1994 Toyota Starlet GT 1.5L turbo from Jamaica


Dependable car that needs improvement in the area of handling and comfort

General Comments:

I have a 1994 four door Starlet that I turbocharged myself and upgraded to a 1.5L, and I disciplined several Type R Integra, Subaru STi's, Evo's.

I particularly remember trashing a 2.0L hatchback 12 sec Honda Civic two years ago, staying him with to over 165MPH.

I learned that shortly after he sold the car as a result, and bought an S2000.

I think I really need some good JDM front seats and some racing 15" wheels for better traction.

My only upgrade to the engine is the 1.5L 5e-engine, Garrett T28 turbo, a set of 3sgte injectors and a TRD racing clutch set.

I have also removed the speed cut from the computer, and piped the exhaust with a straight 21/2" aluminized pipe.

Any Honda owner want a run?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2010

1994 Toyota Starlet van 1.5 diesel from Portugal


Dependable, economical and very, very RELIABLE!


Water pump at 250000 km.

Break caliper front left at 298000 km.

Nothing else!

The clutch is the original one.

The engine and gearbox have never been overhauled.

Original rear shock absorbers also.

General Comments:

Apart these two items, nothing went wrong in this car. It’s amazing how reliable, solid and durable these diesel Toyota are. Virtually, it seems indestructible and I’m sure that it will last for more than 700000 km without any major work! Of course, frequent oil and filter changes (every 5000 km) are important.

At this time, minor oil consumption (less than 1 l per 5000 km).

I drive more than 120 km / day and I can achieve a fuel average of 4.1l / 100km traveling at 110km/h, which means more than 830 km with a tank…

Only blemishes are lack of air conditioning (especially during southern Portugal summer…) and short legroom in the cabin.

I will ABSOLUTELY buy another Toyota, maybe a 2.0D Corolla.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2005

1994 Toyota Starlet GT Turbo 1.3 turbo from UK and Ireland


Nippy run around with unique style


General wear and tear, runs lovely only problems are due to the age, e.g. needs brake pads, tires, etc.

General Comments:

This car is superb.

I'll start with the looks, it's definitely a love or hate car, personally I wasn't so sure myself at first, but it's growing on me, it may not be the prettiest thing around, but it looks different, turns heads, and is what I can best describe as 'cool'. The interior is a little bland, it's all functional and pretty each to access buttons etc, but nothing special really. I thought the standard door handles felt flimsy, I'd rather have alloy then plastic handles on the inside.

Next the comfort: This is one of the most comfiest cars I have ever been in. The seats are made for me, not so soft you sink in and feel unstable, and not so hard you don't feel you are in them at all, it's just right, I wouldn't change them at all. The ride is quite bumpy, but mine has been lowered 25mm, still it's much better then my old saxo.

Equipment: air conditioning, electric mirrors and windows, pop up mirror in dash, cup holders. That's what mine has anyway, I know a few starlet GTs with less than that, and some with more, there is quite a variety of home comforts available, it depends on each car.

Practicality: It's a surprisingly large car inside, the front seats are bigger then some larger cars, the back isn't anything to shout about, but it's there. Boot space isn't huge, but I've got a 12" sub-woofer and amplifier in the back and can fit say 2 shopping bags still in there, but this isn't the point of the car... The car is larger then a few small cars out there, it is definitely bigger then my old Saxo in width, and just a tad in length, it is also much higher, and gives great headroom, I'm 5'9" and have about 10" above my head when sitting upright in the car. Glovebox is a decent size, door card slots are a good length, but need to be deeper, I have the feeling something could fall out in sharp turning. Top of dash is useable, and a small pocket below the centre console is useful for a phone.

Has a hi/lo turbo, which means two different power outings for the car, this is good to have on lo for quick runs and fuel economy, and hi for fun time. I also tend to use the button as a nitrous oxide button, getting a extra 21bhp from one button is noticeable and great fun! shame it's nearer the passenger then the driver on the dash, still it's my favourite feature, a few people remove this and always have it on high, but I prefer having it as it makes the turbo sound much more vivid and widens your smile when its pushed :D

Performance: now this is why people buy this car! standard spec is 133bhp (or 112bhp in low mode), 0-60 in 6.9s and 15s quarter mile, I'd expect mine is slightly slower as I have larger 16" alloys, but I'm going to do some engine modifications to make up for it. With a exhaust, air filter, and front mounted inter-cooler and computer chip these cars can gain an extra 50bhp easily, and if you want you can splash out a lot more and get a lot more power which is generally very reliable.

Fuel consumption is low compared to some cars of the same performance, but still slightly more than what I'd like, but coming from a car wit half the power to weight, I'm slowing learning that the consumption is quite acceptable! £25 gets a full tank of Shell Optimax at todays (89.9p per litre) prices.

Some Toyota dealers won't touch it purely because it's a import, I had mine serviced today, and they took 2 hours (5 in total) longer then expected on it, it's a unfamiliar car for most mechanics, so you'll have to bare with it, also parts as they have to be ordered from japan aren't usually in stock so it gets expensive to run, but I think it's by far worth it, and would thoroughly recommend one, I plan to keep mine for at least 2 years and just know from the build quality it will easily last that and a whole lot longer if I want.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2005

19th Jul 2005, 10:08

I do agree with that, but one thing I feel you should look out for is handling.

5th Sep 2005, 01:44

I just got my ass kicked by one of these little cars this morning. Did a google to check the spec & can well believe 133bhp.

This little car left a 320d for dust this morning.

She must be a bumpy ride though, with a rigid rear axle. The rear end may want to slide as well.

1994 Toyota Starlet Soleil L 1300i 16v from Zimbabwe


Strong Enough for Africa..strong enough for you!!


Nothing has gone wrong. Several light rattles and I suspect a worn compressor vane in the airconditioner are beginning to become evident but this is a ten year old car !!

General Comments:

A great balance between short trip ease of use and long drive comfort and on road stability..14 kilometer per litre for an automatic with airconditioning on at 100km/h is not to be sniffed at as a fuel consumption!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2004

29th Mar 2005, 06:58

A great car, which is ideal for an urban area. Gives good Acceleration when needed and very economical too. A good tough, rust free little car.

1994 Toyota Starlet GLi 1.3 from UK and Ireland


Nothing since I've had it.

General Comments:

Really nice to drive, but a bit of a middle-aged-woman choice!! Very reliable and reasonably comfortable, not much room in the back of 3dr model. Can be a bit sluggish with more than 2 people in it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 1999