definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,167 miles

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2013 Subaru BRZ engine problems

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2013 Subaru BRZ Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 102017


  • 54,000 miles


My vehicle was in motion on a city street. I only have 54000 miles on the engine and the car is less than 5 years old. Engine spontaneously started knocking and stalled out. The issue is spun rod bearing and the cause is oil starvation. There was no oil on the dipstick, and no prior signs of oil leak at home or at work. Oil pressure light never lit up. Additionally, I check/change my oil every 3000 miles rather than the minimum factory recommendation of every 6000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 232014


  • 22,000 miles
Driving under normal conditions and started hearing something that sounded like fireworks under the hood of the car. I immediately parked it and researched. The issue appeared to be a failure of the seal on the direct injector for the fuel system. I had it repaired at the dealership where the car was purchased. That took several weeks since the issue doesn't cause the car to report a code or error. After weeks of failed exploration, I forced the dealership to look at what I suspected was causing the issue. They did and verified that it was a failed direct injector seal. Research has shown that this is becoming a more common issue with the Subaru Brz and Scion frs, which are essentially the same car. Scion acknowledges the issue whereas Subaru does not. The repair will typically cost anywhere from $1000 on up. But, in many cases, since there's no code, the dealerships send the car back on the road until the engine seizes up completely. A quick search of a car forum turned up fifty other cars having the same issue. This was just one forum. That would imply there are many other unreported incidents of a similar nature. I reported this to the dealership and through Subaru customer service. But refuse to acknowledge the issue, and therefore deny it as a warranty claim. Here is a link to a small sampling of similar issues: www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?T=38397.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 052013

BRZ 4-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
I am concerned that this may occur on my car as well. Check engine light came on and the dealer diagnosed it as a misfire in one of the cylinder. Direct injector went bad causing detonation. This is now becoming a common problem with this vehicle. Yet, the manufacture refuse to acknowledge this issue. The root cause I believe is a improper ECU tune. South africa Toyota issued a tsb. Please see link www.ft86club.com/forums/showpost.php?P=1055748&postcount=5.

- Walnut Creek , CA, USA

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