1994 Subaru SVX Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1994 Subaru SVX LSi EG33 3.3 litre24-valve 6-cylinder horizontally opp from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission EG33 3.3 litre24-valve 6-cylinder horizontally opp Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carSubaru Outback

Summary:

A satisfying combination of a road-worthy grand touring coupe with unmatched quality and reliability

Faults:

Power steering hose failed 45K.

Front brake rotors turned 55K.

General Comments:

I remember seeing my first SVX years ago in traffic on the freeway. I remember thinking "lucky rich guy". The combination of flat six, AWD and that never-before-seen styling made an impression. Life with the Outback was good and so we bought an SVX LSi.

It was on the "Run to the Gorge" through the backroads of southwest Washington State to the Columbia River Gorge where we fell in with a Honda S2000, a Lotus Elan and a Jag XK8. With the Lotus driver as our rabbit, the rest of us followed, ignoring the speed limit and corner speed signs. We drove fast and hard for miles, on the most wonderful turns anywhere. The lightweight Lotus ate up that road; the Jag matched him using horsepower and roadholding; the S2K, with 100 hp for each of its two litres & six-speed, kept up by using the revs and constantly stirring that box.

In that estimable group of blueblood sports cars with capable drivers at the helm of each one, the LSi gave up not one inch. Not for a heartbeat, not even once. The LSi used its AWD all afternoon. As I set up for each turn and headed for each apex, power-on, the feel of four wheels working together was awesome. Understeer? Just input more power, and the 3.3 was there, ready to deliver. No watching the rev's, no waiting for turbo spool-up (no shifting, for that matter). When the power hits all four wheels, the attitude of the car changes from early understeer to near neutral. While accelerating. We were as good as any car on that road that day and better than many. We ran with 'em and we could stand with 'em.

On Sunday morning, with the Run officially over, we left the hotel on our own and did some sightseeing down the Gorge, poking along gawking at views and waterfalls like the tourists that we were. After that, we rejoined the freeway for the three-hour drive back home. Closed the windows and sunroof, turned the climate control on a gentle setting, put in a CD. The LSi wafted us home in comfort and quiet. It's all that too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2006

1994 Subaru SVX LS 3.3 liter 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.3 liter 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance103456 miles

Summary:

Good car

General Comments:

Very fast and stylish. The boxer engine gets the MPH up there. Styling similar to very expensive European sports cars. Car sounds unbelievable when started or gears shifted. Performance and speed of a sports car with the interior and options like a luxury car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2002

1994 Subaru SVX LS 3.3 H-6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.3 H-6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Good bang for your buck

Faults:

Needed some engine work after my brother raced it, as to be expected.

General Comments:

It is very comfortable and performs well.

Needs a better braking system though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2002

1994 Subaru SVX 3.3 liter 4 cam from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.3 liter 4 cam Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carJaguar XJS

Summary:

Great high performance luxury sports coupe

Faults:

Car has been trouble free for 40,000 miles. One $20 sensor I replaced myself.

General Comments:

Exceptional long distance cruiser. Like Jaguar ride with better handling. Very reliable and economical. Amazing these great cars are available so reasonable.

Very comfortable and very good handling - not quite as good as my Porsche Carrera, but more comfortable. Can out accelerate almost every car at the stop lights.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2001

1994 Subaru SVX LSi 3.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired230 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Somewhat like a 88 Jaguar. Beautiful and when it runs, a delight. But own a second vehicle

Faults:

My problems with Subaru of America have been legendary. I once got into a shouting match with one of the Customer Service Agents and fortunately I had her on speaker phone and 3 other members of my medical staff heard her. Her supervisor's comment was that she did not think there was a problem, since it was obvious the agent was having a bad day. I found the home address of the President of Subaru/Fuji Heavy Industries and faxed/mailed a complaint. His response was to send the complaint back to Customer Service and I had to deal with the original agent.

I would under no circumstances buy anything from Subaru or Fuji Heavy Industries. I would not buy any vehicle from a manufacturer who does not participate under the automotive section of the Better Business Bureau. That alone should tell you of the difficulties experienced.

I am now on my fourth alternator since new. I go through one per year it seems.

The dealership I purchased from no longer sells Subarus so I have been with a new dealership for one year. So far, they have been tolerable.

My SVX has been in the shop for a total of 46 days for various problems since new. I find this unacceptable for car, particularily one which listed for 36k.

General Comments:

I know my comments seem stressed. But this vehicle was to be my dream car. It has proved to be anything but. Now the vehicle is worth only 9k. I feel cheated by Subaru.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th June, 2000

13th Jul 2003, 15:26

I'm willing to bet that the faults you find in the car were your fault. I had no unexpected problems from my SVX, except for the obvious wheel bearings, brake rotors, and the mandatory 120k mile transmission replacement. My car lasted for over 140,000 miles until it ran into a tree, a victim of the ever present "Driver Error."

Don't blame this car... i guarantee it wasn't the car's fault.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 8 reviews