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Old 01-26-2012, 11:45 AM   #15
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Welcome. Once we get ours, we can take a cruise around the cities
Excellent idea. It will be interesting to see how common place these cars become in the Twin Cities. I'm guessing it will be at least a year before you start to see a lot of them.

I think I've decided. I'm going with the BRZ, it just seems a little more grown up to me even though there is hardly any difference between the two. Plus I think with Scion's stratagy of rolling out new models to the coasts first and then working inward it will be a while before you can get an FRS here.

I'm going to the Subaru dealership to put a down a deposit and get my name on the list today.
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Well I did it. I went to Bloomington Subaru and put a deposit down. I'm 7th on the list there.
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Well I did it. I went to Bloomington Subaru and put a deposit down. I'm 7th on the list there.
Huge congrats neutron! I sadly agree that Scion will stiff the Upper Midwest with the FR-S until later. Tis the disadvantage of this area vs Cali or Texas or Florida.
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Huge congrats neutron! I sadly agree that Scion will stiff the Upper Midwest with the FR-S until later. Tis the disadvantage of this area vs Cali or Texas or Florida.
Yeah I was all but set on the Subaru, and when the dealer said they were taking deposits it made up my mind for me. It will be interesting to se what color/trim I get.
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Yeah I was all but set on the Subaru, and when the dealer said they were taking deposits it made up my mind for me. It will be interesting to se what color/trim I get.
I'm pretty fortunate; #2 at Burnsville Scion. I just told them I'd prefer any color other than hot lava, but it must be manual.
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I'm pretty fortunate; #2 at Burnsville Scion. I just told them I'd prefer any color other than hot lava, but it must be manual.
To funny. I did the same thing, I said any color other then white. I'm still up in the air about transmission but I think on that I'm going to hold out for an AT. That my be to my advantage, it sounds like most of the people on the list are planing on using theirs for autocross and I can't see them getting an automatic.
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Well I did it. I went to Bloomington Subaru and put a deposit down. I'm 7th on the list there.
What's the policy on the refund? Did they mention when to expect the cars to come in?

I haven't really decided which Subaru dealer to go to yet, but I've pretty much made up my mind and I'm going to get a BRZ Limited in Rally Blue. I'm surprised there are already 7 people on that list though considering this is MN.
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To funny. I did the same thing, I said any color other then white. I'm still up in the air about transmission but I think on that I'm going to hold out for an AT. That my be to my advantage, it sounds like most of the people on the list are planing on using theirs for autocross and I can't see them getting an automatic.
I will be autocrossing my FR-S and I know that I'll see a ton of BRZ's out there.

I've seen a Saturn Redline Sky destroy its class though because of an automatic (flappy paddles too) but because the manual transmission on the AS1 has been getting such positive publicity, I would imagine the autoxr's ahead of you will opt away from the auto. You might get your BRZ very very early.
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What's the policy on the refund? Did they mention when to expect the cars to come in?

I haven't really decided which Subaru dealer to go to yet, but I've pretty much made up my mind and I'm going to get a BRZ Limited in Rally Blue. I'm surprised there are already 7 people on that list though considering this is MN.
Just call around to see what the dealership's policy is and how far down on the list you are.

As of now, the dealers don't have an idea for how many, what type, and options they will be able to provide. Subaru dealers are already in high demand for the Impreza, WRX and Foresters so they will most likely treat the BRZ the same way (ie, any configuration that shows up will sell) unless you've placed a deposit.
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What's the policy on the refund? Did they mention when to expect the cars to come in?

I haven't really decided which Subaru dealer to go to yet, but I've pretty much made up my mind and I'm going to get a BRZ Limited in Rally Blue. I'm surprised there are already 7 people on that list though considering this is MN.

Basically the deposit is refundable until you sign and take delivery. You should check with your dealer for specific details.
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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.
I had a feeling there'd be more Minnesota peeps on this board besides Chupacabra and I. Anyways, funny you mentioned Walser Subaru. My wife and I just leased a 2012 Impreza and I asked the sales guy if they were accepting deposits on the car yet. Dude acted like he didn't even know anything about the vehicle AND told me they weren't taking deposits since they aren't able to make orders on the vehicle. I don't think he understood that I was asking to see if they had a wait list. I gave up asking since I felt the conversation was getting nowhere. For me, I'm leaning FR-S.
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Basically the deposit is refundable until you sign and take delivery. You should check with your dealer for specific details.
Back when I was selling cars, our sales managers would often say to a customer on an incoming car that if they want a vehicle, they would have to place a $500 non-refundable deposit down on the vehicle to better gauge the customer's commitment to the deal. That $500 deposit was always fully refundable of course and I was told we aren't allowed to keep it anyways. I love it when I go buy cars and sales managers try that to me. If I want the car, which I usually do the time I walk on the show floor, I'm gonna put that deposit down.
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I had a feeling there'd be more Minnesota peeps on this board besides Chupacabra and I. Anyways, funny you mentioned Walser Subaru. My wife and I just leased a 2012 Impreza and I asked the sales guy if they were accepting deposits on the car yet. Dude acted like he didn't even know anything about the vehicle AND told me they weren't taking deposits since they aren't able to make orders on the vehicle. I don't think he understood that I was asking to see if they had a wait list. I gave up asking since I felt the conversation was getting nowhere. For me, I'm leaning FR-S.
That would be so frustrating, especially since you've got vehicle sales experience.

If a customer came into my store and wanted to put a deposit down on a 2012 GSX-R 1000 in a certain color, I surely wouldn't act like there isn't a model coming out. I might be reluctant to take his/her money if the machine wasn't able to be ordered but I would at least explain that to the customer.
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That would be so frustrating, especially since you've got vehicle sales experience.

If a customer came into my store and wanted to put a deposit down on a 2012 GSX-R 1000 in a certain color, I surely wouldn't act like there isn't a model coming out. I might be reluctant to take his/her money if the machine wasn't able to be ordered but I would at least explain that to the customer.
Bloomington Subaru seemed not only to be ontop of this but excited about it. The sales person they set me up with does autocross, and for an extra suckup the manager came out to say hi. Unnesscary since I'm already sold on the car, but a nice touch. If people were asking me to buy a car I knew nothing about I wouldn't be turning them away, I'd be doing my research.
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