1996 Toyota Carina GLi 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Big and comfortable, slow with an auto box
Only one thing, the power steering rack needed replacing.
Comfortable car, very spacious in the back with a huge boot. Nice on the long trips.
Horrifically, embarrassingly slow to pull away from traffic lights, or going up any kind of hill. On more than one occasion, I was overtaken by lorries going up hills, because I simply couldn't make it move faster. My Carina had a 1.6 engine and an automatic gearbox, which is perfectly adequate for a small car, but not for a big barge like that. I took it for a test drive, thinking I could live with its lack of performance, but in the event I couldn't.
Power steering rack failed on me shortly after I purchased it. I have since learned that this is a common problem on Carina E models, but I failed to do my homework this time. Had to top it up frequently with P.A.S. fluid to keep it going, but to its credit, it never stopped actually working.
The fuel economy was poor, even with gentle driving. Apart from that though, nothing else went wrong.
Bought it June 2011 for £500, sold as scrap October £150. We learn by our mistakes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd November, 2011