1989 Toyota Carina II Break 1.6 Liter 16v
Very reliable, maybe a bit boring if you're a mechanic
I replaced the ignition wiring at 180000 km.
I replaced the rear shocks at 200000 km.
I replaced the front part of the exhaust last year.
Recently I have a bad case of shimmy, but it's not caused by the tire balance, I suspect the brake parts.
For what I paid for it, I don't think I'll be able to find another car as reliable, safe to drive, easy to understand and simple to maintain as this.
Comparing to my 1977 Chevrolet Impala which always needs some work and a lot of attention (if it isn't the brakes it's the cooling system) the Toyota is far superior for mechanics and part design, but I think all Japanese cars are.
I wonder what my Impala would have looked like technically If it were designed by Toyota.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st September, 2003
15th Dec 2003, 07:48
Does anyone have a diagram/guide of how to change/fix (hand) brakes on this car (Toyota Carina II)?
Thanks in advance.
15th Dec 2004, 05:23
Toyota Carina II is presently my best car, when compared to other cars I have used. Today my Toyota will be 6 years old after i purchased it as second hand from the first hand user in Holland. The engine is still as good as new and the chasses is very strong, except for the shock absorbers and the brake pads which I change when ever they are bad.This car still remains the best in my life.The car is strong and is economical to operate,expecially in the tropical region of Africa.
14th Jan 2006, 23:37
I am driving a TOYOTA CARINA II which I bought as a used car when I was studying in the UK, and when it was time for returning to my country my son asked to me ship it home. This machine has proven to be more reliable than the TOYOTA IPSUM and the ISUZU we have in the family. Can someone out there help me with its manuals?