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Old 01-26-2013, 08:16 PM   #76
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Damn. It was wet out tonight, and I figured I would take the BRZ out and see what the traction control was all about.

Ummmm, I still don't know! There are two buttons, one is VSC Sport, which can go on and off, recommended to have on when you ride on "curvy" roads. This I can pop on and off as I drive. There is a TRAC button, which I can only shut off when the car is not in motion. This prevents wheel spin, so you shut it off if you are stuck in snow so you can get some momentum.

Still lost on me, never had a car with stability controls. Anybody have any ideas?

Lots of curves tonight, down half a tank since the last fill up, at 29.8 mpg. Better than last tank.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:33 PM   #77
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Damn. It was wet out tonight, and I figured I would take the BRZ out and see what the traction control was all about.

Ummmm, I still don't know! There are two buttons, one is VSC Sport, which can go on and off, recommended to have on when you ride on "curvy" roads. This I can pop on and off as I drive. There is a TRAC button, which I can only shut off when the car is not in motion. This prevents wheel spin, so you shut it off if you are stuck in snow so you can get some momentum.

Still lost on me, never had a car with stability controls. Anybody have any ideas?

Lots of curves tonight, down half a tank since the last fill up, at 29.8 mpg. Better than last tank.

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Old 01-26-2013, 09:42 PM   #78
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Thanks for the video! I think i understand. Ummmm, need to go drive now
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:36 PM   #79
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So about 600 miles on the car now, it seems to be loosening up a bit! The fifth to six shift is smoother, actually, all the gears. Just filled up my second tank, got 30.3 mpg. Mix of mountainy curvy roads and freeway, mostly keeping it around 4k in rpm until 1000 miles.

I find that when the VSC sport mode is engaged, the back end feels, more playful, if you will. It seem subtle, like at the apex of a turn if I crank the wheel a bit I can get oversteer. With the normal VSC mode, the car just stays planted like a slot car. Thats fun too!

I also have a free three month subscription to XM radio. At first I didn't care for it. Now I am pretty hooked on it.

Another 15 bucks a month, I guess.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:00 AM   #80
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I also have a free three month subscription to XM radio. At first I didn't care for it. Now I am pretty hooked on it.

Another 15 bucks a month, I guess.
That price is negotiable if you call. ;). We've never paid more than $77/yr, currently on $25/6months.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:42 AM   #81
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So about 600 miles on the car now, it seems to be loosening up a bit! The fifth to six shift is smoother, actually, all the gears. Just filled up my second tank, got 30.3 mpg. Mix of mountainy curvy roads and freeway, mostly keeping it around 4k in rpm until 1000 miles./
FWIW I track all fuel consumption so you can tell when a car is broken in as MPG plateaus.

On the WRX it was 9,000 miles. On the 3.0R it was even higher.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:00 AM   #82
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So have you crashed it trying to drift yet?
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:31 AM   #83
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That price is negotiable if you call. ;). We've never paid more than $77/yr, currently on $25/6months.
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FWIW I track all fuel consumption so you can tell when a car is broken in as MPG plateaus.

On the WRX it was 9,000 miles. On the 3.0R it was even higher.

Good to know. Will call XM when free sub runs out.

On the second note, I guess I have a while to break it in.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:31 AM   #84
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So have you crashed it trying to drift yet?
I need to get the sound track to "Fast and Furious", just to get in the mood.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:23 PM   #85
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I need to get the sound track to "Fast and Furious", just to get in the mood.

Ok, just make sure to film it when you do.
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Ok, a little update. I am coming up on 1k miles on the BRZ. It is breaking in nicely, revving smoother, accelerating stronger. MPG is about 30 to 31. Not bad. Mixed spirited driving. Not beating on it but not babying it either

Under power, the motor sounds great. It has plenty of power, and I have not really used it all yet. I can tell you when I wind it up in an uphill cloverleaf to get on the freeway, I am flying, and if it had any more hp I would have to pay attention to my right foot more. It does seem like at that 9/10ths moment, all driving inputs in terms of effort are the same (acceleration, steering effort, etc.) If that makes sense.

At idle, it sounds like a Subaru.

I had an old Subie wagon years back, I remember it sounded agricultural all the time. Until I blew up the motor and cracked the block driving up to Lake Tahoe (my fault, it was the thermostat, I could have fixed it before I left, but nooooooo. It will be fine)
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:18 PM   #87
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:28 PM   #88
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never though I would say this bout a Subbie, but that thing is Fickin Bitchin!
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:12 PM   #89
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never though I would say this bout a Subbie, but that thing is Fickin Bitchin!
Yes, it is! Funny how I got it. I was half assed shopping for a car. thinking about keeping my finances real :loll and getting a used sports car, like a Miata, a Boxter, an S2000, which was my most likely choice since I am a long time Honda fan.

A friend of mine would drop off all his issues of every car magazine in existence in my office once a month. For the waiting room, of course. But they needed to get read for content before they were displayed , so I read them all cover to cover.
I knew the Subie was a great car, not one bad review, lots of praise, etc. But I didn't ever think I would buy one. I sent an email to the dealer on a lark to let me know when they had one it for me to see. Again, I had no intention of buying.

I saw it, sat in it, loved it, drove it home. Its not like I was comparison shopping. I felt if I hated the car I could sell it in a year or two and be done with it. The more I drive it, the more I like it.

That pic is almost life size. It really is pretty small. Interior wise, the front of the car is perfect, the rear seats of the car are for gophers. My dog won't even go in the back seat. He does fit back there, just won't. Oh well.
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I'm seeing quite a few FRS's around now. Not too many BRZ's but I guess that was supposed to be the point.

Anyway, the more small RWD sports cars there are on sale, the better.

I'm still not sold on the nose styling, but the side profile looks great, and I think the rear also does. The side profile really reminds me of a 240Z, especially the rear pillar and upswept rear window. This is a good thing -- I think the Toyobaru is more of a "Z-car" than Nissan's own actual Z-cars, which are way too big and heavy now.
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