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Old 04-21-2017, 02:36 PM   #1
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Wife and I would like to add a BRZ M/T to the stable. Are there specific years which are problematic, and is there something I should be on the lookout to avoid?

Do these have the same tendency to burn oil like many other Subaru's do?
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Old 04-23-2017, 02:06 PM   #2
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If you are buying used, it would be wise to avoid one that has been modified/reprogrammed.

The '16 to '17 model year changes effected the ride (with the PP) and the engine output. You should try to drive both on similar roads to see what you and your wife like better. 'they say' the 17 has a more compliant ride.

I have a bone stock 16 with about 8500 miles thus far. I do run higher tire pressures up front and less in the rear as to not kick in the stability program as frequently with even pressures all the way around. Ride suffers to the point you can tell what frequency the roller was using when the road was paved on the stock michlens.

The stock brakes can pretty much throw you through the windshield so it is my perception that the brembro upgrade is overkill unless you use stickier tires.

I have used both 0w-20 and 5w-30. The motor runs quieter on the heavier oil. After the 1000 mile break in period, the motor was progressively pushed to wide open throttle and full engine brake deacceleration in the next 1000 miles. I will consume a little oil if the motor is kept in the upper rev range (5-7k)

2nd is difficult until the transmission fluid is up to temperature. This can be frustrating if you only drive short distances or live in colder climates.
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Old 04-25-2017, 11:23 AM   #3
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Generally if going used watch out for the early 2013 Vin number cars. There were some early kinks to work out. Also if the car had been lowered at all there is some risk of damage to the rear half shafts.

The 2017 does offer new dampening and stability/traction control programming.

If you want to fix the ride behavior in the 2013-2016 models just put a slightly larger front sway bar on it and you are good.
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Old 04-25-2017, 11:40 AM   #4
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Definitely not buying anything lowered.

Thanks for the VIN suggestion.

Tell me more about the "ride behavior" thing?
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:59 PM   #5
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The back end is naturally pretty loose on these cars. If you want a more planted ride all you need to do is increase the front sway bar and the back end seems more controllable.

Of course standard 17x8 with 245 from a WRX also doesn't hurt the drive characteristics.

I just did the first winter in the car without the front bar and the next two with it and noticed it behaved better with the bar installed.
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My BRZ does great with oil change intervals. Never have to take it in too early.

2013 is as stripped as they get. After that, Subaru started adding more cosmetic pieces inside and out that were previously only aftermarket. I'd get a 2015 or newer. 2017 would be best.

Brembos are only to lessen brake fade over a period of excited driving. Tires are what stop the car. Stock brakes are great, especially with different pads. Stock tires are meant to slide around, so if you're not into that then first mod should be wheels and tires.
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Old 05-10-2017, 09:41 AM   #7
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Wife and I would like to add a BRZ M/T to the stable. Are there specific years which are problematic, and is there something I should be on the lookout to avoid?

Do these have the same tendency to burn oil like many other Subaru's do?
I have owned a '13 FRS and now a '17 BRZ with PP. The PP brakes are phenomenal, however on stock tires you arent getting your money's worth as ABS will intervene often if you are doing some spirited driving. MPSS solved that issue.

The PP suspension is equally impressive, good ride on the road and good performance characteristics.

On the '17s, the fuel pump has been reworked and does not exhibit the "chirp" that previous model years have at idle. This is big plus because the chirp sounds like a loose belt and is embarrassing.

The PP car is what the BRZ should have been from the start. I spent a ton of money upgrading my FRS in the area of brakes, headlights, rigidity, and exhaust note. - All of these are improved on the PP, and of course, under warranty. It is the best driver's car I have owned and the list is long.
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