I want to know what insurance group they are as well as I'm looking into buying one, but there is not much info on them.
Wow I was looking at a Used 1996 Gt-V starlet and by the way it was explained here I want to buy even more now. Trading my silly Subaru "which cost the earth to run" to this sounds like the right idea.
I am getting one very soon and from what I have read in all the reviews, I am very excited.
As regards insurance, the best quote I got was with Admiral (UK) for £660, that's without any no-claim bonus' and 6 points off my license for speeding (well, better watch them cameras when the pocket rocker gets here... LOL) although my age (26) makes some difference! I don't think drivers under 21 will have much luck with getting a quote this cheap.
If anyone out there knows of a better deal I would be interested!
Being the owner of two. Yes two EP 82 1995 Starlets GT TURBO I think I have the right to respond to this forum. First of all the Starlet comes with a bunch of standard stuff that most cars in its class don't even offer as options. Front& rear wheel disc brakes that really work, Central locks, Power windows, Power mirrows, Power sun roof-moon roof. FOG lamps, Stab. Bar front $ rear makes the car real RIGID in tight cornering, A motor that has proven to take a lot of hard driving. I have 109,000 miles on one car and 79,000+ on the other. I drive them really hard. They handle real well, Corner with very little roll or drift. I live in ST. THOMAS U.S. Virgin Islands and the Civics ruled until the little TURBOS showed up. And take note these cars are 10 year sold 1300 CC that's a lot of wear on a 1.3 motor. At about $4500.00 (FOB JAPAN) I dare anybody to find that much car for the money. (Pictures of my cars if you Email me- BIGBALOW@HOTMAIL.COM.
My friend has a GT turbo Starlet and we live in Kent, UK and we've seen quite a lot around here there are about 5-6 that we know of and we seam to see more all the time, I don't think there as un-common as everyone thinks I just think hardly anyone knows about them and so don't really notice them. Great cars though.
I am just about to get a starlet gt turbo, but would like to know here I would get the information about the 500bhp engine's that you can buy any information would be a great help.
I have a Charade GTti, and its the fastest car you can buy for little money. Good luck on finding a decent one - or one at all as they've really dried up now. A downpipe will see it just as fast as the GT too. I have a Starlet GT too, great all round cars, but the GTti would suit the track better and are very reliable.
I am one of those who research a lot before making an actual purchase. I live in the Island of Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, BWI. I can't wait for my 1993 EP82 GT to get here and realize all the comments made. Thanks for helping out in my decision-making, I know I made a right one.
I am looking to buy a starlet gt turbo, but find it hard to decide between the starlet and a clio 16 valve. This is as the clio is cheaper and offer similar performance, but have heard they are tempermental (was looking for advice on what to purchase)
You gotta get the starlet.. easier to get parts, more mechanics will know what they are doing with the starlet, and she's japanese ... probably more economical aswell.
I have a gt-turbo, and for pure fun, I recently bought a 1989 1.0 starlet.. like what the grannies have... love em both.
To the comment above about the GT Starlet only being an SOHC engine and 12 valve is absolute crap. The Starlet is a DOHC engine, 16 valve, and all Starlets are imports from Japan, so as for UK spec, what are you on about?
This is the spec of the GT model:
4EFTE Toyota Starlet Turbo displacement: 1332CC 5 speed manual or automatic turbocharged CT-9A BHP: 133 @ 6400RPM TORQUE: 116 @ 4800RPM CR: 8:2:1 DOHC FWD and 2 mode turbo, taking approx 20bhp off on low boost.
These cars can be tuned to around 200bhp easily for not much money, and people have also tuned them to 350bhp.
I own an ST24 which I'm thinking of selling and because I've fallen in love with my friends Subaru I really want a turboed car. I've never owned a turbo car, but can afford the insurance now so I've been looking around and I really like the sound of these Starlets. Can anyone tell me what sort of second hand prices I'd be looking at in the UK. Possibly for a 1994 model although I'm not sure what dates they made these cars from/to. Any info on these little beauty's would be appreciated. Only facts please, standard or otherwise. Are these cars limited to 120mph like some other Japanese cars? Do you need to get the speedometers changed from kph to mph or is that already done on these imported cars? Thanks for reading, any info would be great.
To the guy who wrote "350bhp from a 1.3 is crap". Your talking crap, almost anythings possible, it just might not be a very reliable runner. I've heard of a 1.3 Ford KA that was heavily modified by Severn Valleys I believe and it had 450bhp. What about those Mazda RX7's and 8's, I believe there a 1300cc. RX8 has 228bhp as standard and I'm sure you could tune that to at least 350bhp so stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
Thanks for the info. I think I'm going to try and find a 95 or older. The Mazda sounds good, but I really would like a bit of a smaller car. Are there any good websites out there that you know of that are dedicated to the Starlet GT turbos? what about modifications? are there parts available from HKS, Tein, TRD and such like? Thanks for any information.
Agree with the guy above, you will never get 350bhp from a 1.3. Just not possible. Look at the evo 8 - they are highly tuned and only have 360bhp, some say 400bhp. And the Bugatti Veyron, that thing was designed to be as fast as possible two v8 engines 4 turbos result 1000bhp, so to say 350 from a pathetic 1.3 is ridiculous. You can get 350bhp from a Starlet, but you would have to remove its tiny engine first.
To the guy who genuinely believes that the ancient pushrod 1.3 engine in a Ford Ka can be modified to produce 450bhp; you are unbelievably ill-informed. Using the Mazda Renesis engine as an illustration of huge power can be squeezed from a small displacement is totally irrelevant; a rotary engine is a very different animal from a conventional piston engine.