This big-bumpered, blue-hued 4×4 is a 1988 Subaru GL 4WD Hatchback and it’s in fantastic condition for being almost 30 years old. We’ve all seen cars from this manufacturer being more rusted than not and this isn’t one of those. It’s on Craigslist with an ambitious asking price of $5,000. It very well could be worth that if it had a couple of additional features. It can be found in Saint Claire, Pennsylvania.
I’m a sucker for these oddball 4WD Subarus, the non-“normal” ones, if there is such a thing as a normal Subaru! This particular car is a 3-door hatchback, a body style that’s unusual to see. Most of them from this era are either wagons or sedans, a two-door is nice to see for a change. Although, those bumpers, yowsa! You could land a 1968 Cessna 172 Skywawk on those things.
That’s a big, unusual hatchback. May the force be with you if you ever have to replace that rear glass, whew. There’s a decent amount of storage space in the back, and you can pull the cover over your valuables to make sure you’re letting everyone know that you in fact do have valuables under that cover! The seller mentions that “the under carriage is solid – rust free and it was garage kept vehicle for most of its life.” It sure looks perfect inside and out to me.
The interior appears to be almost like new. This car has a touch over 96,000 miles on it which means that it’s barely broken in. My winter car, a 20-year old Outback, has 346,800 miles on it and it literally runs like new. This Loyale GL is a third-generation car and you can see the red button to actuate the 4WD system on the shift lever. Speaking of shift levers, this car has an automatic, like it or not. If it would have had a 5-speed it would have been more fun to drive. But, some folks can’t operate a clutch pedal and sometimes there’s just something about putting it in “D” and letting it do the work for you, especially if you’re stuck in traffic jambs more often than not. I always like seeing power windows in a Subaru of this era, it seems so decadent.
This is a dirty, un-detailed version of Subaru’s EA-82 1.8L boxer-four and it should have around 85-90 hp. A lack of a couple of hours of detailing really lets the look of this engine down compared to how perfect the rest of the car looks. It’s unfortunate that this isn’t the RX turbo model, that would have brought around 115 hp to the table. It’s still not a huge amount of power but it’s a noticeable difference from 85 hp. The seller says that this one has a “new timing belt – cam seals – valve cover gaskets – new radiator – new thermostat.” This one would really be a winner (in my book) if it was a turbo with a 5-speed in this fantastic condition. Have any of you owned a Subaru 4WD hatchback?