1989 Toyota Supra Review from Australia and New Zealand

1989 Toyota Supra mkIII 3.0 turbo

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Skyline

Summary:

Good bang for your buck!!!

Faults:

My head gasket blew at 145000 kilometers.

The car hasn't been mistreated, so it was a complete shock.

Steering rubber failed, causing the rack to shift from left to right, depending on which side was loaded up.

General Comments:

The MKIII Supra is a great car, and for its age comes with plenty of features. Cruise control, power windows, mirrors, steering, air-con, and electric seats.

Depending on which way you look at the interior, it can seem dull or purposeful. I prefer the latter. The seats are quite good for a car of its era, as they are comfortable buckets; far and away better than any locally produced Holden or Ford of the time.

There are not many cars pre-1990 that give you as much bang for your buck either.

A bit sluggish off the mark (it is 1700kg). But once the turbo spools up, the mid range kick should see you pull in the Commodore that just got you at the lights. However it does lack the screaming top end grunt (stock) to be a V8 killer.

Handling is good, but it can become a bit floaty during high speed corners due to its weight up front.

It's probably too softly sprung, but that can be fixed by fitting some better dampers and springs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2002

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review