A perfect driving machine
Alternator went out at 120,000.
Posi-Traction differential went out at 186,000.
Clutch Master and Slave went out at 190,000.
A/C switch went out at 200,000.
Clutch replaced at 120,000 (only time)
Springs and shocks replaced at 170,000.
Nothing else at all.
This was perhaps the greatest car I have ever owned. I bought this as an undergraduate.
I treated it badly. I raced it, did do-nuts in parking lots, roasted tires whenever I could, frequently got it up to 120+ on the freeway, and took country roads at 90.
It ran and ran and ran. The only time it failed to start was my fault - it was -30 outside (-75 wind chill) and I tried to start the car without pushing the clutch in. It would have started without the extra resistance of the clutch assembly.
I once passed 4-wheel-drive trucks on a black ice road, uphill, while they sat in the ditch. This because the tight manual trans and posi differential (and a little driving skill) were utterly controllable.
We traded it in on our 98 Taurus. It had 215,000 miles at the time, and thought the A/C did not work and it had become somewhat hard riding and loud, it still ran PERFECTLY.
It would keep up with Mustang 5.0's if shifted and driven properly, it outhandled anything on the road in cornering, and it always got over 30 mpg and never smoked, no matter how hard I accelerated.
If I had treated it better, I'll bet it would have gotten to 300,000 miles. Three cheers to Toyota. Now if they could start (or begin again) building cars like this that are actually affordable, I'd buy another.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th August, 2004