1997 Toyota Carina SE Solair 1.8 lean burn petrol from UK and Ireland
Brilliantly designed/built appliance
Radiator hose started leaking around 120k miles; replaced the standard hose clip with a jubilee clip and solved the problem.
The car is much more solid-feeling to drive than other cars of this age; it doesn't feel worn-out, although the engine could do with a thorough service to restore some lost power.
Has been completely reliable in everyday use, with low fuel consumption.
Very well-built and easy to work on for home servicing. No flimsy bits of plastic to break, or cheap bolts/fastenings to round off.
The boot and leg-room are also excellent.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th June, 2009