A tad too generic for me. It was a 5-speed and got 25-ish mpg on pavement, way worse ice-racing on the lakes. Needs new battery, and tuneup as it has been stored for a while. It adds a whopping 25% to the horsepower — unfortunately that only brings it up to around 115 hp. The heater core ruptured, a alum-finned piece as wide as the dash, and the entire dash had to come apart to replace it. This generation Leone made its way to the United States in 1985.
Shuddering and noise are often attributed to axle shafts often due to contaminated lubricants. Weight was 1,070 kg 2,359 lb. The popularity of the Leone wagon was ceded to the new, larger, wagon in 1989 and was ultimately replaced by the in 1994. For sure the brakes and rotors needs replaced, but after decades of getting beaten to death rally racing the car is holding its own. And hopefully no hidden rust along the windshield frame that needs attention too. And similarly a 5-15 ft-lb torque bump through much of the range… this made all the difference in the world on the autocross course, where peak peak power means very little still nice to have gained there though , and broad torque means everything. At its introduction, the Leone was Subaru's largest car, and was the top level vehicle above the kei car.
Imports to Europe, Australia from 1978 , and New Zealand continued until February 1994. This was sold alongside the second generation Leone introduced in 1979 until 1982. Scotty has, at last count, over 350K on his Ooootback. Subaru changed the rally model to for the 1990—1992 period and took part in the first complete season in the World Rally Championship with the same model in. I can take them or leave them. If the old axle does not have an inner snap ring, or if it is only partially intact, the snap ring or its parts will still be in the transmission and must be removed before the new axle is installed.
Four-wheel drive was Subaru's most notable feature during the 1970s and 1980s, leading to particularly strong sales in places like Switzerland and. I continued to care for it, religiously letting it idle for over a minute as instructed each time before turning off the ignition to ensure proper cooling and lubrication of the turbo bearings. I tell people to stay away from the early turbos, though. Most cars were equipped with optional. All body panels were altered slightly and the overall look was 'smoother' and more contemporary in appearance. The hatchback was hamstrung by a very high rear cargo lip, but did receive a split folding rear seat.
A completely new dashboard with altered interior were also part of the update. Although released in Japan and some export markets as the Leone, for many years, this was the only vehicle sold internationally by Subaru where the smaller , , , and were not sold or considered road legal. Pretty much stock motor with stock injectors, stock turbo, aftermarket downpipe and exhaust, A2W Intercooler, etc. I used and needed it here in the Madison Wi area, winter snows used to be heavy and often. Buyer knew what he was getting into when he swung circles in a parking lot to check for cv joint clatter and left plumes of white smoke from burning coolant in rings around us. Never name your vehicles because you get too attached. Though depending on the person offering up the cash, that good could take the form of extraordinary form, functionality, weight savings, power, handling, etc.
This is by far the rarest car that I own, I have ever owned, or that I will ever own. Subaru Leone hardtop Overview Also called Subaru 1400 Subaru 1600 Production 1971—1981 Body and chassis 2-door 2-door 2-door 4-door 5-door 2-door optional Powertrain 1. And you want to talk about torque increase across the band? Hey Scotty — another interesting car from your stable. Of course, if one of these cars is parked in an enclosed area, that means harmful gasses could build up, which could be dangerous if inhaled. To be able to offer as much power as the pre-smog 1. Thanks for sharing your story, Scotty.
As it turns out, certain Subaru models may randomly start their own engines. All Leones were powered by the. The Leone competed with the , , , , , and the. This generation was released with a three-door hatchback, four-door sedan and a continuation of the popular station wagon body style. Fantastic car for the mountains. It seemed un-stopable, would climb through almost all of the worst drifts until it just got higher deeper and longer than the car, so I did get stuck a few times, but I might have tried too hard. A base model 2015 Impreza 2.
In November 1983, a with optional multi-port was also added to the and Turbo Wagon models. Early models received a 1. I just need to get through some projects e. Just try and buy a low mileage Subaru. The Leone was introduced before the in to emphasize its durability in adverse weather conditions. I noticed while taking pictures the preferred race tires are snow tires.
Mike Kirkland finished 6th overall and won the A Group at the 1986. I know, it screams the 1980s, especially with those white wheel covers and decals-a-plenty! Export sales began in the fall with the 1980 model year. Needed y-pipes, cylinder heads that cracked because of the heat and boost of the turbo, a differential rebuild. The chassis codes were changed, with sedans now in the 30 series and estates in the 60 series. The Wagon was also available with four-wheel drive, beginning with the 1977 model year. I thought it would be a fun pairing to take to car shows. Has the original white Subaru wheel covers.
The wiring portion of this car is really pretty straightforward, we had to play around with the ignition settings within the software a bit to get it all right and then spent a bit of time on the dyno but our results ended up looking pretty good I think considering we made no other changes and still made 10hp and 8lbs of torque at the wheels peak, and a healthy increase across the band— before turning up the boost… see below for full dyno results. The logo moved up and out of the way when the driver activated a switch on the dash, revealing the extra headlight and activating it when the high-beams were illuminated. Hey Scotty, I picked up one of these recently for a project and I am so in love. In 2003, Subaru tried this approach again but with a 4-door model, based on the second generation platform called the. Subaru Leone Overview Manufacturer Production 1971—1994 Assembly , , Japan Body and chassis Chronology Predecessor Successor The Subaru Leone is a produced by the Japanese from 1971 to 1994. I refused to sell it to a single mom who was looking for reliable transportation. It was the 1st time an automaker recognized the group, and it literally turned their sales around.