1996 Toyota Carina ED 2.0L petrol from Australia and New Zealand
- Bought the car with a noisy cam belt. Had it replaced as it had slackened with age.
- Slow oil leak from rocker cover.
- Smoked at cold start up. Oil was getting into a cylinder or a build up of carbon was causing smoke.
- Gas flap spring was broken.
Overall it was a pretty good car. Not amazing, but good. Generally reliable. I did fix a couple of things, but I think I got the car right when a couple of important parts needed attending to (I got it at a good price so I didn't mind).
Feels sporty. Stiff suspension, weighty steering, low to the ground. Unfortunately the 3S-FE engine doesn't have the grunt to match (130hp). If you were looking for one, go for the 3S-GE (170hp).
As I was driving in traffic mostly, power wasn't needed so it suited me fine. Fairly economical for a 2L.
I liked the interior. Well thought out positioning of amenities. Split folding rear seats (60/40) into spacious boot. Console area surrounds the driver and allows for ease of use.
Good looking car in my opinion. Similar in look to a Nissan Silvia S14/200sx. Cool yellow tinted fog lights and rear logo illumination.
Generally happy with the car, but nothing amazing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th February, 2016