1992 Subaru SVX User Reviews

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Scott writes:
1992 Subaru SVX 2 Dr LS AWD Coupe Review
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5

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Flat H6 engine, AWD
computer controlled, multi-profile automatic transmission.
wide stance and low center of gravity,
Leather and suede interior, telescopic steering column,
fully loaded electronics and sound system.
Sleek profile and odd window style turns many heads.

Cons

Rear wheel bearings wear too easily,
transmission overheats under hard driving (OK after adding an extra cooler)

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Luxury Sports Car Way Ahead Of Its Time In 1992 — I fell in love with this car when I first saw it, and bought one a year later. Such an amazing vehicle was way ahad of its time when it was introduced in 1992. Subaru, successful and well known for its reliable AWD econoboxes, decided to make a play in the luxury sport car segment. So they built a new 3300cc, 6 cylinder, horizontally opposed power plant, added a computer controlled automatic transmission that would automatically adjust the shifting points based on the way you depress the gas pedal. If you stomped on the pedal, a sensor triggers the "Power mode" which makes the tranny shift later in each gear. Very cool! Then they put every fancy gizmo they could cram in with leather interior and suede dashboard and trim. Crystal clear multi-speaker sound system and even heated seats. The entire chassis was dipped in zinc coating for complete rust protection before assembly, so they would last many years without corrosion. Unfortunately, people were not warm to the idea of paying a sports car price for a Subaru, so poor marketing kept sales down and Subaru abandoned the experiment in 1997 and concentrated on their bread and butter product. Like so much artwork, it is not really appreciated until it is gone. There are still a few around 15 years later.

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Joseph writes:
1992 Subaru SVX 2 Dr LS AWD Coupe Review
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5

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Speed, Agility, HWY mileage, solidity, RARITY, class, THE LOTUS THAT WASN'T by ItalDesign!

Cons

If you drive all-city, expect 15mpg avg on PREM. fuel. Draws attention.

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Best-of-breed Of The Early-ninties Gt-class! — Many don't know this, but the SVX was supposed to be the replacement for the Lotus Esprit. Money, as it was in the early Ninties, didn't permit ubaru opening the exclusive ALCYONE brand for the SVX, so from day #1 on Subaru lot, it was doomed to sales failure. Lets forget that and focus on the positives: Performance - For an erly-90s car, it HAULS. 0-60 in just under 7 ticks, 70-0 braking in 163 feet (do that 3 times though and it's time for new rotors, folks!), 0.92g around MT's ELITE skidpad, etc...maybe a bit too much body roll, but that's why you never feel harshness through the chasssis; with the rubber-isolted subfrmes, the word "harsh" never enters the brain! Build Quality - My last SVX that I got for $1,600 as a "beater" was anything BUT. Not a squeak or rattle ANYWHERE. Paint like new after clesaner waxing it. flushed all the fluids, cleaned the fuel syetem, and it ran as well as my 37,313 mile example. MANY people debate that these cars are unreliable -- NOT SO! There were rear wheel bearing problems as a result of pressing them into the shipping grease; this no longer is a problem. Next, they mention the tranny. The Subaru 4EAT-AWD unit is one of the most reliable traannies out there, but can overheat. Solution? Have a ooler put on! $100 that saves you from a $2,600 issue. Appearance - both interior and exterior styling Cost of Ownership - This vehicle is AWD and weighs 3,600 lbs.; it doesn't get Geo Metro mileage. BUT with a .29cd, it EASILY achieves 32-33mpg HWY, on PREMIUM only, of course. Oil changes are only req'd every 7,500 miles; everything else, including the timing belt, every 100k. This is a low-maintainance car! Fun Factor - THIS is a catch-twenty-two...the car is a blast to drive, but it gets annoying when you get harassed at every stoplight with someone asking something about the car. And forget about Gas Stations; I only go full-serve now. The car is a blast, period...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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svx1992 writes:
1992 Subaru SVX 2 Dr LS AWD Coupe Review
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4

Pros

Awd makes this an all weather car. The Svx is great in the snow, rain, any weather condition. I have to say this is one of the best engines on the market. Very reliable engine, will run well pass 200,000 miles. Very comfortable seats, all buttons and gadgets within reach, great view of the road and surroundings with the window within a window theme. Will love this car on the highway, speed is very deceptive, you will forget how fast you are going. One of the best designs I've seen in years.

Cons

Maintenance costs is not cheap for the Svx  but worth it once you experienced driving this car. These cars are well known for transmission problems. So if you ever decide to get one, I would invest in a transmission cooler for the car, very inexpensive and not hard to install. Backseats only for smaller people or children, trunk space very limited(its a sports car). Heavy car but very maneuverable .

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Futuristic Classy Design, Real Head Turner — Car came out in the 90's and was ahead of its time with the options that came with it. Nice design, low in the front so good view of the road. Love the window within a window setup, only the middle part of the window go up or down. That keeps the wind down and the rain out. Engine is very reliable and is a non interference engine. Which means if the timing belt breaks it will not damage the engine and you can still make it back home. Idle is very quiet, like the engine is not even on. I like how comfortable the front seats are including legroom. The car is fast so watch out for those speeding tickets. The awd makes this a year round daily driver, very good in the snow, very stable. Very good car if you don't mind the maintenance cost.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jess writes:
1992 Subaru SVX 2 Dr LS AWD Coupe Review
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5

Pros

Steering, Interior, AWD, styling, reliable, gorgeous, has a personality, the windows of course.

Cons

Gas mileage, cost of maintenance, CD player blows.

