1988 Toyota Starlet DL 1.0 from Netherlands


Cheap reliable runaround


Brakes needed replacement at 103000 km.

Rust in the right front foot-well at 103000 km.

Front tire's needed replacement at 103000 km.

New ignition wires needed at 120000 km.

Exhaust replaced at 120000 km.

General Comments:

Very reliable and cheap car. I bought it at € 150,-- and needed € 350,-- of repairs (rust, brakes, tires) to get it back on the road again. With regular maintenance the car didn't let me down in the past years.

The car has started to rust badly though. The salt on the Dutch roads isn't doing it any good. I will have problems on the next MOT I'm afraid.

Wind noise is very loud, I use earplugs on long runs. Together with a subwoofer, it's still possible to enjoy music.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2009

1988 Toyota Starlet GL 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Reliable, inexpensive and fun


Exhaust clip needed tightening.

Nothing else has gone wrong.

General Comments:

This car is seriously reliable and starts first time every time.

Looks are a bit dated, but you could do far worse.

For a car with such a small engine I was surprised how willing it can be once the engine is warm.

The interior is a bit bland and there is not much space in the glove compartment.

This car is my first car and although it does not have power assisted steering it is very to handle, and the steering is light and responsive.

This car is ideal for a learner as the gears are well placed out and the brakes are responsive.

It would also be perfect as a second car or a cheap run-around as it does a lot of miles per gallon.

Overall is was pleasantly surprised with this car as I think that it can easily match similar cars of its age and type.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2003

23rd Nov 2004, 08:09

I have one in Portugal from 1988 1.000 XL they have now 16 years and it works perfectly and I never spend money for mechanical parts.