Toyota Carina Review from Poland

1991 Toyota Carina XL 2.0 diesel

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance235000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 306


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

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