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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-13-2010, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Is the All-Weather Package worth the price?

I have a X Premium on order right now and decided not to go with the "All-Weather Package".

I live in upstate NY, but not that far north. While we can have some very cold weather, it usually only last for a few weeks in January and February.

I figured that for the extra $600 it would add the the price, I could survive without it.

Just wondering what others experiences are.

Thanks much for you valued opinions.

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I'm new here but I'll throw in my 2 cents. I bought a 2010 Forester Premium MT about a month ago. I love it but that's another story. Since I had to buy from dealer stock, the only one that had a manual trans also had the all weather package. I didn't really want the all weather package but I bought the car anyway. After using the car for a month I changed my mind and like the all weather package. You are right that your winter may be only a few months but I use the heated seats often and think they are great and it's not winter where I live yet. The heated seats are great in fall and spring too but if they're (plus heated mirrors and heated windshield wipers) worth $600 to you, well I can't decide that for you.

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I think its worth the cost. It is nice to have heated items like seats and wipers and mirrors even if you only use it for a few months.

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I think it's worth it too. The mirrors defrost quickly, i can't imagine owning another car without heated seats nowand I've even used the windshield wiper feature on those cold wet/freezing snow days to keep the wipers from being caked in the frozen stuff while on the highway. I too use the heated seats in the fall and spring too after chilly walks on the trails with the dogs, feels great.

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I think its worth the cost. It is nice to have heated items like seats and wipers and mirrors even if you only use it for a few months.
+ 1 on the all weather package.

Even though you may not be living in the frozen North, when temps get near the freezing mark, those heated seats feel comfy on those cool/cold mornings. Those heated mirrors are also good for melting ice and mist from them. I think it would also be a great resale feature down the road.
I have them on mine and I'm glad I do.
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I live near Seattle, and most of the time we have a warm temperate winter. My Outback Sport came with the all-weather package too, and when I bought the car I didn't think much of it. But I park my car outside, not under a carport or in a garage. So when I come out in the morning it is all iced over. The all-weather package really does a great job to defrost the mirrors and heat up the windshield wiper blade rubber so I can see more quickly. And the heated seats! Often when it's super cold out and I drive off from my parking space, I can turn the heated seats on and instantly feel warm, vs. having to wait for the engine to heat up to get any heat, which usually takes a couple minutes of driving. So yes, I think it's worth the extra cost, especially in Upstate New York! If you lived in Southern California I'd say no, don't get it.

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It's a great package on an '07, because it's the only way to get a sunroof. Don't know about an '11.

The heated seats and mirrors are awesome. The heated wipers help a bit, but de-icing wiper fluid is more important really. But, cost-wise, the mirrors and seats can be done aftermarket as a DIY project for around $200-250 total.

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As good dog mentioned, I wouldn't want another vehicle without the heated seats. Also heated cloth seats are a rarity. Us Canadian Forester owners are lucky because the cold weather package comes standard across all trims. I guess it's due to there is snow on the ground for half of the year so having bun warmers are a blessing here:).

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It's worth it

In my order of liking the all weather package, the heated seats, heated mirrors, heated wiper area.

It's a two thumbs up extra.

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Sometimes the A/C and heater isn't enough. That's where heated and ventilated seats come in and make all the difference for what ambient temperatures can't do.
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When I got my 04' I thought the AW package was not needed. Picked it up in February and my "not needed" thought changed to "must have and always will have" after about a mile.


So yeah, get it. Also, add the rubber mats, cargo liner and rear cargo net to your order, all nice accessories to have.

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I do live in the frozen north and the heated seats (bun warmers), wiper defrost, etc. are just one more reason to own a Subaru.

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I do live in the frozen north and the heated seats (bun warmers), wiper defrost, etc. are just one more reason to own a Subaru.
I agree. Subaru knows how to make cars for crappy weather. :D

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the first time that your back is a little achy and it's cold and you put that heated seat on.......Ahhhhhhhh

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