1985 Toyota Corolla Reviews from UK and Ireland

1985 Toyota Corolla GT 1.6i 16v

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6i 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Previous carSubaru Impreza


Required a new battery.

General Comments:

The Toyota Corolla GT is one of the very first Japanese high performance hot hatches.

The car is equipped with a solid 4A-GE 1600cc 16v twin-cam TVIS engine, which produces an impressive 120hp.

The performance is very good for an old motor. The engine revs very well when the TVIS kicks in @ 5000rpm. The result is 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 121mph.

The car comes track ready with strut braces, specially tuned suspension and 4 wheel brake discs. It is heavy for a small car; 980kg compared to my 1991 Civic 1.6i-16 915kg that had E/S and E/W.

The motor has a real aggressive appearance, and high tunability and modifying potential.

The interior is very basic, dull and boring. There are no luxuries like P/S and E/W. Can't complain much; it is a 25 year old car.

It is slightly similar, but not better than my Honda Civic 1.6i-16 that I had for over 3 years.

One of the very best cars of 1980's era. A very special car, becoming very rare today. This is the third greatest high performance Corolla, behind the AE86 and GTi-16. Corolla's have lost their way after the GTi-16, and no other Corolla will ever come close to these three.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2011

1985 Toyota Corolla GT 1.6 twin cam

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 twin cam Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 miles
Most recent distance137000 miles
Previous carVolvo 480


A pocket money rocket


Nothing major as of yet.

General Comments:

This car is a wolf in sheep's clothing!!!

I would recommend this car to any insurance conscience boy racer type anyday. The acceleration of this car in unbelievable given that it's only a small lightweight car, and that it doesn't look particularly fast either.

The key benefits of this car are the fact that the engine has high compression and a much larger based torque than most other engines of it's kind/age. It will leave, as stated by others, many of your typical boy racer Novas, XR2s, even your newer hot hatch's like the Saxo and the Fiesta Zetec.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2001

16th Jun 2005, 05:14

I have a 1986 c reg twin cam gt. Trust me, the car flies!!! I've blown subaru's and evo's.

19th Aug 2006, 18:57

Ae82 cars are fat and fast.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews