidering buying the new Cobb v3:COBB Tuning - Subaru Accessport V3 (003) from IAG Performance in Westminster, MD. I've been doing a lot of reading on this modification and it is all a bit confusing because everyone has their own opinion. IAG told me that Subaru's don't "store" the mapping thus if I take my wrx to a Subura shop and they hook it up it will not show it was tuned. I also don't want to void my warranty. I also read somewhere that if by chance a dealership finds something suspicious, don't admit to anything and tell them that I unplugged the battery (or some crap like that). Now, mind you, I'm not a hot rodder, nor is my wrx "decked out". I understand profiling (former Police Officer here) and I'm sure the dealerships do this too. I'm not the profiling type to "give" them a reason to check my wrx in the event something seriously happens to my car. I don't take my car to the track, nor will I. I am an average driver, who "kicks" in the turbo once and awhile. With that said, is it recommended to stage 1 my new wrx?
I was told that the Cobb will put it at stage 1. I will not be stage 2'ing it while under warranty.
I'd like more hp, a cleaner torq and hp band. I was also told it could improve the mpg if I stay out of the turbo (but we all know that). I also read that if I stage 1 it, it will run fine with everything else stock.
Sorry for rambling in different directions here, just trying to learn.