1985 Subaru Wagon Reviews

1985 Subaru Wagon GL -10 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired215000 miles
Most recent distance216000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

The best $400 I ever spent was on that SUBARU GL-10 Wagon

Faults:

At @15,000 miles I bought the car for $400 and replaced the passenger side wheel bearings. It was sounding like it had a metal lathe in the front end. No damage was done to the spindle. People told me I was Crazy to buy it like that, but now she is quiet and faithful.

General Comments:

I still need to add plugs, change the oil. I have had it up on the mountains 3 times in the week I have owned it. I truly love it.

The 4 wheel drive action is awesome and very capable. I live in north east Oregon and do a lot of off road driving, and this lil' SUBARU does what I need.

Even with old plugs, I still am pulling 35 mpg in town,and gas here is 3.95 a gallon.

I parked the ford due to running costs.

I will drive this lil' Subaru till I can't drive no longer. Then my teen gets it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2008

1985 Subaru Wagon GL10 not turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission not turbo Don't Know
Distance when acquired13000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carSubaru Wagon

Summary:

A wonderfully reliable, affordable car

Faults:

It began showing body rust when it was about 10 years old; no surprise, as it had been on Cape Cod its entire life (it had been rust-proofed by the previous owner).

The heat-controlled switch for the electric auxiliary fan (for engine cooling) gave up at about 70,000 miles.

The dashboard-mounted controls for the heater were jammed by nuts stored by some small animal. Other small animals have died behind the dashboard -- I think it's way too easy for them to get there!

It doesn't perform as well at 6,000 feet as it did at sea level.

General Comments:

This car has been a winner from the day I got it, and continues to be. I don't ever want to replace it! It has way more bells and whistles than I would ever have ordered on a new car, and I appreciate every one of them.

It is beautiful, solid, reliable, willing, spacious, and fun to drive. I generally treat it as a truck -- I've carried ridiculous loads in it -- but have never been embarrassed to take it to formal affairs.

It's my third Subaru wagon, and if it ever dies, I'll almost certainly buy another.

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

Review Date: 20th January, 2002

1985 Subaru Wagon GL 1.8 carb from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 carb Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired144564 miles
Most recent distance236963 miles

Summary:

A perfect beginners automobile

Faults:

The transmission shredded at 190,000.

I have put four sets of timing belts on it.

The factory stereo went out so I replaced it with a Jensen.

Went through three clutch cables.

Crashed it in July, but fixed it and now driving it all over the place.

General Comments:

The car is not too slow, but yet it is not super fast.

It is pretty comfortable and there is a great amount of space in the back.

It sounds like a Volkswagen Bug.

I would definitely buy another one if given the opportunity.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2001

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews