2013 Subaru BR-Z and Scion FR-S: In Your Face
October 9, 2012
It doesn't get any more accessible that this. The engine oil filter on the 2013 Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S sticks up like a small town water tower at the front of the engine, and you're reminded of it every time you add any of the recommended 0W-20 motor oil because it stands right next to the oil fill cap.
The filter sits in a nice little drip pan, too, so there's no excuse for making a mess of things.
Of course you still have to get the oil out, and for that you have to go underneath, as per usual.
The oil drain plug sits just aft of an expansive exhaust heat shield that you're only seeing because I've removed an engine undercover that's held on with something like a dozen bolts. But you won't have to remove any of them because the undercover sports a good-sized access hole in the critical area. Point is, it's liable to be hot under here for a good long time, especially on the passenger side, where the upstream catalytic converter lives.
Still, this looks like a mud simple DIY oil change.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,555 miles (BRZ)