1983 Toyota Supra Review from Australia and New Zealand

1983 Toyota Supra MA61 5me

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 5me Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance305000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude




I replaced the rear diff.

Radiator was replaced with re-cored unit.

Changed the head gasket at 290,000km.

General Comments:

A very reliable, practical and comfortable car.

Fantastic ride and handling for stock set-up. This car has a tight turning circle, so is easy to live-with in town, while being great over long distances too.

Very good visibility out of the spacious cabin. Digital dashboard is clear and simple to read.

SOHC 5me engine and automatic gearbox are slower than time, but smooth and user-friendly.

The car never broke-down with mechanical issues, but did have a few electrical glitches (typical for such an old car).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th June, 2011

21st Mar 2012, 13:27

I have an '83 Supra, too, and it's been great. I noticed you said you replaced the rear LSD... mine is worn out, but I can't find a rebuilt one anywhere. Where did you get yours??? If I can't find replacement parts, I'll have to sell it :(

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 1 review