Is the Scion FR-S a Good Buy?

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Old 27 May 2013, 11:39 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is the Scion FR-S a Good Buy?

Alright, so i'm 15 and I turn sixteen on April 30th, and I have been looking into the scion fr-s. I think it looks great but I have a few questions about its performance and if it is a good buy for me. How does it perform speed wise? is it fast or slow, due to the small 4 cylinder 2.0L engine? I live in a place with a lot of hills and traffic so I was thinking that I should get the automatic but then again, I want to have a good time so I was thinking that I might want to get the paddle shifters, are they a good accessory to this car? Also how does the engine sound when it is running? high pitched for low? Also can you add a better stereo and navigation system in it? I've heard that it doesn't have many accessories available like the navigation and fog lights etc. is this true? Overall do you think that this is a good purchase for me being a 16 year old driver. This is a great help for me, thank you!

FYI i've been driving for the past 5 years and I'm not bad.
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Old 27 May 2013, 11:55 pm   #2 (permalink)
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This will be considered a sports car by the insurance companies and as a result will cost a lot of money for a new driver to insure. Make sure you get quotes. Paddle shifters are automatics too by the way, just with a pretend manual mode. Most people don't ever use them after a month or so.

It's neither fast or slow, somewhere in between, but that really depends on what you're comparing it to. Slow compared to a Mustang GT, fast compared to a Prius.

As for options, that's right on the Scion website, and if you want to hear what the engine sounds like you need to hear it. It's a boxer four, it will sound like a Legacy or Outback.

Also consider it's RWD, so not a good choice if you get snow where you live.

All in all it's a poor choice for a 16 year old.
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Old 28 May 2013, 12:09 am   #3 (permalink)
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The Subaru BRZ has more accesories and options, which is why it is about $2000 more expenisve than the FR-S.

The 4 cylinder engine has more power than most V6 engines from a decade ago. And the car is so light that it is more than quick enough. It is faster than most cars on the road.

Yes you can upgrade the sound, but I don't know why you would. The sound is good enough. You can also add fog lights from a separate shop.

It is not a good car for inexperienced drivers because of the way it was designed.

RWD means high insurance. In this particular car, it was made to easily slide out into a drift even at low speeds. From my experience driving RWD, the back slides out when I drive on dirty, dusty, or wet roads. And in Autumn when the leaves fall, you will be sliding all over the place. It is very dangerous. RWD only works well on dry hot clean pavement.
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