1992 Subaru Loyale Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1992 Subaru Loyale 1.8 Flat 4 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Flat 4 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired153000 miles
Most recent distance181000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

A dirt-cheap tank

Faults:

Radiator clogged.

#1 fan resistor blew.

Positive camber in front, so she eats tires pretty quickly.

Drips some oil, but nothing too bad.

Other than that, just usual wear items like brakes and stuff.

General Comments:

This thing is unstoppable. An absolute tank in the snow or mud. I've taken her thorough terrain that was stopping big 4x4 trucks, and she just keeps going.

On the road, she's slow. You have to work her pretty hard to keep up with city traffic.

Lots of features for the age and cheapness of the car.

The seats are uncomfortable for long trips, but as long as you're not in the car for more than 6 hours without a break, they do the job just fine.

Tons and tons of space for it's outside size. It always amazes me how much stuff I can cram in this thing.

Overall, this is an amazing car. It's tough as nails, easy to drive, and can go anywhere. It's got its quirks, but it's a great car. I love mine to death.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2004

1992 Subaru Loyale 2WD 4 Door Sedan 1.4 Aluminium from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Aluminium Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

A good, reliable, affordable, will never die, bargain!

Faults:

Only regular maintenaince items, outside of CV Boots, which rotted. And altenator.

General Comments:

The sedan model only came in 2WD for 1992. I would have purchased 4WD or AWD if it was available.

This was my second Subaru. The first was a 1996 XT Turbo, which saved my life in a high-speed collision.

Subaru offers a product of superior quality. I have owned my Subaru for almost 13 years. I paid $17,000 CDN and have not spent anything for any major repairs. I almost bought a Jetta at that time for a little cheaper - I am glad I didn't. I see more Loyale's from this time on the road than I ever do the Jetta's.

It's not the prettiest of cars, but it is definitely reliable and cheap to run. I will probably drive this car into the ground, or when the body rots off completely. When that time comes, I will definitely buy another Subaru.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2004

1992 Subaru Loyale Flat Four from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Flat Four Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14300 miles
Most recent distance14600 miles

Summary:

All in all, comfortable, if not pretty, and reliable transportation

Faults:

Nothing: I only had this car for six months.

General Comments:

This car was in great shape when I got it at 143000 miles.

Unfortunately, an Isuzu delivery truck rear-ended me last week, and the car was written off as a technical total.

Like all Loyales, it was prone to rust.

I have never driven or ridden in a more comfortable car. The only thing it lacks is cruise control for long trips. The accelerator pedal requires constant pressure to keep speed and this can get somewhat uncomfortable after an hour.

The car started on the coldest day of the year.

More often than should have been healthy, I forgot the E-brake was on before rolling away. For the number of times I did this, the E-brake stood up very well.

The car is a little noisy.

But it heats up great in the winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2003

1992 Subaru Loyale 1.8L H4, 90 hp from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8L H4, 90 hp Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles

Summary:

A comfortable, economical, and reliable, all-weather vehicle

Faults:

"Check Engine" light suddenly appeared recently after purchasing the vehicle. Oil sensor needed to be replaced.

Burns oil due to a broken piston ring. This was caused by extremely brutal driving, not through any fault of the vehicle.

Leaky head gasket, again as a result of brutal driving.

Minor electrical problems. Shoulder belt doesn't always slide forward when door is opened. Power lock on passenger's side doesn't work. In-dash clock is dead.

General Comments:

This is my first car. Though it is a bit under-powered, the Subaru Loyale handles impressively in practically all driving conditions. The car is very stable on even the windiest of back roads, and is great in snow and rain.

It is a very reliable machine. I have had no engine problems until recently, and all of the problems I am experiencing now have been caused by my aggressive driving. Even so, the automatic transmission operates flawlessly and the car starts up the instant the key is turned.

The interior is surprising accommodating and visibility is excellent. The front and back seats are quite roomy, and there is no shortage of trunk space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2003

1992 Subaru Loyale LX 1.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carSubaru Loyale

Summary:

It is slow, but sturdy

Faults:

Bad boots.

Needed a new front axle.

New clutch.

General Comments:

The only performance part for it is a K&N airfilter, plus anything universal.

I would like to get more horsepower out of it.

I want a turbo charger.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2002

1992 Subaru Loyale Sedan 1.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired189000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles

Summary:

My Subaru is super

Faults:

Tranmission seems to shift OK, but loses power going up hill. Engine speeds up, but no power as if the transmission is slipping. Could it be ventilation?

General Comments:

I love the car, but not for going up hills.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 16 reviews