1989 Toyota Supra Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1989 Toyota Supra 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired142000 kilometres
Most recent distance171000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

An excellent highway cruiser

Faults:

Head gasket.

Brakes.

Powersteering hose.

Alternator.

General Comments:

Pros: Comfortable, safe and pleasant to own. Crisp handling, powerful and well equipped with features that worked flawlessly.

Cons: Not very economical to maintain, way too heavy, had frequent electrical glitches (none that caused permanent damage), unsuitable for Canadian winters.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2000

1989 Toyota Supra US 6.0 turbo from Puerto Rico

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 6.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired118265 miles
Most recent distance125523 miles
Previous carNissan 300ZX

Summary:

A dream car turned nightmare!

Faults:

Blown head gasket at 125,498. Blown piston. Toyota should make a recall on their faulty head gasket and fix the damage caused to the engine due to this defect. If you already have a Supra contact Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and establish a claim under your name. Or, call 1-800-331-4331. Support a Toyota Supra recall effort and pressure them to take responsibility for their defective head gasket. Don't wait until this happens to you.

General Comments:

Search the Net for inside information on the Supra's problem with its head gasket.

This could save you a lot of money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th July, 2000

28th Aug 2001, 19:22

Thanks a lot for warning other would-be buyers and drivers...

...Your information sure helps.

I think Supra owners and buyers alike should try to keep in touch with you...

18th Sep 2003, 14:13

I own a 1988 Toyota Supra. I had hard time driving this car due to over heating. I changed water pump and radiator fan all the time. As I thought that might be the problem. But with no luck I changed head gasket and head three times already. One time one burnt piston.

I contracted to Toyota Motor about it. They informed me that there is no recall on Toyota Supra. Only they have recall on 1988 Land Cruiser / 4 Runner. Most probably Land Cruiser / 4 Runner has same kind of engine as Supra.

Friends please post if you are having same kind of problems. So we can have Toyota Motor fix our problem. There number is 1-800-331-4331 Thank you.

1989 Toyota Supra Auto 3.0i turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 3.0i turbo petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Nothing at all within the last twelve months of ownership. It had a head gasket at 80,000. Now the mileage is at 137,000 and still going strong.

General Comments:

Good, solid, dependable sports car. Parts can be VERY expensive, and they do suffer from the dreaded blown head gasket, which costs a packet to have fixed at a main dealer.

Rather thirsty on petrol, too. If you can live with these quirks, then it's a secondhand bargain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 1999

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 16 reviews