12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2013 Subaru BRZ - More Taillight Troubles

May 14, 2013
2013 Subaru BRZ Premium Rear Left Side View
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Long-Term 2013 Subaru BRZ Update - SPRING 2013 (2 OF 2)
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.
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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

Long-Term 2013 Subaru BRZ Reviews to Date:

2013 Subaru BRZ - More Taillight Troubles
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  • The simple lines are aging gracefully.
  • At speed on a twisting road is bliss.
  • The snow tires are gone.
  • Ready for action.
  • We dream of taking the BRZ back to a track.
  • We really appreciate the six-speed manual.
  • A basic, but highly functional, interior.
  • Quick reflexes make it easy to correct, or exaggerate, a slide.
  • 200 hp is more than enough to have fun in the snow.
  • The condensation returned.
  • We still aren't fond of the navigation system.

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