1994 Subaru Justy Reviews from North America

1994 Subaru Justy GL 4WD 1.2 gasoline

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.2 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired108024 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles
Previous carSubaru GL


Awesome gas-hater, perfect for ski slopes!


Emergency brake sensor is flaky and causes brake light on dash to come on for no apparent reason; has been this way since I bought the car.

Seat fabric on passenger's seat has torn at the stitching on the side bolster.

Muffler is starting to get loud (at 120K miles).

General Comments:

Although somewhat slow by modern standards, my Justy feels quite peppy. It has no concessions to modern motoring--power brakes were the only power option and there isn't even a passenger side mirror. Manual steering isn't an inconvenience even when parallel parking and helps the feel of the car on the highway. High-speed handling is adequate given the car's weight and tire size (13" 155 millimeter wide), but the ability to squeeze into a small parking space, or pay only $15 for a fill-up, is what this car was made for. (My all-time most-expensive fill was $27, into a nine gallon tank, at $3.40/gallon.) I wish it had air-conditioning, and a better radio (as opposed to the stock two-speaker setup), but for what it is I can't complain. An added plus: The selectable 4WD system makes this car unstoppable in the snow without sacrificing much in the way of gas mileage. I've saved the $900 I paid for this car many times over in gas, and will definitely buy from Subaru again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2006

1994 Subaru Justy 1.2, 3-cylinder

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.2, 3-cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic


Trusty Justy: a great little car


The clutch cable snapped (mileage was app. 90,000).

There is a pesky oil-leak in the engine that leaks right onto the exhaust system and eventually corroded part of the pipe (not the manifold). I tried to get the leak fixed, but the cost of the repair is more than the car is worth, so I just check the oil regularly and have replaced a short piece of the exhaust system once.

General Comments:

This car has been a great buy. It's incredibly gas efficient, getting 37 mpg in rural areas and closer to 30 mpg in cities. It is, after all, a 3-cylinder.

The repairs have been few and far between for the amount of mileage I've put on the car in the last two years.

This is not a car for tall people!

If you're looking for a car that says "cool" to other people, this isn't it. But hey, no one will steal it, and you can spend many entertaining hours listening to your friends make fun of your car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2004

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews