1991 Toyota Carina XL 2.0 diesel


Great wagon for every day and highway


The exhaust system corroded and fell apart - exchanged for a new one.

Rear shocks expired.

The radiator rusted out at 230 000.

I had to buy the air-box silencer since the car had a front left crash and this expensive plastic part was not included in the repair.

I decided to replace an entire wiper arm as the spring has gotten weak. Actually I had one from Carina E installed, fits perfect.

General Comments:

The car drives smoothly and is dynamic for a 70 horsepower diesel station wagon.

I have had bigger wagons before this one, but the size comes in very handy.

Despite the look, the seats in the Carina are among the best standard fit seats I have ever experienced, even better than those in my old 240 Volvo I would say.

The quality of fit and finish is high.

The Toyota is cheap to run and a real fuel miser, thus I feed it the best fuel and oil.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2004