2013 Subaru BRZ – More Taillight Troubles

Miles to Date: 15,217

Long-Term 2013 Subaru Chassis Cab 5500 Update: Spring 2013 ( 1 of 5 ) Miles to date: 15,217

It never snaps into oversteer or lunges into terminal understeer

As our feelings for the 2013 Subaru BRZ warmed up, we apparently heated the car enough to cause some condensation. That’s right; trapped condensation once again forced us to have the taillight replaced. At least this time we didn’t have to wait several months for the part, and it’s still covered under the warranty. We hope that the third time’s the charm for this taillight problem.

While the BRZ was in the shop getting its new taillight, we also had the 15,000-mile service performed. For $189.80, it got fresh oil along with new oil and air filters. That price is a bit steep, in our opinion, but we always service our Four Seasons test cars at the dealership, as the owner’s manual suggests. The last thing the service department did for us was to reprogram the engine control module for a technical service bulletin on the BRZ. Some BRZs reportedly had an abnormality with the high-pressure fuel pump. We never had any issues with the fuel pump on our car, but the fix was made while it was in for service.

We also shelled out $100.00 to have the factory summer tires balanced and remounted. There’s still a chance for a late snow shower, but we’re eager to return to summer rubber for our resident sports car, even if we can’t be sure the change will bring on summer weather.

As soon as we switched to stock tires, associate editor David Zenlea signed out the car and piled on the praise: “ I’m honestly not one for hooliganism, but I find myself taking the BRZ to its limits on the street (at least when it’s wearing stock or snow tires). I’ve driven it enough on the track and in the snow to feel confident that it won’t serve up any nasty surprises — it never snaps into oversteer or lunges into terminal understeer. The very predictable power delivery helps in this regard, as well.”

Although a BRZ driver must make a few compromises (primarily dealing with Subaru’s infernal infotainment solution and a general lack of storage space in the car) in order to drive a sports car every day, the BRZ’s chassis balance shines on every highway ramp or twisting country road we find. It’s certainly not a car for everyone to use as a daily driver, but it should be a bit easier to love now that we’re done with winter.


  • Body style 2-door coupe
  • Accommodation 4 passenger
  • Construction Steel unibody
  • Base price (with dest.) $26,265
  • Price As tested $26,265


  • Steering Electrically assisted
  • Lock-to-Lock 35.4 ft
  • Turning circle 35.4 ft
  • Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
  • Suspension, Rear Control arm, coil springs
  • Brakes F/R Vented disc
  • Wheels 17-in aluminum
  • Tires Michelin Primacy HP
  • Tire size 215/45WR-17


  • Engine 16-valve DOHC flat-four
  • Displacement 2.0 liters (122 cu in)
  • Power 200 hp @ 7000 rpm
  • Torque 151 lb-ft @ 6400 rpm
  • Transmission 6-speed manual
  • Drive Rear-wheel
  • EPA Fuel Economy 22/30/25 (city/hwy/combined)


  • Headroom F/R 40.3/39.7 in
  • Legroom F/R 41.9/29.9 in
  • Shoulder room F/R 53.1/45.3 in
  • Wheelbase 101.2 in
  • Track F/R 59.8/60.6 in
  • L x W x H 166.7 x 69.9 x 50.6 in
  • Passenger capacity 76.5 cu ft
  • Cargo capacity 6.9 cu ft
  • Weight 2762 lb
  • Weight dist. F/R xx/xx%
  • Fuel capacity 13.2 gal
  • Est. fuel range 330 miles
  • Fuel grade 93 octane (premium unleaded)


  • standard equipment

    • Bluetooth
    • Air conditioning
    • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
    • Cruise control
    • Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
    • Power windows, locks, and exterior mirrors
    • Sport front seats
    • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
    • SiriusXM satellite radio w/trial subscription
    • HID headlights
    • USB port
    • Navigation
    • Sport-tuned suspension
    • Limited-slip differential
    • Stability control


  • None