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1989 Subaru Justy GL II 4X4 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54670 miles
Most recent distance54901 miles

Summary:

Fast, reliable and tough

Faults:

I had to adjust the tick-over as the previous owner had neglected to service the engine very often.

Slight wear on the rear seating.

General Comments:

A very swift ride, have only done a few hundred miles so far, but enjoyed the excellent road traction the vehicle has displayed.

The 4X4 feature is useful, given that I live in a rural area. Have found no problem with the transmission in either 4X4 or 2WD modes.

After adjusting the engine's tick-over, she ran like a charm. I would say that the Justy is a smooth, reliable car with plenty of power under the bonnet. It's surprising the velocity you can pick up given that this engine only has 3 cylinders.

Overall I recommend this car to people who live in rural, country areas for it's work-horse charm and excellent maneuverability (just perfect for slim winding lanes.)

Not so hot for motorway use, despite it's powerful nature the car is still preferred for countryside usage, although I'd recommend it over a Fiesta or Clio.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2003

14th Aug 2003, 09:01

I have owned four Subaru Justy's, two '87's, an '88, and a '89. One of the '87's was a 4wd, the others were all 2wd. These were not popular cars in America as most purchasers did not understand how to drive them. I agree with Steven that their best use, and real charm is in a rural setting where speeds do not exceed 60mph. Beyond that point, their braking capability diminishes greatly, and their short wheel base gives very twitchy handling characteristics. In Japan, these were known as "K" cars as they met a certain set of Govt. insurance requirements based on their various dimensions. Utilized within that format, these are really excellent cars, and built to a much higher quality than might be expected in a micro car. In my town, Fredericksburg Virginia, there are only three Justys still running, and parts are a problem as there are only six Justys in salvage yards in a four county area. Pity. The carburetted versions never idled smoothly, and the injected versions never ran right. Still, the Justy series were very tough cars that demanded little, and took a lot.

1989 Subaru Justy GL 1.2 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.2 liter Manual
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

It's a dependable car that's affordable, and economical

Faults:

The original clutch is starting to go out at 150000 miles. Other than that the valve cover gasket is leaking, but not to badly. The motor mounts also need replacing, but not any time soon.

General Comments:

The car has pretty good power even with the bad clutch.

The car has only one spot of rust in the back quarter panel that's virtually unnoticeable.

The interior is nice, but I can't say much for the ceiling. I don't like the style that the factory chose to go with. Although it's in good shape.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2003

1989 Subaru Justy GL 1.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired111300 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Suburban

Summary:

A very dependable affordable car

Faults:

The brake to the rear right wheel went bad around the wheel, but was easily fixed.

The carburetor was in bad condition after 122500 miles.

The oil gasket seal went bad after 128000 miles.

General Comments:

The car always starts, it's very trustworthy in that aspect.

It's very good in winter because the four wheel drive makes winter driving much safer.

The gas mileage that the car gets is outstanding - close to 40 miles to the gallon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2002

1989 Subaru Justy J12 1.2 3 cylinder from Switzerland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 3 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Justy

Summary:

A Japanese pocket-Ferrari

Faults:

Up to now everything is OK with the car.

The only thing I really do not like is the steering: It needs very much strength. But on the other hand it makes it easier to control the car on windy back roads...

General Comments:

It has only 63hp, but is incredibly fast. On Swiss mountain roads you can really drive like mad with this go-kart-like Subie.

But be careful: If you go too fast in a curve, the car understeers heavily!

But it's really big fun to drive!

And when in December the first snow falls, I can only smile and press the 4WD button...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2002

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 14 reviews