1996 Toyota Corona Review

1996 Toyota Corona GLXi AMON 2.0Lt DOHC from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0Lt DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres


Solid, reliable, comfortable and effective transport


Aircon pump - fixed under extended Toyota warranty.

Wheel Bearing (LF) at 145000kms.

Front discs skimmed at 100000kms.

2 batteries (not Toyotas fault!)

General Comments:

The best Toyota Corona ever made, these were the last NZ production model & sold for nearly NZ$50k when new. We paid NZ$15k after 5years, after 6 more years car is probably still worth $5k, but we are keeping it in the family for the kids.

Like a lot of NZ Toyota specials, the suspension was tweaked for improved handling by NZ F1 race driver Chris Amon (using the std. Toyota parts bin only worldwide) & the car came with McKenzie Institute ergonomic partial leather seats.

We bought it at 5years old, 50000kms & it has been exceptionally reliable & fuss free. It handles well on seal or gravel & when towing. The seats are fantastic on long journeys (I have had serious back problems, but the seats support so well).

Fuel consumption is reasonable for a medium sedan, but I wouldn't say economical; but I think fuel is the cheapest component of a cars cost. Electric Overdrive is a big help when towing or hills.

We have been tempted to replace it over the years & looked seriously at the Altezza/lexus IS models, Subaru etc. We keep coming back to our general satisfaction & cannot justify it just to have a later model car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2007

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review