Perfect for the younger crowd
Currently I use this car to get to work and cruise it on the weekends. Great for national parks. I drive almost every day. Needs to be serviced every 9 months or when it hits a certain amount of ks (can’t remember how much because the 9 months always comes first for me). never any issues with the car, is certainly a beast of a thing. Hard for older members of life to get in and out.
It seemed like a good idea at the time but...
When it came time to replace my beloved 2007 Alfa GT I test-drove several new cars including the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Honda Civic RS, Hyundai Elantra Sport, Holden Insignia and Subaru BRZ. I opted for the BRZ because I didn't need a large car or one with a lot of power and it was the closest match to the Alfa GT in layout.
My BRZ came with the upgraded 152 kW motor and a very welcome 5 year warranty period but apart from that and the excellent driving position, sleek bodywork and beautiful white pearl paintwork the rest of the car was a to...tal disappointment. Problem 1: The 2.0 litre flat four engine is simply awful. It idles "like a diesel", pings unexpectedly whenever the throttle is opened and has been given a deliberately mapped flat spot right in the middle of the power and torque bands! Who designs and then builds a motor with an "engineered built-in" flat spot. Subaru - that's who. Problem 2: The engine, gearbox, tail shaft and differential mountings are completely inadequate for the work they have to do. Whether its accelerating from rest, decelerating to standstill or changing gears up or down, the harmonic motion set-up through the drive train is enough to make the driver and unfortunate passengers nauseous, dizzy and on long trips "seasick". Problem 3: Simply put - the brakes are completely inadequate given the car's power to weight ratio. The upgrade to 4 piston calipers in the tS model would be a huge help but only if the rest of the car was better and you didn't have to pay extra for something that should be standard.
Great Car albeit a little slow
Great handling, not too fast but quick enough around town
Decent legroom, Not that great entertainment system for the money you pay but alright for me.
Reliable from the day I purchase so I can't comment on that.
Will I buy it again if I had the chance.
Some qualms but I would.
Fun to Drive
What a great car to drive on a twisty road. So far have done 10k kms and it has been excellent.
Gear box oil needed replacing at first service - selling dealer refused to even look at the gearbox after my complaint about it so another local dealer stepped in thank fully.
Paint: Very easy to scratch even with Opticoat applied.
A Little boring to drive around town and lack of power is noticeable especially in stop start traffic.
Positives: ...An extremely fun and engaging car to drive once you get out of the city and onto some back twisty roads, i have taken mine onto gravel roads and its great. Once your up and going the engine in fine power wise as plenty on tap once your moving. Would highly recommend if you enjoy driving.
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|Category||Sports Cars||Sports Cars||Sports Cars||Sports Cars|
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual||Automatic and Manual||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||18" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||8.4 L/100km||8.4 L/100km||8.6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50 L||50 L||50 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L|
|Max Power||152kW @ 7000rpm||152kW @ 7000rpm||152kW @ 7000rpm|
|Max Torque||212Nm @ 6400-6800rpm||212Nm @ 6400-6800rpm||212Nm @ 6400-6800rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2012||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2016|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2016|
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