Subaru GL Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 2 of 2

1984 Subaru GL 1.8

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired156000 kilometres
Most recent distance156235 kilometres

Summary:

Fantastic buy for $1300

Faults:

New Tyres At 156235kms after 2000kms.

Engine oil and fuel leak. Degreased the engine to find that the fuel and oil where spilt.

General Comments:

Brilliant car for the new car owner of a first car and good for off road running.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2003

1986 Subaru GL EA82 1.8

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission EA82 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired347000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Charade

Summary:

Tough as nails

Faults:

Original engine blew at about 300000km.

Replaced with imported EA82 engine which came with a Webber carby.

CV joints replaced.

Steering rack replaced.

Clutch replaced.

General Comments:

I only became aware of the legendary Suby reliability when I stalled in a creek and the car still started even though it was in water up to the windows.

The Webber carby gives a good performance boost and the car suprised me with how quick it was. (Top speed of about 190km/hr with some other minor modifications)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2003

28th Feb 2006, 22:25

I'm curious about what kind of modifications I could do on my 1986 Subaru GL Hatchback to overall improve its engine performance. Its got a 1.8 liter boxer motor. Does anyone have any answers? My e-mail is Garcia_later33@yahoo.com Thanks.

Cameron

Boise, ID.

1989 Subaru GL ea82

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission ea82 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired283 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Excellent first car

Faults:

The roof lining sagged very recently, but was easily fixed and was quite cheap.

The automatic transmission died, and would not get out of first, but it was converted to manual now it pulls some hardcore burnouts.

General Comments:

Nice car, I want to put a ea82t into it, mmm..turbo.

Got a good shape, it would make a nice sleeper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2003

1989 Subaru GL Touring Wagon 4WD 1.8 Multi Point Fuel Injected

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Multi Point Fuel Injected Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance333254 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Despite the problems, it is a great car

Faults:

50,000 kilometers, hole in radiator, $1600 Australian dollars from Subaru Dealer to get repaired.

125,000 kilometers, CV joint was making noise, had to be replaces (Not with Subaru dealer, fed up with prices)

This is where the major problems have started with the car.

245,000 kilometers, oil leak in the car has become apparent from the steering, got that fixed $1345.

260,000 kilometers, timing belt blew 2 minutes from home after doing 600kms that day straight, $300.

312,000 kilometers, the automatic transmission blew, when starting off from lights one morning $2750.

315,000 kilometers, a rear oil seal leaking, not spending the money to get it fixed could be up to $2000.

333,000 kilometers oil leaking a few drops per day, mechanic said to use thinner oil because carbon was clogging up holes in the engine, still leaking, I put stop leak thickener in to stem problem, some success.

General Comments:

This car has been a great car however the problems have been very expensive to fix. I would love another Subaru, maybe and Outback H6 however at $43,000 it very expensive.

The car has enough power to get around town and on the highway it also very quick, however not a rocket.

Fuel consumption is respectable with it 60 liter tank doing about 500 to 600 kilometers.

However if you open it up on the highway and do 110 kilometers it registers 3750 to 4000 on the rev meter and the fuel is chew away very quickly.

The car is very comfortable it seat 4 Adults with ease and 5 with a little bit of a squeeze.

It is a tough car that can be put along a dirt track to your favorite fishing spot, just don't try it with real 4WD terrain.

The only quibble we have had is with the Dealer; their service was excellent, as it should be for their prices!

However the prices could not be justified, when we left Subaru they were charging $90AUD an hour for an apprentice mechanic. We simply had enough. We went to our own mechanic.

For 13 and 1/2 years this car has a very good innings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2002

1985 Subaru GL 1.8

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired248000 kilometres
Most recent distance279000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru GL

Summary:

This is my first car and I am very impressed with it. It has everything a car should have

Faults:

Power steering rack needed to be lubricated.

Roof lining started to sag.

Noisy tappets.

New springs at 260k.

General Comments:

The car handles like it is on rails.

It is comfortable for long trips.

The air conditioning works like a charm.

The power steering is very light and easy to drive.

Plenty of boot space.

Plenty of in car space for passengers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2002

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 8 reviews