Made Toyota replace Mercedes in my private classification as the world's best car maker
I bought it just a couple of weeks ago for $2,700, searched for a Mercedes, but I found this one - and it had automatic transmission as I wanted - I though I'd go for it as I read before about its reliability (3- and 5-year Starlets are least likely to show faults among all cars in the world - beating Porsche and Mercedes!). Things that have gone wrong:
Insulation seems to be letting some water in through the back door in heavy rain (but no rust after 9 years of service).
It makes sounds on bumps - I don't know whether this is plastic or something else, but it's pretty loud.
My former cars were Volvo 244 and Mercedes 123 and - most recently - 116 280SE, so you can appreciate the transition, but I am very happy with the Starlet. I am a bit of a fatalist and reliability is important for me, and this little Toyota promises to be very faithful.
It drives very well, especially in urban cycle, perhaps a little too noisy on the highway at speeds above 120 km/h, but nothing seriously annoying.
I wish it had power steering.
Fuel economy could be better - it burns some 7-8 litres per 100 km at 130 km/h.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd July, 2001