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Old 06-05-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I've gotten a few annoying messages from the locals to do a quick review of my experience with the BRZ so far. Just to pre-face this review, my previous cars have included a NA S2000, MP62 S/C Miata, 2003 RS-T, stock STi, and a 470hp STi. First impressions are...wow, what a beautiful car. The interior of the Limited reminds me more of Toyota than Subaru (yay for that!). The leather wrapped wheel is nice (although having the cruise control on the steering wheel instead of awkwardly behind it would have been a nice touch), alcantara seats are nice with red stitching. I'm 6', 170lbs and I fit perfectly in the car and the seats and the lumbar support is similar to V4 JDM STi seats; fits really well. The navigation signal has been lost on many occassions but other than that, the touchscreen is great. As for the center console with the cupholders, I still don't know what they were thinking.

The shifter sits nice and low and the switches (A/C, defrost etc) are within fingers reach with the hand on the shift knob similar to the S2k. Everything is driver friendly I have found. The throws are nice and short similar to a KB SS w/ bushings. The steering is.......amazing. The braking is phenomonal and doesn't have that "spongy" feeling I have accused Subaru's of having (this is my 6th Subaru). The car might lack in straight line speed which I got accustomed to with my previous cars, but what it lacks in straight line, it makes up on curvy roads. This car just wants to stick to the ground..it really does. I'm still in the break-in period, but going hard at S curves, this car can get tail happy if you want it to, but the car and steering feedback is so responsive it is nothnig that I have ever driven. Ever.

Overall, for the price you pay, this is a steal. As mentioned, this is my 6th Subaru in 11 years of driving, but I'll be the first to say that I might keep this car forever. Subaru and Toyota did a great job on this.

PS. For those that are crying about the 200hp being not enough power, get behind the wheel of one of these and it'll be the last thing on your mind.

PPS. Last page of the manual states minimum fuel of 87; however, the rest of the manual states 91. It is 91 due to the CR. I let SOA know and they are aware of it and will be re-issuing a replacement page..lol.
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:50 PM   #2
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it felt great for being only 200hp and I had to do a rainy test drive on the highway with paddle shifters unfortunately, it still felt wonderful and I fell in love immediately.

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Old 06-05-2012, 04:23 PM   #3
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Give the cruise control stalk a chance... it's very intuitive and handy for interstate cruising. I hate having cruise buttons on the wheel after using the stalk. The pull-to-cancel feature is my favorite part..

Of course, you probably had it on your RS-T (or one of your 10 other Subarus ) and already have your own preference.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:11 PM   #4
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I'm with you, CJ. I prefer Cruise on the stalk. My WRX's Cruise button is... meh.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:37 PM   #5
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I rode in an FR-S on some great WV back roads today. The coworker, who I'd never said a word to prior to me eye-****ing his car in the parking lot, let me then drive it. Fantastic. Simply fantastic. It is easy to drive when just putting around and it is a blast to drive in anger. His mpg readout also read 37mpg after his drive from Erlanger, KY to Buffalo, WV. After driving around like tools for 20 miles in back roads, it wast still reading 34mpg. 6MT, btw. Impressive car.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:33 PM   #6
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i keep hearing the power feels fine
but a 14.9 1/4 hurts my brain
only coming from a 13.5 STi
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:36 PM   #7
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i keep hearing the power feels fine
but a 14.9 1/4 hurts my brain
only coming from a 13.5 STi
Keep your STI. Different car for different people.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:53 PM   #8
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Magazine racers get too obsessed with hp/tq numbers; just get behind the wheel and see if you grin or not.
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:08 PM   #9
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Keep your STI. Different car for different people.
id like to, but it's gettin old
time for a new car!
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