1985 Subaru GL from North America
Dependable and economical in a easy to load station wagon
The timing belts are replaced every 50,000 miles, axles get replaced when the rubber boot tears, the carburetor has been rebuilt. Recently the water pump went out along with the alternator.
It's used up batteries and tires on schedule. The dealer used the wind blade on the back of the car to pull it off the wrecker when it was towed to rebuild the carburetor... maybe it was the wrecker service, but no one confessed.
It's had the engine seals replaced twice, uses about a quart of oil every thousand miles.
The paint job will tear up a scratch pad, has a few small rust areas and wax won't wipe off. The interior is clean and no cracks in the dashboard. There is some cracking in the door panels under the windows.
The exhaust pipe rattles inside the heat shield and the brakes need repair.
This car runs hotter than I would like, but overall this is one indestructible, dependable car.
The a/c runs cold, the transmission has never needed repair, the engine runs weaker than it used to and the back hatch door will come down on your head every now and then, but it has been well worth the repairs every few years to keep it running.
It averages about 25 mpg.
The seats are comfortable, upholstery has held up well and window glass is sturdy and not prone to cracking after stone hits.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st July, 2003