1989 Subaru GL Sedan 1.8 Boxer from North America


Practical, reliable, user friendly, environment friendly, VERY fun to drive


Preventative maintenance prevents anything from going wrong. but I have performed the following.


Water pump.


Oil pump.

Timing belts.


General Comments:

It's very easy to park due to it's very tight turning radius. It's only 2wd so it's pretty zippy without the added weight of 4wd. Cruises nicely down the highway at 85+ and tracks nice and straight. The handling with new shocks and struts is PHENOMENAL. 32mpg around town, 38mpg highway. Everything in the car works and the interior has a nice, solid feel to it. Oh wait, except for those freaking electric windows.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2006

13th Aug 2010, 15:48

Yeah, everything here is very true. I have the same car, and the only problem with it is the stupid electric windows :)

27th Feb 2013, 16:12

Very right about the windows... expensive replacement parts, since you can barely find parts in Kansas walk in salvages.

It is a very good car though. Good gas mileage.

1989 Subaru GL from North America


Fun, good in snow, and good on gas


American drivers side rear break drum stripped and axle and drum replaced.

Radio shorted out.

Radiator fan replaced with after market.

Seats start to crack.

Valve cover oil leak.

Replaced bolth front axles.

Rust on the drivers front fender where the mud flap /rock guard was.

Over heating problem on steep hills, still trying to find the problem.

General Comments:

She is super in the snow.

I drove her over a 10,000' pass with snow tires 200 miles a day with no problems.

The only spin I had was when a tow truck was blocking the road to pull a SUV out of a ditch and I came around the corner and I spun into a ditch.

I got out with no problems, even with the bead of the drivers tire broke. I put the spare tire on and got to an air station and got the tire back on.

A snow car she is. There is a build up of snow in the wheel wells in deep snow.

Not a long distance driver, but better than a 85' Toyota Pick up truck.

It does not look as good as a Impreza, but it has a lot of pulling power in the hills for a 3cyl.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2005

1989 Subaru GL ea82 from Australia and New Zealand


Excellent first car


The roof lining sagged very recently, but was easily fixed and was quite cheap.

The automatic transmission died, and would not get out of first, but it was converted to manual now it pulls some hardcore burnouts.

General Comments:

Nice car, I want to put a ea82t into it, mmm..turbo.

Got a good shape, it would make a nice sleeper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2003

1989 Subaru GL Touring Wagon 4WD 1.8 Multi Point Fuel Injected from Australia and New Zealand


Despite the problems, it is a great car


50,000 kilometers, hole in radiator, $1600 Australian dollars from Subaru Dealer to get repaired.

125,000 kilometers, CV joint was making noise, had to be replaces (Not with Subaru dealer, fed up with prices)

This is where the major problems have started with the car.

245,000 kilometers, oil leak in the car has become apparent from the steering, got that fixed $1345.

260,000 kilometers, timing belt blew 2 minutes from home after doing 600kms that day straight, $300.

312,000 kilometers, the automatic transmission blew, when starting off from lights one morning $2750.

315,000 kilometers, a rear oil seal leaking, not spending the money to get it fixed could be up to $2000.

333,000 kilometers oil leaking a few drops per day, mechanic said to use thinner oil because carbon was clogging up holes in the engine, still leaking, I put stop leak thickener in to stem problem, some success.

General Comments:

This car has been a great car however the problems have been very expensive to fix. I would love another Subaru, maybe and Outback H6 however at $43,000 it very expensive.

The car has enough power to get around town and on the highway it also very quick, however not a rocket.

Fuel consumption is respectable with it 60 liter tank doing about 500 to 600 kilometers.

However if you open it up on the highway and do 110 kilometers it registers 3750 to 4000 on the rev meter and the fuel is chew away very quickly.

The car is very comfortable it seat 4 Adults with ease and 5 with a little bit of a squeeze.

It is a tough car that can be put along a dirt track to your favorite fishing spot, just don't try it with real 4WD terrain.

The only quibble we have had is with the Dealer; their service was excellent, as it should be for their prices!

However the prices could not be justified, when we left Subaru they were charging $90AUD an hour for an apprentice mechanic. We simply had enough. We went to our own mechanic.

For 13 and 1/2 years this car has a very good innings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2002