1985 Subaru Leone GL 1.8
Reliable quality engineering transport
Rust is becoming a major problem and will require the car to be scrapped in a couple of years.
The hydraulic valve clearance compensators have been an ongoing problem. This may be a result of their lying on their sides rather than upright as in most engines. They can be changed without removing the rocker shroud if care is taken. They can also be completely stripped and cleaned which usually gets them working again.
The generator packed up up had to be rebuilt at 300000 Ks which isn't bad.
The CV joints have become noisy, but as the rubber boot is intact its still going O.K.
Very well engineered motor car, the boxer engine is a gem (part from the compensaters)
Very easy to work on, a head can be removed and replaced in about 4 hours.
The rust problem is a disappointment and would make me think twice about buying another Subaru unless it had been rust treated when new.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st October, 2002