1982 Toyota Starlet none 1.3 4K from Costa Rica


A poor man's Mini


No special problems. I give it the required maintenance and components such as alternator, voltage regulator, carburetor and clutch had been replaced due to wear.

General Comments:

I have own the car by almost 18 years. Have been my daily driver for 16 years. It is reliable, easy and fun to drive, fuel efficient and fast. Mine is a red two door U.S. version with the large bumpers and I still love its looks. As a matter of fact, is really a head turner (It has a very good paint and upholstery condition). It is structurally very strong, almost indestructible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2007

1982 Toyota Starlet DX 1.3L from Australia and New Zealand


Economical, reliable, lasts a lifetime


Nothing has gone wrong with the car, relaced stuff like spark plugs, alternator belts and light bulbs every now and then.

Rubber in front of wind-screen and the back hatch has started deteriorating and water is leaking inside the car when it rains, but this is easy to fix. Some slight rust on the bottom of doors, also easy to fix.

General Comments:

Got the car as a daily ride and it just keeps on going no matter what. Its also a rear wheel drive which makes it fun to drive than todays cars. The 1.3 4k engine has lots of power, but it could do with a little improvement.

Recently I changed the engine with a 1.5L 5k engine I got off a Toyota LiteAce van and she goes as fast if not faster than todays fuel injected cars. Handles corners quite decently because of the short wheelbase. And with her new engine, Id give her a 9/10 in performance.

Very reliable and economical. Its more fun to ride her now than my other front drive cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2006

22nd Oct 2007, 21:29

I totally agree with this, the Toyota Starlets up to 84 are not only a classic little car, they have the "pep" and the reliability that makes you appreciate them even more!

I have no worries working on them myself, and I'm just learning as I go, very easy, and a whole lot of rear wheel fun!

Well I'm rambling a bit, but for a few hundred bucks, you couldnt ask for any more :)

Cheers Toyota!

1982 Toyota Starlet 1.0 from Pakistan


Actually there are no big problems with this car, but the few problems are:

Interior dash light is too dim.

Brakes are not so powerful.

General Comments:

The car is like a blast. My father owned it when I was born, and now I am driving this car with all things original.

We haven't done a paint job on it since it was out of showroom in '82, and now it's 2004.

The car's average is superb, and its pickup is brilliant.

The car is suitable for racing (actually it's a racing car).

Seats are very good.

The car is carburated, but fuel consumption is low if properly maintained; 15km/l.

The body is not so light like a Sukuki Mehran etc etc...

I love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2004

26th Aug 2005, 05:31

You're right about that, I also own a 1981 Toyota starlet.. Its economical, but still gives you enough power and has a good suspension design. Indeed a great car.

20th May 2009, 00:55

I have Startlet since last 10 yrs... its 88 model, Red color. Before buying this car, I used to have a car for yr or so, after I got it, I don't want to sell it.

Its very good. The consumption is very good, speed is good. Body is very strong. Its High from the ground as well. Very good Drive and Ride. Spacious from inside as well..


Breaks are not as good as it should be.

Spares are very hard to find.

Lights inside the speed meter are too low, although it can be taken care of but still not satisfactory.

Sharp Turns in a bit high speed takes the car out of the road. So one should be careful with it.


It's a Very Good Car to have.

I would Rate it... 7 out of 10.