With the BRZ, Subaru has hit the sweet spot for driving enthusiasts with an exhilarating to drive sports coupe that also happens to be affordable and economical at the pump. Co-developed by Subaru and Toyota , the BRZ and FR-S are nearly identical twins. The only differences are nuances in design, exhaust notes, and suspension tuning.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 BRZ to have about average reliability when compared to other new cars. This prediction is based on Subaru's brand history and the previous generation of the BRZ.

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The 2013 Subaru BRZ has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Subaru BRZ owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

"No USble screen, much too small, must pull off the road to select items on the screen"

Thomas M., NJ (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Worst GPS system I have ever see. Poor logic, maps can't get you from here to there. VERY difficult to walk through the logic of the system. Radio is same. Will cause people to crash trying to adjust GPS or Radio station"

Thomas M., NJ (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Not intuitive. Somehow goes into loops and gives incorrect directions. It's useless"

Mike A., RI (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"All I can say is POS. This thing is slow, reroutes poorly, and the screen randomly freezes when zooming. If you rely on it, you'd run into a wall or a lake"

Michael H., WY (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS system has been fairly inaccurate. It was repaired due to a manufacturing issue in 2013 but the issue has gotten worse. Often, while driving on major roadways in good conditions the location provided is several miles off"

John L., MN (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The system was unable to maintain its bluetooth pairing with my Motorola Droid Razr Maxx"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru BRZ 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth failed. Dealer wants $2000 to fix it."

John H., CA (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Right great tail light developed condensation and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The seal had to be replaced on the left wondow"

Randy S., CA (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"There are rattles coming from the trunk location especially during the warmer months. A Subaru dealer attempted to find and resolve the noise but was unable to locate the source"

John L., MN (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"windows do not seal well"

Anonymous, (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had the seal replaced on left door"

Randy S., CA (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Camshaft bearing and seal needed replacement ~4 shop days of work under warranty. Cause oil to leak onto exhaust down pipe passenger side. Detected by smell and smoke, then visual inspection"

Derek Y., KS (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"This was a warranty issue with valve lifters. I had no problem wuith my vehicle but warranty covered the overhaul."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a recall repair actually; they had to replace the valve springs. After the repair, the engine failed and I lost operation for about a month."

Brown A., FL (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Early failure necessitating an $1800 repair."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"refrigerant leak but repaired by dealer under warranty"

Stephen M., OH (2013 Subaru BRZ 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"My BRZ has a synchronizer issue with 6th gear. When accelerating and shifting from 5th to 6th gear, the transmission grinds going into 6th, regardless that the clutch is completely disengaged and shifting normally"

Lewis D., FL (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting when cold into 2nd gear"

Anonymous, NS (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"front bumper loose or broken. costs 800 to repair"

Stephen M., OH (2013 Subaru BRZ 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"squeaky window - changed mechanism"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru BRZ Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Heavy use of Clutch for 50k miles in bumper to bumper traffic caused the problem. Its not a car company problem, but a problem caused by driver"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Grinding / roughness downshifting from 6th to 5th gear. Attributed to synchro issue and the entire transmission was replaced because car was under extended warranty."

Harish R., (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The front bumper cover keeps detaching from the fenders"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Both front strut mounts broke loose. The same thing happened to my 2001 Subaru Legacy. This time, they were replaced by a part with a different part number (redesigned?)."

Anonymous, NE (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Tail lights fog up, had replaced once under warranty, passenger side still fogs up. Makes it hard to see braking/turning signals to vehicles behind me"

Michael H., WY (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Starter

"Car died and had to be towed to the dealer."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"High pressure fuel pump produces a chirping sound at idle when the engine is warm. It is a very noticeable sound, and gets worse in warmer weather. The problem is ongoing as it does not affect the functionality of the vehicle and is not a risk of damaging the vehicle."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru BRZ Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Nov 01, 2018
An engine stall can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2012-2014 Subaru Impreza, 2012-2013 Impreza Stationwagon, 2013 Subaru BRZ, XV Crosstrek and Toyota Scion FR-S vehicles. The engine valve springs in these vehicles may fracture causing an engine malfunction or a possible engine stall.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. Toyota will notify the FR-S owners. Dealers will replace the valve springs, free of charge. The recall began December 26, 2018. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614, Toyota owners may contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-888-270-9371. Subaru's number for this recall is WTY-84.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V772000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 165534
EQUIPMENT
Jun 05, 2012
MISINFORMATION COULD LEAD TO AN INCREASED RISK OF INJURY TO FRONT SEAT OCCUPANTS DURING CERTAIN CRASH CONDITIONS.
Summary:
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 BRZ VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 25, 2011, THROUGH MAY 25, 2012. THE OWNER¿S MANUAL CONTAINS AN INACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF THE ACTUAL OPERATION OF THE FRONT PASSENGER OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM. OTHER PORTIONS OF THE OWNER¿S MANUAL, DESCRIBING THE AIR BAG SYSTEM, REQUIRE CLARIFICATION. AS SUCH, THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD (FMVSS) NO. 208, ¿OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION.¿
What should you do:
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND WILL MAIL CORRECTED OWNER¿S MANUALS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 19, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
For more information:
SUBARU'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS WQB-38.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V254000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1886
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