After Top Gear’s numerous tests of the Toyota Hilux and how they could never really and truly kill the car, people finally realized just how well built modern day cars are, specifically Japanese ones despite their generally low prices.

But the car in the following story has to take the crown for the toughest car on the planet. A 1986 Subaru Legacy was recently pulled out of a Finnish lake after sitting at the bottom of this bitterly-cold body of water for three months and, wait for it, managed to start first try.

You can smash a car into as many trees as you want in order to destroy it, but there’s no bigger test than submerging a car for an extended period of time in order to truly test out a car’s build quality.

This particular Subaru was sitting under 12 feet of water and as a result, would have constantly been under significant pressure yet all of the windows remained in tack. Of course, that’s nothing when compared to the car actually starting.

In order to get it started, the Finnish owner extracted the lake water from the gas tank and oil reservoirs, and then doused the ECU with some brake parts cleaner. Before he knew it, the car started right up as did the vast majority of the car’s electronic systems.

It’s safe to say that this Subaru may have created its own Legacy.


Source: Offipalsta

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  (2) posted on 04.4.2015

however my 1997 impreza outback sport was submerged for over an hour... not completely but up to the top of the seats and after replacing park plugs and the ecu... he started.... now running as good as ever at 381,00 miles

  (2) posted on 04.4.2015

first of all I wonder if this is even true being as Subaru did not make a legacy in 1986...

  (347) posted on 06.13.2012

Indeed, Subary must do a test drive of their supposedly three-month experiment.

  (592) posted on 06.11.2012

Yes, it did start, but what about the quality of its performance? I’m pretty sure that the crazy 3-month submersion in water affected it.

  (798) posted on 06.8.2012

Being unkept in three months, it’s no surprise that it ends up being such a lackluster. Anyway, the test of its durability is crazy. Have they tested its performance again?

  (1) posted on 06.7.2012

"in tack." Seriously??? You guys are supposed to be journalists. My 9-year-old niece knows how to spell the word "intact".

  (19) posted on 06.7.2012

It’s just a shame you have to look at it.

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