The Lite-Ace is a very practical, reliable, durable, simple, useful and low maintenance vehicle
My Toyota Lite-Ace developed over-heating problems for a while. But this has been solved, as mentioned in other comments. The Toyota Lite-Ace over-heating problems are primarily due to poor cooling system maintenance i.e. worn radiator cap i.e. the spring is rusted or loose/ rubber gasket is worn out), punctured or cracked radiator hoses, installation of a cheap rubber hose that deforms as the engine gets hot restricting water coolant flow in the engine, clogged radiator due to accumulation of mineral sediments from the water (that is why radiators have to be regularly flushed.)
What I would like advice on is how to increase power to the Lite-Ace. My cruising speed is down to 70-80 kph, and the mileage is down to about 7 k/liter. My Lite-Ace is 13 years old.
The engine probably needs to be de-carbonized, but other than this, I was thinking of getting a better air filter, changing the distributor to a contact-less distributor, changing the ignition coil and spark plug wires. I think these would all be of help, but would these changes result in a significant improvement? Would appreciate anyone's thoughts/ suggestions.
The Lite-Ace is a great car - simple/ not too expensive to maintain (non-fuel injected/ no computer chips) ; a car an ordinary person can still do some simple self-maintenance on.
The space is great. I use it to transport our 4 dogs - three Labradors and a mixed breed Pomeranian/ Lasha-apso and one cat. Plus small appliances/construction materials from time to time.
The reason I would like to make improvements to it, is so that I can still keep and use it. My wife wants to change it with a new vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th May, 2006