1992 Subaru Justy J10 1.0 petrol


Amazing car, Herbie's cousin


Steering system needed rebuilding.

Doesn't like to engage 2nd gear.

General Comments:

Car is amazingly fast, can overtake easily.

Power is amazing going up hills.

Parking & handling very very good.

It's survived 18 years of Maltese potholes!!

Absolutely EVERYTHING still works.

Lots of things come as standard eg. cigarette lighter, rev gauge etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2010

1992 Subaru Justy GL 1.0


The perfect city car


Carburetor gave severe problems at about 70,000km and 100,000km.

CV Joints needed replacement at 115,000km.

Seats are severely uncomfortable.

General Comments:

I've owned this car for three years now, and the more time passes, the more it continues to surprise me.

The ride has its flaws, especially on Maltese roads, which are worse than the moon's craters... so this problem is justified.

Handling is very good, considering its high center of gravity and aerodynamics. It is not and will never be compared to an Alfa, but at the end of the day it is not an Alfa..

The cabin has a conservative Japanese signature, especially the AM Radio which comes standard. Tuning the latter is very distracting while driving. On the other hand, dials are clear and easy to read. The rev counter comes standard on this model.

The engine itself is a workhorse. If given the right services at the right time, it will definitely last more than 150,000km without giving a penny of trouble. It's fascinating how the scream turns into a roar when revving over 4000rpm, especially on the third gear.

Performance is a strong point, taking into consideration its little 997cc engine. In the city it is able to give the power needed when requested, but obviously it's far from adequate on a highway.

After-sales, in my opinion, is Subaru's only turn-down.

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

Review Date: 29th April, 2004