I like the car a lot. The pros are very obvious if you try driving one, it feels great, its very confident around corners and twisty roads, and it has just enough power that you can rev the engine to the limit and have fun. The transmission is very satisfying when shifting through gears, but the clutch is clunky and has some issues getting into gear smoothly during cold starts.
As for the cons, its a two door sports car. Theres not much room, and even though the trunk is pretty big for the size of the car I've already had multiple situations where Ive had to stick stuff in the back seats just to make trips work. This morning when I was going to install the exhaust I had to shove the box in the back seats because it wouldn't fit in the trunk and on the way back I had to do the same with the old exhaust parts.
The cold starts are brutal because of the stock tune, it idles at around 1.5k rpm with what I think is an absurdly rich fuel mixture to warm up the cats, which makes A LOT of noise with aftermarket exhausts.
I would also be very concerned with reliability 20 years down the line. A lot of the interior parts and electronics are made by Toyota, so I don't expect those to fail but the engine and transmission are still made by Subaru. These boxer engines are a nightmare to work on, even on things like changing spark plugs (which are absurdly easy on other engines). I'm also not very confident the engine will last 200-300k miles.
My friend has had his BRZ for about 3 years now, and its a 2014 model. It's held up great and he's supercharged it. I would say these cars are great for 10-15 years, but 20 is probably pushing it. >>26461649