1992 Toyota Carina GTi 2.0 3SGE from UK and Ireland


Fast four-door fun. Reliability as standard


New super strut at 178-000 (three times the longevity than the GT4 units :) ). Costs £178 from the dealer. A popular option is to replace the figure 8 links, which does work, but you need to change the end joint. People always cheap out and forget this - IT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

The usual pads / discs / tyres etc all wearing as you would expect. The car is on the original clutch and engine/gearbox.

Some very slight rust above the numberplate after 190000 miles. Fixed easily. Was probably a chemical issue as have had some acid rain recently.

General Comments:

Absolutely fault-less compared to other cars. Fast four door for little money. Much better than any of the rivals.

Handling is good with the Toyota super-strut, not as advanced as the Primera or the Honda double wishbone, but probably second/third in its class.

Performance is unreal for a 1992 mass produced four door. 0-60 in a proven 7.5, rather than Toyotas 8.3 figure. The only similar car to worry it is the later spec Ford ST24 and the Astra GTE (which is not really in the same class, but common enough on british roads). It is NOT a supercar, but for what it is, it is very good indeed. The 3SGE is a Toyota/Yamaha project, and very tunable IF YOU GET THE RIGHT WORK DONE.

Brakes are impressive at 277mm and have a lot of feel. In comparison to the driver's car of the class (Primera GT) they were a LOT better. My 200 SX only had 27x mm on them (RS13).

Steering can be a bit lifeless, but this usually indicates worn suspension.

Interior is classic japanese bland, but better than most. Quite a few toys, but wasn't updated much before the Avensis came along.

The ONLY motoring press fault was that it was dull. This is because the british built (NON GTi) Carinas were, but the JAPANESE BUILT (GTi) were a whole different animal. It certainly shows when you dismantle them and see the improvements in the component parts. To most people, a stanard car is dull - so in other words this is absolutely fine.

Just do some colour coding and stiffen up the suspension and chassis then you will have something VERY special on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2007

1992 Toyota Carina XL 2.0 diesel from Malta


The car is simply magnificent hard to find another one like it.


I changed brakes when I first bought it. Also a general service, oil and filter, diesel filter and shock absorbers.

General Comments:

The car is magnificent, even though not that fast, but it offers tons of features, reliable, spacious, head room is perfect, leg room as well. the dash board is filled with all the necessities you will need when driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2006

1992 Toyota Carina EXECUTIVE 2.0i petrol 2.0i from UK and Ireland


Very reliable, heavy on fuel and is slow


Clonk rear of car when turning car in low gear;

Juicy during winter months;

General Comments:

Very reliable.

Quiet engine.

Reasonably fast, but not outstanding.

Can drink fuel: 20 mpg in town alone and 30 mpg on motorway.

However, if I drive at 50 MPH on motorway constantly I get 55 MPG.

Quite spacious;

Tyre wear heavy, heard they last 20k miles.

Very ugly;

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2003

21st Apr 2003, 04:41

Quite interesting comments about your cars fuel consumption that suggests to me you have a problem, possibly a blocked PCV valve or air filter.

I own a 1995 2.0 executive and easily attain 30mpg around town and up to 42mpg on the motorway.

The Toyota 3F-SE engine is normally a very fuel efficient engine, possibly the best in its class, so I would look into it if I were you also those problems would blunt performance.

Also I don't think a 0-60 time of 8.8secs is slow for a car of its size coupled with a lot of torque through the rev range.

1st May 2003, 13:40

If you think a Carina is ugly, just check out a Renault Vel Satis, Fiat Multipla or Yaris Estate, now they are cars are would REALLY call ugly.

The Carina is a purely functional looking car neither ugly nor stunningly attractive.

17th Mar 2006, 15:52

I just got myself a 1992 2 litre Toyota Carina Executive. I only paid £380 for it. Actually, I think it is fairly pretty. It is purple, which I'm not sure about, but for the price... It has a lovely automatic gearbox and it has only done 86000 miles.

The built-in radio is OK, but the CD player isn't too good. It skips tracks if you even breathe hard. Other than that, I'm quite happy with it overall.