1988 Subaru Wagon Reviews

1988 Subaru Wagon GL from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance180450 miles

Summary:

Fantastic contraption

Faults:

Usual wear and tear - belts/tires.. etc.

General Comments:

This is the best car! I call it Scooby Subuy! Very tough/long lasting; just a great car that will run forever! I see lots still out around the same year... 1988!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2009

1988 Subaru Wagon GL 1.8 carb from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 carb Automatic
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired227557 miles
Most recent distance227559 miles
Previous carLexus GX470

Summary:

A wonderfully simple car on which to learn automotive maintenance

Faults:

When I bought the wagon, it ran well enough to transport. I brought it home and began to read about the breed and gather parts. I bought another Subaru, a 1988 RX Turbo, as a donor car. I later found that the two models shared fewer parts than I had hoped, so it donated little.

The GL leaked some oil and coolant. The carburetor needed some attention as well; it idled high and roughly. I bought a repair manual and set to work. My plan is to disassemble the engine to the block, replace gaskets and reassemble the engine. I currently have the heads removed and am in the process of cleaning up the surfaces.

I hope to have the engine reassembled and running this winter (2008/2009), inspected and on the road by spring.

General Comments:

The body is in almost perfect shape for the age. I felt obligated to bring it back to life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2008

1988 Subaru Wagon DL 1.8 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles

Summary:

Capable, reliable, and low cost to own

Faults:

Normal wear and tear for brakes, battery, and tires.

Replaced alternator and serviced air conditioning after 19 years.

Replaced c-v joints at 90,000 miles.

Replaced front-end bushings at 135,000 miles.

Have replaced a few exhaust systems over time.

Timing belt and water pumps at 60,000 mile intervals.

Rust has taken over at the rear quarter panels and hood leading edge.

General Comments:

We purchased the Subaru DL wagon with automatic transmission and air conditioning in 1988 for $10,100 as we were expecting our second child and had to replace one of our two two door coupes.

The car was spartan, with a rougher, noisy ride, but was also reliable and low cost to drive and maintain.

This has been a great family car that we have passed on throughout the family over the years. I am finally at the point of letting go due to the extensive body work that will be required to keep it on the road. 140,000 miles with an engine that is no where near ready to quit, but leaks oil.

I would buy another new if I could.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2008

1988 Subaru Wagon GL Turbo 1.8 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Most problems have been due to neglect (I ride motorcycles most of the time). Battery has gone dead from sitting too long, exhaust system rusted out.

General Comments:

Not terribly exciting to drive, but as reliable a car as I've ever owned. Best "foul-weather" vehicle I've ever owned as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 1998

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews