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Re: Subaru BRZ....2012 [Re: Shannow] #5384464 03/24/20 10:37 AM
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More directly to the OP:

Shannow, if the main reason you're looking at a BRZ is that you can't afford a very different kind of car, I'd advise thinking twice.

At the same time... if you want to avoid tickets, a BRZ is a great call -- not just because it's not all that fast, but because it feels faster than it is. But if that's what you want... Have you driven an MX-5? Even better in that respect, IMO -- at least in its most recent incarnation. You might also be able to get the version with the 1.5L engine, which is what the car was originally designed around (the 2.0 is heavier).


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How does the FRS / BRZ do, driving somewhat like Grandma, in everyday traffic? Do you need to rev it in gear to avoid being smacked from behind while shifting gears?


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Re: Subaru BRZ....2012 [Re: Shannow] #5384512 03/24/20 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Shannow
Mike,
I've passengered in a Bentley Continental GT, and loved eveything about the experience...alas, with my life changes in the last 8 months, even the aspiration of that flew away, amongst other things.

I can't afford the tickets of something really fast...


LOL, then you should do it. It handles well and stops well. I would try to find a newer one though.


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Re: Subaru BRZ....2012 [Re: Shannow] #5384560 03/24/20 12:48 PM
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for new-ish in that range + type i would be thinking mazda miata. i love my preowned 2001 TT 225Q roadster i purchased after retiring a few years ago + not needing car pool room. it had under 40 thou on it + its really a very glorified golf with AWD + similar to my trouble free 200 thou 2001 jetta 1.8T, both manually shifted "of course"!!

Re: Subaru BRZ....2012 [Re: Cdn17Sport6MT] #5384646 03/24/20 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Cdn17Sport6MT
How does the FRS / BRZ do, driving somewhat like Grandma, in everyday traffic? Do you need to rev it in gear to avoid being smacked from behind while shifting gears?

Not at all. Imagine one of the punchier 4-cylinder econoboxes, or one of the more sedate V6s. That's what it's like, acceleration-wise.

The only time it feels slow is if you're constantly pushing through that stupid torque dip in the midrange. Above or below that, i.e. when you're wringing its neck or driving like a normal person, it's fine.


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Re: Subaru BRZ....2012 [Re: Cdn17Sport6MT] #5384690 03/24/20 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Cdn17Sport6MT
How does the FRS / BRZ do, driving somewhat like Grandma, in everyday traffic? Do you need to rev it in gear to avoid being smacked from behind while shifting gears?


Yes... unfortunately it's very unappealing when a minivan is faster than you.

Re: Subaru BRZ....2012 [Re: Shannow] #5384763 03/24/20 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Shannow
Mike,
I've passengered in a Bentley Continental GT, and loved eveything about the experience...alas, with my life changes in the last 8 months, even the aspiration of that flew away, amongst other things.

I can't afford the tickets of something really fast...


Even if I could afford a more expensive car I would still buy the Subaru BRZ. Despite all the weaknesses I have mentioned this car works well. And overall it is a well balanced car. I am not sure where the people get the information about the reliability problems. Do they break down often? I have never had a single problem with it. And I really don't get it when then say it need a more powerful engine. For what? It's top speed is 230 and it accelerates to 100 in around 7 sec.


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Agreed...anyway, it's on the way...and the Captia is going to the car yard.


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Expect to pay $400-$800 for a shop to change the spark plugs. You can DIY the job but it's a complete nightmare.

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Originally Posted by Shannow
Agreed...anyway, it's on the way...

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Re: Subaru BRZ....2012 [Re: d00df00d] #5384954 03/24/20 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by d00df00d


At the same time... if you want to avoid tickets, a BRZ is a great call -- not just because it's not all that fast, but because it feels faster than it is. But if that's what you want... Have you driven an MX-5? Even better in that respect, IMO -- at least in its most recent incarnation. You might also be able to get the version with the 1.5L engine, which is what the car was originally designed around (the 2.0 is heavier).


as a Golf R owner, have to agree with this, 100%. I found the BRZ a blast to drive. I may still end up with one, but dog transport is a challenge... The R is, in many respects, not as fun to drive until you're at felony speeding levels.

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Watch the top gear episode of them reviewing the Toyota 86 I think, which is same....he loved it, sure it was not the most powerful....but handled great, and was amazing to see how you gain get rear end out and point and shoot where you want to go, was refreshing to see a car with normal tires pretty much Prius tires...but where ever you pointed the nose....the car went. Now I know you will not be drifting it, but like I said from the cars that they drove with tons of power, he was impressed with the kicks he got from driving it. And yes there was issues with valve springs or something, but if it was done well, and it has accumulated some k after it was done to back up that it was done properly...main thing is you are happy.

None of our opinions mean jack, buy what you want as long as it puts a smile on your face, and you are happy with it. It’s your money, and everyone has different tastes. People recommending a vette or 370, nonsense. More gas, sure it’s cheap in meantime....but triple the age, and will need triple the maintenance because of age, things fail or need to be changed or degrade even if it has low k with time. Sometimes lack of use is worse. Like I said buy what will satisfy you.


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Re: Subaru BRZ....2012 [Re: Shannow] #5385052 03/25/20 03:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Shannow
Agreed...anyway, it's on the way...and the Captia is going to the car yard.


Photos when you get it. grin2

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I never found them appealing because of how slow they were purported to be, but if you are looking for something fun where power isn't going to get you into trouble, sounds like it might fit the bill perfectly based on the feedback in this thread. Looking forward to pics and impressions grin


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Re: Subaru BRZ....2012 [Re: Shannow] #5385819 03/25/20 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ZeeOSix
Originally Posted by Shannow
Agreed...anyway, it's on the way...and the Captia is going to the car yard.


Photos when you get it. grin2

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