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Old 08-08-2014, 10:15 AM   #1
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Talking BRZ for WRX question

Hi guys,

Have seen a number of threads with people swapping there '11 WRXs for BRZs and am just wondering... why?

Not trying to start a hate war by any means, but I've got a '12 Impreza (non-WRX) myself and have been wanting a WRX for pretty much... ever? Recently I've been contemplating trading it in for a '11 WRX (really dislike the looks of the new one) while a number of people I know got 86/brz. I've never actually driven a WRX (I know.. I know) but have driven an 86 and couldn't say that I particularly liked it.

So if you wouldn't mind - what is 1 or 2 top reasons on why you prefer your new BRZ over your old WRX (except the mileage).

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Old 08-08-2014, 10:51 AM   #2
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If you don't want a sports car don't buy one. Easy as that.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:04 PM   #3
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anybody trade their sti in for brz?
Any previous WRX owners?
Things the 14 wrx need from the brz
Just jumped ship from my 12 WRX to a BRZ!

Personally:
1) The handling in the BRZ stock is better than any aftermarket support that can be thrown at the pre-2015 WRX. Even the 2015 WRX doesn't handle as well as the BRZ technically and the BRZ is still more fun to drive.

2) I was done with turbocharged engines for a while and still am because I feel that NA from Subaru is more reliable and easier maintenance. I missed having an NA engine like my Impreza 2.5 RS coupe had (obviously no similar, but "like" in that it was NA).
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:07 PM   #4
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I love the handling, especially the drift fun at the track. AWD is great for the track, don't get me wrong, but I don't go for getting the best time around the loop. The BRZ is a purer type of car and I really enjoy driving it more than the 2011 STI I owned. Plus, at 26k I don't mind sliding off track as much, ha ha ha.

I miss the power of the STI, for sure! But the mileage and the suspension performance is worth it, for me. If I hadn't bought an STI, I would buy the STI over BRZ. It's a great daily driver that goes to the track without any effort. Love. It.
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:15 AM   #5
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I had a fairly heavily modified '11 WRX, the BRZ was much more fun to drive straight from the dealership. I had them both for a few months and eventually sold the WRX because it just didn't compare to the BRZ for me. That said, I had wanted a WRX for 10 years before I got one and I thought I'd have it forever.

I've driven the '15 WRX and it is a much better car, in every way, to the previous models. I still much prefer my BRZ though.


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Old 08-10-2014, 06:02 PM   #6
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I had a fairly heavily modified '11 WRX, the BRZ was much more fun to drive straight from the dealership. I had them both for a few months and eventually sold the WRX because it just didn't compare to the BRZ for me. That said, I had wanted a WRX for 10 years before I got one and I thought I'd have it forever.

I've driven the '15 WRX and it is a much better car, in every way, to the previous models. I still much prefer my BRZ though.
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Same here. When I bought mine I thought I would keep it forever. I came from a stock Civic, and the WRX was a blast for the first year. Over the last year though, I've really started to notice handling deficiencies. It was either mod the WRX to keep it entertaining, or buy a new car.
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:58 PM   #7
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I put 9500 miles on the STI in 2 1/2 years .... 10,000 on the BRZ in a year
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:00 AM   #8
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Very interesting responses - thanks for your replies guys! Was genuinely interested in the reasons. I guess I should just test drive both, but that proves quite problematic with dealers unless one is prepared to 'exaggerate' how keen one is to buy one.
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:32 PM   #9
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Yeah I do hate that, makes me feel like a filthy liar. "Oh yes, I'm DEFINITELY going to buy this, but I just wanna take it for a test drive first." Then you're like, "Well I'm gonna walk away and come back tomorrow..." Then the next day, "I'm totally gonna buy this one too!"
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Old 09-22-2014, 09:16 AM   #10
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Loved my 04 WRX. It was quick and fun to drive. Now I have my 14 BRZ and honestly it's way more fun to drive. I'll take a slower car that handles better over something quicker that doesn't feel as tight. I had full coilovers and sway bars in my WRX and it did handle great but even the stock BRZ feels better. I can't wait to do suspension and see how it feels.
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Old 10-05-2014, 10:02 AM   #11
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I owned a bugeye, and have driven several other WRXes (and a couple STIs, including a heavily modded '11 making 400 whp... that car was stupid fast).

The 2009+ WRXes have lots of oomph. But the BRZ's steering, chassis, road feel, nimbleness, throttle response, shifter, ergonomics, seats, driver position, and brakes are superior (even compared to that heavily modded STI).

The BRZ doesn't have much grip or acceleration (by today's standards), but its lightweight RWD dynamics make it a blast to flog.
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Old 10-06-2014, 12:40 AM   #12
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We still have our '05 WRX, and it will never go anywhere if we have any say in the matter… It more than earned its respect with the giant maple tree incident several years ago! BRZ is a totally different car, I could never compare the two. Which is why we added it as #3!
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:31 AM   #13
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I think after reading this, I'm going to go test drive one tomorrow. Leggy wagon might not be my baby for much longer!


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