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(The Sun)   Want to buy a 'brand new' Subaru from the 1980s? A showroom full of them has just opened up in Malta (possible nsfw content on page)   ( thesun.co.uk) divider line
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2018-02-09 03:37:00 PM  
30 votes:
The XT had the most 80s dash and steering wheel ever.
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2018-02-09 04:38:01 PM  
6 votes:
I want that XT only slightly more than I want a manual-swapped SVX. Weird cars are my thing, and early Subarus are right in my wheelhouse.
2018-02-09 04:48:00 PM  
5 votes:
If they go into the early 90s and have one of these, I might be interested
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/90s pricing and I'm there
2018-02-09 05:34:09 PM  
4 votes:

anustart: Luse: AWD Subaru

Wait...aren't they ALL?


They are now. Didn't use to be that way, they just found a good marketing niche.
2018-02-09 05:19:38 PM  
4 votes:
"Abandoned Subaru showroom is full of rare, untouched cars from the 1980s - including a sportscar that could be the only one left"

Pic shows a 1990's Impreza... those were SUPER rare in the 1980s
2018-02-09 04:21:59 PM  
4 votes:
My dad bought a brand new Subaru in the early 70s.  Not only did I learn to drive on that front wheel drive stick, dad got over 200k miles out of it with minor maintenance.
2018-02-09 03:16:45 PM  
4 votes:
Most likely not in any driveable condition. Rodents, chemical breakdown of gaskets and hoses and what not.
2018-02-09 05:10:15 PM  
3 votes:

Durboloid: A guy I worked with had one of those.  He was a Boise State football player and the boss was an alumnus, so Jeff got a few "perks".    I understand now that that sort of thing is frowned upon.


And then, just not policed.
2018-02-09 05:00:37 PM  
3 votes:
The first Impreza model year was 1992 so not quite 80s.

I had a '93 Impreza that I finally scrapped after 23 years and 280K miles. With original clutch.
2018-02-09 04:57:50 PM  
3 votes:
Has someone been breaking into the abandoned showroom to keep all the tires inflated?
2018-02-09 04:45:25 PM  
3 votes:
I have a soft spot for Subaru. My first car was a 1988 Subaru Justy RS. That $500 car lasted me two years, which was pretty good. At 1200 cc and with a 3 cylinder engine it had a surprising amount of pep. Especially going uphill. The 4 wheel drive was welcome in icy conditions, especially as a new driver. Aside from some rust repair and replacing the gasket, it worked really well for an old car.
2018-02-09 04:43:08 PM  
3 votes:

Rapmaster2000: The XT had the most 80s dash and steering wheel ever.
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This was the period of time when more buttons = more better.
2018-02-10 01:07:33 AM  
2 votes:

flondrix: How could a building sit abandoned for that long with all the windows unbroken and the cars unstolen?


Because not everywhere is America.
2018-02-09 07:15:21 PM  
2 votes:

Rapmaster2000: The XT had the most 80s dash and steering wheel ever.
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Behold the LED glory of the Aston Martin Lagonda:
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2018-02-09 05:57:23 PM  
2 votes:

Ant: sunderland56: anustart: Luse: AWD Subaru

Wait...aren't they ALL?

They are now. Didn't use to be that way, they just found a good marketing niche.

Well, most of them anyway.


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What fool put a Subaru badge on a Toyota?
2018-02-09 04:57:31 PM  
2 votes:
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Growing up in New York State in the late 70's early 80's...these were all over the place.  Everyone who had one absolutely swore by it.  And, with snow tires all around, they were freaking tanks in the snow.
2018-02-09 04:53:12 PM  
2 votes:

petec: If they go into the early 90s and have one of these, I might be interested
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/90s pricing and I'm there


Those were $34k new.
2018-02-09 04:48:52 PM  
2 votes:
I had a 1987 GL Turbo sedan when I was in the Army. That car was fast for a sedan! I drove from Fort Lewis WA to North Dakota for a family reunion and it was when Montana had no daytime speed limit. I put that little car through its paces and it held up like a champ! If I could find one in decent shape I would certainly entertain buying it. dang I miss that car.
2018-02-10 12:35:25 AM  
1 vote:
How could a building sit abandoned for that long with all the windows unbroken and the cars unstolen?
2018-02-09 07:33:44 PM  
1 vote:

encephlavator: Let's see, there's about 10 Subarus in there. At $1800 for head gasket job, that's at least $18,000 in repairs just to get them all running.


