1994 Subaru Justy GL 1.0L petrol from Malta
If you want an economical, small and reliable car, this one is a very strong candidate!
The carburetor had 2 broken diaphragms; changed the whole carb and it's like nothing ever happened.
Rear bearing is worn out, makes a bit of sound, but still rolls fine with no effect on fuel consumption.
Gear lever goes all over the place, but the gears still engage like a dream.
I have driven many cars and each have their own special thing. But this car just manages to satisfy the most important things you want and expect from a car.
For one, it is small and can be parked almost anywhere. Although small, the interior is surprisingly big, especially in the back. It lacks a bit of boot space, but I always managed to fit everything in it, whether if it's a BBQ, a picnic table, or a PC desk, you name it!
The fuel economy is incredible considering how old it is and how heavy it is. It weighs about 900 kg, which is a bit heavy for its size compared to other small cars. I manage to get 40+ MPG out of it normal driving, and 35 MPG driving like a mad man!
It is one of the most reliable cars I have ever seen, and if you know how to tinker around and have a little background with cars, you will always find a way to do a quick fix to keep it going, and it will never ever leave you stranded (unless heavy damage is done).
With many of these cars still around, I would suggest buying used parts, as you will find them much cheaper than new.
The engine runs cool and rarely you will find one that overheats. If it does overheat though, it will likely throw the head gasket (I was lucky when it overheated, because after I let it cool, I put some water back into the radiator and it started back up like nothing ever happened).
When driving you will think that it has power steering (and it doesn't).
Very powerful brakes that will scrape the tarmac off the road with little pressure to the brake pedal.
Rapid acceleration that gets to 100km/h in 14 seconds (pretty sweet for a 3-cylinder).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th June, 2015