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Old 01-20-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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So who else here is from Minnesota?

I'm in Minneapolis, I'm set on buying either the FR-S or the BRZ. Price and features will help me make that decision once they are announced.

Availability may be a deciding factor as well. Everyone I've talked to thinks I'm crazy for wanting to buy a rear wheel drive car in MN, but as far as I'm concerned good snow tires and knowing how to drive fix that problem.
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MN crew checking in. I'm pretty much set on the BRZ Limited, and I plan on only driving this car when there's snow.
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South Metro, I will be getting the FR-S.

On the topic of snow tires, I have a set for my tC which would be able to bolt-on except they are 15". I'm unsure if they will clear the brakes, so I will probably just buy a beater.
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South Metro, I will be getting the FR-S.

On the topic of snow tires, I have a set for my tC which would be able to bolt-on except they are 15". I'm unsure if they will clear the brakes, so I will probably just buy a beater.
I was hoping I would be able to re-use the snow tires/wheels form my CR-Z which I'll be trading in for the FR-S but that was really just a pipe dream and looks like it's not going to work.

I'll probably try and pickup a cheap set of compatable wheels on Craigslist and have sensors and Blizzaks mounted.
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I was hoping I would be able to re-use the snow tires/wheels form my CR-Z which I'll be trading in for the FR-S but that was really just a pipe dream and looks like it's not going to work.

I'll probably try and pickup a cheap set of compatable wheels on Craigslist and have sensors and Blizzaks mounted.
The CR-Z is such a trick car to own!

I would say don't bother with the wheel sensors unless you get a really good deal. Per tire, Toyota's wheel sensors are incredibly expensive ($125 each) and I'm unsure about the cost of the Subaru's.
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The CR-Z is such a trick car to own!

I would say don't bother with the wheel sensors unless you get a really good deal. Per tire, Toyota's wheel sensors are incredibly expensive ($125 each) and I'm unsure about the cost of the Subaru's.

Well it will depend on what effects not having wheel sensors has on the car. If it's just a light that comes one (the angry fishbowl as my wife described it to me once) then I don't mind not having them. If however it's like my CR-Z then I've got to get them. In the CR-Z if there is a TPMS problem (like missing sensors) then it turns on three different lights, the information display turns orange and warns you every time you start the car, and it won't let you disable traction control.
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Well it will depend on what effects not having wheel sensors has on the car. If it's just a light that comes one (the angry fishbowl as my wife described it to me once) then I don't mind not having them. If however it's like my CR-Z then I've got to get them. In the CR-Z if there is a TPMS problem (like missing sensors) then it turns on three different lights, the information display turns orange and warns you every time you start the car, and it won't let you disable traction control.
Wow...Honda overkill! The sensor on mine looks (as your wife says) like the angry fishbowl. I'd recommend just rolling without TPMS, it shouldn't affect anything else in the car.

Maybe the CR-Z does that because of the hybrid system measuring inbound energy via wheel rotation???
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Wow...Honda overkill! The sensor on mine looks (as your wife says) like the angry fishbowl. I'd recommend just rolling without TPMS, it shouldn't affect anything else in the car.

Maybe the CR-Z does that because of the hybrid system measuring inbound energy via wheel rotation???
I think it's honda in general. I know the newer Fits with traction control do the same thing.

I will be very happy if the BRZ just gives me unobtrusive warning light.
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I think it's honda in general. I know the newer Fits with traction control do the same thing.

I will be very happy if the BRZ just gives me unobtrusive warning light.
I hope so too.

So are you undecided between the BRZ and FR-S?
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I hope so too.

So are you undecided between the BRZ and FR-S?
Yeah I'm leaning towards the BRZ but I won't make up my mind until I can actually go to a dealership and buy one or at least give them a downpayment to reserve one.

I might contact one of the local dealerships. Sounds like some people have been able to do that.
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Yeah I'm leaning towards the BRZ but I won't make up my mind until I can actually go to a dealership and buy one or at least give them a downpayment to reserve one.

I might contact one of the local dealerships. Sounds like some people have been able to do that.
I went to Burnsville Toyota for mine, it's where I bought my tC from and I have always had great service there. I thought about the BRZ but like the idea of being just a smidge closer to the Toyota side of things.

Also, I don't think MN will be fair to either car long term; but it will probably be less kind to a non-AWD Subaru that commands a premium. The loyalists who normally buy Subaru will probably not understand why you bought an amazing car, whereas the Scion they won't even bother trying to discuss it.

For Subaru dealers, it's a toss-up to whomever is closest. For me, Walser Subaru in Burnsville has told me they are holding deposits for the BRZ.
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I think I'll order my BRZ from the Brooklyn Park Subaru dealer.

I'm also currently selling my 2010 Honda Fit 5 speed if anyone is interested.
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Western suburbs here. Definitely looking to get one. Love this car!


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