2013 Subaru BRZ electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,800 miles

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2013 Subaru BRZ electrical problems

electrical problem

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2013 Subaru BRZ Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 152013


  • 2,000 miles


Rear lights leak and fill with half inch atleast of water, Subaru's idea of a fix is let it evaporate, it takes weeks to evaporate and in the mean time your brake lights are fogged up making them less effective and duller, also the water can short out the light. They keep replacing with parts that are and have the exact same issue. In other words this is a chronic perpetual problem and they refuse to redesign the lights. Started the first rain we got when I owned the lemon, and it continues thru now 6/2016. No end in sight!! no recall just glue and putty that fails!!!

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #2

Apr 012014

BRZ 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
Arguably systemic electrical problem battery went dead -re charged and then ultimately replaced by dealer switch for passenger window only works intermittently. Was replaced and continues to non function car will not start on occasion although lights, radio etc will go on no response when ignition button pushed.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 102012


  • 400 miles
This 2013 Subaru Brz with the standard radio and only radio offered is this am/fm/hd/sat/ipod/iphone/text/cd/nav touchscreen only access to controls radio. This radio is slow to respond when using ipod/iphone, slow to recognize touch inputs, sometimes ignores input. Buttons on touchscreen too small. This car desperately needs steering wheel controls for this unsafe radio! I know they will be offering this in the next model year but that leaves about 100000 of these unsafe Brzs on the road with distracted driving issues. I already had to lockup the brakes to avoid hitting a car in front of me! this radio cause driver to lose eye contact with the road far too long for comfort! I will not let my 18yr old drive this car, its an accident waiting to happen! I feel Subaru needs a recall to retrofit the steering wheels controls or ban usa sales and force Subaru to buy back these unsafe sold Brz. When your driving this car you got the manual trans going on plus your avg coffee drinker and add in this deadly radio setup and your just asking for an accident! this car is targeted at young buyers with their ipods/iphones and talking and texting as they cruise the streets. This car is the only car that Subaru sells without the steering wheel controls. Why? please force Subaru to replace the no control steering wheel for one with controls. A concerned parent.

- Bristol, CT, USA

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