Down On The Mile High Street: Subaru Justy GL 4WD

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
down on the mile high street subaru justy gl 4wd

Denver is home to plenty of AMC Eagles, BMW 325iXs, the occasional Vanagon Syncro, and just about every other oddball four-wheel-drive vehicle made. Until yesterday, however, the only Justy 4WD I’d ever seen was this Crusher-bound example. Then this extremely clean red Justy 4WD showed up in my neighborhood.

Is it sick to want one of these things? With three cylinders and (in most cases) a misery-enhancing CVT transmission, it’s tough to explain to normal folks why anyone might want a Justy as a winter car.

But who cares? This thing is probably rarer than an Aston Martin Lagonda!

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  • Smlfox Smlfox on Jul 29, 2011

    There is/used to be a lady around the corner from my best friend's mom and down the street from my old Apartment who had a teal green 2wd 3-door Justy. An older lady owns/owned it and it looked brand new. I think I looked one time as I walked down the street and it only had 69,000 miles. My dad had the big brother of the Justy, the old-school 4wd GL Hatchback. My dad loved that car, my mother hated it. I wish it was still around. I'd be driving that thing.

  • Justybob Justybob on Mar 11, 2014

    I sold a bunch of these Justys. Remarkable cars in the snow. I worked at Burt, the largest in the US then for 25 years. They started at 5995 and invoice was 5770 or something like that. It was designed as an entry level car to gain loyalty for future owners. They were actually pretty peppy, had 90 HP and the ECVT automatic was nice to drive around town. They did not weigh much, but had a good HP/WT ratio. You could buy one (base DL manual) and have 130 payments. The ECVTs had problems, they sold the technology to Nissan. They lost their glamor in the mid 90's as the big SUV market exploded.

  • MrIcky Out of the possible Jeep recalls to bring up on this site, I'm surprised it's this one and not round 2 of the clutch recall.
  • Dukeisduke I saw a well-preserved Mark VII LSC on the road not too long ago, and I had to do a double-take. They still have a presence. Back when these were new, a cousin of mine owned an LSC with the BMW turbo diesel.
  • Dukeisduke I imagine that stud was added during the design process for something, and someone further along the process forgot to delete it after it became unnecessary.
  • Analoggrotto Knew about it all along but only now did the risk analysis tilt against leaving it there.
  • Mike Beranek Funny story about the '80 T-bird. My old man's Dart Sport had given up the ghost so he was car-shopping. He & I dropped my mom at a store and then went to the Ford dealer, where we test-drove the new T-Bird (with digital dash!)So we pull up to the store to pick mom up. She walks out and dad says "We just bought it.". Mom stares at the Mulroney- almost 13 grand- and just about fell over.Dad had not in fact bought the T-Bird, instead he got a Cordoba for only 9 grand.