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I Hope I Own One Until The Day I Die. — Performance; In my opinion, top of the line. It's a heavy car, but for a heavy vehicle its light on it's wheels in terms of handling. Speeds over 60 you best have a generous amount of stopping room though. For 108k miles it's had a small amount of repairs. Tranny rebuilt once, new radiator, and in the future i see myself getting a valve job and some sensors fixed. The interior is rugged and the leather is fantastic, 17years into it's life and it still has that new car smell :']. The radio leaves a little to be desired. Premium gas puts a dent in your wallet from time to time, and since the car IS getting old i'm always on the look out for new problems to spring up - but the amount i enjoy driving it, and the looks and that "WHAT IS THAT?"'s i get just from driving down the street is worth it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Tully writes:
1992 Subaru SVX Review
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3

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Great top-end speed, sweet interior.

Cons

Not fast off the line and bizarrely designed.

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Unique Car That Was Over-engineered. — Granted, mine had a lot of miles on it, but it gave me a lot of trouble and nothing on this car is easy or inexpensive to fix. As I understand it, this car was marketed as a cheap answer to the Porsche. But it had a lame automatic transmission and was unnecessarily expensive. This is what happens when the Japanese make a run at German engineering. That said, I once hit 134 miles per hour in it, so it was good for that.

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haroldmiran writes:
1992 Subaru SVX 2 Dr LS AWD Coupe Review
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4

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AWD /FWD option, hp, comfortable ride, appearance(eye catcher)

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rear bearings, gas mileage, runs only on premium, no 5spd option

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Svx Not Too Bad — Overall i love this car! THE GOOD: the exterior is amazing always catches the eye, acceleration is pretty good beats most of the rice rockets , handling is not that bad, pretty responsive. Fun to drive especially in the snow, you can drift really good with it in a big open parking lot. My model has the option from either being on AWD to FWD. Which i like a lot, since it wont stress the transmission as much compared to if it was on awd all the time. THE BAD: The gas mileage is terrible, and on top of that it runs on premium which is costly. the rear wheel bearings are noisy and needs new ones. The transmission failed on me already so i had to replace it. Apparently it needs an additional cooling system which i still need to install. ALso pretty heavy, which slows the car down alot. H6 is a great motor except when you change the spark plugs, it'll take u all day. other than that its pretty good!

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Paco writes:
1992 Subaru SVX 2 Dr LS AWD Coupe Review
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5

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The unique design, nothing in the road looks like an SVX, no other coupe has AWD with a boxer 6 in the front.

Cons

Parts are not easy to find, but not impossible.

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A Cer Designed With No Limits. — This was Subaru's top of the line flagship from the 90's Even thou it only came in automatic nowadays it's very easy to make the manual transmission conversion. That is one of the best improvements for the SVX. It drives very firm, feels solid like a german car, and has an exhaust tone in between a Porsche Carrera and an Impreza STI.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kris writes:
1992 Subaru SVX 2 Dr LS AWD Coupe Review
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5

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No others in town

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Hard to get parts....

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Super Cool! — Unlike others, I always like cars you don't see everyday. Since I got it, a lot of people ask me "what is that"? It has got lots of horsepower, easy for me being disabled to get in and out of. I can't wait for the supercharger and paint!

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Garrett writes:
1992 Subaru SVX 2 Dr LS AWD Coupe Review
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4

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AWD traction, 230HP flat-six engine, aerodynamic window-in-window design for quiet open window high speed cruising.

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Heavy, somewhat small back seat, somewhat small trunk, spark plugs hard to get to.

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Awesome All-weather Gt Car — Unusual exterior styling, strong 230 HP flat six under the hood for good acceleration. Beautiful boxer-engine exhaust note. Somewhat usable back seat, decent trunk space. Incredible traction in any conditions.

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William writes:
1992 Subaru SVX 2 Dr LS AWD Coupe Review
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5

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Nothing else like it on the road

Cons

nothing

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Hey, What's With The Windows? — No aftermarket performance parts...which is also one of the good points in that you have to fabricate everything yourself ;-) It can be an expensive car to maintain if you're not mechanically inclined. 1/4 mile time is not overwhelming in stock form, but then it wasn't intended to be a straight line racer.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1996 Subaru SVX Reviews

This Is An Extremely Well-engineered Vehicle That Combines Luxury, Style, Great Looks By svxcess

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1995 Subaru SVX Reviews

Probably Never Going To Find One It Good Condition, But Buy It If You Do. By C J

Window in Window AWD Boxer 6 3.3 L Airplane Interior Exhaust Note Eye Catcher Negative: Premium Gas - 24 MPG Average Only Automatic Trans Pros: Dependibility Sexy Rare Decent Acceleration and Brakin... Read More

Subaru Needs To Engineer A New Svx!!! By Luca

I have never driven a sexier, better designed, better built, more tech savvy assembly quality, better performing, better traction car with such room in the `boot' and split folding rear seats in my li... Read More

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1994 Subaru SVX Reviews

Great Car If You Can Find A Good One Now In The $5,000 Range By ConnSVx

Not a graceful car to enter. Heavy doors and trunk lid. The smile after driving it is hard to wipe off your face . If U like attention this is the car for U.Allow extra time when stopping for GAS . ... Read More

A Truly Unique Care That Is Becoming Rare With Each Passing Year By Vic

Excellent car with impressive performance, especially at cruising speed on the highway. The build quality is first rate and with its window in window styling, this 2-door coupe will turn plenty of h... Read More

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1993 Subaru SVX Reviews

A True Engineering Marval By Amanda

Tis car has been my dream car since I first saw it as a child. It's unique and powerful and constantly turns heads. I love driving this car, while its all wheel drive it still has alot of spunk and ... Read More

Rare And Fanastic! By Anders

It's the car that never breaks down and it turns head wherever I go. Wonderful boxer 6-cylinder engine. The fastest, most powerful, heaviest car I've ever owned, with automatic gearbox and all wheel... Read More

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