Toyota Caldina Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2002 Toyota Caldina ST215 2.0 turbo unleaded

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo unleaded Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 kilometres
Most recent distance79000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki SX4

Summary:

Great wagon, with performance to boot

Faults:

None as of yet.

General Comments:

So far a great car, with performance to match the top local made V8s.

The wagon has been such a godsend for me, as being a family car, it has done everything from tip runs, to picking up huge bits of furniture and parts from the hardware store.

Interior is good for a 2002 model, and has been updated with an in-dash GPS, so I am very happy.

Fuel use has been a bit average, due to where I live, with 10000 roundabouts and a lot of stop starting, giving me 10-11kms/litre.

Plus I have installed a boost gauge and boost controller, with low set to 10 PSI, & high to 15 PSI, which has contributed to the fuel usage.

The car hasn't missed a beat, and maintenance has been easy, with all parts being found at the local auto store under the Celica GT4 section in the maintenance/parts books.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2013

1997 Toyota Caldina GT 2.0 Beams VVTi

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 Beams VVTi Automatic
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Sporty looking wagon, with performance to back up its aggressive styling

Faults:

Water leak into boot somewhere, which is evident around the spare wheel.

Dash stopped working. This is a fairly common fault, and is easy to fix if you are slightly handy with a soldering iron. Link here... http://www.toyotafans.net/speed-sensor-fault-where-are-they-t3459.htm

Boot handle not broken, but very easy to do (I have learnt from past ownership).

Body parts are usually from Japan, and are stupidly expensive, even by Toyota's standards. $1300 for a wing mirror. Try the wreckers... $150 for a wing mirror.

General Comments:

Replaced springs with Tein S-Tech. Lowered approx 30mm. Spring rates up ~5%. Does not scrape anywhere, but handling has been drastically improved. Would recommend totally.

Wheels replaced with factory 17" Subaru GT-B alloys. These bolt straight on and look far nicer than the small, boring, standard Toyota alloys.

Beams engine goes really well. Plenty of power from an economical 2.0 litre. Auto takes away most of torque from standstill, but once underway, this car will accelerate and overtake with ease.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2012

1997 Toyota Caldina GT-T 3SGTE

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3SGTE Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired92869 kilometres
Most recent distance118357 kilometres

Summary:

One of the best cars I have owned

Faults:

Oil light started to flash - checked the oil level when the engine cooled down... The level was OK.

Started to lose power. Auto gears were not changing - revving high.

Lastly, started to blow huge clouds of white smoke through the exhaust. Got told that the turbo must be blown. Had the turbo checked by a certified mechanic. It was OK.

General Comments:

The car is nice to drive.

Has the power to take off quick.

Handles well in wet and dry.

City driving uses a bit more petrol.

Highway driving is very good. About a quarter tank to do 250km.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2012

31st Mar 2012, 05:26

So what had gone wrong with it???

21st May 2012, 03:30

Low oil pressure and lots of white smoke suggest a blown head gasket.

1998 Toyota Caldina GT-T 2.0 turbo petrol

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo petrol Automatic
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 kilometres
Most recent distance81000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Toyota reliability with space and performance.

Faults:

No faults.

General Comments:

Great set of performance and safety features.

Well-proven engine/drivetrain.

Mechanical parts easy to obtain from Toyota, and the 3SGTE is well supported by after-market performance parts manufacturers.

Good driving position and adjustment options, as long as you're not 2m tall. Compact size for a station wagon makes it easy to drive and park.

Seating for 5. Split 60:40 rear seats lay flat for excellent loading space.

Good handling - feels safe. Braking is excellent, as long as you're not driving 'on the edge'.

Comfortable, well appointed cabin with good seating adjustments and typical Toyota easy-to-read instrumentation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2011

1998 Toyota Caldina GT-t 3sgte petrol

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3sgte petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 kilometres
Most recent distance113000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Starlet

Summary:

It's awesome in every way

Faults:

Nothing at all *touch wood*. It's been a great car.

General Comments:

This car is really fast and handles really well. It has a Mines aftermarket ECU, and I have put a cold air intake on it, and have lowered it and put aftermarket 17 inch rims on it, a Blitz blow off valve, and tinted the windows.

It does 0-100 km/h in under 5 seconds, and that's on stock boost with a stock muffler. It's such a sleeper, and makes me smile every time I drive it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2010

4th Feb 2011, 03:28

This car stock doesn't do 0-100km in under 5 seconds; it does 7.1 seconds for manual stock and 7.5 for auto.

12th Apr 2012, 00:04

Has a Mines aftermarket ECU, and I have put a cold air intake on it.

25th Apr 2012, 00:29

You may have a faulty stopwatch there... The Mines ECU is good, and a cold air set-up gives a few horsepower, but you would be very lucky to get a 6 second 0-100kmph with this set-up, and never close to 5 seconds. Sorry, but you must be getting confused.

5th Jun 2012, 21:52

What type of cold air intake did/do you have on your car? Does it have piping etc? Please advise on what you have. Thanks.

10th Aug 2012, 08:44

These numbers are easily attainable with the set up mentioned. Even a stock ST215 manual will reach 100 in under 7 seconds... 191kw factory.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews