1986 Subaru GL 1.8


A small, reliable wagon, that takes you up the hills in the snow!


Nothing yet. Everything seems OK.

General Comments:

Still going strong after 15 years on snowy Norwegian roads.

Some rust, but the mechanics are good.

Everything works well. The car has few options. There's only power steering, power locks and a tilt steering wheel.

But here in Norway, the 1800 wagon came with a high roof. This really provides better "usefulness" for this small wagon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2001

18th Dec 2001, 16:09

We got this car new in 1986 and live in hot, hot Texas. It has been the best little car. The original clutch was finally replaced at 120,000 miles. The distributer was replaced at about the same time. Due to local emissions testing, we replaced the muffler, oxygen sensor, and catalytic converter in 1995, although they were all in good working order.

The seats need re-upholstered and the dash is cracked, but after 16 years, four kids, and a dog, that is expected. We have also owned an '88 Justy DL and look forward to purchasing another Subaru in the future. I would have to agree that this is one great car.

5th Apr 2004, 14:31

The only problem I have seen with the GL is the block has been known to strip and will continue to strip even after repairs.

22nd Apr 2004, 14:38

My 1984 GL was purshased in 2001 with 110000 miles on it sadly there is a problem with the paint on the hood. It seems to have faded from grey to a silvery white. Just wondering if anyone else had had this problem.

25th Oct 2004, 13:41

My paint has cracked and faded.