1985 Toyota Supra Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1985 Toyota Supra L 5ME, 2.8L straight 6, fuel injected from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5ME, 2.8L straight 6, fuel injected Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

If it was wiped out I'd get another just like it

Faults:

The entire drive train needs attention:

-Differential grinds when turning sharply.

-There's some play in the Universal Joint causing a "clunk" when applying power.

-The back left Constant Velocity Joint rumbles and vibrates at low (below 20km/h) speed.

The left hand Power Window Motor appears to be dead.

General Comments:

The body is close to immaculate, still shiny black, a single spot of rust on one of the bottom door seams. No leaks in the sunroof, no leaks in the hatch.

The engine and bay are clean enough to eat off, no leaks whatsoever.

The engine seems to be in good condition, it's easy to spin the wheels in second gear even with 245/50 tires on the back (no wonder the drive train problems). Doesn't seem too hard on fuel consumption tho'.

The seats are comfortable, especially the drivers seat with pneumatic lumbar support controls. With all the available adjustments you can set the seat up like you're strapped into a cockpit.

All the electronic options still work (bar the left window). Sound system is stock, but good enough to not bother upgrading. Digital dash display is still all go.

Heaps of room for carting stuff in the back. No problem getting my 3 year old daughter in and out of her booster seat.

The long bonnet with the low seating position took some getting used to, even with my head brushing the roof.

It's fun to drive when you want it, effortless when you're not in the mood. I'm sure I'll be pulled over any day now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2002

1985 Toyota Supra 2.8L inl 6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8L inl 6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

A car you can be happy with for 20 years!!!

Faults:

Nothing, but routine maintenance items.

General Comments:

I have always enjoyed this car. As the years went by and all cars began to look the same it became increasingly stylish and distinctive. It has always been fun to drive and practical in all weather, but nasty snow storms. I've since also owned a 300ZX turbo and a BMW 5 series, but have always loved the Celica Supra the best. I hope to keep it going another 5 years!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2002

1985 Toyota Supra P-type 2.8L inline 6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8L inline 6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance177000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

A race car you can use in real life as well

Faults:

In my three years and over 30,000 miles of ownership, nearly nothing went wrong with this car. I had to replace the gas tank when it got it, because a small hole had rusted in it about half way up. Other than that, regular oil and filter changes were the only things I had to put into it.

General Comments:

While the horsepower (167 stock) may no longer be impressive compared with the cars manufactured today, the suspension and steering still make this an outstanding ride.

Everyone expects a Supra to be a high performance car. Everyone knows that Toyotas are bulletproof. The surprise with this car is how utilitarian it is. The rear seats, while not good for a long trip, are certainly large enough for adults to ride in while driving around town. These seats also fold down, which, along with the large hatch, makes for an astounding ability to move large items around in the back of this sports car.

A number of little touches make this car truly a joy to operate. The driver's seat is one of the most comfortable ever. There are little lights positioned wherever you might want or need one. There are sprayers to clean off the headlights.

All in all, it's a fun car to drive and surpisingly practical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2002

5th Feb 2004, 18:24

Hi my name is Brian and I own a 85 supra and it is worth its weight. I just got a j-spec engine for it and nothing has went wrong with it yet. it is now a 3.0L 7MGE car. I have a j-spec transmission as well. right now I'm at 369.09 horsepower and steady climbing.

21st Oct 2004, 13:09

I have had my 85 supra for 10 years. It has 155,000 miles on it. A few repairs here and there, but all in all pretty good. Great car to drive though, the details are great. Anyway, I need a new gas tank, where did you get yours?

7th Nov 2006, 19:25

Hi my name is Bela and I just got my 85 Toyota Supra. I just put in a 2 jay z twin turbo, just great, it's at 350 hp. It's a beautiful car and I mean it.

Right now it is at 170,000 and there's nothing wrong with it; just the suspension needs to be replaced, and that is it.

A wonderful car.

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews