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Subaru BRZ

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2015 Subaru BRZ What's new for 2015? 
2015 Subaru BRZ

The 2015 Subaru BRZ gets new shock absorbers this year to help smooth the ride, but without hurting handling. A limited special edition called "Series.Blue" is also available, featuring aerodynamic enhancements and unique paint colors.

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2014 Subaru BRZ What's new for 2014? 
2014 Subaru BRZ

Aha infotainment smartphone app integration is made standard, and the Limited trim gets a redesigned remote key fob for the keyless-start feature

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2013 Subaru BRZ What's new for 2013? 
2013 Subaru BRZ

A Subaru without all-wheel drive seems like sacrilege, but considering the kind of holy fun offered up by the 2013 BRZ we're willing to overlook its rear-drive sin. While it's a technical twin of the Scion FR-S, the BRZ adds a bit of luxury to the performance equation by offering a more upscale interior.

About Subaru BRZ

The 2015 Subaru BRZ is the only Subaru you can buy that isn't all-wheel drive. This rear-drive sports car is for purists who want something they can drive every day, but also take to their favorite mountain roads, or even to a weekend race event, without changing a thing. The BRZ delivers in a way few cars in this price range can. The precision steering, excellent chassis and suspension, and sheer playfulness remind drivers of early Mazda RX-7s or Datsun 280Zs, but with all the modern safety, technology, and traction-control enhancements you can find on a 21st-century car. While not the most powerful car out there, what it lacks in punch, it makes up for with poise.

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Consumer Reviews

Overall Great Car

By on Tuesday, February 09, 2010

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

"We have a late-in-the-year 1999 Forester S. It has been an excellent car all around. We bought it in 2007 at 44,000 miles; it had been a lightly used executive loan car for a big company that had probably never been taken off road. That changed after we bought it; we enjoy going offroad. It is currently at 90,000 miles. The car is comfortable to drive, with crisp steering, decent acceleration, and excellent brakes. It is not a sports car, but it is fun to drive even on paved city streets or highways. On bad roads or offroad it comes into its own; you can go almost anywhere in this car without getting stuck if you know what you are doing. Gas mileage is decent for a small SUV, but not great, as is the case with most Subarus. In the city, we average between 20-22 MPG. On the freeway we average between 23 and 25 MPG. Offroading, we get between 18-22 MPG depending on the type of terrain we're driving through. The only non-maintenance repairs that we've needed to make so far have been to the rear wheel bearings (a known issue with these models) and to fix damage that we inflicted when driving off-road. Last fall we finally had to have the rear brakes rebuilt and rear struts replaced. The car is now 10 years old, and our mechanic is seeing the first signs of minor leakage around the head gaskets. They will need replacing within the next 10K-20K miles, a major and fairly expensive repair that Subarus of this vintage are somewhat prone to needing. NOTE: The 1998 and early model year 1999 DOHC engines have a serious design problem that causes blown head gaskets and expensive engine repairs. The late 1999 and early 2000's models have some head gasket leakage issues, but these are much less serious and not prone to damaging other parts of the engine. For what is essentially a street car with AWD and a few offroading modifications, the Forester does extremely well off-road. We have taken it on Forest Service roads, on jeep tracks, across dry lake beds, and up washes into canyons. It handles gravel, dirt, sand, mud, and shallow streams (< 5" deep) with aplomb. It also handles snow very well; we have chains for the car but have never needed them despite living in the Sierra foothills. Subaru doesn't offer an adequate skid plate for the bottom of the Forester so we installed a Primitive Racing skid plate shortly after buying it. That has saved our bacon a couple of times, and we strongly recommend that anybody planning to take this car offroad very much install something of that type. All in all, this is an excellent car. If you like the outdoors and want a car that can handle city, highway, and dirt roads equally well, you'll go far and pay a great deal more to improve upon what this car offers."

30 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Great Mid-SUV

By on Wednesday, August 08, 2007

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

"This what the Subaru is: great vehicle all season suv with a lot to offer. It's my 3rd. Subaru (Legacy, Outback & Forester) and I love them. Great gas mileage, very good AWD system, just perfect size. I have a very good private machanic good w/ Subaru's and the only thing you will have to do to it if you'll buy an used from 97 up to 02' is the HEAD GASKETS. Very expensive job, so, bargain the price because if it's need to be done, it'll hit you good in the pocket! Now Subaru is contacting all customer in order to do a "COOLING SYSTEM CONDITIONER" Recall, it's just a way to have your car checked for that Head Gasket Issue (poor material). They now are using a total re-design gasket w/ new material that will last "forever". I really recommend to any one because it's a very good car, comparing w/ good reputation Honda CRV & Toyota RAV4, Subaru's offers you more for your money and overal it's a better vehicle."

25 people out of 25 found this review helpful

A car worth taking care of

By on Friday, March 22, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 260,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun, reliable, lotsa space"

Cons: "needs to be maintained!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car used with 200k on it. It had already had a new head gasket, CV joints, and radiator put in. I added a clutch and alternator, and at 250k put in a new front seal and valve gasket. It still gets 23-31mpg, and handles awesome in all weather! We go up to Yosemite or Tahoe regularly, and I have horses so we are always in mud and gravel. I use it as a cab in SF, and on the rainiest days it grips solidly while everyone else is sliding down oily hills. It handles solidly, and I will never go back to a FWD car! People who ride in it cannot believe the miles it has- it looks, sounds and handles like a new car."

13 people out of 13 found this review helpful