1999 Toyota Starlet Life 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand
Cheap to run, and a good runabout for those short trips
Faulty driver's side door light switch (light would not turn off when the door closed) - fixed with a five cent coin taped to the door to push it in further.
This car is so cheap to run! From service parts, tyres and fuel economy; definitely for the lower income individual!
It's a bit small on the inside, not ideal for a taller person, but controls are in easy reach.
3 speed automatic is quite gutless and makes the engine work hard, especially when taking off at traffic lights (requires your foot to floor), but can maintain higher speeds... when it reaches them. A 5 speed manual transmission would better suit the 4E-FE engine within.
Air conditioning blows nice and cold.
Overall, if you're looking for a cheap, reliable little runabout for the shops or around backstreets, then the Starlet is definitely worth looking at!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd June, 2014