Scion FRS, Subaru BRZ owners facing engine software problem
The Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ are both equipped with an engine control unit (ECU) that is designed to adapt to the driving style of the new owner during the first 100 miles or so. This system pays close attention to a variety of input parameters such as throttle input to alter the engine operation to optimize both performance and efficiency. Unfortunately, it seems that this system is running into an issue where, once the driver’s habits are learned by the ECU, pushing the car beyond a range of the predetermined parameters can cause the engine controller to get confused.
Basically, if the owner of the Scion FRS or Subaru BRZ drives like a little old lady most of the time and then begins to hammer on the car at a track day or something – the ECU may be pushed out of the parameters of what was learned during the first 100 miles. When this happens, the FRS or BRZ may run or idle rough as the ECU works adjust to the new driving conditions and in the worst case scenario, the Toyota or Subaru sports coupe could stall when the ECU is out of the normal range. When this problem occurs, the check engine light will illuminate with the code P0019 being the cause on diagnostic equipment.