Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1993 Subaru Loyale - A 9600 Mile Car

I was having lunch with my friend Jeff this afternoon and the subject of older, run of the mill cars with low mileage came up. When I got home tonight, this car was in an email from JaCG reader, Sam. Given the conversation and then the email, I had to write about it. Low mileage cars don't get much more run of the mill than this.

Back in March I wrote about a 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit with just 8200 miles on it. The seller offered no explanation for the low mileage. With this Subaru, there is an explanation and it's logical and reasonable. According to the seller, this Subaru was purchased new by an "older couple" who "at their beach home for occasional use while vacationing during the summer."

I called this a run of the mill car in the opening paragraph. That's not true for the entire Loyale line. A Loyale could be had with a turbocharged engine, a 5 speed manual transmission and AWD. This car has none of that. It's pretty much what you'd expect an older couple to buy for use at their beach home. It's 2 wheel drive car with a 90 horsepower 1.8 liter flat 4 and an automatic transmission. 60 MPH comes in a leisurely 13.6 seconds. (Some sites show 15.8 seconds. Ouch.) 1993 was the last year for the sedan. In 1994 the Loyale was available only as a station wagon, then dropped altogether.

What makes a Subaru cool is that it's a Subaru. Among Japanese car makers, Subaru always marched to a different beat. Their cars look different and are engineered different. In a way, they are the Saab or Citroen of Japan. (Don't yell at me Citroen and Saab fans. I qualified that statement with "in a way.")

This car looks just like what you'd expect a garage kept, 19 year old car with 9100 miles on it to look like. It looks close to new.

This car has been sold. The high bid was $6,610.00. Realistically, the new owner - if he or she plans on using this as a daily driver - may have to put another $1000.00 or so into it over the next year for parts that wear out from time, not necessarily use. Still, if you think about it, there are no new cars on the market for $7600.00. For someone who wants a "new" car (albeit a slow one) with old-school Subaru personality, this was well bought.

Located in Philadelphia, PA, click here to see the eBay listing.

Thanks to Sam for sending me this link.

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