Junkyard Find: 1993 Subaru SVX

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1993 subaru svx

The Subaru SVX, as I explained in the text of the previous SVX Junkyard Find, is one of those cars with a real-world price tag far, far lower than Internet Car Experts would have you believe. So low, in fact, that it is not at all difficult to find Subaru’s amazing last-gasp-of-80s-silliness car in wrecking yards. Here’s a ’96 I found in Denver a few weeks back.

I think the XT has the more appealingly bewildering Moon Base Japan controls, but the big 3.3 liter boxer six beats the XT6’s engine.

This car is pretty clean for a junkyard resident, and it ought to be with just 117K on the clock.

Subarus have become more reliable since the heyday of 80s/90s design madness, but they’re lost a lot of character on the way.

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  • Haakman Haakman on Jun 24, 2012

    One of my all-time favorite magazine stories (from Car Stereo Review, March/April 1993 issue) described a trip in a new SVX from the US into Canade to see a Tragically Hip concert. My memory is fuzzy on it but I do recall a prominent feature of the story being something called the Very Necessary Speedometer test. It was amusing to my 14-year-old self anyway. Anybody have that old rag stashed away?

  • LOST Rogue 89 LOST Rogue 89 on Jul 31, 2015

    Where is this at I'm 17 and need parts for my svx

  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.
  • Cha65689852 To drive a car, you need human intelligence, not artificial intelligence.Unfortunately, these days even human brains are turning into mush thanks to addiction to smartphones and social media.
  • Mike1041 A nasty uncomfortable little car. Test drove in 2019 in a search for a single car that would appease two drivers. The compromise was not much better but at least it had decent rear vision and cargo capacity. The 2019 Honda HRV simply was too unforgiving and we ditched after 4 years. Enter the 23 HRV and we have a comfy size.
  • SCE to AUX I wonder who really cares about this. "Slave labor" is a useful term for the agendas of both right and left."UAW Wants Auto Industry to Stop Using Slave Labor"... but what will the UAW actually do if nothing changes?With unrelenting downward pressure on costs in every industry - coupled with labor shortages - expect to see more of this.Perhaps it's my fault when I choose the $259 cell phone over the $299 model, or the cheaper parts at RockAuto, or the lower-priced jacket at the store.Do I care about an ethical supply chain? Not really, I just want the product to work - and that's how most consumers are. We'd rather not know.Perhaps the 1990s notion of conflict-free, blood-free, ethically-sourced diamonds will find its way into the auto industry. That would be a good thing.