Subaru DL Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1989 Subaru DL 1.8 petrol

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired179000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki SX4


The best car ever made


I have just got this car (it is my 4th). I consider it to be a great find. 179 000 kms and in excellent condition for its age.

I have changed the rear wheel bearings.

The front right CV joint has been changed.

General Comments:

I consider this to be the best car on the road. It is simple, reliable and capable both on and off the road.

The rattles and classic Subaru engine noise is something that you grow to love - especially since you know it will always start when you put the key in.

There are not too many passenger cars that have plastic on the floors and can take a beating.

I use it for a 60km commute daily and then can take it camping on the weekends.

As for style, brown throughout with classic subaru 1980's beige - can't be beaten.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2008

1980 Subaru DL 1.8

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance280000 kilometres


A reliable car for a reliable person


Changed the piston rings at 195000 km.

Changed CV joints (both) at 210000 km.

Changed the master brake cylinder at 250000 km.

The doors are very rusty, however the rest of the body is not.

Mechanics charge more than for a more common car (in Australia, anyway).

General Comments:

The car is very reliable, even driving continuously 12 hours (with stops for petrol).

Can tow a large / heavy load with no problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews