1983 Toyota Corona DX 1.6 petrol/CNG
Good honest car
Alternator failed once. Easy fix.
Starter motor replaced once.
Water pump changed when it got noisy.
It seemed to me that most problems were related to the CNG system.
CNG (compressed natural gas) was a pain in the neck at times, but produced big savings as well. We could do 250 - 300 km's per week city driving for under $15.00. On long runs it could be surprisingly cheap to run.
The Toyota itself was simple and bullet proof.
This car served my young and growing family really well.
It was reasonably comfortable in the front seats, but the back seats were not so comfortable for adult sized passengers.
It gave the impression it could run well for many years. I was glad to have purchased our first Japanese car, rather than some ghastly British Leyland crap. Holden were also producing some pretty dismal four cylinder models.
We almost made the same mistake many Kiwis had made - buying non Japanese cars, thinking they would be of good quality. These companies appeared to abuse customers for their loyalty.
The Toyota Corona was an excellent car for N.Z. Some are still in use today. I liked it for its simplicity.
The mechanic we dealt with would often "fail" it for a warranty of fitness and replace one thing or another. We later found this guy to be dishonest.
He was receiving bonuses from his boss (and doing well) we later found out from a reliable source.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st January, 2012