1990 Toyota Corona Reviews

1990 Toyota Corona Select Saloon 1.5 EFI (5A-FE) from Pakistan

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 EFI (5A-FE) Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Cuore

Summary:

High Performance / Low Cost Drive!

Faults:

Sometimes the engine decides to raise or lower the Revolutions Per Minute by itself. I don't know if ALL Electronic Fuel Injected engines do that or if there is something wrong with my car, but it bothers me as the car is automatic and shifting from D to N or R results in an uncomfortable jump. Other than that, there are NO problems that I have encountered.

General Comments:

This is an extremely under-rated car, which, I have gathered, is an international phenomenon as I can hardly find information about it on the web. Extremely comfortable, reliable, a gusty engine (Not as good as the newer made 4A-FE, but still holding out) capable of touching 180 Kilometers Per Hour easily. Gives a feeling of sitting in a much more expensive car, such is the NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) level of this car. Driving it is very relaxing and doesn't tire the driver out. The suspension is more tuned for luxury than sport; a problem which I have remedied by installing the Diesel model suspension in this car. The comfort level has not been compromised as much as the driving feel has been optimized by this switch. I am planning to install the 3C-TE Diesel Engine in the car which promises performance better than a Honda Civic VTI. I Definitely recommend this car to ANYONE doubtful of buying it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2004

12th Mar 2005, 02:20

Replace your map sensor.

15th Apr 2005, 20:15

My Toyota Corona AT170, in the Fiji islands, is one of the best cars as I have owned. It's economical, as well as comfortable and spacious.

If I had to give my suggestion to improve the future Coronas, it would be to improve the air conditioner system; it's quite poor.

4th May 2005, 06:24

What is a map sensor? My problem seems to have disappeared after I had the throttle body cleaned. Could that be a temporary measure?

1990 Toyota Corona EXIV FE Saloon 2.0L petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100800 kilometres
Most recent distance104400 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A cheap sports-luxury import sedan

Faults:

Nothing out of the ordinary has gone wrong with the car at all. The only parts requiring replacement are those that are normally replaced/repaired at regular intervals and those resulting from general wear and tear, including:

*Timing Belt (due 100,000km) replaced at 104,000 however was still in good order when it was replaced.

*Power steering rack boot split.

*Small oil leaks from engine rocker cover gasket, and auto trans. pan gasket.

*Dash is starting to show signs of splitting/cracking, and steering wheel is badly split on the underside of the top of the wheel.

*Overdrive, in the 4-speed automatic is a little difficult to engage when the engine is cold.

General Comments:

If you want something a little different and head turning, the ST182 Corona EXIV is definitely both of these! Although it is almost 15 years old, it still looks modern.

Thanks to aftermarket KONI adjustable front springs, sports suspension and the standard strut brace, it handles like a go kart and feels really tight in corners.

The 3S-FE engine, more commonly featured in the SV-21 series Camrys, is super-reliable and suprisingly spritely. Fuel usage is not a big problem, I usually get about 500-550 kilometres out of a tank, which I think is quite acceptable.

The 4-speed automatic is silky smooth most of the time, the only exception, however is when the engine and trans is cold, overdrive is a bit difficult to engage, but rectifies itself after a few minutes, then its smooth sailing.

The interior is excellent; with velour sports-derived seats, well laid-out dashboard, and convenient features like electric windows, central locking, tilt/tele steering column, electric mirrors (with a fold-in feature to prevent scrapes), air-conditioning and what seems to be a Toyota luxury trademark, the air-purifier.

Its isn't difficult, nor extremely expensive to modify this car to stand out in a crowd; I have a set of 16x7 ALT mags, rear spoiler and a MOMO Leather/Wood combination steering wheel, and it attracts onlookers wherever I go. I love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2004

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews