Vintage Road Test: Subaru DL Hardtop

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Subaru owners were pleased with their cars, so R&T’s survey said. So how will the new DL do?

 

No surprises, Subaru keep moving forward. This is again from 1980 May issue:

 

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My grandfather had a 1983 four-door sedan DL, and I was the only one besides him who drove that car (he was a grumpy old man, and to this day I don’t know what came over him, letting me drive his precious car, especially if you consider I was not far from just-getting my driver’s license).

This was circa 1990, and I can remember a very boring car, yet- how shall I put this? Effective/competent. If you didn’t have any motoring aspirations, i.e. prepared to use it strictly from A to B- you were fine.

 

Still, I always joke about my Grandfather and this car, that until I came along, he never used fifth gear, and not a single Kph over 80…