1986 Toyota Corolla Reviews - Page 9 of 12

1986 Toyota Corolla AE82 4A-GE 1.6 Twin Cam from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4A-GE 1.6 Twin Cam Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired345000 kilometres
Most recent distance352000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

A low budget performance car!

Faults:

Since I have owned this car I have had to replace the alternator at a cost of $66. I will also need to buy an alternator belt, replaced the wiper blades, right-hand high/medium globe. For something with so many kms on it, the interior is doing well. Broken window wiper and glove box hinge. Fuel gauge not working properly.

General Comments:

The Twin Cam Corolla is a great car and very fuel-efficient. I have placed aftermarket struts in mine so the handling is even better. A sports exhuast system gives it a little more go. Also, a set of king springs improve looks and make it a real buzz to drive. My car already has 350,000 kays on the dial tho' I feel it could do that again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2003

1986 Toyota Corolla Base 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres

Summary:

A poor student's dream

Faults:

The car needed new tires when I got it.

Needed a new alternator and battery at 245000 Km's.

Burns a liter of oil every 500 Km's.

I raced a motor home and lost, that's how slow my car is.

General Comments:

My car has only one option, a clock. No power steering or anything like that. It burns a lot of oil and is very slow. Other than that it has been great. Never lets me down. If you can't afford a newer car this is the car for you. The engine is very worn out and that lowers my fuel economy and power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2003

29th Apr 2003, 23:35

I've got a 1986 Toyota Corolla, I've had it for 8 years right through school and now Uni. It's a great car, reliable as hell, if something goes wrong with it theres a pretty good chance you can fix it yourself. Its done around 285000km and still going strong, does use a little oil though. Can't go wrong with a lo-rolla.

1986 Toyota Corolla GT Coupe 1.6 Twin Cam 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Twin Cam 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carOpel Vectra

Summary:

Mad loony mobile that can still impress

Faults:

The big end bearings are on their way out.

Had to replace the clutch.

Finally I'm going through a set of tires for the back every month, but that's just me having some fun.

General Comments:

Mad bugger of a car recommend buying one.

Its the best fun you can have on four wheels.

Once you get the bug you won't lose it trust me I know I'm on my third one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2003

1986 Toyota Corolla Base 1.6L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 miles
Most recent distance176000 miles
Previous carMercury Sable

Summary:

An indestructible beater car

Faults:

Bumper came off after an encounter with an old Chevy truck.

Oil cap was left off at one time, causing oil to be sprayed under the hood.

General Comments:

This car is indestructible. My dad has owned it since '89 and has been using it in stop and go traffic everyday since. Despite lack of maintenance (I think the oil was just recently changed... for the first time in 13 years!!!), stop and go driving, and three people learning to drive a stick on it, it drives on. I'm now driving it while I fix my other car, and I have to say that for the money, this car is quite a deal. 100,000 is nothing for this car. While my Chevy is started to come apart at 101,000, this little beater will probably life to see my younger brother drive it. Seating and accomodations are spartan, interior is tacky at best (unless you enjoy cheap tweed), gas mileage is great, and reliability is excellent. It's slow as all hell, but that's not so important to some people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2002

1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S 1.6-Twin Cam 16v from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6-Twin Cam 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired458000 kilometres
Most recent distance497000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

A pleasure to own and drive

Faults:

Clutch was needed at time of purchase.

Brakes were also almost useless.

Water pump puked at 465000.

Power steering idler hit the hood at 468000, car handled better w/o.

Synchros for 1st and 2nd were non-existent at time of purchase.

General Comments:

When I bought this car, it had already been beaten by a friend of mine for three years. Having paid $160.00 for it I didn't expect very much from the car, but I was pleasantly surprised when I finally got it going.

Though obviously worn out and mistreated, the car proved to be an absolute blast to drive, whether it be on a curvy blacktop, or an unpredictable logging road.

Aside from sucking all the dust off the back tires on back-roads, I haven't a single complaint. I can't even force myself to sell this car, even though I have a high performance Camaro in the garage.

If you find a bargain on a Corolla GT-S, don't hesitate. Even if you have trouble, it is a very easy car to work on.

P.S.-Set some money aside for a set of tires, you'll need them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2002

7th Sep 2004, 15:34

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