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.

General Comments:

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

1994 Subaru Justy LX 1.2 fuel injection from Israel


This is an incredibly reliable vehicle


Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this car! I have driven this car to hell and back!

General Comments:

I lived in the US for many years, and drove many, many different vehicles as I was in the business of buying/selling vehicles. I have never driven anything as reliable as this car.

I bought this car expecting it to last a month based on its appearance. In the past eight months I have driven this car from northern to southern Israel. It has survived sandstorms in the desert, driven up and down mountain roads that left other cars on the side of the road, and still it keeps running!

Everybody laughs at the appearance of this car, but while they are laughing I am driving them home from dropping their "new" cars at the shop!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2009

1994 Subaru Justy GL 4WD 1.2 gasoline from North America


Awesome gas-hater, perfect for ski slopes!


Emergency brake sensor is flaky and causes brake light on dash to come on for no apparent reason; has been this way since I bought the car.

Seat fabric on passenger's seat has torn at the stitching on the side bolster.

Muffler is starting to get loud (at 120K miles).

General Comments:

Although somewhat slow by modern standards, my Justy feels quite peppy. It has no concessions to modern motoring--power brakes were the only power option and there isn't even a passenger side mirror. Manual steering isn't an inconvenience even when parallel parking and helps the feel of the car on the highway. High-speed handling is adequate given the car's weight and tire size (13" 155 millimeter wide), but the ability to squeeze into a small parking space, or pay only $15 for a fill-up, is what this car was made for. (My all-time most-expensive fill was $27, into a nine gallon tank, at $3.40/gallon.) I wish it had air-conditioning, and a better radio (as opposed to the stock two-speaker setup), but for what it is I can't complain. An added plus: The selectable 4WD system makes this car unstoppable in the snow without sacrificing much in the way of gas mileage. I've saved the $900 I paid for this car many times over in gas, and will definitely buy from Subaru again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2006

1994 Subaru Justy 1.2, 3-cylinder from North America


Trusty Justy: a great little car


The clutch cable snapped (mileage was app. 90,000).

There is a pesky oil-leak in the engine that leaks right onto the exhaust system and eventually corroded part of the pipe (not the manifold). I tried to get the leak fixed, but the cost of the repair is more than the car is worth, so I just check the oil regularly and have replaced a short piece of the exhaust system once.

General Comments:

This car has been a great buy. It's incredibly gas efficient, getting 37 mpg in rural areas and closer to 30 mpg in cities. It is, after all, a 3-cylinder.

The repairs have been few and far between for the amount of mileage I've put on the car in the last two years.

This is not a car for tall people!

If you're looking for a car that says "cool" to other people, this isn't it. But hey, no one will steal it, and you can spend many entertaining hours listening to your friends make fun of your car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2004