1997 Toyota Carina XLi 1.6 from UK and Ireland
A cheap reliable car for the mature driver
Brake Disks needed to be skimmed when I bought the car (warranty).
Rear links and bushings replaced at 60000 miles. €25
Water pump leaking at 64000. €100
Door handles rattle a bit, super glue seems to have solved this. €1.50.
I have had a number of cars and this one has been the most comfortable, everything is layed out to make it easy on the driver. To offset the above problems I get massive fuel economy (about 40 miles to the gallon). one set of tyres in 30000 miles.
This car feels at home on the motorway or on the back roads, the over-steer is all part of the fun.
The 1.6ltr engine is good fun too, but I wish I got hold of the 1.8 instead.
As for image, well I could make a fortune if I got some taxi plates, but I can put up with that for the peace of mind that it will start every morning.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th April, 2004