1982 Subaru Brumby DL 1.8L OHV
It just doesn't seem to want to die
Clutch cable broke, CV axles worn.
I bought this car for $600 cash as a cheap 4wd and second car. It had been sitting for over a year. CV axles had no boots, no thermostat, bare metal floors, seats had springs sticking out. What wasn't wrong with it?
The odometer was broken at 211,000, so I don't know how many miles are actually on it. However, despite all of this, the engine didn't smoke or knock, didn't seem to burn much (if any oil), and the transmission still works fine.
I spent several months putting it back together and it is now my main driver. They don't get much simpler than this to work on. The 4wd works excellent and it's light weight makes it sure footed on rough roads or boggy conditions. The engine still runs like a clock even after all the years of use and neglect.
The only criticism I really have of it is it's not a good car for busy traffic downtown and struggles to get above 70mph. It makes a great second car for utilities or just to have a good time out in the woods.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th January, 2009