Subaru Justy

The Subaru Justy family consists of four versions. The model is a subcompact hatchback automobile in production since 1984. The first one, which was introduced in 1984, was later updated in 1989. By 1994, a rebadged Suzuki Swift with 4WD was also sold as the Justy in most European countries. Then, in 2004, it was supplanted by a rebadged Suzuki Ignis. At first, the Justy was built with a 1.0 or 1.2 liter three-cylinder engine and either a manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission with either front wheel drive or on-demand four-wheel drive. The CVT technology was used because performance would have otherwise been unacceptable on account of the small 3-cylinder engine. As it was, the CVT version was able to get reasonable acceleration out of the small engine. In the United States the CVT has nevertheless been considered not reliable. This resulted from the cars inability to travel long distances without breaking down. This has not been a problem in other countries. However, the manual transmission version of the Justy was known for excellent mechanical reliability and fuel economy. It was reported to give a whopping 50 miles per gallon as a new car. This is unheard of today and really is in need. Anyhow, on the negative side, it was small and noisy which was an obvious turn off for some drivers. The five-speed manual transmission worked reliably, but was far from smooth to operate because its synchronizers were poor. The 3-cylinder engine was sold in the United States, but if the oil is not changed regularly, it will destroy the aluminum oil pump housing leading to low oil pressure and worn rod bearings. Basically, this car will run great, but only in very limited situations. In the United States, the car was not sold after 1994.