Don't get me started. We bought my daughter an '01 Forester a few years back. If I'd known then about the HG issues, I would have passed on it. Seriously, Subaru, it took you over 15 years to figure out a crappy piece of sheet metal with a smear of form-a-gasket, isn't gonna last in an open-deck block application?

Then there was the clutch: 2x what it cost to do for a BMW of the same vintage.

Let's not even mention the oiling: I can't tell you how many WRXs, STIs, etc. I've seen arrive at the track under their own power, and go home on a flatbed. Having your oil pickup sucking nothing but air through a sweeper is not healthy for your cam or main bearings, and leads to expensive sounds from the engine bay.
2018-02-09 07:08:47 PM  
1 vote:
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The digital dashes in the 80s were really cool when they worked.
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//more buttons than a touch screen
2018-02-09 06:23:47 PM  
1 vote:
So this showroom has sat, unused, for decades? Who's inflating the tires? Who's paying the property tax? For that matter, who paid for the cars? SOP is that the dealer pays interest only (and it's pretty d*mn high interest) until the car sells, then pays off the note.
2018-02-09 06:08:38 PM  
1 vote:

Devolving_Spud: [img.fark.net image 850x637]

Growing up in New York State in the late 70's early 80's...these were all over the place.  Everyone who had one absolutely swore by it.  And, with snow tires all around, they were freaking tanks in the snow.


That's the car I learned to drive stick in. That one was blue. Love Subie wagons so much, I bought an '04 WRX wagon. Gave it up when I got a jerb 45 miles away. Miss it.

/ remembers the XT too
2018-02-09 06:05:03 PM  
1 vote:

Vaginosilicosis: I'll take one of these please.
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I always liked the jumpseat handles on those. I never got to ride in the back of one.

And subby? Cars that have never been owned are brand new, not 'brand new'.
Ant
2018-02-09 05:53:28 PM  
1 vote:

sunderland56: anustart: Luse: AWD Subaru

Wait...aren't they ALL?

They are now. Didn't use to be that way, they just found a good marketing niche.


Well, most of them anyway.
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2018-02-09 04:55:11 PM  
1 vote:

anustart: In unrelated news:

Malta Revealed as 2018's #1 Destination Among Lesbian Tourists.
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That also sort of goes for those Isuzu as well.
2018-02-09 04:54:48 PM  
1 vote:
I wonder if they have any Brats.
2018-02-09 04:50:49 PM  
1 vote:
I remember then, the Justy had an ECVT, which was quite novel at the time, being a cycloidial clutch. Now that's pretty much mainstream, the Honda Civic Sport I'm buying for my Wife has one. She doesn't know how it works,  but who really does on a practical level, other than the dealer. When you get up around Santa Fe, they are very popular, I surmise with all of the lesbians living in the area, and all the snow on the roads come winter.
/Observation.
//Not gay.
///There are a lot of them though. Subarus/lesbians. Kismet?
2018-02-09 04:32:21 PM  
1 vote:

Snotnose: My dad bought a brand new Subaru in the early 70s.  Not only did I learn to drive on that front wheel drive stick, dad got over 200k miles out of it with minor maintenance.


A girlfriend of mine bought a 69 Subaru wagon for $400 back in the mid-80s. Except for some electrical problems (that her brother took care of) that thing was a rock.
 
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