1996 Toyota Carina E 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Nothing after 66k apart from an over-sensitive alarm system (now fixed free of charge).

General Comments:

Very reliable large roomy family work horse. A pleasure to drive although I was given a 1.8 litre petrol Carina as a courtesy car during a service and I wasn't impressed with it at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2000

2nd Jun 2003, 11:30

Dear Steve,

Your comments on the Toyota Carina E were very good. I have a Carina E 2.0 TD GS. The only problem I'm having is the remote control won't open the doors and when I go to open the doors by using the key, the alarm goes off and the engine gets immobilized and so I'm unable to start the car.

Your survey suggests that this problem can be rectified free of charge. Would I have to take it to any Toyota dealer, or is there some other procedure. Please advise. Thanking you very much.

Sohail e mail address saj262@hotmail.com.

1996 Toyota Carina CD 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Nothing has gone wrong. Touch wood!

Air con had to be recharged, and that is it.

General Comments:

These cars are great for the family, they are cheap to run ie (42mpg), have plenty of room and all the extras you get are fantastic ie A/C, leather, CD player and the list goes on.

They might not be the best looking car out there but I rate it high.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 1999

1996 Toyota Carina E GS 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Exhaust Gasket.

Radio Cassette Player (twice).

General Comments:

Very reliable car if a little sluggish.

I have done 67,000+ miles in just under 3 years with hardly any problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

1996 Toyota Carina E S 1.6 petrol injection from UK and Ireland


Nothing, it only has 24,000 miles on the clock!!! Although it has started to make a funny sound if it is driven hard!!!

General Comments:

Boring to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

14th Dec 2000, 19:54

It is so not boring to drive, what would you consider exciting to drive, a car that continually broke down or blewup, or what??

24th Nov 2001, 08:07

I agree, these cars are not boring to drive, in fact I have great fun driving mine. Years ago I owned a Renault 21 Turbo, it was quick and handled like it was on rails, but I hated the sight of it because it was such an unreliable, rattly, electrical nightmare. I love my Carina because it just goes on and on without any problems whatsoever and it has a cracking engine, and is simply a pleasure to own.

12th Aug 2003, 10:11

I have never driven an exciting car. Even the new bmw mini feels like an old pensioner car.

You need to learn to enjoy it and it will then be exciting. Always think of the reliability.