1986 Toyota Corolla Reviews - Page 6 of 12

1986 Toyota Corolla DX 1.6 Gasoline from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired111017 miles
Most recent distance111500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Nova

Summary:

It will outlive any American-brand vehicle

Faults:

Window crank on driver's side is slightly off track.

Water slightly leaks into the trunk during severe rain storms.

Car sometimes hesitates when accelerating, but it probably needs routine fuel system service.

No reverse lights.

Bad washer fluid system.

General Comments:

This car is reliable. I can trust this car to drive from New York to California.

I pass a lot of other cars on the freeway with my car. Some drivers don't even expect to be passed by a 19-year- old 4 cylinder engine car.

The original AM/FM radio had a bad tape player. So I replaced it with a Clarion AM/FM cassette player radio that is also CD changer compatible.

It's starts up with no problem in cold weather.

It will outlive any American brand vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2005

28th Jan 2005, 11:37

I got an old American... and it has not had any of those problems.

1986 Toyota Corolla hatch 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired187000 kilometres
Most recent distance189000 kilometres

Summary:

The coolest car I will ever own

Faults:

I needed a new alternator around 2 weeks after I got it for my 16th birthday.

General Comments:

I love this car. It runs well, and despite its age, it still goes like a little rocket. I am learning to drive on it, and I couldn't have been given a better car. The handling is a little bit dodgy in the rain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th November, 2004

1986 Toyota Corolla fx_gt 1.6 twin cam from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 twin cam Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired168000 kilometres
Most recent distance183000 kilometres

Summary:

A rev happy little bus

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

The motor has a loud knock to it, but has done that since I brought it so who cares.

The twin cam side of things makes it rev up like an angry drunk.

Very cheap to run so more money for beer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2004

1986 Toyota Corolla SR5 4ac 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4ac 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance195000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

This rail is a blast!

Faults:

The few things that have gone wrong with this car are very typical of them because of their age: alternator, heater blower motor, water pump, shocks and struts, valve cover gasket, carb adjustment, timing belt, rotor cap and wires, just mainly wear items, and of course the a/c doesn't work! That's about it, though...

General Comments:

I had one of these when they were new, and when I saw this for sale, I just went and paid the guy! It had been sitting under a tree for years, but even yet it has never left me stranded. I drive it about 30 miles to work every day, with trips across the state whenever I want to go. Sometimes it seems kinda slow, but just not as slow as everyone else! It handles great, gets a lot of comments (I repainted it mr2 signal yellow), and is very economical. Maybe other people have more luxurious vehicles, but there's no way they have more fun driving than I do. If I see another one, I'm getting it too so I have a spare, just in case!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2004

8th Aug 2004, 13:57

I am a proud owner of a 1987 Toyota Corolla Sport Coupe SR-5 with rear wheel drive. It has about 124,000 miles on it now. I purchased it brand new in April of 1987. I feel this car is special due to the fact that 1987 was the last year it was offered with rear wheel drive...

The five speed manual transmission is still in pretty good shape and has never been serviced. I'm not sure what needs to be done to it. The manual clutch has been changed twice.

The only thing that I've done to it in the form of maintenance is routine such as, oil changes, plug changes, rotor and cap, air filter, brakes and of course, tires. The clutch master started to leak recently and I changed that. Relatively it is a dream to work on if you know what you are doing and I'm not a master mechanic, but I do know my way around under the hood. The one thing that drove me crazy for a while was when the relay for the pop-up headlights started acting up. The lights kept going up and down. But by trial and error I soon fixed them, and note there are three possible relays in the circuit and each one costs about $90+.

I plan to keep it forever and will soon have it repainted it's original color, silver dollar metallic.

Yours, truly

Winfield McGue

Years46@aol.com.

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