1992 Toyota Corona EX Saloon 1.8


Reliable and comfortable, excellent car


Battery died at about 90,000kms (after it was 12 years old).

Head lamps died around the same time.

One rear light bulb died at about 110,000kms.

Water pump started leaking at about 120,000kms.

General Comments:

The car has good mileage, gets 600kms to a full tank (60L tank).

The creature comforts are nice and the electric windows/mirrors etc have never faulted. Air-con is good, shame about no rear window wiper.

There has always been something that's strange to the look of it at the back. But it would make an excellent family car.

Have barely had a fault with it, and it's a 15 year old car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2007

1992 Toyota Corona GL 2.0 petrol


The best car ever assembled in NZ


Front disc brakes needed replacing at 140,000 kilometers.

Engine began to idle above normal revs, 1100 instead of 700, fixed by the dealer at a service.

General Comments:

The most under-rated car ever sold in New Zealand.

Sold from 1992 to 1996, these cars were superior in almost every way to their competition of the time; Ford Telstar, Mazda 626, Mitsubishi Galant, along with most imported models.

These cars have almost faultless reliability.

Their handling is peerless and leaves everything else for dead (thanks to Chris Amon modifications, which were unique to the New Zealand market).

Performance from the 94 kilowatt engine was good, in either manual or multi-mode automatic models.

Cars are capable of easy 180kph cruising on the open road.

Fuel consumption can be heavy around town (12l/100kms), but much better on the open road (8l/100kms).

Automatic models have power/economy mode transmissions, power mode on the open road provides good over-taking ability.

Build quality is superb.

Servicing costs are quite reasonable, as is the level of service from Toyota dealers.

Top-spec GLX models are rare, but simply superb.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2001

29th Oct 2001, 11:08

Tell me about it -- two weekends ago I was helping a friend look for a car, and my first choice was a Corona of that vintage, but they are so rare in the second-hand market, and when they're available, they're expensive. Appears that Corona owners tend to keep their cars.