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FAQ

Here are some quick answers to some of the more common questions I receive. You are more than welcome to ask me for more details, though!

I’m a handling and feedback guy. Pure and simple. Does that mean I don’t like horsepower and raw speed? Of course not! Having many horsepowers makes me giggle! But given the choice between a light car with not-too-much power, and a heavy car with torque for days, I’ll take the light car every time.

The BRZ might not be fast in a straight line, but it more than makes up for the lack of grunt in other, equally-rewarding ways. The chassis balance is magical, the driver feedback is second-to-none, and it’s just such a happy, plucky car that you quickly forget about the V6 Camry that outran you 5 minutes ago. In the words of Jeremy Clarkson: “He who shall be last, shall be sideways and smiling!”

PROS:

  • Fantastic seating position. It “fits like a glove” for lack of a better term.
  • Great feedback. This car always communicates its intentions clearly.
  • Light weight. Tossing this car around doesn’t feel like a dangerous, planet-shifting physics experiment.

CONS:

  • This isn’t a Lexus. I think the ride is fine, but you do feel bumps.
  • Oh and there is, like, no sound deadening. It’s loud in there.
  • Sound system. It’s really not that great, but it’s not god-awful.
  • Crickets. Just Google “BRZ crickets.” You learn to live with it.
  • The demographic. You’re officially a member of the slam-the-car-to-the-ground club. Enjoy your stay!
As I write this I’m approaching the 36,000 mile mark, which brings me to the end of the bumper-to-bumper warranty. Allow me to list the repairs that have been done to this car in that time period:

  • 1,006 mi: Steel band clamp on the exhaust came loose. Fixed it myself in 2 minutes.
  • 34,000 mi: Clutch disk, flywheel, pressure plate, and throwout bearing replaced under warranty due to a creaking sound when depressing the clutch. However the creak is still there, and my own research has led me to believe that it’s just the clutch fork components in need of some lubrication. Yay for free, unnecessary parts!

…annndd that’s it! Yes, if you jump on the forums you will read all sorts of stories about engines exploding, tail-lights leaking, etc…, but you need to remember two things: First, a lot of those are the early production vehicles, which did have teething issues that have since been resolved. Second: A lot of these cars are bought, and tuned by very young kids who often times don’t really know what they are doing. I once literally heard one of them say, “Oh, I didn’t think it was necessary to tune the car after installing a turbo.”

So yeah…

Of course not. That would be irresponsible. Grow up.

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