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Question Must Have Dealer Add Ons

I was just wondering if there were any accessories that you guys felt were necessary when purchasing your Forester.

Im interested in the boost gauge, short throw shifter, limted slip protector, battery warmer, engine block heater, security system, splah guards.

Do you guys think these are worth adding on? Are there any others that I havent listed that you guys think someone should get? I am getting the rear spoiler and tow hitch so I didnt include it in the above list.

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Depends how you want to use your wagon. The rubber floor mats and side cargo nets are a must for me. I skipped the front & rear cargo nets, as I think they'd be in the way.
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Most of these things are highly dependant on what you are going to do with it, so it is difficult to come up with much general advice. Also, you don't mention which model.

The splash guards are probably a good idea regardless, although being stiff they could be a liability on really rough surfaces.

Have to wonder why you would want the battery warmer in Florida.

There's cheaper (and arguably better) boost gauges (from which we can guess you are buying an XT variant) and short shifters (from which we can guess a 5MT) available elsewhere.

The diff protector is not useful if you are staying on roads or relatively smooth surfaces.

The cargo area nets might prove useful. If you have a dog, the dog guard is a good idea. If you use a bike, the appropriate rood attachements would be useful, unless you already have them. Wheel locks might be a good idea.

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I should have given more information. I am currently living in Florida but am moving back to NY next year. I am interested in the sport xt model. I will be doing light offroading- nothing extreme but I wont just be driving on paved roads.

I understand that the boost gauge is not the best and not in psi but I like the fact that I dont have to worry about installing it. I heard the short throw shifter makes driving in the winter not as good as opposed to using the stock shifter.

I wouldnt be using any roof attachments and I dont have a dog at the moment so I dont need the dog net (even if I did have one he would probably be sitting up with me ).

I was also wondering if it is normal for the average customer to add this many dealer add ons- I got the idea most only get a few or none.

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I think the Wal-Mart floor mats work better than the Subaru ones.

I feel that LSD protector, boost guage can be installed and sought after cheaper reading thru this site.

If you are from FL. I can't see why block heater and battery warmer is truly beneficial.

Short throw shifter... Depends on your driving style.

Search splash guards... now on the site, I think I seen some being sold today or yesterday.

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mine would be & are.

Wing.
Splash guards.
Rear bumper protector.
All weather floor matts.
Bug/rock hood deflector.


Those would be the ones right off the bat.

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Touch up paint.


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wing?

by wing do you mean the rear spoiler? do you think that the spoiler is worth it?

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The all weather floor mats are awesome. I just toss my empty cans of atkins shakes and banana peels on the floor throughout my day and scoop up the mat and shake it out in the dumpster when I get home.
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Battery warmer.... not worth it unless you have a near dead battery. I don't plug my car in and I can still start it in -30 weather with no battery warmer.

Floormats are great to keep the carpet clean and I really need a cargo net in the FXT to keep the groceries from turning into a V8 drink on the way home from the grocery store.
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The block heater is a great idea. I'm going to install one soon. Instant heat, and better gas mileage!

The factory boost gauge sucks. They want like $400 for it, which is WAY too much.

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Good question! I would get/currently have:

Armrest extension - you MUST get this! (not sure if an issue w/'07 models)
Rear wing - looks cool
Mud guards - for obvious reasons, look good
Boost gauge - nice, though it blocks fuel gauge
Short shifter - really makes a difference; go aftermarket easy install and save $250
All weather floor mats - no worries in mud or rain or if you're carpooling with a yeti
Rear bumper protector - if you load ANYTHING, this will save from scratches
Wheel locks - just $25 here could save you bundles in the future

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If they still make the cargo tray, get that. Instead of the subaru short shifter, I would get the Kartboy model. I would get the security system (thats the shock sensor right?) and the solid splash guards. The battery warmer and engine block heater aren't really needed. My 04XT still starts just fine on the oem battery in 2- degree F weather, and it's parked outside (the heaters don't make any sense to me though because there are no outlets in my parking lot!) There are many more easier to mount, cheaper, and better boost guages on the market, so I wouldn't recomment the subaru one. And the rear diff is pretty much the only thing you WON'T hit if offroading (if you're going to really be offroading at all I would buy a primitive skidplate (they're a vendor on this board). However, when buying the car you could probably get them to throw one or two things in free.

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Good question! I would get/currently have:

Armrest extension - you MUST get this! (not sure if an issue w/'07 models)
Rear wing - looks cool
Mud guards - for obvious reasons, look good
Boost gauge - nice, though it blocks fuel gauge
Short shifter - really makes a difference; go aftermarket easy install and save $250
All weather floor mats - no worries in mud or rain or if you're carpooling with a yeti
Rear bumper protector - if you load ANYTHING, this will save from scratches
Wheel locks - just $25 here could save you bundles in the future

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Armrest extension is standard now.

+1 for the rear bumper protector, def a must have!
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Rear cargo tray, no doubt about it
Rubber mats
Rear bumper cover

Engine block heater... I dunno. Mine has started fine down to -25 or so, but as BAC5.2 says, it may help your winter mileage since you could avoid excessive cold-weather warmups.

The factory tach is an option delete. Pretty much useless and it looks like an afterthought. (I have one and now wish I'd saved the money)

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