1991 Toyota Supra Turbo 3.0 turbo from North America
Absolute bliss to own, but not really recommended as your only form of transportation
Fuel pump; my fault due to running it low on fuel often.
Engine main bearings, previous owner had used too light an oil (5W-20), and told me that's what it took, should not have trusted him.
Turbo, between the previous owner and me, it saw its fair share of abuse :-) I fully expected it to go.
Cam position sensor.
Speedometer no longer works, I believe I had something to do with this, because it stopped after I took the cluster out one day to fix some false readings.
Besides the listed problems, it has been a fantastic car. I believe part of the reason mine is so unreliable is due to the mods that have been done to it, including:
3 inch turbo back exhaust.
Bigger front mount intercooler.
Intercooler hard piping.
Blow off valve.
All in all, it was sitting right about 400hp without having to open up the engine; not many cars can do that.
After the original engine blew, I replaced it with a used engine imported from Japan, so it did not have EGR or the upper cat converter, and replaced the head gasket the RIGHT WAY (metal head gasket and torqued to 75ft-lbs instead of 50 like Toyota says).
Made it into a rocket, and with the exhaust I could be heard for literally miles, and the sound from the turbo is to die for.
Gas mileage was terrible, but that's due to my driving; having such a high performance car, it's hard to drive slowly all the time.
Driving it is really an experience to be had; it feels planted no matter what speed, always has more than enough power, but it's easy enough to control that if it does get away from you, it's not a deadly situation.
Speaking of which, this is one of the SAFEST cars I have ever seen.
Seriously, this thing is built like a tank. If you take the front bumper off of most cars, they have some foam and a thin square of steel to protect you, they are designed to crumple under force.
The Supra on the other hand weighs as much as most full size trucks, and with that weight comes a lot of metal between you and anything dangerous, which is nice in a car that will put the rear tires in the next lane at over 60mph.
Overall, it has been one of my favorite cars.
Easy to upgrade.
An all around great car.
It can get a little expensive if you take it some place to have it serviced, as it can be rather difficult compared to your average American car, so it really pays to learn to work on it yourself, plus you know that everything is done RIGHT, as opposed to taking some random greasy stranger's word for it, only for it to blow up in 4000 miles.
Only downside really is the reliability, especially if you start to do work on it, so it would not be very wise to have it as your only vehicle, because it may leave you stranded somewhere, and I only run mine on 93 octane fuel from Shell, so it may mean going a bit out of your way for a fill up; worth it for the protection and engine cleaning that 93 offers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th December, 2011