1991 Toyota Starlet XL 1.0 from Indonesia


Great small city car


Changed the brake pump since it was broken at around 70,000 km.

Changed the piston ring at around 80,000 km as smoke came out from the exhaust.

Changed the front links as well as tie rod.

The engine was too small for intercity driving so as the engine power.

General Comments:

This car was quite OK for inner city driving as it was easily parked and comfortably driven.

A very economical car as it only consumed 1 liter gasoline for 12 km driving with air conditioning on.

Sufficient for two people, but really small for more than 3 people.

The model was attractive and funny.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2006

1991 Toyota Starlet GT 1.3L turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Best small front wheel drive car ever


So far I have had to replace the shocks, springs and brakes. The driver seat is starting to tear down next to the seat belt clasp.

The only problem is that parts are hard, yet almost non existent for this model in Australia.

General Comments:

This is by far the best bang for buck I have ever driven.

The interior is remarkably large for such a small car.

Small, fast, and the handling is superb once lowered with stiffer springs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2004

1991 Toyota Starlet Friend 1.3i 12v from Netherlands


A must-have


Nothing out of the usual. Had to have rear wheel arches bended for bigger rims/wheels.

General Comments:

Excellent car! Reasonably fast, reasonably efficient, very reliable! Although my previous car (Citroen AX) was more efficient than my Starlet, I can drive with a warm feeling now. That means that I don't have to worry it will break on me whenever I'm on a long journey... Minor bad point is that here in the Netherlands, there isn't a lot of after-market choice in performance parts or body parts. Ah well, if you ain't got two left hands that will eventually turn out not to be a problem!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2002

31st Jul 2002, 13:48

I drove the Starlet Si for three years in Holland. ('92 - '94). That one had the 1.3 12V 90HP engine from the Corolla, and all the goodies like power windows, remote entry and alloy rims, wide tires, aero package etc. etc.

On the Autobahn it was a real surprise for some BMW's...

Nothing ever went wrong with it, I put 78,000 Km's on it with only oil changes.

1991 Toyota Starlet XL 1.3 litre, 12 valve from Australia and New Zealand


Look after it, and it looks after you


There have been numerous problems with the driver's side CV joint, but this is likely to be due to an accident that it is believed to have been involved in as a rental car.

Otherwise, it has just needed oil changes and new brake pads.

General Comments:

I am thoroughly satisfied with this car, and I believe that it is ideal for anyone who needs to keep running costs down and who does not require a lot of interior space.

It has never let me down except on one occasion when I accidentally left the headlights on (unfortunately, it lacks a warning system for this). It has always started first time in the mornings.

Fuel economy is superb, and minimal maintenance has been required.

The steering can be a tad heavy (this model lacks power steering), but having good tires makes a significant difference. The car is extremely maneuverable. Overall handling is very good, and the car holds the road well.

I don't think it would hold up too well in an accident but the responsive steering and throttle are, in my opinion, valuable active safety features.

Beyond 100 km/h, the revs pick up a bit and the engine begins to loose confidence and economy. The low gearing does, however, ensure smooth acceleration at urban speeds. From all accounts, it is worthwhile to choose the 1.3 litre model over the 1.0 litre, the latter of which seems to lack 'get-up-and-go'.

I can only describe this car as fantastic. These days, there are not many cars that make you want to keep them for years and year, but this one does.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2002