1985 Toyota Supra 2.8 Litre straight six
A mega-reliable touring car
The radiator gave out at 215,000 km's. Had it reconditioned.
The master cylinder for the clutch leaked twice, once at 202,000 km's and the second time at 220,000.
The ignition coil slowly 'conked' out (at 220,000), eventually causing a costly string of faults in the ignition system.
Air conditioning unit lost some gas (at 225,000), but this was mainly due to little use.
Power steering sprung a leak at 226,000 km's. Costly to repair.
Beautiful car, really reliable. And when something went wrong with the car, it was usually minor and you could drive for months while it had the problem, (I recommend that you fix any fault as soon as possible though, otherwise it all adds up).
Handles corners really well, but it is not classed as a sports car, as it isn't all that fast acceleration-wise. Get the automatic version if you can find one.
One of the nicest looking cars out there, especially the Aussie compliance model (with the flared wheel guards).
This car was a little thirsty on the petrol (14 litres/Km, or 20 mpg). But it's worth it, and better than the later model Supra's.
Watch out when you have to replace any part, especially if it isn't a part of the engine. The prices are sky-high! (And avoid any car that has a targa top).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th April, 2003