Original Owner at 53K Miles
March 16, 2018
I bought the BRZ Limited (identical car to Toyota 86) immediately it was introduced in 2012 / 13 because my favorite cars are traditional sports cars (rear wheel drive, lightweight), and this is a pure traditional sports, probably the last of the species.
It's my daily driver, I've got 53K miles on it. It's a GREAT driving car but you have to understand what you're getting into -- literally, as it's like driving a go-kart, including sitting on the ground to get in and out. I'm a small guy and the BRZ fits me like a glove.
It's true what they say about low-end torque, there's not much. But mid-range and high-end the engine is very responsive -- you've got to keep the revs up, which a lot of people are not used to doing. I'd only get this car with the six-speed, I don't tire of shifting. I plan to install a supercharger for low boost.
It's built in a Subaru factory in Japan so build-quality is very good. Nothing has broken yet, nor does anything feel like it's going to break. The small boxer engine that Subaru designed just for this car feels really strong. The original series radio / nav sucks (but I think newer models and the 86 have newer radios). It has more interior room that you'd think, you can get a bunch of stuff into it with the rear seat down. Even the rear seat can be used by a small person for short periods.
The stock tyres are TERRIBLE in snow. I put snow tyres (on cheap steel rims) on every winter, which makes it just possible to drive on a few inches of flat snow. Not a snow car.
At $25K it's (still) an absolute steal for a GREAT driving car.