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Old 09-08-2019, 07:09 AM   #1
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Buying a BRZ with open valve spring recall

I have been looking at getting a BRZ, with what has been available and within my budget I am lookin at the earlier models. I have found a 2013 BRZ but it has an open recall for the valve springs. What is your guys opinion on this? The only reason I am considering this car is the price. Please let me know what you guys think.
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Old 09-08-2019, 07:41 AM   #2
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If it's a good deal, I would go ahead and buy it and forget about the recall. The engine has a much better chance of staying in one piece if you just ignore the recall.
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If it's a good deal, I would go ahead and buy it and forget about the recall. The engine has a much better chance of staying in one piece if you just ignore the recall.


So are people just ignoring the recall altogether? I was trying to look into more information on the recall and all I found was blown motors...


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So are people just ignoring the recall altogether? I was trying to look into more information on the recall and all I found was blown motors...


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From what Ive read, not firsthand experience, some guys avoid the recall because when the engine is sealed back up it has to be done carefully. Otherwise sealant can break off into the engine, and get stuck in the valves, and cause havoc. A good Subaru shop should be able to do it in their sleep. Im not as certain about a Toyota service center.

I would probably want a 2013 that hasnt had the recall done, that way you can decide. Im not sure how long the recall campaign lasts for though. Good luck finding your FR-S! You will love it.


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These engines do not re-seal easily at all. Get it and avoid the recall at all costs. Unless you're in California, this is possible.
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If it's a BRZ and the work is done by Subaru there is hardly anything to worry.
However if it's a frs and being done by Toyota, there's shit ton to worry.

Or.... save up a few dollars and get a '15+ and never have to worry about the recall.
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If it's a BRZ and the work is done by Subaru there is hardly anything to worry.
However if it's a frs and being done by Toyota, there's shit ton to worry.

Or.... save up a few dollars and get a '15+ and never have to worry about the recall.
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If I was you, Id definitely save up a bit more money and get one without the recall. I understand sometimes good deals are hard to come by, but to me, its worth the peace of mind. A car is a major purchase and Im sure youll be glad you got to avoid the recall mess.

If youre dead set on getting that one, skip the recall. Good luck hope to see you in a twin soon
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Thanks for the input everyone. I am still going to go check out the 2013 BRZ tomorrow just to kick tires. But more than likely I am going to wait tell I can find a good deal on a 15+ model.


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I'd actually say it is advantageous to have the open recall on a BRZ. If they have to pull the engine anyway, you can get some other maintenance done pretty cheaply. Spark plugs, clutch, TOB, and I'm sure a few other headache items become much less expensive in labor. Or just don't get it done. Mine has not had the recall done and I'm not worried.

If you are going to get a 2015+, just save a bit more and get a 2017+. 2017 brought some worthwhile revisions to the design by my understanding.
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I'd actually say it is advantageous to have the open recall on a BRZ. If they have to pull the engine anyway, you can get some other maintenance done pretty cheaply. Spark plugs, clutch, TOB, and I'm sure a few other headache items become much less expensive in labor. Or just don't get it done. Mine has not had the recall done and I'm not worried.

If you are going to get a 2015+, just save a bit more and get a 2017+. 2017 brought some worthwhile revisions to the design by my understanding.
Oh, what the heck, save up even a bit more and get a Supra -


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Well guys looks like it was not meant to be. I just found out the car sold when I was on my way to go look at it.


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