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1992 Toyota Levin GT APEX 1.6 DOHC 20 Valve from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC 20 Valve Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Great fun to drive

Faults:

Generally standard maintenance issues, such as, CV boots split, disc rotors needed replacement, A/C needed to be recharged, A/C lighting bulbs blew. Otherwise very reliable.

General Comments:

This car is the top of the range super strut suspension model, which unfortunately are very rare, but well worth the extra money if you can find one.

The specifications over and above your standard GT APEX model are, super strut suspension, which provides for excellent handling however a firm ride around town. Larger front disc brakes with 4-ABS, the braking of this car is excellent. Momo steering wheel and gear lever.

The car is very easy to drive and provides good performance when required. Being 20 valve it is a little sluggish at low rpm, but performs well between 3000rpm and 7000rpm, above this the performance fades.

Acceleration is good. 0-100km - 9.5seconds. Speed is limited to 190km/h, which is reached with ease. Fuel consumption is reasonable. 15KM/L on a trip, 10-12KM/L around town, or if you've got a heavy right foot.

The interior is good, very comfortable front seats and nice colours. The back seat is fairly cramped, but what do you expect in a coupe. However boot space is good.

Overall, this is a very nice car, they are fun to drive, reliable and economical. If you want true performance from a normally aspirated 4 cylinder car though, the only choice is a DOHC VTEC Honda. You can red line them in every gear and they love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2004

1996 Toyota Levin BZ-G 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Mirage

Summary:

Great price, high performance entry level car

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car is a very smooth, easily driven car.

Everyday driving uses very, very little fuel if you keep it below 3,500rpm, but as soon as you pass 5500rpm the variable valve timing breaks out and goes extremely hard all the way to the 8000rpm red-line.

The handling is probably the most amazing thing about this car thanks to the strut suspension. Throw it into a corner and it has only a slight bit of under-steer before it locks in and corners like its on rails. It is a very lightweight car weighing in at only 1030kg's, making it an extremely agile and fast for a 1.6, while drinking very little fuel.

The interior is quite flash, but doesn't offer anything that other models of the same year don't.

Aesthetically it has very good lines, which can can be helped even more by adding easily accessible aftermarket parts. The car is very cheap for what you get and is probably one of the fastest, easy to insure vehicle for first time owners under 25.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2003

7th Jun 2010, 19:17

Except here in New Zealand State Insurance would not insure (third party only) my daughter's 1996 automatic Toyota Levin...

1996 Toyota Levin BZ-G 1.6L 20 valve petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L 20 valve petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 kilometres
Most recent distance56000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Avenir

Summary:

Cheap, fast superb handling, You can't beat it for the price

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The Toyota 20v engine seems to operate similar to Honda's V-tec, for those that are familiar with those.

Drives like any other quick, small car up to about 5-6000rpm. From there up the whole engine sound changes and you get some real performance.

Extremly good handling for the money.

This car is faster than the 1600cc vtec Honda, but not as quick as the SIR Integra (1800cc V-tec)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2003

2nd Aug 2004, 11:53

Faster Than a DOHC V-Tec Civic?? Sir Civic?? Doubt it..

30th Nov 2004, 18:24

Actually the BZ-G/BZ-R are faster than the Civic SiR in a straight line because of the gear ratios being so short it gives for better acceleration from a standstill. However on a track it could be anyone's race as a result of driver skill, but whatever the outcome it'll be very close.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 12 reviews