Bought a BRZ last week only to have the dealer in CA back out on the trade for the one at my local AZ dealer b/c someone came in and paid $7K over MSRP in CA and bought it out from under us (long story).
Anyway, found out the BRZ is having some first year problems with the VVT system in the 2.0 boxer engine (and we feel like we possibly dodged a bullet by having the dealer back out).....so we are thinking of going with the 2013 STI (Sedan) instead.
BTW, this will be my wife's DD. She fell in love with the looks of the BRZ but I was pushing for the power and AWD and 4 doors on the STI since we may move to the mountains in Colorado eventually.....that, and I'm a HUGE offroading fan and once the STI is paid for (maybe before) I'd LOVE to rally it.
Only question I have is: How reliable is the STI? Assuming I don't do anything more than possibly add a down pipe and exhaust and have the computer reflashed....will this thing be relatively trouble free? I won't be driving it like I stole it until it's paid off (4-5 years) and I just want to make sure I'm not buying another lemon (bought an IS 250 that we both loved, but it was a steaming pile of crap). I've heard some mention of the STIs burning oil? How much oil are we talking? Is it enough to foul plugs, burn up sensors after coating them in oil and wear out cats, etc.?
Are there any common failure points? I plan to look around the forum to see if there are any weak points in the car, but figured I'd ask here first. I don't want to run into an issue like we did with the first year production of the BRZ.
I may just leave the car completely stock....though after driving the regular WRX we noticed it has a much more pronounced turbo and wastegate sound than the STI. The wife is VERY disappointed that the STI is quieter than the WRX.....which is why I was thinking of adding the downpipe and exhaust (not so much for the extra power).
Also, what kind of mileage are you guys getting? My wife drives a lot of miles to work....but it's mostly freeway. Is the 23 mpg pretty accurate? My friend with a built up WRX (2008, I think) says he gets around 25 or so. Just wondering what to expect in terms of mileage.
Thanks for any help you can give.