1987 Toyota Corona XL Amon 1.8


Tolerance in the face of ignorance


Head needed re-planed.

Seatbelt frayed.

Both tie-rod ends worn.

Waterpump broken.

General Comments:

My first modern car. Never left me roadside. Belonged to the New Zealand Forestry Corporation before me, so it was well looked after.

Last of the NZ Toyotas with Chris Amon designed suspension.

I was only 18 at the time that I bought it, so the poor car endured some horrendous (over-revving) moments.

Claim to fame: was the very last car to recieve the 'Corona-Amon' front guard decals.

Utterly dependable. Traded on a BMW just before it gave up. Fondly remembered, but most likely recycled into several hundred Coke cans by now. Poor car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2006

23rd Mar 2015, 00:31


I just bought a 1988 Corona Amon Liftback in excellent condition.

Chris Amon's suspension and seating etc upgrades for NZ Coronas was still being used... Not sure which mode/year was the last of the Amon specials...


1987 Toyota Corona Avanti 2.4 Fuel Injection


Toyota Calais


When I first picked up the car 15 years ago the rear disk brakes squealed.

Apart from usual service fees, repairs have cost me under $1,000 for:

-Transmission overhaul (150,000km)

-Fuel injection sensor problem (ongoing)

-Radiator replaced at 120,000km

-Head gasket blew from too much 7,000RPM.

General Comments:

The car has all the luxuries you could want, except maybe power windows. When I bought this car I was shocked with the quality and options available.

Unlike the S, CS Coronas, these engines are 2.4 liter ones with a fair bit more punch (0-100 8 sec+-).

The car is extremely smooth and although it had one sensor problem it has never left me stuck anywhere.

The clutch is NOT a racing clutch and will die if it is treated like one.

The car will sit at 2,2000 rpm in 5th at 100 km/h therefore is very economical for the highways.

First car buyers couldn't go past a Corona. It may not have the style or following of Commodores, but it will never let you down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2002

31st Mar 2003, 08:13

I might be wrong here if the 1987 "Avanti" model is different from the 84-86 models, but I know that the 1984 - 1986 Corona Avante models with the 22R-E engine completely standard, CANNOT do 0-100km/h in 8 seconds. Unless you've done some heavy modifications on this car, or the engine is not a 22R-E I seriously doubt that. I own an a stock standard 84 Corona Avante, and the 0-100km/h time is more like 11+ seconds.