Well today I went to the Subaru dealer and I talked to a salesman. I asked him if the WRX's boost gauge was a dealer installed option or was it comming from the factory as one of the options. The salesman told me that in the past it was a dealer installed option. But lately the WRX's are comming with the boost gauge as a factory option. On the window sticker the gauge is listed as an option, THIS IS NOT AN ADDITIONAL DEALER ADD ON. If you don't beleave me just go to your dealer and ask; in the past maybe that's how it was done. Now they are being delivered with the boost gauge as a factory option.
While I was there the salesman let me take out a 2003 white WRX........BY MYSELF! It was great, my first drive in a WRX. I was nice to it, I didn't drive it very hard, after all this will be someones pride and joy. They had one of those yellow ones there to; there are only sopposed to be 400 of them and they are going to have 2 of them, it kind of looked like it was a taxie cab yellow to me. Oh yea, they had an additional $1500 mark up on it and he said it was a firm price. A regular WRX in any other color could be had for $500 off the list price.
I did ask him about the STI, he didn't know anything specific about it other then it will have about 260 to 280 horsepower. He told me the STI would be here in 18 months and the price would be 30K and up. He didn't really know about the price but all he new was 30k or more. Is 18 months correct? That seems like along time before it gets here. He also said they had a couple of guys that had already put money down on an STI.