1993 Subaru Vivio LX 0.66L petrol from Malta


Recommended except for purchasing parts


Just the normal wear and tear parts. The parts are really sky high.

1st and 2nd gear are a bit slow, but 3rd onwards is quite fine.

General Comments:

I will not sell this vehicle.

Very economical and easy to park with very low maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2021

1998 Subaru Vivio GLI 660cc petrol from UK and Ireland


A waste of money


My rear seats have begun to wear. Resulting in the passenger's back leaning against the frame.

CV joint did go, and was nearly impossible to replace, and was expensive when I did.

General Comments:

The car is fairly unresponsive in 1st and 2nd gear, but goes like stink in 3rd and 4th.

It is really economical. I am averaging 55-57mpg.

However, getting parts for the car is quite a challenge, but this is because the little thing is constantly falling victim to the terrible Irish roads.

The car is so simple to park in town.

I find you need to develop a 'knack' when you take off in 1st gear. This is unusual. Or is it just mine?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th April, 2009

8th Nov 2013, 15:38

I have a customer with this vehicle looking for the CV JOINTS... Can you direct me to a place to purchase the CV joints? Appreciate it.

1998 Subaru Vivio 660cc petrol from UK and Ireland


A little bimmer!


Rattle from parcel shelf! Full stop.

General Comments:

Nutty little thing, roadholding is superb, quality of the build is excellent.

I can't believe the power of this tiny engine, it's 660cc and it pulls so well. Doesn't like first or second gear, get it into fifth and it flies.

I have always had bigger cars, but I fell in love with this from the first drive. A little bimmer! What does it run on, cos the fuel gauge seems to never move.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2008

1997 Subaru Vivio LE 658 cc from UK and Ireland


A good find


Just a side light not working.

A chugging while driving along, as though it had dirt in the carburettor.

Radio not working.

General Comments:

A really reliable little marvel, I have fallen in love with it, and would be prepared to go any distance to get the parts for it.

It is loud as others have said, but as for the suspension, it is as smooth as velvet in comparison with the previous car.

The chugging in the motor apparently could be something to do with an electric sensor on the fuel air mix, (according to mechanic), and the part new costs 75, but I am hoping to get it from a dismantlers.

Since buying it, I have seen 5 of them in the last month, which is quite a lot considering none of them are younger than 97.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2008

9th Apr 2009, 09:34

I would just like to say that although the Subaru Vivio is an economical, easy to park Japanese hatchback, I would not buy a Subaru again. That person who had a Suzuki Alto has not moved up in the world by purchasing a Vivio. If anything they have moved down. The Vivio's parts a damn near impossible to find, and when you do find them, they are ridiculously overpriced. I am also experiencing the rattling bookshelf, and dodgy radio. Those issues are odd ones.

2nd May 2009, 17:48

The chugging engine is strange, but myself and a mechanic came to the conclusion that the car is simply sensitive when it comes to the petrol in the tank. I have owned it for 10 years and wonder where all the others are, I have only seen about 8 in that time, most of them 1992.

18th May 2009, 13:42

There are few on the road now because Subaru sold tiny quantities of them in the UK, they were hardly even advertised. Most people who wanted a small 4x4 went for the larger, faster Justy, the Vivio being designed as a "kei" car for Japanese roads. (tiny dimensions with an engine under 660cc for cheap tax) I'd like one, what sort of MPG do they get? how fast?