Sick or Silly? 1989 Subaru Justy

In spite of their low-rent status, 3-cylinder engine, and teeny little wheels, Subaru Justys never got the same level of mockery that Yugos or Geo Metros did. Perhaps it was the available 4wd, or the rugged-looking high-roof styling, or just their low profile due to low sales. Either way, with the standard powertrain, these are said to be pretty tough little cars. You can find this 1989 Subaru Justy 4wd for sale in Tacoma, WA for $3500.

1989 Subaru Justy 4WD right side

Interestingly, there are some hardcore fanatics who have tested the modification potential for these entry-level Scoobies that should help them perform much more like their descendants. They have tested the drivetrain enough to determine that the stock 5-speed can safely handle about 150hp, more than twice the stock 66hp of the carbureted 3-cylinder. The engine can handle even more, but honestly, even 100hp in a car this small and light will probably make you a nice canyon carver.

1989 Subaru Justy 4WD right rear

So how about it? You could be the only Justy autocrosser in the world – the current owner has already set this car up with a low stance, wide tires, and has hopefully done it properly so the car handles well. With increased power, you’ll certainly surprise a few more powerful cars, Subaru and otherwise. In a way, it would be more fun with just the skinny stock wheels for the full surprise factor. The seller says the car’s interior is excellent, but the paint is needing attention.

1989 Subaru Justy 4WD right front

The carburetor is also said to need some work, although the seller says he could live with it. It would be worth asking what the problem is – perhaps it’s just not set up properly. On the other hand, if you’re shooting for 100-150hp, you’ll probably be revisiting the fuel system anyways.


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One Response to “Sick or Silly? 1989 Subaru Justy”

  1. Dugan Says:

    Hey man is this car still available in wa to buy?!?! Is so text 253 two eight two 0992 ASAP!

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