Junkyard Find: 1991 Subaru XT6

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1991 subaru xt6

As I’ve mentioned before, Colorado junkyards are full of Subarus of the late 1970s through the early 1990s. Mostly I’m sort of indifferent to Subarus of this era, with two important exceptions: the BRAT and the XT. Both are fairly rare (the last time I saw a junked XT was last year, when I found this Juggalo-abused ’91), so I came to a screeching halt when I found this XT6.

Someday I will own an XT, though I’m torn between the pseudo-powerful XT6 and the digital instrument cluster of the XT Turbo. Such science-fiction optimism and goofy lines!

The era of loony-looking steering wheels like this ended when airbags became mandatory equipment. In ’91, manufacturers could substitute those maddening automatic seat belts for airbags.

These cars were supposed to have aircraft-influenced styling, which was the reason for the Ki-61-esque shift lever.

Remember analog EQs on car stereos?

Using “H” to designate a boxer engine just never seems right. Maybe call this one an ɛɜ6?

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  • Hgrunt Hgrunt on Jun 06, 2012

    A friend of mine in high school had the turbo version of this car with the absolutely nutty faux 3D digital dashboard, with the boost gauge, and a graphic of the car and it's suspension level setting. I remember thinking it was completely absurd that his parents had the engine rebuilt, because even then, the car was still a bit beaterish with faded paint, and a somewhat ratty interior.

  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Jun 08, 2012

    Back in the late 80's early 90's there was one of these always parked on my street. Base model XT, really really base. light blue, FWD, steel wheels, black bumpers and no back seat, just a panel with a warning label telling you it is dangerous to sit there.

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