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Old 08-22-2019, 05:28 PM   #1
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BRZ New 2019 vs. Used (2015-2018)

I’m looking to get a BRZ in the next few weeks, but I have a dilemma regarding buying new vs. used and was looking for some input. If buying new, I’m going with the performance package. If buying used, I’m sticking with 2015-2018 model year cars. In either case, the car will be WRB limited trim with the manual.

Based on the criteria below, what would you recommend?
  • This will be a weekend/fun car. I have a daily driver and often commute to work on the train anyways.
  • Once broken in, I’ll be attending a few Auto-X and track events throughout the year. Experience-wise, I have participated in about 10-15 HPDE events in a previous car but will probably need a bit of time to learn on this platform.
  • Not looking to go full racecar or go crazy with mods. I’m looking to keep it mostly stock, but eventually initial mods will be tires, pads, fluids so it performs adequately for Auto-X and track. As time progresses, I’ll look into oil cooler, coilovers, bushings, etc.. I think the BRZ w/ PP will help suppress the modding bug.
  • Availability and cost wise, used BRZs in the trim and color that I want are very slim or non-existent around me. I’d have to travel 500+ miles or out of state to find a clean one (read: no mods). Cost is floating around $18-20k for a clean 2015-2016 ranging from 20-40k miles on the clock. Nothing much in terms of 2017-2018 on the used market around here. For a new one, there are a few dealerships around me that still has 2019s around with the color, trim, and package that I want. So far the offers look pretty good and I can also apply my $500 Subaru loyalty coupon on top of that. The cost difference would be around $7-8k new vs. used, but I’ll know exactly what I’m getting. Depreciation doesn't look great though.
  • Will probably be keeping this car for 5-7 years

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-22-2019, 05:39 PM   #2
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My vote, buy new if you know you can afford it. PP gets you pretty close to what you would want after mods anyway with less headaches. And you get exactly what you want.

Plus, every new car they sell is another argument for continuing to make cars like this.
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Either a low km PP 17+, or new.

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Old 08-22-2019, 06:26 PM   #4
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Find a used one, travel to get it, enjoy the drive home. 7k less financed and more for modifications.
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:24 PM   #5
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2018+ for android auto....if you into that. But yeah get a pp. Haggle thru emails. Get price matched from farther dealers to closer ones. Good luck.

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Old 08-23-2019, 11:53 AM   #6
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I went through this not even a month ago. I was set on getting a low mileage 17+ PP, BUT.. found a brand new, unsold 2018 and got a really good deal on it .. less than some of the used 17s were going for.
If you care about warranty, consider certified used option.
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My vote, buy new if you know you can afford it. PP gets you pretty close to what you would want after mods anyway with less headaches. And you get exactly what you want.

Plus, every new car they sell is another argument for continuing to make cars like this.



If you can buy new then do it. All those that refuse to buy new (when they have the ability) can not complain when either the car or the MT disappear.
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Buy my used tS (basically new) for the price of a new BRZ PP and sell it for more when you're done lol.
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Find a used one, travel to get it, enjoy the drive home. 7k less financed and more for modifications.

Going to agree with Mr wolf here. I bought mine new last year and I kind of wish I had bought a slightly used one. These cars get rattly and stuff starts wearing pretty quick. That new car feel passes on these cars much faster than most and I think that's a big part of why they depreciate so much the first year. I know all cars depreciate a lot driving off the lot, but these cars it is skewed a lot more towards first 1-2 years vs remainder of life than other cars.
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Look around and see if there are any leftover 18's on dealer lots. You'll get a good deal and get a minty fresh car.
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Just depends on how big your wallet is. New will always be better unless $ is a concern.
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Keep the market alive, buy new!*




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Buy new..

Getting a 17-18 with PP and the color you want will set you back around 22-24k and there is a chance the car was abused etc

I bought my new 19 PP car exactly the way I wanted for 26500. So it was a no brainer to go new for me. If PP is a must.. just buy new.
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Old 08-28-2019, 12:30 AM   #14
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Thanks all for the replies. I can afford both new and used.

Seems like going new vs. a low mileage 2017-2018 is the way to go considering the deals that can be had on new ones.

Hopefully I can check out a couple of local dealers this weekend to close out a deal.
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