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Old 10-19-2004, 05:53 PM   #1
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Default Thinking of buying a 95 Justy....?

Hey Guys,

I'm thinking of getting a 95 Justy GL for the winter, can anyone tell me the good, and the bad about the Justy.........?

what do I look for.........?

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Old 10-19-2004, 08:46 PM   #2
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I don't think they had the Justy in the US in 95. I want to say it was gone after 92, but I'm not sure. I'm almost positive it was gone by 94 though...

Stay away from the CVT, I understand them to be way more trouble than they're worth. Otherwise, they're very reliable, just as tough as any other Subaru...
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Old 10-19-2004, 11:06 PM   #3
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I agree, as long as its not the CVT tranny, they are ok. Hard to find engine parts if you blow the engine though... just be aware of that.
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Old 10-24-2004, 11:56 AM   #4
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Default Justy -- a street legal snowmobile

Question: is it an 85 Justy???
I think the year might be off.
I will tell you my little story about my beloved pet. And why I love subies to this day.
In 1996 I bought an 89 Justy for 2000 bucks, as I was a poor college student and ski bum and needed a 4 wheel drive for the mountains where I live (we get 10 feet of snow). At first I hated the car...then our first big snowfall hit, and we were buried at the ski resort I live. I just pushed the little red button, and up and out I zoomed, while snow barrelled around me like a storm of white feathers (ice underneath) and I was the only one who made it out...and I thought OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS CAR the whole time. People relied on me to give them rides to work during snow storms while they left their 40 grand fancy GMCS and CHev Blazers in the parking lot. Ha ha.
My Justy has given me countless hours of joy. I camped in it, did surveys in it, drove it through mud bogs and swamps. Never put studs on it, just replaced all season radials at 30 bucks apiece. Plus back then I could fill it up for a week on a five dollar bill.
It wasn't a car. It was a street legal snowmobile.
Here's the bad part: parts are made out of gold (very expensive) and hard to find. Plus in many instances, you can't use aftermarket parts on Justys. Clutch cables, etc. need to be from originals (found this out the hard way, when my replaced clutch cable kept breaking) Also, motor rebuilds: I replaced the motor for 1600 dollars, and that was cheap. Timing belts on the older Justys need to be replaced often (mine had been replaced twice while I had the car) The little Justy was made to go around 70 thousand miles then be disposable.
And also, don't get in an accident in the car because you'll probably die.
By the time I traded mine in, it had 370 THOUSAND miles on it. I should have had it as the poster child for Subarus. No kidding. When the dealership I traded it in to received it, they gave me an 800 dollar trade in (yes, 800 bucks for a trade in--they hold their value very well, as all subies do) on a Legacy Wagon. The only reason why I traded it in was that during a tow in, the stupid idiot dropped the car and damaged the frame. My tires were being chewed up every month to being threadbare, and they simply could NOT fix the car. So the folks I traded it in to did a ton of work on it, and sold it to a little old man who is driving it to this day. They listed it as MILEAGE UNKNOWN.
It's still on the road.
My opinion: if you can afford the parts when it breaks down because it will break down, believe me, then buy it because you'll be amazed at how great it gets around. I still think about it and do miss the little car. I'm driving an outback wagon now that I have more money, but the Justy got me around for many years very cheaply, and did great in the winter.
Good luck!
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Old 10-28-2004, 11:54 PM   #5
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Cool Story!
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Old 11-10-2004, 10:53 PM   #6
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I've put about 25,000 miles on my '88 in the past 4 months, barely any problems....occasionally have a slight problem with a dead cylinder, I think it's probably a plug wire....never bothered to check it. Every time it does it, I shift into 4th, get it up to around 45 (shift point for third), downshift, slam it for a few seconds, and it fixes itself....weird as hell, but it works. Other than that, 180 miles on half a tank, still fast enough for some pretty crazy interstate driving....get it man! These little ****boxes are great!
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Old 11-11-2004, 08:12 PM   #7
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Default its a suzuki

if im not mistaken, those old justys are slightly facelifted suzuki swifts with awd. they use the 1.2l 3 cyl or is it 4? your actually buying a suzuki, but ive heard theyre all right and ive seen em up here in truckee powering around in the snow, sometimes in pretty bad shape, but they are still crushing thru the berms and mechanics are familiar with them.
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Old 11-12-2004, 12:47 AM   #8
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I used to think Justies were Suzuki's but I'm changing my mind. The hub design on the old Justies is so identical to the old-school Subarus that I can't possibly think Suzuki made them like that.

Now the G3X Justy is a Suzuki Swift...
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Old 11-12-2004, 02:08 AM   #9
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The closest thing I've seen to my Justy is an old Festiva. Same basic design, same bolt pattern....and yeah, it's a 1.2L I-3.
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