Fuji Heavy Industries began producing the Subaru Leone since 1971. Manufacturing ended during the latter part of 1994 to make way for the production of the Subaru Impreza. The engine format of every Subaru Leones was powered by an impressive Subaru EA boxer engine that is similar to the kind that BMW and Volkswagen use. However, the Subaru Leone also has its fair share of weak points that present car owners or second-hand buyers may want to take note of.
The horn circuit on a Subaru Leone tends to disintegrate faster than normal since the earlier models of the car somehow sat on experimental stages during that time. The horn circuit rests behind the headlight area on the front headers. Previous materials for the front headers of Subaru Leones are not very reliable, especially when compared to today's standards.
Subaru Leones are equipped with a single point fuel injection mechanism that is less than perfect if the vehicle is not in mint condition. An old car model installed with this mechanism tends to guzzle up gas more than what is fairly acceptable for a vehicle of its generation. The main reason for this is that a single point fuel injection engine is required to work double time when the car is old to compensate for the clogged and rusty single pathway that allows petrol to travel throughout the car. Driving a Subaru Leone, therefore, is not advisable for those who are planning to economize their lifestyle.
While it is a good thing that Subaru Leone parts are mostly original equipment; it also follows that the supply is limited, and therefore, the prices can get pretty steep. Even labor charges are expensive since car maintenance shops estimate the price of their labor using the availability of the parts and tools necessary to service a car. The good side to this, though, is that if you managed to sustain your Subaru Leone in top working condition-with all the genuine parts and unfailing service repairs-your car can be sold at a high value. Japanese cars tend to have a higher resale value than European cars.