Bought new and only thing other than maintenance is EGR valve and fixing oil leaks. 133k for clutch, 90k and 70k for brakes and 182,000 miles on it now. I live in hills and still average 30 mpg with 80% commuting. It does leak oil now but I don't want to spend the money at this point to fix them. Uses very little oil (1/2 qt to change) very practical 4WD. It does go through CV boots. Only current problem is that I need to seem to run thinner oil for cold weather otherwise rattles top end on cold starts. Changed shocks and struts once - they are worn out now but still wears the tires evenly with all other original front end parts.
Cheap to maintain and run, turn tightly, easy to drive, fits all my music gear
Very noisy engine compared to newer cars. Better gasket system for engine oil leaks. This 1.8L is underpowered fo hills but not bad considering size of car. Barely adequate power for hills with 5sp - automatic would probably dog it
I've had my Loyale for almost a year
now. I use it every day for work,
running 5-7 hours straight at a time.
It is a very boring style of vehicle,
but is the most reliable car I have
ever owned. With 160k, I am not afraid
to drive it anywhere. As for oil
leaks, I had one around the oil pump,
so replaced it along with a leaky
water pump and new timing belts. Not a
drop of oil anywhere now! For $150 in
parts and 6 hours work, I can't
complain. It is comfortable to drive
and all the power options still work,
even with Michigan weather!
Nice cockpit style dash. As reliable
as they come mechanically.
Subaru has come a long way in body
style since this one!
The Loyale is a fairly decent car, but
at this date in time, the 1992 is
probably not for most. There are some
stupid design flaws, most noticably
that the catalytic converter is right
next to the CV boot. The result is
that I have had to replace the axle
twice in the three + years I have
owned it. Plus, old Subarus are
notorious for leaking oil. No balls in