1989 Subaru Justy Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1989 Subaru Justy SII 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles
Previous carCitroen AX

Summary:

A little gem!!!!

Faults:

Brake pads.

Exhaust welding and bracket fixing.

General Comments:

High mileage but passed its MOT at 160k with flying colours.

Very reliable, drives as if it only had 50k on the clock.

Used every day, approx 500 miles per week.

Drove perfectly for holidays to Cornwall and driving holiday to Paris.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2000

1989 Subaru Justy SII 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carVolvo 340GL 1.4 Automatic

Summary:

A pocket rocket

Faults:

Driveshaft went whilst still under warranty at around 61,000 miles perhaps indicated the way it had been previously driven.

Propshaft went at around 75,000 miles indicating the way I had driven it!

Otherwise nothing major although the 3 cylinder engine asks to be revved to the red line (7000 rpm)! Exhausts very expensive as cheap replacement wouldn't mate with Subaru standard.

Just before it went to scrap yard due to a lorry writing off whilst stationary the syncromesh on the second gear went and the other drive shaft was going.

Watch out for rust especially at the front on the chassis very expensive to re-plate at £500.

General Comments:

This is the best small car on the road, I'm looking out for another one for next year. Friends all had Fiestas and Polos but the Justy out accelerated them all and was far far quicker than larger cars such as Golfs and Astras. Insurance a bit expensive - Golf priced. It is the safest handling car I've ever driven with the four wheel drive, independent rear suspension and fantastic brakes. It is also of the size that can keep up with a Range Rover off road and the motorway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2000

1st Mar 2001, 04:21

Totally agree !!! Justys rule - we had a 1989 smoothed one when I was 17/18, it was far quicker than my mate's Fiestas and (arrgh) Novas - put it on mud and snow tyres and nothing came close for the handling - can't wait for another..

9th Feb 2002, 10:57

I owned a 1999 T-reg Suzuki Swift which is a clone of the Justy. My Swift had the same 1298cc engine and I have to say it was nippy but not fast! Speed is overrated in the Swift/Justy because it weighs about the same as a wheelie bin! Good fun though, but I now know that it isn't that quick because I now own a Citroen Saxo VTR which would blow the Justy into the weeds!

20th Oct 2003, 15:42

I just got my J12 yesterday and it's the funniest little car I have EVER driven. We went mountain-climbing with it and it just went on and on and on. And it was quite a good climb to.

26th Jan 2005, 20:41

I must agree- having gone from a 1989 justy 1.2 4wd to the new justy (W plate) whilst I still love the car-i miss my old one!!! I scared a BMW once and then kicked the arse of a renault five that wanted a race... great car sorely missed.

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