1987 Toyota Supra Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1987 Toyota Supra GT Twin Turbo 2.0 Twin turbo D O H C

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Twin turbo D O H C Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 kilometres
Most recent distance179000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona

Summary:

Its my Baby

Faults:

The cams ground themselves into the head.

It ran all of the big end bearings.

I blew the clutch to pieces.

The only other thing is the tires I go through two rears a month.

Blew both turbos dragging a REX(beating it.).

General Comments:

The new cams I got and extensive head work made a very nice difference.

Single turbo upgrade to a T4 running 18psi.

Lightened and balanced flywheel and crankshaft, with a four pu k clutch.

Apex i air fuel controller.

Turbo-smart B O V and boost controller.

3 1/2 inch exhaust from turbo with no cat.

Lowered on 17inch Spiders.

Resprayed in yellow.

Best quarter mile to date 13.6 at 15psi and with no fuel controller.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2004

1987 Toyota Supra GT 3.0 3.0 turbo intercooler

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 turbo intercooler Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired186000 kilometres
Most recent distance186600 kilometres
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

Plenty of go for your dollar

Faults:

So far there have been no major problems.

The front wheel bearings need to be replaced, but considering the distance they've covered this is not unreasonable.

A common fault with these cars is the blowing of head gaskets. This is caused by the torque settings on the head bolts being too low.

If they are torqued down to 75 ft.lbs you will not have any trouble.

There are plenty of minor things that need attention e.g the rear hatch squeaks, but this is a common fault, caused by worn rubber pads.

General Comments:

It would be hard to find a car on the market today that has as many features as what these do, for so little money.

This car cost me less than $3000 and it has the following:

3 litre, 24 valve, twin cam, turbo charged, intercooled engine with full electronic fuel injection (distributorless), proportional power steering, anti-lock braking system, power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, digital dash, electronic lock-up torque converter, computer controlled electronically operated transmission, electric seats, central locking, and many small features such as a light around the driver's key hole on the door, and one around the ignition switch that comes on when you open the door to get in.

The bodies are triple and quadruple skinned in many places and are completely dipped at the factory so structural rust is not a problem.

Being a turbo charged engine, regular oil and filter changes are suggested.

In the stock form you'll get about 200 Hp at the rear wheels - modified you can get in excess of 600 Hp.

The nice thing about these cars is that they look great, and there aren't a million of them on the road, so it's something just a little different compared to the masses of other Jap sports cars out there.

Considering they were over $70,000 when they were new, owning one now is a real joy.

My only disappointment is that it's an auto. 5 speed manual Supras are so rare it's not funny - only a handful came out of the factory in Japan - but there are a few around that have been converted.

Locating a gearbox is not easy either as the majority of compatible boxes have been snapped up by the V8 boys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2003

9th Oct 2005, 23:49

I just wanted to say, that maybe in Australia or NZ, the price for one was $70,000 dollars, but not here in america, they went for around $30,000 here.

1st Nov 2008, 01:41

How can I get 600 hp? email me at glim@usa.com

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews