1993 Toyota Starlet Review

1993 Toyota Starlet GT EP82 4EFTE from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4EFTE Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Very reliable and very quick for what it is

Faults:

At around 160 000 kilometres, the water pump needed replacing.

I've currently got a slight oil leak from around the top end of the motor, but haven't as yet taken to have it fixed.

If I idle stationary for 10 minutes, the car starts to blow smoke - but I think this is due to a modification I've done to the car. (Or possibly something as simple as a dirty air-filter)

Hand brake tends to lose tension easily.

One of rear seat belts not functioning properly.

General Comments:

This car has been very good to me for the past 4 years that I've had it. I'm a bit slack when it comes to maintenance, so the fact that the only problems I've have been a slight oil leak and a wrecked water pump is amazing.

I've given the Starlet a very hard time while having it, and it's taken the 'abuse' extraordinarily well. Then again, I have never adjusted the boost or done many major modifications to it either. So it's regular Toyota reliability, through and through.

The only time the car hasn't started when I wanted it to was when the battery was flat. No other faults have prevented the car from starting.

All in all - a very good car. It's not the quickest car on the road, but it is very good for what it is. Also, given that it is is a reasonably quick turbo, the fuel consumption is still very good. So while a stock GT won't beat a GT-R, you'll only be spending a 1/4 as much on petrol.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2009

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review