17 year old reliability and performance!
The rack and pinion is currently being replaced because there was a gray zone in the steering and it leaked power steering fluid.
There was an oil leak somewhere (I'm not sure of the exact location) on the front of the engine that was just sealed with silicone.
The heater core needed to be flushed out right when I got the car because it wasn't putting out much heat.
The cruise control recently broke.
The starter was replaced because the ignition would sporadically not turn over, it would just make "click".
The dashboard on the passenger side is all cracked up.
There are some small chips in the paint where spots of rust now appear, and some of the trim is bubbling out. Other trim pieces need repainting.
I replaced one of the blinker assemblies because someone was inconsiderate enough to break it in the middle of the night.
I replaced the entire stereo system with a CD head unit, good speakers, and a sub-woofer with amp (the tape deck didn't work when I bought it).
Let's just say I don't know a whole lot about cars, but this one hasn't let me down. I bought it about two years ago not knowing anything about old Toyotas. When I first saw the car I loved the way it looked, and by the time I took it out on the road it was a sure buy. I live in Wisconsin, but the car has only been here for roughly three years. It came from Florida and it shows. The only rust on the car is from the few areas that some paint has been chipped away and behind some trim pieces that I plan on replacing soon. It's still on the original paint job. The interior is still in very good condition with the exception of the dashboard, which cracked the first time it saw winter in Wisconsin, and has been steadily getting worse. The air conditioning still works pretty good, but I'm not sure if it was ever serviced. Mechanically, I've never had a problem which kept me from driving it. It still puts out a good amount of power off the line and can get up to about 115 MPH. Best of all is the handling; it's like a sports car. With rear wheel drive and a nice suspension, it's a lot of fun. Also, I've never seen such wide tires come stock on such a small car. It also has nice alloy rims (the ones everyone wants for their old Toyota). Anyway, I only paid $2000 for it, and it hasn't let me down. I'm confident that it will last the next four years or so that I'm in college, and hopefully be fun to drive the whole time!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th April, 2002