a 1987 Subaru GL 4wd hatchback

its the original Lake Blue metallic color
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this is a one owner Washington State 1987 GL 4wd hatchback with 264,966 miles.
It has the original paint,  interior, wheels and mud flaps.

the odometer reads 264,966... and still going (December 2011)

overall length 157.3" engine
1.8L boxer, overhead valve
width 63.8" horsepower, 
94 ftlbs@2400rpm
ground clearance 8.3" transmission 4 speed manual with hi/lo dual range on demand 4wd, and hill holder
curb weight 2240 pounds economy- city/highway
gas tank size
24/28 (Ca spec 24/29)
11.9 gallon tank
cargo area, rear seat up/down 12.0 cf/33.9cf wheel, tire 13" alloy, 
185/70R 13 all season radial
headroom front/rear 38.2"/36.6" brakes front/rear vented disc/rear drum
leg room front/rear 39.3/30.2" dash gauges tachometer, oil pressure, voltmeter, fuel
side moldings
dash lights and features low fuel light, digital clock, trip odometer, graphic monitor for open door, headlight out etc
manual rack and pinion steering (no power steering) standard automatic transmission not available
rear wiper/defroster standard power windows, locks, mirrors not available
4 wheel independent suspension with height adjustable front and rear struts-3 settings standard air conditioning available, this car does have a/c
overhead map and cargo area lights standard mud flaps available
cloth interior with driver lumbar support and split fold rear seat standard sunroof not available
tilt steering wheel stardard cruise control available
cargo cover standard am/fm, 4 speakers standard

Do you have a similar car  .... post comments on the forum...

Subaru sold 177,138 cars in 1987.
The 1987 GL 3 door hatchback had 8.3" of ground clearance and on-demand hi/lo 4wd.
The car was rated at 24/28 mpg. It it was available now (December 2012), with safety updates, would you buy it or...  wait, is that the Impreza Crosstrek with 8"+ ground clearance due next fall?

1987 GL 3 door hatchback: reportedly the orignal MSRP was $8,293. 4 speed manual transmission.  157.3" long, 8.3" ground clearance, dual hi/lo range on-demand 4wd, 73 horsepower, fuel economy rating 24/28 (24/29 in California), curb weight 2240 pounds,  no power steering, no power windows, locks, mirrors or brakes etc, with no airbags, no anti-lock brakes.
Compare that to a
2012 Impreza 5 door: original MSRP $18,225 incl destination and PZEV emissions.  5 speed transmission. 173.8" long, 5.7" ground clearance (5.9" Sport), full time all wheel drive, 148 horsepower, fuel economy rating 25/33, curb weight 2910 pounds, power steering, power windows, locks, mirrors, brakes etc, with 7 airbags plus stability and traction control. (2012 Impreza research spec page)
Or wait for the 2012 Crosstrek Impreza with 8"+ ground clearance expected here next fall 2012.

Available models in 1987
XT 2 door: on demand 4wd GL-10 turbo, front wheel drive XT GL-10 turbo, GL, DL;
Wagon: on demand 4wd GL-10 turbo, GL-10, GL, DL; front wheel drive GL-10 turbo, GL-10, GL turbo, GGL, DL
Sedan: full time all wheel drive GL-10 turbo, RX turbo; on demand 4wd GL-1o turbo, GL; front wheel driveGL-10 turbo, GL-10, GL turbo, GL, DL
3 door coupe: full time all wheel drive GL turbo; on demand 4wd GL; front wheel drive GL turbo, GL, DL
3 door hatchback: on demand 4wd GL; front wheel drive GL turbo, GL, DL
Brat: on demand 4wd GL

Available colors on 1987 Subarus: Liberty White, Maple Beige, Splendor Red, Extra Black, Moon Silver metallic, Lucent Gray metallic, Lake Blue metallic, Twilight Blue metallic, Mica Red, Champaign Gold metallic, Cinnamon metallic,
Available 2 tone colors on the 1987 XT model: Liberty White over Gull gray, Splendor Red over Extra Black, Moon Silver over Lucent Gray, Lucent Gray over Moon Silver, Lake Blue over Moon Silver, Mica Red over Moon Silver


the front view
This GL 3 door hatchback is 157.3" long. For comparison, a 2012 Impreza 5 door hatchback is 173.8" long- that's 16.5" longer- and the 2012 Impreza 4 door sedan is 180.3" long.

the hitch is aftermarket and keeps other cars from hitting the bumper

full side view. yes they are the original wheels, unpainted bumpers and soide moldings

rear view

black unpainted bumpers are low maintenance. 

optional front mud flap

optional mud flap. Notice the standard side molding

the spare tire was in the engine compartment

1.8L 4 cylinder, carburator

the original cloth bucket seats

4 speed manual transmissioin  with On Demand 4WD lever 

a glove box with lower parcel shelf 

power windows were not available

standard door map pocket

the till steering wheel.

ther instrument panel with tach, speedometer, engine temp, volt, fuel, oil pressure, graphic monitor and digital clock

center stack with a/fm radio, ashtray, lighter, heater controls. 
This car does have the optional a/c

turn signal and headlight switch

front and rear wiper controls

spilt folding rear seat. This is the original interior. Thats the owners umbrella on the seat 

looking out the back window you can see the standard rear wiper

cargo area with golf clubs. the cargo cover was standard. notice the rear speakers


the 1987 brochure

a brochure page on the 1987 hatchbacks. this webpage is about a GL 4wd model.

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