1989 Toyota Supra Turbo Coupe turbo from UK and Ireland




Exhaust began blowing from the rear end.

Cylinder head gasket blew at 65 000 miles.

Bodywork rotten - arches to front and rear.

Strip under the windscreen was rotten.

Oil leak from the engine manifold.

Leather seats unusually worn for 60k miles (genuine by the way), especially in the rear.

Rear hatch leaks when raised.

Driver's side door fails to activate the outer light.

General Comments:

The best thing is the acceleration.

I am 6' 4" and eighteen stone - there is no better car for someone my size.

I have changed the following since purchase:

New wheels and tyres, new windscreen rebate strip, new cream leather interior, new cylinder head gasket, new radiator, new interior carpet, full respray (including side strips/mouldings), private plate, new rear fog light assembly, new cd player, oil leak from manifold cured, new rear exhaust system, new rear shock absorbers, etc etc. Car cost me £2600 and in the last nine months I have spent a further £8000 making a total of well over £10k!

Would like to find somebody close to home who could recover the brown (dated I think) hard plastic interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2004

1989 Toyota Supra Turbo 3.0 turbo from North America


Style, Power, Potential, Control that won't break the bank


I have only a few complaints about this car.

I replaced the clutch two days after I brought it home. It was my first manual transmission car, but I know I couldn't have killed the clutch in just two days.

The taillight failure sensor should be reworked. When it fails you have no brake lights and there is no indication given to the driver.

The drivers door handle is used quite a bit. This can lead to cracks developing in the metal around the handle. This should have been reinforced at the factory.

General Comments:

This is a stylish car with a serious potential. It is not as recognizable as the fourth generation Supra, but that is a good thing as you can slip past certain "traps" that would surely get another car looked at a bit more closely.

Upgrades can bring this car to the performance levels of some so-called "Super Cars".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2003

28th May 2006, 14:48

The driver's side door handle is a problem. I have a large crack through mine from no fault other than constant use.

The MK III Supra has the potential of the MK IV and beyond. It's not as popularized as the MK IV and the Civic - so, it escapes the profiling of many zealous police officers.

While some people will say, "What kind of car is a Supra" or "That doesn't look like the Supra that I know," those worth impressing will know your car when they see it. It's the closest you'll get to a foreign muscle car and worth every penny.

1989 Toyota Supra Turbo 3.0i turbo from UK and Ireland


Cheap to buy, Fast, luxurious, but thirsty when turbo kicks in


Got this car cheap (£800) due to suspension problems. It cost £800 to sort everything out (front wishbones, geometry setup, work to the brakes + misc bits and bobs). The front driver seat is worn (not a problem on a 150000 mile car). But the purchase cost was offset by a personalised plate (worth £500) and a good CD player (worth £300)

General Comments:

This car is QUICK! once the turbo kicks in it flys. The downside is that it drinks fuel (pushing it around a track returns 8mpg, that equates to about 13mpg when pushing the pace on the road). But when being gentle (difficult when you know the cars speed potential) it returns almost 30mpg on a good run. The equipment levels are superb and it fits all the family in (2 adults and 3 children + all the associate toys, pushchair, etc.), which is MUCH better than ANY competitor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

1989 Toyota Supra 3.0 turbo from UK and Ireland


One of the highest levels of performance and luxury combined for the money


Engine management problems with a cam-sensor at 90,000K.

Head gasket blew at 110,000K (turbo models are more prone to this).

Always extremely hard ride from TENS Active Suspension (Imports only).

Removable roof leaked from a perished window seal.

Back lights failed when water drained off the tailgate into a light sensor box (black box under the driver's side rear light cover) corroding the components inside.

General Comments:

Expensive when it goes wrong, but usually reliable. Turbos less reliable.

High performance imports have the capability to blow themselves apart (head gaskets especially).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2002