1981 Toyota Starlet 1.3 from North America
One of the best small hatchbacks of all time
Never had a mechanical problem. This was the last car I ever owned that had a hand-choke, and it never failed to start immediately, no matter what the weather.
It would cruise all day at 70 mph, which was about as fast as you could safely go on the highway without danger of incurring a speeding ticket.
Handling was excellent; it reminded me of driving a small sports coupe. You could park it anywhere, and it could literally do a u-turn in a city street.
With the back seats folded down, it could carry an incredible amount of stuff.
About the only thing I didn't like about the Starlet was the name, but then the Japanese always had odd ideas about what they ought to call their cars!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th December, 2010