Subaru Justy Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1985 Subaru Justy F 1.0 3 cylinder petrol

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.0 3 cylinder petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Summary:

Bulletproof

Faults:

Only one problem, the air duct at the front is leaking water by the drivers feet when it rains heavy, cannot find out why.

General Comments:

Very reliable car. I was 16 when I got this car from extended family; it was very well looked after and still is.

I think it could be a bit more economical; after all I hear these things can do 51 mpg, and I reckon I'm getting about 32.

The ride is not very smooth, but the acceleration is not bad at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th December, 2008

18th Sep 2010, 17:28

That water leaking into the footwell is quite likely the result of a plugged drain tube. This is typically a nipple-like fitting on the firewall. Swap it out, or just manipulate it a little, and you will probably get a rush of stale water rushing out. Then your problem should be fixed.

1986 Subaru Justy RS 996cc petrol

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 996cc petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance167000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

An easily upgraded club rally car for 0-1300cc class

Faults:

Well the clutch was absolutely gone when we got this car, but we really wanted it to do rallies. So we changed the clutch at home. This was really difficult to do and even talking to proper mechanics it is apparently pretty hard. But, it was really worth it and the wheel spin in 2WD on the 155 tires is fantastic.

There is something wrong with the handling at the moment, but I am not sure what yet.

General Comments:

Of note is the clutch. There is 2 different pressure plate/clutch kits for the Justy, and the RS has the expensive version.

This car had a very small exhaust system and a terrible lot of bends (2 90degree bends at the back). We recently paid $300NZD to get a 2inch really straight exhaust put in and a hush muffler. Whoa. Look out, because this wee car goes a lot faster now. Well worth the modifications.

We also changed the air intake to a pod filter.

All is working well and I feel that the motor is very reliable so far under racing conditions.

The handling isn't so good, so we are in the process of upgrading the suspension to stiffer springs and urethane bushes. I think when we get some bigger mags on, with low profile tires, then it will handle like its on rails!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2004

3rd Nov 2005, 16:01

Hey I have a two door 1986 Justy JL. I've had the air intake off and it goes a lot harder, but I need to find out what the best way to have a pod filter set up is. I've thought of having a dome shaped one sit straight on the carb and have piping running to that from my grille that I've modified. Any suggestions?

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews