Subaru Vivio Reviews from Singapore

1993 Subaru Vivio GLi 660

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 660 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired58200 kilometres
Most recent distance58400 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

An efficient and reliable car to own

Faults:

The aircondition does not work properly in hot weather like noon time. It is cool in the morning and evening, thus do not know whether the aircondition is faulty.

The rear headboard is noisy when on bummy road.

Engine and road noise are loud.

The steering wheel feels heavy.

General Comments:

I like the car for it is reliable and economical to maintain.

Good road holding unlike some bigger size cars. It feels steady when on high speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2002

6th Dec 2008, 02:30

I own a 1992 Subaru Vivio turbo charged japanese right hand drive in Canada. It broke down and I need to find a service/repair manual, can anyone help?

Dan.

1997 Subaru Vivio GLi 660 CC

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 660 CC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 kilometres
Most recent distance25800 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

When you pay peanuts, you get peanuts

Faults:

Seats Creaking from a loose connection point which is un repairable.

Noisy at high speed, 110km/h onwards.

Slow pick up at low gear.

General Comments:

Could have been a more popular car if the pick up speed is improved.

Interior space is seriously small, not a car you would want to take on a long journey.

Good car for fuel saving and low budget drives.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2002

1998 Subaru Vivio GLi 658cc petrol

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 658cc petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 kilometres
Most recent distance56000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Viki

Summary:

Super low fuel consumption

Faults:

Due wear and tear, the dust cover for the drive shaft found broken and the ball bearing starts to wear off after a long trip to and back from Singapore to Penang, West Malaysia a total of 1800km. The spare parts of the dust cover together with the ball bearing costs me only S$90 per side and labour S$40 and is cheap!!!

General Comments:

As the engine capacity is only 658cc, the car is some how or rather lack of power. To solve, I have upgraded my spark plug cables to the racing type so as to the spark plugs to iridium type. Not only that, I have removed my catalyst converter and now I can easily beat those cars that are below 1000cc less those with 4 cylinders type, turbo or supercharge in the traffic junction.

Another thing which I think is important is the stability of the car. The original tyre size is 145/70/R12 and is able feel the instability especially when a heavy vehicle passes by. To improve, upgrade to 165/55/R13.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2002

1996 Subaru Vivio GLXi 0.7 petrol

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 0.7 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres

Summary:

Small reliable cheap transport for the slightly hard of hearing

Faults:

Battery died soon after I got the car, but a new one lasted me the rest of the 2 years I had it.

Alternator shorted out; I believe it had something to do with my driving through 40 to 50 cm of flood water.

It is beginning to rattle and squeak quite a bit.

General Comments:

Generally a very reliable car, but very very noisy at higher speeds.

Suspension is pretty hard. You feel every rough spot on the road. If feedback from your tyres is what you want, this is it!

Boot space a joke; however with the back seats down, it can carry quite an amazing amount of stuff.

Road holding was unbelievable, though; considering the car rides on such skinny tyres, it still handled like a go-cart (and not much bigger than one, either). Magazine review specified a top speed of 120 km/h, but I managed to get mine up to 130 km/h without too much effort, although I am slightly deaf after that experience. However, I was really amazed that the car didn't feel "floaty" at all, and there were only 2 of us in the car.

Petrol consumption is pretty amazing; I managed about 17 km per litre on average, with a lot of it being city driving, and me pushing it pretty hard. I reckon if I cruised at about 65 to 70 km/h in 5th gear, I could get around 20 km/l.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2002

2nd May 2009, 17:55

I have also pushed my Vivio hard. I did manage 87mph, although I am also slightly deafer. Its economy is very respectable, but it is a small car.

1996 Subaru Vivio GLi 0.65 multi-injection

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 0.65 multi-injection Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Good, petrol saving and economical car

Faults:

Had to replace the battery soon after I bought the car from the 2nd hand dealer.

Rear suspension is getting squeaky at about 84000.

Metal of the body is very soft, resulting in many dents by inconsiderate drivers when parked.

Noisy when driving at higher speeds (cannot hear each other talk).

Small interior - cannot fit my mountain bike in with one wheel off.

Not much performance in first and second gear, but once you shift to third gear, that is when you start to pull away from the crowd.

General Comments:

Body rolls due to soft suspension.

Interior sparse, without any tachometer.

Hits hard bumps on the road quite hard, as it is a small car.

Very light, so when I am stopped at the traffic light waiting to turn and other vehicles go past, the car tends to sway lightly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2001

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews