Toyota Carina Review from Hungary

1997 Toyota Carina 1.6

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carSeat Cordoba


Good car, but not really reliable


Serious engine failure due to water pump problem. Engine had to be completely rebuilt (done by official Toyota dealer). Even so it has consumed a lot of oil after that.

First bend of the exhaust system burned out 3 times.

Bad quality factory body finish. In addition the base layer is white. On my dark red metallic car every small scratch was visible.

General Comments:

Quite fast (top speed around 200 km/h) compared to the 1.6 (16V) engine and the size of the car.

If used decently fuel consumption can be as low as 7-8 litres.

Large trunk - around 500 litres.

Reliable air-conditioning and electric system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st October, 2006

29th Oct 2009, 17:38

Its true though that some people can even break hammers. I know guys that break crowbars in the course of a days work, so nothing can keep all the people happy all the time, even a solid hammer like the Carina.

Average review marks: 5.2 / 10, based on 1 review