1985 Toyota Carina 2 1.6 petrol from Finland
Simple and durable!
Left rear brake pipe broke during MOT, replaced it myself, cost less than 20 euros. The car rusts faster than European cars.
Other than that, nothing ever went wrong, however, I changed oil, oil filter, spark plugs, cables, distributor head and rotor, air filter, petrol filter, timing belt and auxiliary belt by myself as a part of normal service.
Drives superb! starts first time every time, even in winters -25 C. A lot of space in the boot, easy to fix and service at home.
It's almost 25 years old, but still runs like a new car, never broke down on roadside, I've driven it over 1600 kms in a day on motorway.
Spare parts are cheaper and easier to find. The car has got just what we need to roll on, no stupid functions, no complicated electronics.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd July, 2009
20th Aug 2009, 22:30
Hi, I just had a,look at what you put and I think it has helped me make my mind up, as I am on my way in the morning to look at a Toyota Carina 11 1.6 GL hatch with 57,000 miles, and all service history plus all MOTs, plus MOT till June 2010.
So thanks for the info, all the best, Bren.