Toyota Soarer Reviews from UK and Ireland

1988 Toyota Soarer GZ20 2.0 Twin turbo

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Twin turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 kilometres
Most recent distance96000 kilometres
Previous carMazda Eunos

Summary:

Well built retro coupe

Faults:

Not a lot:

Clutch was gone when I bought it.

Cruise control doesn't work.

General Comments:

Very well built, easy to work on & maintain. Totota common parts are everywhere so fairly easy to maintain. I drove it round for a few months before converting it into its new role destined for a slightly harder life than before.

Has now been stripped out & converted into a D1 GB Drift car running 260bhp on the original engine. Uprated suspension, LSD, six point cage, fire extinguishers etc. This car does sideways!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2006

1994 Toyota Soarer GT 3.0L

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Superb!

Faults:

Condensation in passenger side headlamp, easily dried out with a little patience.

Occasionally squeaky, rear anti roll bar bushes, at slow speeds.

Small, not very noticable, cracks in the interior door trim.

All the above are relatively commonly found problems with Soarers.

General Comments:

This is a very smooth and quiet luxury grand tourer with sports coupe styling. A nice head turner! Performance with the 3.0 litre engine is adequate, but not mind blowing. My fuel economy, with mixed, but mainly town driving, averages between 25-30mpg.

Very solid with good build quality throughout.

Despite being nice and spacious for the driver and front passenger, for such a large car space seems to be limited. The rear seats are next to useless for anything other than small children. The boot is deceptively small too, but it's still just big enough to get a couple of suitcases in.

Headroom is good in my non sunroof model with at least 5cm to spare. I'm 6ft 3.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2004

25th Feb 2007, 11:00

It's a 2.5L engine not a 3.0L, so the performance for a 1600kg car is very good.

24th Jun 2007, 09:48

I'd been reading various comments on the web about Soarer's for some time (mostly very good) so I realised there had to be something to them. The first one I test drove supposedly had around 120,000 k's on the odometer, but It drove like a car that had done a lot more. And the dealer in question wanted $12,000, with no registration or roadworthy Certificate. Not a good buy at all. Three months later, I happened to test another one with the same k's, but this one drove like it had done around half that mileage. The quad cam V8 was super responsive, the handling was incredible, with great feedback through the steering at speed. The interior and fit out of these cars is amazing, seeing they first saw the light of day in 1991. And what about that top of the range sound system? You feel like you're in a concert hall. To sum up, I've owned cars that I've paid twenty times as much, and while they were great to drive, they didn't drive any better than my mighty ($8,000, and with a roadworthy certificate to boot!) Soarer. Would I ever buy another one or recommend them to anyone? In a heartbeat!

17th Dec 2012, 06:50

It can be a 3.0L if it not have a turbo; only the twin turbo one was 2.5L.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews