Since 1984, the Subaru Justy is a subcompact hatchback manufactured and marketed by Subaru. Subaru manufactured Justys from 1984 to 1994. In 1984, the Justy was introduced to Japan. American and European versions followed in 1987. And in 1989, all models received a restyling. It had a somewhat underpowered one-liter engine; this was later complemented by a more substantial 1.2 L which eventually became the only engine installed. If you ever find your Justy in need of repair, stop by and grab yourself a Subaru Justy repair manual.
From 1987 to 1994, in the United States, only the Japanese manufactured models were sold with the 1.2 L engine. The Justy was given the option of 4WD in 1988; and by 1991, all models were equipped with Multi-Port Fuel Injection. A five-door model was also made available from 1990 to 1994.
The Justy was offered with either a 1.0 or 1.2 L EF three-cylinder engine, which could be matched with a manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission, and either FWD or on-demand 4WD. The CVT technology was used because with a conventional automatic transmission, performance would have been poor due to the 3-cylinder engine. Because of the long distances, in North America, the CVT gained a reputation for being unreliable, but this was not the case in other countries.
In 1989, the gear ratios changed, outer axle shafts and front brakes were made larger, the front axle shafts were the same lengths thanks to an intermediate extension shaft and the rear differential was reinforced.
The Justy is a surprisingly cute vehicle. Known for being a jaunty little vehicle with pluck, it had much of the same type of appeal as the VW Bug did back in its heyday. However, working on your Justy blindly without a clear map of the internal workings of your vehicle is not advised. Hence, go grab yourself a Subaru Justy workshop manual today!