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Hey guy, I'm new to this forums and it has so far been my favorite Subaru forums out of the bunch. I'll try to keep things short. I am about to put down a deposit to order a 2012 WRX 5 door base. They are giving me invoice pricing ($24,117) and on top of that is the delivery fee ($750) and half the dealer fee ($445). There were a few options that he showed me at invoice pricing that I'm interested and not sure if I need. The first that I want is the fog lights which are ($290) and the second is the short throw shifter ($280). My questions are below:

1) Does this look to be good pricing for the car? And what about the accessories?

2) Is the short throw shifter from Subaru better then the one from Kartboy in refference to get a smother shifting and not that rubbery feel, or am I confusing two different things? **Is the bushing changed with that as well? Someone please clarify.

3)Are there any other options that I should opt for from the beginning?

Thanks in advance for your help and am really looking forward to being a fellow Subi owner :wiggles:
 

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Seems somewhat high, but not terrible. TrueCar lists the base for 25,024 where I live. Did you request on line price quotes from other dealers in your area?

You should ask to get the options at invoice.

From what I've read, the Kartboy STS is better, but I haven't tried it. You order the bushings separately.

You may want to get the roof bars if you plan to be carrying stuff on the roof. Particularly if you can get them at invoice.
 

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Just buy the car, getting accessories with interest may sound good now, but if you need to sell your now used car those are worthless add ons that your paying interest on.
 

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I think its a good price.Although that dealer fee sounds ridiculous.

$290 is a good price for the fog lights.I got mine for $320 after I bought the car.

OEM Shortthrow comes with linkages,which is why it is pricier than aftermarket.Haven't had or tried the factory SS,but I love my Kartboy with bushings.As mentioned you will have to order the SPT bushings.

And yes,like Torque mentioned you don't want to be paying interest on options.The only option I got with the car was an arm rest extender.
 

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@eviltwin I actually thought the price was pretty good. They are giving it to me at invoice which is $24,100 and the normal destination of $750 for a price of $24,910. The TrueCar in my area came out to $25,024 so I think I'm getting a better deal than that.

@T0rque That is what I'm trying to do is getting the most base model possible and that is why I'm ordering it. However I am getting invoice pricing for these parts so I thought it would be better to get them now so I don't have to pay for install. The fog lights are normally $380 but I am getting them for $290 instead for example. But my main point was with the short throw shifter from Subaru if it was worth getting. I was planning to do the Kartboy STS and bushings from the beginning but wanted to know if the Subaru one was preferred? Which is the ideal route. Lastly, I am fronting the money for any extra parts I put on the car because I don't plan to finance those things. I have a set monthly price in mind. I don't want to get eaten up by the interest and end up paying $600 for a STS :)

@rage-wrx Yeah unfortunately here in South Florida the dealers are insane with their dealer fees(thats why I usually buy used). Their dealer fee is actually $800 but they pretty much cut it in half for me although I am going to fight them a bit more to bring it down. A question about your fog lights, was that $320 installed price or just for the part?

Thanks in advance for your responses
 

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@rage-wrx how bout the arm rest extender. Was it worth it?
 

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@rage-wrx how bout the arm rest extender. Was it worth it?
oh yes.The arm rest extender is great.It lets you rest your arm between shifts.Very useful for city driving.
 

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Any other additions worth while getting from the get go?
 

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Skip the OE shifter. Aftermarket is leaps/bounds better, and cheaper.

I like the armrest extension. Some people hate it. Go to the dealership and look at cars with both.
 

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@EJ257 Looks like I will skip it and get the Kartboy shifter. In reference to the extension, there are no dealers around me with a WRX for me to see. But my previous two cars would extend forward and I liked it so I guess I might opt for that.

How much do the arm rest extenders go for? Also are the fog lights worth it?
 

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The fog lights are not great.They are just called fog lights,although I don't see much through fog with them.

I changed the bulbs,tinted them yellow & aimed them better and they are a lot better now.But in stock form they are mainly useless.

You do not have many other options for fog lights.A great guy called Weasel adapted the stock fog light housing to accommodate aftermarket fogs & he says they are great.
 

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The NEW armrest extender (08+) is rad. 02-07 armrest extender is ****.
 

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Thanks for the heads up T0rque. What I take from this thread is I will get the fogs and extender but not the STS.

@Rage-WRX how much did you pay for your extender and was it at invoice price?
 

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@Rage-WRX cool, I guess I got what I needed from here.

I appreciate all the help from you guys and look forward to being a part of this community.

Anything I should upgrade when it comes to the audio? I know that it is not that great in these cars. Just thinking if there is any addition I can add to make it better or if I should just go aftermarket?
 

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So is it the speakers that are bad or the head unit?
 

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The biggest difference in the sts is the bushings. I have rallitek bushings for my sti sts and its far better than stock but looks like its not modded.


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Wow this is pretty much the same exact thing I was going to ask... Can somebody link to the STS that is recommended? And what exactly is the armrest extender? I know that sounds dumb, but I'm serious... What's the big deal?
 
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