1986 Toyota Corolla Reviews

1986 Toyota Corolla Twincam 1.6 (4AGE) from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 (4AGE) Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired280000 kilometres
Most recent distance330000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Sprinter

Summary:

No frills options, but heaps of thrills motor

Faults:

Nothing really, just normal wear and tear:

Tyres.

Brake pads.

Shocks.

Brake bulbs.

Engine oil/filter.

General Comments:

For its age, it's bloody good.

The motor loves to rev, constantly to 7200rpm!

This was the series 2 model, so it had the C52 updated gearbox, it seemed to handle the power pretty well.

Had shorter ratio gearboxes make them rev quick.

Compared to 1600cc of the past and even today, this thing goes. Will put 6cyl cars to shame of the same era, maybe even V8's.

The standard alloys had to go, would lock up pretty easy, so upgraded to 15x7 wheels and Bridgestone Grid3 tyres. Came with 4 wheel disk brakes, and stopped on a dime.

Inside the car was small, hard to get into and the rear was even worse. Rear folding seats came in handy, but not like a wagon.

Stock handling was OK, had a lot of roll. Ended up putting on lowered springs, wider/low profile tyres and stiffer rear sway bar; she handled excellent.

Outside they are common to rust, standard they look like any other Corolla, but lowered and with wide wheels, she looked mean.

This racer boy car makes everyone look like a rice boy car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2010

1986 Toyota Corolla GLX 4AEG CARBY 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4AEG CARBY 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 kilometres
Most recent distance28400 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 504

Summary:

Cheap to own and run, highly recommended, even when old

Faults:

Blown head, may be porous, common with age.

Start motor.

Waterpump.

Radiator.

Battery.

Bootlid springs.

Rear struts.

Drivers seat sagging.

General Comments:

Most of the faults I encountered gave plenty of warning, and when serviced as per instructed these Ae82 offer exemplary reliability and economy.

For its size, a manual performs well, has faultless air conditioning that worked in 55 degrees.

If the cooling system is not maintained it will get hot, but have yet to boil after I replaced the head gasket/waterpump/rad. The sender switch in the thermostat housing is a common cause.

This car at nearly 300000 drove in 50 celcius+ temperaturess fully loaded through the outback, through mud and bonnet deep water and never once failed.

I have faith in this to drive it across the country. For a car that is 23 years old and 300000, it blows no smoke, every thing works like new, and it starts every time.

Cheap, good parts are getting hard to find, and eventually the bodywork gives way to rust, especially leaky boot and rear seat.

The paint is as good as many cars half its age, and it routinely gets 600 km on the open road, 380 in the city per tank.

The weak points are safety, braking heavily sustained or under load and sound insulation.

Overall highly recommended for do it yourself, easy to repair, and rewarding to drive, as bugger all goes wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2010

1986 Toyota Corolla SR5 4AC from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4AC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance280000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

I've had this for 10 years, and it's still sweet

Faults:

Totaled 3 times by other drivers, even though it's painted bright yellow. I've fixed it myself each time.

New clutch and throw-out bearing once.

New timing belt twice.

New blower motor once, new blower relay once.

New water pump twice.

New starter once.

New power steering pump once.

New struts and shocks twice.

New shoes and pads and wheel cylinders twice.

Getting new rear wheel bearings soon.

General Comments:

This car is just fun. Bought for 500 bucks ten years ago, I have to put about 3 or 4 hundred in it per year. I reviewed it back when I got it on this site. I'm reviewing it again to let you all know, this car is still running 10 years later.

It's love now, and if and when something finally goes wrong with this car that I can't fix, or I finally can't scrounge or make parts for it, or it just finally burns to the ground, I'll just flop down on the street and cry my head off.

Coming up on 300000 miles soon, but I'm not worried. If Toyota still made cars like this, sticking accelerators would be mentioned only along with the phrase, "but I still think that car's great!"

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2010

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 42 reviews