1987 Subaru GL Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1987 Subaru GL from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired204000 miles
Most recent distance218000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

One tough, efficient, comfortable car!

Faults:

Nothing really has gone "wrong". So far, all I've had to do is replace one of the exhaust pipes. It burns a bit of oil so I need to check it regularly.

General Comments:

I bought this car to get me by for a year or so, since it was a good deal. I knew nothing about these Subaru's. I thought that with its high miles, it wouldn't last too long. Was I ever wrong!! This car just doesn't quit!

It is amazing off road and towing. I moved an ancient 70's 20' long trailer up a long muddy hill with this car and it had no trouble. I then got a 2 wheel drive truck stuck in this mud and used my car to pull it out!!

I'm getting ready to drive across Canada with it and really hope that this car makes it over 300,000 miles since I have grown so attached to it. Too bad they don't make these anymore!!

Oh, have to mention the turning ability of this car. It can turn on a dime and is great for maneuvering in tight spaces.

I also love the open feeling of the interior. Compared to my Honda Civic, it is much more open and airy feeling and it feels like you sit much higher and have more visibility.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2004

1987 Subaru GL GL-10 1.8 litre turbocharged from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 litre turbocharged Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles
Previous carTriumph Spitfire

Summary:

The best performing economy car

Faults:

The car tends to blow the left rear signal lamps, I decided that it was because of rusty sockets. The high idle circuit also is defective, it does not idle correctly when cold.

General Comments:

It has been the best car I have ever owned. it has never failed me. The one thing I love the most is the good acceleration because of the turbo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2002

1987 Subaru GL 4x4 wagon 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired156000 miles
Most recent distance179000 miles
Previous carChevrolet El Camino

Summary:

Slow, well built car. Takes abuse and keeps running

Faults:

The air conditioning compressor went out a week after I purchased the car. It cost me $400 to get that replaced. Also, the front axles were shot when I purchased the car, they cost $180 to have the pair replaced. Other than that, everything works. I am amazed that a car as old as this, and with as many miles as this runs as well as it does, and all the items in the car work like a charm. Car is starting to rust quite badly though due to salt on the roads.

General Comments:

Car is rusty where salt stuck to it. Car won't die. I drove it 10000 miles with no oil pressure, fixed the problem, and there was no problem. Exceptionally well built car. The seats hurt your back on trips over 20 miles, however that might be due to my height (six ft 2). Car is slow too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2002

4th Oct 2004, 13:26

I drive one of these finely crafted automobiles and I am 6 foot five and I am very comfortable in it.

1987 Subaru GL 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

No question - I'd do it all again!

Faults:

Timing belts at 90K, then again at 120K because the new ones weren't properly installed. Have rebuilt the C.V. joints twice. Radiator replaced at 90K. Between 100-130K I've replaced just about every component for a variety of reasons - some just wore out, some were sabotaged!

Rear main seal was replaced at 130K. The starter motor, oil pump, alternator and carburetor are all newer at this point. Things got weird when the old carburetor started to fail, so I bit the bullet and bought a new one. The fuel pump went when some SOB filled my tank with water. Otherwise I've changed the oil and fluids religiously, so the engine is still running smooth. I think this car's going to make 300K (knock on.. the spare under the hood).

One big complaint is the clutch. I've had to rebuild and finally replace this part more than should be necessary. Even with annual adjustments, the dang thing just isn't built to last. It could be the way I drive, but most of my miles are on the highway and back roads (ah ha!) as I'm an avid fan of mass transit and bikes.

General Comments:

Old School Scooby's Rule! Well.. kinda.

As far as what I've spent over the past ten years to keep 'Biscuit' running, it's been a heck of a lot cheaper than any S.U.V, and I've taken it more places than 98% of those gas hogs will ever go. (OK I admit, I'd love a 4Runner, but...)

You can't beat the 4WD in back roads or especially snow! I've seen a lot of S.U.V.s rolled along the mountain passes, but no Subarus - yet. I've been in 3"+ snow, ice, deep mud, & steep logging roads. The only set back is the low clearance. On the other hand I once passed another Sub on the narrowest of back roads down in Northern CA, and despite the cliff wall and harrowing drop off to the sides, we made it with millimeters to spare. Land Rover can bite my shiny metal butt!

The wagon holds plenty of room for gear, or bed space if the weather's nasty. It will sleep two if you bring enough pillows! Tie a tarp off the ski racks and viola - your home away from home.

I've driven an AWD Outback and I like the handling. I've seen the Legacy vs. the GL in a rally cross, and I'd say it is in fact superior to the old 4WD, but the price is not agreeable at this time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2002

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 10 reviews