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Old 05-16-2001, 11:21 AM   #1
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Post Best old Subaru beater car...?

Well...my WRX is here, I'm getting rid of my previous "beater", an '89 Mustang GT. But I'd still like to have an old beat car that I can hammer the snot out of when I feel like it, or just take when I'm going to the junkyard or whatever. Any suggestions?

I'd like to get an older AWD Subaru, but I don't know if certain ones were considered better than others or not. I'm talking real beater too...like under $1500.

Were there any ~old~ turbo awd subarus? I don't recall ever having seen any other than the turbo legacy but that is too new for me. I'm looking more into the early-mid 80's or so. Any suggestions on what old scoobies are good and which ones should be avoided at all costs?
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Old 05-16-2001, 11:43 AM   #2
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There are turbo AWD GL10's from the '80's. In fact there was one at RIM. I do not know anything else about them (reliability, parts, etc.) except its existance. I have been thinking about the possibility of an old FWD Justy. It would probably be a fun little car and a challenge to get it to pump out some ponies (73hp stock)!
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Old 05-16-2001, 11:51 AM   #3
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GL's rule! i want a lil hatch...

and i wanna Justy...

& a Brat... a t-top-light in the grill - 2 seats in da back... Brat...

& a 360....

& a DL wagon!! hehehe...

love the old Roo's...


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Old 05-16-2001, 01:07 PM   #4
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I've got a 1988 GL Wagon, got me through hell and back and NEVER ONCE gave me a single problem, regular maintence and tune ups and it's still running stronger then it's first day @ 160,000!!!
Gonna cry when I sell it.
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Old 05-16-2001, 02:56 PM   #5
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84 GL, 81 GL, 82 DL Wagon, 84 GL-10 (Digital Dash readout and sunroof coupe)

These were beaterz. They rocked. Just disconnect the dump to the Y-Pipe and mucho noise, but you got what felt like 20 more HP.

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Old 05-16-2001, 03:08 PM   #6
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I've been hunting around for an around town beater myself and I have been using the Cars101.com site as a reference. I think you would do good to get the newer 1.8 liter engine with MPFI. They put that engine in the 1988 or 1989 GLs. The older 1800 engine is an overhead valve thing, so go with the later overhead cam with fuel injection. Good luck!
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Old 05-16-2001, 03:14 PM   #7
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try to find an RX bubble back... they are rare but if you find one you can get it for just a few grand and it can put up one hell of a fight... they Rock...
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Old 05-16-2001, 03:17 PM   #8
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also a fried of mine built us a rally car out of a 1980 hachback and that thing is bomb proof... it probubly cost him les than $800 and it is fast to...(for an '80 subaru that is) I will have pics up soon... he he he
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Old 05-16-2001, 04:30 PM   #9
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hehe...my little bro has an '84 GL wagon (brown) and he drives it like it looks. I mean, he runs it up onto curbs, pounds on the body, slaps the antenna against the roof (funny, I think I have the same antenna on my WRX) and takes it through the woods (not gravel/dirt roads...the WOODS).

I can't believe it's still alive...I should take some pics of it next time I see him.
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Old 05-16-2001, 04:44 PM   #10
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I was at our off street drags last night, and there was this old yellow Subaru 1800 Wagon. I laughed at it at first, then I saw it was running low 13s consistently.
BTW I ran my bone stock WRX, my best was a 14.5. Out of 6 runs I lost only once.. to a highly modded Liberty RS turbo.
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Old 05-16-2001, 04:46 PM   #11
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there is no good subaru beater. sure, you can pick up an old one for cheap that enjoys abuse, but that's only part of a beater. a beater will envariably break down, esp. if its going to get thrown around in the dirt. thats why a good beater has a large parts warehouse it can frankenstien. finding old parts that will fit a subaru will be a royal pain in the arse and your beater will end up sitting in your front yard missing a diff or strut. find something that was produced in large quantites and has lots of parts that are exchangable with other cars. try an old corolla or CRX or something. just my $0.02
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Old 05-16-2001, 04:54 PM   #12
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A CRX? How useless...those aren't good for anything except striping out and racing. I'm more talking about something I can beat the snot out of on the dirt roads, haul bulky dirty junkyard parts home in and not care about my interior getting dirty, etc. And I thought the AWD would be sweet...that's why I was thinking about one of the old turbo wagons. I could mess around with it a little, and haul all kinds of junk in it.

You can't even throw a set of four wheels in the back of a CRX...too small.

A brat would be cool, but like my other old pickup trucks, they're not secure at all, so I think the wagon is the way to go.
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Old 05-17-2001, 12:12 AM   #13
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a 1980 subaru Brat i used to have.. i am gonna buy another one somday..... i will
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Old 05-17-2001, 12:19 AM   #14
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Brats are meant to be loved then beaten on and then beaten on and then washed and then beaten on... kinda like the watch, takes a lickin and keeps on ticking!

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Old 05-17-2001, 12:28 AM   #15
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I have a friend back in North Carolina that swears his 4WD Brat Turbo handled better than his Porsche 914.

Personally, I'd love to get my hands on an early-80's GL Wagon again. I had an '84 for a while, which I loved... (went through a lot of CV joints though)

Does anyone know what the first was that Subaru started producing "All Wheel Drive" cars, instead of "4 Wheel Drive". I don't think it was until the 90's. Weren't they calling it "RealTime 4 Wheel Drive" (something to that effect) during the transisition to "AWD"?
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Old 05-17-2001, 12:46 AM   #16
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I know it's not a subaru...
Mazda 323 GTX
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Old 05-17-2001, 12:57 AM   #17
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'83 GL 4x4 Wagon, or an '83 Brat!!
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