1st Aug 2007, 20:36

Winning or losing car. It comes down to the driver and technique. Nothing hard about driving in a straight line. And yes the Starlet is a little 1.3ltr. What happened to all the other 1.3ltr? What are 1.8ltrs and 2.0+ltrs doing here? And the Celica GT4 is made by the same Japanese company that made the Starlet. Toyota.

25th Sep 2007, 13:35

I own a r32 skyline and a 325i 89 bmw the bm is quick, but the skyline is miles ahead!

Gt turbos are little boy racer cars go out an spend a bit of money on a good car instead of stupid engine mods.

17th Dec 2007, 14:33

Well, well, I don't understand why people come just to cause arguments. The starlet gt and the glanza are both very nice fun cars. I own a 2.2 prelude type S 220bhp stock. I still want a glanza as well, as its fast, fun and economical. Now why don't you all stop the needless argument!

31st Dec 2007, 16:48

I'm looking to buying the Glanza v model. Are there any mechanical problems with them. I have heard that a lot of Toyota dealers don touch them as they are an import, is that true?

15th Jan 2008, 19:56

Its true... I believe the problem is that many mechanics don't know them well enough to work on them. I am also buying one the end of this month. It's a 1994 starlet turbo gt. I can't wait!

21st Jan 2008, 13:44

I'm am looking to buy the Glanza V model this summer. Can anybody suggest any good insurance companies that specialize in these imports? I am 22 years old and have 2 years no claims of my own, and have been on my old mans name for 2 years as well. I don't want to pay a fortune for the insurance.

3rd May 2008, 22:19

Hi there, does someone know where I can buy quad headlamps for my Starlet GT 94?

I'm from El Salvador in Central America and can't find them.. My email is olgonzalez@taca.com

20th May 2008, 04:28

What bhp does the Starlet GT Turbo (auto) have, as I am looking to get one? currently I have a Citroen ZX Volcane 1.9i. It has 130 bhp as standard, & like the Starlet, it is a rapid little car! Pocket rockets all the way!

30th Oct 2008, 07:18

I have owned my Starlet GT for nearly 6 months and I am amazed by it. Because it's Japanese you have got the reliability (Early days to say with mine yet, but hasn't missed a beat since I've owned it) and performance due to it only weighing approx 860KG and having about 135BHP, plus even though mine is 14 years old, it is in good condition inside and out, and comes with a stack of electric goodies (electric mirrors, windows etc). Which I think is brilliant for a car of that age. There was a later model called the Glanza, which has exactly the same engine, but is a newer version of the GT. I think both are stunning; if I am still happy with my GT, I may buy the Glanza model in time. It's just a shame that Toyota stopped making these cars.

I put about 1500 miles a month (motorway and urban mileage) on my Starlet, and yet even though petrol is still quite high at the moment, it costs pennies to run and there is never any out of tune noises or knocks from the car since I've owned it. I find it a quiet, comfortable (even though it's a sports car) and quite spacious for a small car.

With regarding modifications, I am not interested really, even though I have seen a few modified Starlet GT/Glanzas on the road that look stunning. I spent the good part of 4-5 months trying to find a decent standard, non abused Starlet GT that I know it still is in the same condition as it left the factory.

Also with it being a small engine 1.3ltr, front wheel drive car. It's cheap to tax, insure and run with it being very economical (I get about 42MPG). It is also practical as well, it will seat four people quite comfortably and it has a boot. I find it's very quick for what it is. A performance car at a bargain price. Well done Toyota!

6th Nov 2008, 06:56

I'm in a Starlet club toyotagtturbo.com... some of our members on there have Starlets pushing 300hp. A couple have done 3sgte conversions.

Starlets are excellent cars, easy to modify, and yes with the right mods, they can play with the big boys. Lotsa power for little money... happy days!!!

13th Dec 2008, 06:27

Hi all.

I have just bought a Starlet GT. It's in incredible condition and I find it very fast. It's everything I expected it to be and more. My only concern is whenever I turn left at 20+mph, there is a "whirring" sound that seems to be coming from the wheels (the only way I can describe it). I have done a visual check around the wheels but can't see anything obvious. Has anyone had this problem or might know of the cause? By the way, my car sailed through its MOT.

Thank you.

12th Mar 2009, 21:06

Starlets are fab little cars! Even though they won't go as fast as the bigger cars, so what. It's more fun to drive because it's small but still reasonably powerful, you can chuck it around tracks without losing speed, whereas bigger cars will have to reduce speeds for the corners. Prime example my friends, an old school mini beat a Lotus Elise (not Exige) round the town.

To the people who say buy better cars, you just can't afford good cars... boy racers who spend 1000s...

Some people spend 1000s, but it's their personal choice, they're modifying a car to how they want. Not buying one that's all done for you, but with 10000s of cars exactly the same. The expression "following the flock" comes to mine. If you're buying a car that loads of other people have got, "BORING". You buy a car because the salesman says it's good, so you purchase it and keep it, but it has many of twins. Whereas we buy a car, modify it to our personal liking, know it's unique, it's personal, and more than likely will not find a car that is 100% the same. That's the fun about having a car.

+ plus people who buy flash cars or expensive cars because they're fast and better cars.

Drifting was invented because the driver, Keiichi Tsuchiya I think his name was, couldn't afford the high powered cars that all the other racers had, so he had a smaller car that he hammered into corners, drifting so that he didn't lose speed and power, and he came out winning. Not only that, the crowds went crazy for this style of driving. So, story cut short, a smaller car is just as good as the 'big boy' cars.


GLANZA V, GT Turbo, Soarer Turbo.

26th May 2009, 17:48

Hiya! I read all of your comments before I bought my Starlet GT Turbo. Finally got mine about a month ago. I traded in my 1.4 Polo, although not in the best of condition.

I found most comments to be true, it is a quick car (0-60 in around 7.5-8) very economical and so fun to drive! I found it quite amazing I kept up with a Civic Type R (ek9). It's only a 1.6 and I'm not saying I overtook, just kept up. Planning to mod it now and thinking around 200bhp is more than enough.