2013 Subaru BRZ Long Term Road Test


2013 Subaru BR-Z and Scion FR-S: In Your Face

October 9, 2012

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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.

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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)

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