Toyota Carina Review from Portugal

1993 Toyota Carina GLi 1.6

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired386000 kilometres
Most recent distance423500 kilometres


Dependable, amazing, mid size car


Hydraulic brake balance valve has failed this year. 200€ at the dealer.

Was previously in the family since new, so past servicing is known:

Engine overhaul due to low oil running at 180000km.

2 radiators.

1 clutch.

Dealer/shop can improve, both on price and quality.

General Comments:

Comfortable, roomy and time resisting!

Engine pulls well, and overall 40MPG UK (7,0l/100km) makes it a nice 2nd car.

A bit less informative handling.

Reliable, seems to last forever.

Battery drains very quickly, if some light is left on.

An oil check is essential; the 4AFE engine consumes a bit (0,5l/1000km).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2012

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