You're correct, Ron, in that Guero's aftermarket setup would probably set me back quite a bit more than the parts/install price of $1355 for the OEM HU w/ 6-disc CD, upgraded speakers, sub, and amp. I would be willing to go for an aftermarket system if: 1) it wasn't much more than that $1355 price (say, $1500), and 2) getting someone to install it wasn't a hassle (in terms of finding someone knowledgeable to do the install--not a do-it-yourselfer--as well as availability, i.e., not waiting one or two weeks to get on someone's schedule).
As for the October 24th meet, I'm up for that, and *hopefully* my STi will be delivered by then (crossing fingers here!). By the way, since I will be selling my '02 WRX, if you know anyone interested in buying let me know. I bought the vehicle with just about every option available, garaged, daily driver by a middle-aged man, all scheduled maintenance performed, NO modifications, inside and out in pristine condition (I'm one of those people that always parks at the end of a parking lot to avoid door dings), and just went over 31K (mostly highway) miles. Probably looking at selling for $19K/OBO. This is an excellent '02 WRX, not a ragged out one driven by someone that has run the Hell out of it, or put nonsensical doo-dads to alter the appearance.
Impreza meet! woohoo. Ill see you there Ron.
Hey if you have any questions about sound systems let me know Chuck, I recently had mine finished and its looks rather nice. Just my opinion but you can get a much better sound system aftermarket then if you picked the subaru one.
moderator edit: changed "rob" to "ron".