1986 Subaru Leone Reviews

1986 Subaru Leone ST 1.8L from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance206000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Hi-lux


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Pneumatic suspension makes noise but to no effect.

Central locking.

General Comments:

I bought this car as a cheapie just to keep me going until I upgraded.

I bought the car for $800 NZD.

This car has very good performance considering it only has a 1.8L.

The car is also a very comfortable ride due to soft suspension. But this contributes to the 4x4-like handling and body roll.

The car is also an exceptional off-roader with limited slip differential.

The car is let down by tiny 13 inch tires, though.

It also has the trademark noisy valve problem when cold.

It has pretty good economy; about 11km per litre of fuel, but when pushed this drops quickly.

It's also extremely front heavy!

The most annoying thing about this car is the extremely noisy hub caps that rattle constantly, and make you feel like you're driving a thunderstorm!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2008

1986 Subaru Leone DL 1.8 gasoline from Latvia

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Leone


I love Subaru and Subaru loves me


Problems with front half axles.

Generator was changed after 3 years usage.

Valve hydrocompensators becoming noisy very soon, but it is not a big problem, because it is a signal that it is time to add or change motor-oil.

General Comments:

Very strong car, good for usage in the countryside.

Rear seats are not comfortable enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2001

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews