By on January 13, 2012

You would think (and I secretly hoped) that Toyota would see the wisdom in handing me a corrupt-assed perk the same way Cadillac does MotorTrend randomly accepting my application to buy an FR-S, but NOOOOOOOOOOO! I’m “on the waitlist”. Did any TTACers make the cut? Speak up so I can ban your IP.

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55 Comments on “Tofu Delivery: REJECTED!...”


  • avatar
    chaparral

    I got waitlisted too.

  • avatar
    jimbowski

    I didn’t try to sign up, but excellent animated gif.

  • avatar
    redliner

    …what was that saying? …Something about never buying a first year car?

  • avatar
    Felis Concolor

    Waitlisted here.

  • avatar
    michal1980

    I was tempted, but I have to sit in one first.

  • avatar
    dwford

    Waitlist here

  • avatar
    Spencer Williams

    I haven’t heard anything. So either I secretly won and they are doing a secret background check before contacting me, or I didn’t enter my email address correctly. I’m betting on #2, though I was very careful.
    (Goes back to checking email every 2-3 minutes…)

  • avatar
    spaceywilly

    Call me crazy, but how exactly is this “winning” anything? Doesn’t it make a lot more sense to wait a few weeks so you can compare it to the BRZ price and options, instead of blindly buying the FRS and hoping you made the right decision? If you are worried about it selling out you can already go to any Scion dealer and put down a deposit. Unless they announce some special privileges for the “first 86,” it seems like they are just getting had by Scion.

    • 0 avatar
      redliner

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but Aren’t they basically the same car? What is there to compare? It seems that what your really buying is a Toyota warranty and dealer network vs a Subaru warranty and dealer network.

      • 0 avatar
        Jellodyne

        Personally, I think the BRZ is the more attractive — the front quarter panel scallop forward of the side mirrors is more attractivly handled on the BRZ, and there doesn’t appear to be the weird nose/hood strakes on the BRZ like there are flowing off of the Scion logo on the FR-S, though I haven’t seen a closeup of that area on the BRZ yet.

      • 0 avatar
        Patrickj

        From my experience, two Toyotas, one Subaru, I’d pick Subaru.

    • 0 avatar
      MR2turbo4evr

      The Subaru will have slighly different spring rates, a nicer interior (soft touch dash on the limited model, etc) and probably a better options list.

      I’m a Toyota fan, but after comparing pictures of the Scion and Subaru interiors I could never buy the Scion. I would also hate to have the cheap Scion logo on any of my cars.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        I definitely prefer the HVAC controls of the Subaru, but neither brand caries any particular appeal or stigma for me. I’d probably take either of them. If Motor Trend is right about the production target being 3,000 cars a year, these things will end up costing buyers far more than the $25K that I’d be interested in spending.

  • avatar
    Oren Weizman

    Weirdly feels like being on the waiting list for a G&L Legacy …

  • avatar
    jaje

    No word back as of yet.

  • avatar
    benzaholic

    It took a little reading to figure out that I didn’t make the cut, but they politely thanked me for my interest, and “successfully added [me] to the waitlist.” How exciting.

  • avatar

    I didn’t put my name on the list but love the gif lol

  • avatar
    JasonH

    I was waitlisted too. They’re compiling a list of “winners” on the FT86Club forums here: http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3258

  • avatar
    NotFast

    So this hoopla was to be ‘allowed’ to buy one of the first FR86′s? So you’re first in line to pay full price for a car that you’ll be able to stroll into a dealer in 6-9 months and (probably) pay less money?

    Maybe I’m a grump old man, but seems like excessive hype. Even Nissan didn’t do this when the 350Z came out.

    Is it a ‘game changer’?

    • 0 avatar
      LeMansteve

      Its the same mental trick used by eBay. Instead of buying something, you are winning something. In this case you are winning exclusivity for a few months. The price of being a fanatical early adopter.

    • 0 avatar
      Xeranar

      9 months and pay less? Hah! Maybe in 1-3 years you’ll be able to get a naturally depreciated F86 on a used lot/classifieds but the first year is going to be a sell-out with obnoxious sales tactics. I’m not calling this car a game changer by any stretch but the first year run of these is going to be limited enough to keep the numbers low and demand high. On topic of that, cars like this never get incentives or discounts and I guess you’re assuming lease/trade-ins perhaps? Those will sell for practically sticker. I remember those early Miatas going for stupid crazy prices even coming off the first leases.

  • avatar

    No dice here either… wait-listed.

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    If you want to get on a list that may eventually deliver, don’t forget that an order for a Maybach today will bring you a delivery in August!

  • avatar
    Oren Weizman

    For people who go tracking like most do here at Sanair, Mont Tremblant or Gilles Villeneuve ( there are A Lot of tracks around Montreal where you can cheaply race weekends ) the FR-S is making a lot of noise and is a game changer. I have an old 318ti that needs replacing so the FR-S as a daily driver with an extra set of rubber for Sanair is definitly in the plans.

    The ultimate test of course will be to see if the baby seats fit …

  • avatar
    tedward

    Haha, clearly they don’t follow TTAC. If Scion/Toyota PR has a pulse they will revise your status.

    Anyone around here work for Scion? Now would be the time to forward on this post…

  • avatar
    dwford

    I bet half the people who “won” will bail for one reason or another. I am curious to know how many people applied.

  • avatar

    waitlisted.

    I’m sure this is a gimmick in part designed to help estimate demand.

    • 0 avatar
      Robert.Walter

      Penske got in trouble with the whole Smart experiment by doing that. The approach allowed the distributor and investing dealers to misinterpret curiosity for interest…

  • avatar
    mnm4ever

    Wait listed too… at least now I am not locked into color choice! I think I would like the Subaru version better anyway, I just thought it would be cool to get a chance to get one early…

  • avatar
    randomguywithamazda

    I signed up for this gimmick and was chosen. I got an email this morning from Scion and then just got a call an hour ago from a rep named Clayton. Woop dee doo, I am allowed to preorder a car that I cant drive/assess before I purchase, sounds perfectly reasonable to me.
    My Scion FR-S will be delivered to Power Nissan in Tempe Arizona, supposedly.
    I am in the market to buy a car, but is it worth it to sell my turbo miata to purchase this Scion. Decisions…

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    This video makes me laugh every time I see it.

  • avatar
    randomguywithamazda

    Actually Jackie boy if you want to deal, Im game.

    However, note that I picked an Ultramarine 6spd, I think Im locked in to the exact combination of options. Ive signed the paperwork at the dealership and Im actually quite a bit excited about it, even if I just end up test driving it, not liking it, then backing out.

    If I dont like it for whatever reason, I could just actually BUY the car, and sell it to you nice and legal for the exact out-the-door price from my dealership. Its a bit of hoop jumping, and may not be worth it in the end depending on how early this early release ends up being. But srsly, how can you say no to the prospect of an across-the-country roadtrip in a brand new car?

  • avatar
    gslippy

    I considered getting on the Leaf waiting list, but didn’t bother. My mild interest in that car far exceeds my interest in this Scion.

  • avatar
    meefer

    Didn’t even get an email back. Wasn’t very high on my radar anyways.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    Waiting for my damned ND Miata coupe. If they disappoint, this may be the one.


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