Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Could Be Trendy: 1991 Subaru Justy

Random fact of the day: The 1990 Subaru Justy was the last car sold in the US to have a carburetor...but this is a 1991 Justy so it should have some kinda fancified fuel injection setup feeding the 3-cylinder lump under the hood (which conflicts with the seller's statement that the car needs a CA legal carb to pass smog...hmmm).  A 5-speed equipped Subaru Justy isn't a car that will get bidders fired up into a 6-figure frenzy at the next Barrett-Jackson live auction or get mad respect at a BaT auction, but it might put a smile on the face of an average Joe for a small pile 'o' cash. Find this 1991 Subaru Justy offered for $2100 in Oakland, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt.

From the seller:

1991 Subaru Justy
condition: good
cylinders: 3 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
paint color: silver
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: hatchback
1991 Subaru Justy

3 cylinder
5 speed manual transmission
106,000 miles
Works good

This classic Subaru is ready to drive. New water pump and timing belt, valve cover gaskets, spark plugs, battery and alternator. Bluetooth/AUX capable sound system. Thule roof rack included. Great gas mileage. Heater works well. Not currently passing CA smog -- needs a legal carb.

See a better way to justify your other spendy habits?


  1. Ooh. I bought one of these new in 1989. Something like $5000. My first, and last, new car purchase. I couldn't keep up with the $125 a month payments so gave it to my stepmom. She drove it for a couple of years and then gave it to my brother's wife, which I to delivered across the country from Oregon to Rhode Island. She then drove it till it had like 300,000 miles on it. Although the federal guidelines say they got 37mpg, I remember getting 55 mpg on long highway trips, but that was a long time ago. They also made a 4x4 version. Sweet little econo cars.

  2. The fuel injection was a mid-cycle upgrade in 1991, so this car could easily have the carb. I'd rather have FI, but this is a great little city car from back when Subies ran forever and ever with basic maintenance.

  3. I don't think there is a panel on that car that isn't wrinkled. I'd love the AWD version.
    @300D - I had the same situation with my first new car purchase. My '92 Golf ended up in my Mom's hands and I took her Citation X11 that was getting a bit long in the tooth. Then I traded that for a Super Beetle which I drove for a few months until the engine seized. The list of luxurious automobiles that have passed through my hands just goes on and on...

    1. Excuse me sir, but by luxurious do you mean that they had both seats AND doors?

  4. If you blur your eyes the Justy looks like a stumpy version of a Mazda 323 or even a Corolla AE82; "Generic late-80s Japanese Hatchback" theme at 7/8ths scale. But with a twist - the wheels look like mini Corvette Sawblades.

  5. 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer still had a carb on its AMC 360 V8, but not sure if we consider that a car or not for the sake of argument!

  6. What happened to all the glorious econoboxes of my youth like this sterling example? When I was young, the shitboxes were quality shitboxes, not like this overpriced plastic crap kids have nowadays.

    Now, get off my lawn!

    N.B. Just googled the cheapest new cars of 2020 and would have plenty of fun with a Fit, which comes in mid-list, per motortrend.
    Cheapest New Cars For 2020:
    Kia Forte - $18,715
    Kia Soul - $18,535
    Chevrolet Sonic - $17,595
    Honda Fit - $17,120
    Kia Rio - $16,675
    Toyota Yaris - $16,555
    Hyundai Accent - $15,925
    Nissan Versa - $15,625
    Mitsubishi Mirage - $14,990
    Chevrolet Spark - $14,095

    1. Despite my heckling of the kids these days.


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