Junkyard Find, Denver Style: So Many Old Subarus!

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find denver style so many old subarus

Every time I do a Junkyard Find with a Subaru (for example, the ’79 BRAT we saw yesterday), I mention the large numbers of other old Subarus to be found in the same yard. How many? Well, at the Denver U-Pull-&-Pay (where I found the BRAT), I decided to walk through the entire Imports section and get a photograph of every Subaru from the early 1990s or earlier.

Colorado is the most Subaru-centric place I’ve ever seen, by a big margin. Hell, even I have an Outback in my personal fleet, and I’ve never for a moment believed in the myth of Subaru reliability. With so many Subies on the street, it stands to reason that you’ll find tons of them awaiting digestion by The Crusher.

So, in addition to the BRAT and a certain early-90s Subaru that I’m saving for a later post, the count of two-decade-or-older Subarus at this yard stands at nine (though a couple of these Leones might have sneaked in from mid-90s territory, they’re based on the late-80s version).

This means that cheapskate owners of elderly Subarus are in good shape when they go parts shopping, with better selection of components than even the embarrassment-of-riches 1980s Tercels and Civics.

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  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on May 24, 2012

    It's a shame there was never a Brat version of the 85-91 Loyale wagon.

  • NoGoYo NoGoYo on May 24, 2013

    I know a guy who has basically a XT with a wagon body, which I didn't know existed. I assume the 1987 GL Turbo AWD is just a wagon XT...

  • MaintenanceCosts My rant seems to have disappeared, but suffice it to say I agree with 28 that this is a vehicle about which EVERYTHING is wrong.
  • SCE to AUX Welcome to the most complicated vehicle you can buy, with shocking depreciation built into every one.And that tail - oh, my.
  • FreedMike Can these plates be reprogrammed on demand to flash messages at other drivers? If so, I'd like to flash "Is your insurance paid up?" to tailgaters.
  • SCE to AUX The profile looks a little like the Faraday Future FF91, but choosing the P3 would be easy.https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod/images/fl-keynote-v2-230527-005-02-default-64774f0cc7345.jpeg
  • Scott When it comes to looks it SUV's big time. (??? can I type that here?)