Toyota Sprinter Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1987 Toyota Sprinter Apex Trueno 1.6 DOHC from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Manual
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Most recent distance221000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Van

Summary:

Very quick car; comparable to the likes of an MR2

Faults:

Exhaust started to leak around 215000 K's.

Water pump needed replacing at 220000 K's.

Tensioners for cam-belt needed replacing after 220000kms.

Goes through front tyres a bit quicker than other front wheel drive cars.

General Comments:

Car has superb braking. Four wheel disc brakes, no ABS and a very light car, means this stops very very quick.

Great torque from the engine. Great for towing and getting over the mountains, Southern Alps etc.

Adjustable suspension. You can adjust between Soft, Sports and Hard, and it works superbly.

The manual gearbox is great. It is very strong, and easy to shift through the gears.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2008

1984 Toyota Sprinter 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 240Z

Summary:

Owning mountains since 1983!

Faults:

Nothing really has gone wrong on its own.

Because I like to go sideways, I break a lot of things, but any car treated the way I treat it would.

General Comments:

Look many people don't know, but the Ae86 sprinter is a one of a kind car; it dominated all its classes in racing, and it's the best for drifting and handling. It goes great and the chassis balance is superb, and nothing can catch it through the hills. It's the car that started the sport of drifting; now the fastest growing motorsport in the world.

Rhe car is a gem. I've had a 400hp Skyline in the past, but still it will never earn a place in my heart like the ae86 has. It's a beauty. Please buy one and care for it more than your son. They are a true beast and for sure the best ever car made.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2007

29th May 2009, 23:58

I agree the AE86 is a fantastic, bullet proof vehicle. I owned a std. JDM 1983 Toyota Trueno GTV 1600 DOHC 4AGE Manual 3Dr between 1991 and 97 in New Zealand from 60km to 130km. Nothing went wrong, but I replaced the rusty liftback lid for $100 before selling.

Would do 160km/h up steep hills in 5th gear.

Managed to turn off head lights a couple of times when flicking the dip stalk.

Car would be even better with alloy bonnet etc and firmer suspension. Now drive a 1992 WRX sedan.

1995 Toyota Sprinter 20v Blacktop Trueno bz-g 1.6L from UK and Ireland

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Accent

Summary:

Fast, reliable, safe, and great brakes! Fun to drive

Faults:

No faults with this car.

Very very good car.

Losing value quickly as it is not as rare in Ireland as when I bought it.

General Comments:

Very good car.

Slightly boring interior.

Loads of performance parts available from japan.

If you keep the revs low it is economical.

Great power above 2500rpm.

Always buy one fresh from Japan.

There are several different types of engine types.

20v blacktop is the best.

Wouldn't spend money on a car without ABS after having this car. The brakes have saved my life more than once.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2007

1983 Toyota Sprinter 1.6L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6L Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Sprinter

Summary:

Best car ever

Faults:

Engine (only through neglect, never changed oil)

Dashboard starting to crack.

Clutch went at 140,000 km. (1st time replaced)

Clutch master cylinder started to leak at 180,000 km.

Starter motor replaced at 140,000 km.

General Comments:

This car is a seriously fun car.

In Australia it has a 1.6 carburetted engine, this can easly be replaced for a 1.6 twin cam fuel injected, supercharged or 1.6 20 Valve.

It is one of the most fun cars to drive on a twisty road.

It is a light weight rear wheel drive car with great handling. One of the best cars Toyota have ever made.

I have replaced my engine with a 4AGE 20 Valve with quad throttles as standard and it is my favourite car to drive.

Toyota makes really reliable cars that with basic care go on for ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2006

1971 Toyota Sprinter 1.2 from Philippines

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired274000 kilometres
Most recent distance275800 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Nothing much to say for my vintage candy blue Sprinter (I love it!)

Faults:

Just a simple rust in the body... but it is OK right now.

Rubber in the windows has worn out after 35 years. (not bad!)

No air-con.

Worn out speedometer and front shocks.

General Comments:

Very low maintenance...

Grills are like a knight in shining armor...

Rides like European cars...

Very economical... You can have a engine swap for a race...

Interior is very nice... Paint is awesome...

With our 5 cars, this is my baby old school car.

Vintage, but reliable!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2006

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 7 reviews