1985 Subaru GL 1.6 from North America
Reliable, easy-to-maintain putt-putt-I highly recommend it!
The hydraulics that hold the hatch open have slowly died since I got it. They are now pretty much useless.
Alternator died and was replaced at 75,000.
Theft and hot-wiring of the vehicle at around 100,000 resulted in some minor electrical problems (brake light always on, no hazard lights).
At 105,000 the water pump needed to be replaced.
In that same week, a "mystery" fuel filter was clogged and had to be replaced... after we'd already replaced the other obvious fuel filter and the fuel pump.
Most of these issues are due to the fact she's an old, well-loved car. All of these problems were easily fixed between my step-dad and father-in-law. I've never taken it to the shop. This car is EASY to work on, and parts aren't too expensive.
My little GL won't win any races, but she's got enough get-up-and-go to get me where I need to be. She's got more oomph than one would imagine looking at her.
I think Subaru's had building quality products figured out for a while (20 years at least!). As a matter of fact, hubby is looking to replace his car and the Subaru lot is the first place we'll look!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th January, 2005
26th Dec 2005, 08:20
I recently purchased a 85 gl.
Body fair-no rust, slightly oxidized paint.
My brake light is on constant and ecs light come on after 20 minutes of driving.
16th Feb 2006, 13:23
Picture this: a 1985 Subaru GL with less than 30 000 miles. Yes, I purchased an '85 in June of 2005. It runs great, although it had been parked for a year before I found it. The original tires were still on the car when I initially went to view it. I paid $1800 CAD for it on the road with 4-new tires. Minor body work was required.
Both head lights burned out on a 4-hour road trip one night. It was a month after I bought the; made quite a dark trip @ 10:30pm.
I've already had to replace the alternator, the rear struts, the coil and wires... but it runs great. Most parts are in need of replacement from being parked instead of normal wear & tear. For the most part, it's a great car.