1992 Subaru SVX Reviews

1992 Subaru SVX LS 3.3L H6 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.3L H6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance162000 miles
Previous carVolvo 850

Summary:

Fun to drive, when it drives

Faults:

Bad freon leak in the AC system, probably due to a shoddy R134a conversion.

Transmission failed 1 month after I bought the car.

Electrical gremlin in the dash caused the AC to come on when going over bumps.

General Comments:

The car was fun to drive for the first 1,000 miles. The previous owner had lowered it, which further improved the experience. It could turn on a dime, and the brakes, which had been upgraded with cross-drilled rotors, were magnificent.

Unfortunately, the transmission died about 1,000 miles into my ownership of the car. Along with that, the AC stopped blowing cold and electrical gremlins started to pop up. The car was fitted with an aftermarket transmission cooler and filter, but I guess expecting all to be good at 160k was too much.

For someone who has the time and money to swap in a transmission from an Outback or Legacy, this is a great and FUN AWD sports coupe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2011

1992 Subaru SVX LS-L AWD 3.3L flat 6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.3L flat 6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired127540 miles
Most recent distance142229 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

A quick car that is fun on the weekends, or when you're bored of your other car

Faults:

Alternator at 129,100 miles.

Starter at 131,430 miles.

Transmission leaks fluid and noticeably slips when at low levels, since 136,200 miles.

Air conditioner stopped blowing cold air at 137,503 miles.

Transmission pan fixed finally 137,711 miles.

General Comments:

I like this car as a 2nd car, but not as my primary. Still quicker than my Saturn, but did not get the best gas mileage.

This car seems to only want to get 19 mpg, sometimes 20 mpg on good days. I drive this car whenever I want to drive something else. It is an alright car, but do not expect it to be a primary daily driver without having to fix parts fast or have some more problems than you would want to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th March, 2011

1992 Subaru SVX from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Expensive piece of junk

Faults:

Jeez, where do I begin??

Had transmission problems, rear-end, front-end, electrical, head gasket (2x), heating, air conditioning malfunctions, lighting and seat belt problems, power window and door locks didn't always work, sunroof worked on and off.

General Comments:

This was the worst car I ever bought and owned - paid top dollar for it when I bought it, but ended up practically giving it away.

I found it very unreliable, HORRIBLE on gas economy, parts and service hard to find (even Subaru mechanics would cringe at the sight of me driving up!!), it was unique for its day, but poorly built, uncomfortable with lots of idiosyncrasies.

My advice to anyone wanting to own one - DON'T!!! Stick with a mainstream Subaru or Honda, Toyota, etc. The Subaru SVX isn't worth the time and money to keep the thing running. They are almost worthless on the used car market. Unless you find one with really low mileage and in MINT condition VERY cheap, then run away from it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th April, 2010

14th May 2011, 01:17

Everyone who knows even a little about cars loves these SVX's. And fixing Subaru's is just no big deal.* It's a shame Subaru stopped making the SVX. Maybe with today's marketing team (and with the bigger following Subaru has built up over the years), the SVX might be a much bigger seller today than it was 15 years ago. I don't hesitate for a moment to put my 21 year old daughter in any airbag laden Subaru, and send her across the desert to Salt Lake City or Reno or LA. Never had serious troubles with any Subaru, and all my Subarus have in excess of 150k miles.

* I just threw a "newer-used" engine into a Legacy I picked up at a very low cost. Even this complete engine replacement only took about 4 hours in total... and I was alone the whole time... Subarus are just not hard to work on... and I'm almost 60 years old and have a bad back that makes it impossible to stand for more than an hr at a time... Subaru's are just not all that hard to work on...

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 11 reviews