Nice, sporty, spacious, fast - a Toyota as it should be
The only thing that's gone wrong was the ABS system at 130.000 km, turns out, the sensor was damaged... but was replaced and worked fine since.
I got this car as a gift from my father, so we've owned it since 1995 and had, beside the ABS mentioned, absolutely no problem with it.
To my surprise nobody really mentioned the sporty heart of the car. It accelerates (from 0-100 km/h) in 9,0 sec, which is faster then any similar car, even a BMW or Audi. The gears are perfectly in-sync and the ratio is extremely sporty. With the superb aerodynamics (cv is about 0,28) it can outrun most of the cars on the road, even the much more expensive ones.
The suspension is very stiff, even stiffer then some tuned cars with Apex or similar sport-springs an shocks, which is a good thing, if you are a dynamic driver, but less good for the comfort.
The seats are phenomenal, many manufacturers sell similar seats as sport-seats (for instance VW).
The space it offers is also quite generous, the car is roomier than most similar cars.
The quality is superb, a fine example of japan craftsmanship, even the trunk carpeting is phenomenal.
The spear parts are quite expensive, but it's not a problem, since the car is very reliable and almost never breaks down.
All in all, I think the car is a very sporty package, suitable for young families, if offers lots of space, good traveling qualities, a very powerful engine (at least the 2.0 16V version), the fuel consumption is very low for a car of this size and performance (about 7-8 liters per 100 km), the car is reliable and nice to look at.
They've stop manufacturing them, but if you are looking for a reliable, yet fast used car, I can only recommend this Japanese peace of art.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th March, 2003