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Greetings. This is my first posting. I usually hang out at bimmerforums forced induction forum, as I drive a '99 M3 with Dinan upgrades including a Vortech blower, overboosted to 11 psi, with water/methanol injection cooling the intake charge. You might be wondering what Im doing so far from home! Well, the fact is that this new STI is really starting to turn my head. Once you see a 4.8 second car for 30 grand, you start to take notice. Mine's a 4.8 second car also, but I dont have to tell you what an M3 costs, and what the Dinan upgrades added up to. Suffice it to say that I had to pay about twice what the STI is costing you guys for similar performance! So, truth is, Im a bit envious of all of you.

But, what on earth is with the arm rest, radio, and floor mats? Weight savings, My Ass! Really, do they think buyers are going to say to themselves, 'oooooh, look, no radio, armrest, and floormats. This must REALLY be a race car...Look at all the weight theyre saving!' :evil: LOL.

I guess they will install any other Imprezza body radio, and it will fit, right? ARe there any other decent Imprezza radios, by the way? Do you think the dealers will have a sound package for those who want it?

As for the armrest, I know that the '95 3.0l M3s came without one, and even some 3.2l ones did also. But at least for my '99 model year, they added it. How much at their cost could they have been saving by deleting the radio, armrest, and mats? Tops, about a $700 to a grand altogether. I dont think there's a sole who would have minded paying that.

But, I didnt create my first post to bitch. Far from it. This is one exciting car. And the aftermarket should go completely nuts with it. How long before a chip delivering a boost bump capable of delivering 350 hp comes out? Can you say 0-60 in 4.3 sec?!

I bet you dont see to many M3 guys cross shopping Subies. but, this is one big exception. I dont see how any driver who enjoys performance can not at least consider this guy. Even Mustang Cobra drivers, who are anxiously awaiting the release of new Cobras in a year or two...I bet they lose more than a few of these to the earlier delivery of the STI.

Oh well, thats all for now. Best of luck on your new rockets.
 

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Tell you what boostm3, I can't believe I'm doing this but I'm such a nice guy I'll let you borrow my STi for a week.

Just meet me and we'll swap cars.

I know, I know... Your Welcome.
 

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My current car is a 99 M3, and I am cross shopping! I have the deposit in, and I am still trying to decide what to do. If I don't get the Sti, I have a place lined up for my Active Autowerke turbo install. Can you say 450 bhp?? But.....not quite as reliable. Oh well, decisions decisions
 

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>> have a place lined up for my Active Autowerke turbo install. Can you say 450 bhp?? But.....not quite as reliable. Oh well, decisions decisions<<

Cool, another M3 owner. Haved you been to bimmerforums.com, and checked out the forced induction forum over there? There's tonage written about the AA turbos, most of it real good. There's little thats unreliable about that package, believe me. I wouldnt give it a second thought. Its a really nice setup, that works really well, and produce tonnage of power, safely.
 

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I actually like the fact that it is not coming with a radio- because I was going to pull the Subaru OEM stuff anyway, and put in a aftermarket system. :)

Impreza's usually do not come with the armrest extension, it is always an option.

Floormats? I'm with ya on that one. :)

Welcome! :D
 

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Well written post boostm3, and welcome to the forum. It's nice to see enthusiasts of all types attracted to what the STi stands for.

Regarding the radio, floor mats and what not....while they say it's for weight savings, I think the real reason might be pricing. Instead of making MSRP $32k-something, they are able to draw people in easier. Many of us had stated $32k was as much as we'd like to pay, and although many of us will end up spending more than that in the end buying floormats and a system, the additional costs are hidden.

It may have been true that they needed to save just a few pounds to come in under gas guzzler weight, but who knows.
 

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>> actually like the fact that it is not coming with a radio- because I was going to pull the Subaru OEM stuff anyway, and put in a aftermarket system<<

I hear ya about that. I pulled the stock M3 system and replaced it with my aftermarket one featuring Polk components up front, Kenwood Excelon head unit, JL Audio STealthboxes (subs) in the rear deck replacing the stock coaxials for rear fill which I dont need, and a Kenwood Excelon 4x75 watt amp. Its a huge improvement and sounds pretty awsome.

But, that was replacing an existing system. Meaning, the wiring was all in, and all we had to do is plug and play with the pieces. What do you do in the sti where youre not replacing anything, but building from scratch? Are there even holes cutout already for the speakers? Any wiring in place? See what I mean? This is what concerns me. If there were already speaker baffles or mounts in place, and wiring was already there, and all we had to do is figure out what size mounts are used, and by the separates for that, then it would be alot easier. Especially if the wiring for the front and back was already in.
 

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Everything is in place for a stereo to just be dropped in. Wiring is in place and speaker locations are just waiting for something to hold.
 
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