Yesterday we shared a video showing off a glorious BMW wagon that was ready for the dirt. Today, you can buy a cheaper, slower yet still fun version of that same idea. This 1988 Subaru GL is for sale on my local Craigslist. And it’s prepped for battle. Here’s the text of the ad, in case it goes away:
Up for sale is my 1988 Subaru GL that I’ve turned into a solid off-road vehicle. In the last year it’s had a massive amount of work done to make it capable of driving through the desert and on all manner of trails. This is a unique car for a unique buyer, but if you’re coming across this listing you probably know that already.
Pros: big tires, 2” lift, dual range 4wd, super rad boxy 80s wagon that gets a lot of attention, extremely practical, you won’t see another one like it on the road
Cons: beat up interior, underpowered (and frankly, pretty tired) old engine, needs constant maintenance as it’s an old car being used to tackle mountain and desert trails, rust on the underside that’s repairable but fairly extensive
ADF 2” lift including 1.5” subframe drop
Peugeot 14” alloy wheels
27×8.5 r14 General Grabber ATX tires
I’ve repaired a bunch of stuff on this vehicle (I can post the full list later) but at the moment a few mechanical issues are still present. Needs a front passenger side CV axle, inner and outer tie rods and dust boots, and it burns a lot of oil. If I kept the vehicle I’d probably swap it to the newer and more powerful EJ22 engine. Information and adapter plates are available online.
Check out more pics of the car on Instagram @will.sharpe
The price seems good despite the amount of work needed. Especially since every used car is rocketing to the moon in value. And this is a chance to own and drive something far more unique than any other vehicle you’re likely to come across on the trail. It’s also just as capable thanks to the lift and wheel and tire setup.
Hop in, have fun, and if shit breaks, you’re not going to be out that much dough. This is a great wagon that looks up for an adventure. Check it out here: https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/d/lake-forest-1988-subaru-gl-4wd-dual/7347780315.html