By Joe Bruzek on March 14, 2013
Prepping our long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ tester for winter wasn't cheap, but it was certainly necessary. Purchased on Dec. 12, 2012, the rear-wheel-drive sports coupe has emptied $1,348.94 from our wallet in the first quarter of ownership with a large chunk of change going to winter tires and utility floormats — that cost also includes fueling the car for 2,825 miles. The winter items proved invaluable despite a weak showing of snow through much of the Midwest's winter.
Cars.com's BRZ performance has been flawless so far with nary a hiccup or any indication we need to schedule an appointment at the Subie dealership. Our BRZ rolled off the assembly line late enough in the production run (October 2012) to avoid the common problem of earlier models accumulating condensation in the taillights — our BRZ's taillights are condensation free so far.
Coming up, the BRZ's first scheduled maintenance isn't on the books until we reach 7,500 miles when an oil and filter change pair with a tire rotation for recommended maintenance. Unlike the BRZ's Scion FR-S twin that offers free maintenance for the first two years and 25,000 miles, we'll have to pay for the first round of the BRZ's maintenance. Some dealerships offer complimentary service for a set interval; ours isn't one of those, and we didn't opt for the available service plan.
Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Email Joe