Old school sports car sensations in modern package, but not for everyone.
My frank appraisal, 8000km in to ownership.
I've been mildly obsessed with the Toyo-baru twins since their 2012 launch after having read widely on them, seen them collect numerous international awards, and having briefly driven a 2012 86.
I thought it wise to delay my purchase until the car reached the latter part of its life cycle, bringing with it the usual range of updates and changes, and sometimes limited edition models with extra goodies:
As soon as the Performance Pack was released with the 2017MY upgrade, I knew this was the car to ...go for. It is my wife's daily driver, and she is fond of it. She considers it as easy to drive as a Fiesta, a doddle to drive around town, she thinks it looks fabulous in crystal pearl without looking pretentious or too bling and its accurate and precise to drive. The bluetooth has been at times problematic, not detecting a pre-paired phone. Irritating.
Purchased in December 2019 for $32,000.00.
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.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR A BEAUTIFUL CAR
Bought this car from Furntree Gully Nissan. It was a fantastic service. Sales team was really good and cooperative to get the car on time. They even came to my place to take the car giving a loan car for our private use and bought the car following day. It is a fantastic little car and a very fun car to drive. Fuel economy is very good. Thank you very much.
Great car at a good price point
Really enjoy this car, has a smooth sporty ride. It is fun but also economical and reliable. The handling is great, although it could do with a little more power. Dashboard is quite boring and basic - I have added my own aftermarket display unit. Great value for money as it is a lot cheaper than a lot of other sports cars
Great perforamnce and handling for a cheap price
Look this is a sports car. This isnt something you get if you value practicality. That being said I daily drove this thing for 2 years with no issues. The rear seats are too small to seat adults they are very useful for storage.
Great handling, rear wheel drive, slow acceleration but this thing is made for corners - not the 1/4 mile
Better than a Go Kart !
Bought this little car about 3 months ago now and have never been as happy to drive ! It is so fun and easy to drive even on the tiniest roads.
It's incredibly low consumption as well which is surprising for a sports car. Only issue would be the lack of space at the back if you have passengers !
I fully recommended it if you like fun cars and don't want to spend too much money.
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.
Perfect car for everyone.
Nothing better than SuBaru BRZ, I have one and my other two friends have one each. All second hand but still great performance. Fully recommend for sport car people. All my friend love this BRZ. For me BRZ compare to 86, BRZ more reliable than 86 and way cooler sport car. My second hand 2014 BRZ very worth for $27k. I'm so happy to drive it.
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.
Fun to drive, great handling, i love twisty roads in this car, the steering feels fantastic, not as fast as a golf r good ride comfort for a sports car, could do with a grippy tyres, like toyo rir, don't bother with the satnav, the auto gearbox is excellent,from a lexus is.
Great car, well developed from Subaru and Toyota and very nice to drive
Bought a new brz in 2012, great car with good luxury equipment. Boxer Subaru 2litre naturally aspirated motor, Lexus 6 speed with Lexus LSD nice styling. Great car to drive, steering and handling very nice, power delivery adequate but more power would be welcome, drove up to Gosford in sixth gear along the f3 and didn't have to change gear! But my other car ce lancer 1.5litre I would be swapping gears like crazy but didn't mind too much ..lol.. The brz was a replacement car for my old reliable 2001 lancer coupe. However lancer has more back sea...t space, simple electronics, bigger boot and very cheap to run. Push button start, transponder key, digital speedo, dual zone digital climate control is a huge upgrade in tech. Leather seats are nice but sat nav was a rip off which I didn't take this option I suppose people get used to faster cars, like the s2000, 370z, evo x, sti wrx, m3 and golf r which comes with a more expensive price tag but speeding in straight lines isn't everything, cornering requires more skill.. Definitely a car for best bang for buck which is; rwd, fun, sports car and won best performance car under $100k in car sales website back in 2012. It even beat the megane 265, evo x, wrk sti and sorroco r Nice styling, rwd, boxer motor with direct injection, digital speedo, free servicing for 3 years, aftermarket support, Premium petrol diet, Pirus tyres that can be changed anyway, expensive gps sat nav $2100, reverse camera $500
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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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