2013 Subaru BRZ Long Term Road Test - Maintenance

2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

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2013 Subaru BRZ: Finding the Fluids

July 1, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

Like our Subaru Impreza, the BRZ offers easy-to-find fluid fill points in the engine bay. The coolant overflow, washer fluid, dipstick, oil-fill port and both the clutch and brake fluids (both brake fluid) are capped with yellow lids.

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2013 Subaru BRZ: 15,000-Mile Service

May 24, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

We had the 15,000-mile service performed on our 2012 Subaru BRZ yesterday. This was the second dose of routine maintenance for the Subaru. Under the BRZ's scheduled maintenance plan, the first four visits are performed by the dealer free of charge.

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2013 Subaru BRZ: Easy Air Filter Access

February 8, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

A few months we saw how easy it is to get at the 2013 Subaru BRZ's oil filter for a DIY oil change. Turns out the nearby air filter is every bit as in-your-face and easy to swap out.

Simply unfasten the two exposed clips at the top and pry the clamshell airbox open with your fingers. It's a tight squeeze, and you have to apply constant pressure to keep it open, but it comes right out.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,656 miles

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2013 Subaru BRZ: 10,000 Miles Driven So Far

January 18, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

Our 2013 Subaru BRZ reached the 10,000-mile mark while we were driving in this morning. So far we've had just one maintenance item of note, the taillight condensation. That problem was fixed under warranty. Subaru has also paid for routine service to-date as part of its free maintenance program. No breakdowns. No cost to own. We can get used to this.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 10,000 miles

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2013 Subaru BRZ: Taillight Condensation Repair

January 17, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

Yesterday we drove our 2013 Subaru BRZ to South Coast Subaru to follow up on the taillight condensation issue we experienced. This turned out to be a quick fix. It also changed my opinion of this dealer for the better.

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2013 Subaru BRZ: 7,500-Mile Service

January 14, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

We had some trouble scheduling routine maintenance on our 2012 Subaru BRZ. It seems that dealerships in our neighborhood were all too busy to service our car. What began as a simple oil change grew to a frustrating pinball between three different dealers...

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2013 Subaru BRZ: Taillight Condensation

November 19, 2012


Dewdrops, fogging, condensation in your BRZ/FR-S taillights? You're not alone, and neither are we. Our longterm 2013 Subaru BRZ has teary taillights, too.

Subaru of America released a Service Bulletin for this issue -- 12-131-12. Seems the mounting bolts on early cars were overtightened, cracking the plastic mounting boss and allowing moisture in. Apparently the fix is simply to replace the taillight housing. So that's what we'll have the dealer do at the next visit.

FYI the updated taillight housings were introduced into production cars on 09May2012 starting with VIN D*601678.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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

October 09, 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.

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