1991 Toyota Paseo Review

1991 Toyota Paseo Cynos 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired282999 kilometres
Most recent distance298466 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser


A great little car, goes well, looks a bit girly


I had to replace the right front shock absorber / strut assembly.

Power window switches were full of some strange gelatinous / sticky substance, so I had to disassemble and give them a thorough clean.

Oddball wiring in the headlight harness by previous owner, fixed it just now.

A couple of bits of interior and exterior trim were cracked or missing, so replaced as necessary.

Clear coat on paint is flaking away, and makes the car look a little mangy in spots.

Had to put a new windscreen in, a flying road rock took care of the old one.

General Comments:

A great little car, paid very little for it and it flies through its biannual road worthiness inspection nicely.

The handling is a bit scary, it always feels like it wants to let go around sharp corners if you are pulling a bit of speed.

Has a bad tendency for accidental wheelspin in the wet, but I think it might be a case of poor quality tyres.

The drivers and passengers seats turn into torture weapons on long trips, but it is fine for the daily commute.

It has all the options, electric windows, electric mirrors, power steering, incredibly good air conditioning, a keyless entry alarm system.

Thankfully it is a 5 speed manual, an automatic transmission would not perform well in this car I believe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2010

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review