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I agree that the Toyota Carina II is a superb car. I acquired mine 4 years ago for £300; a 1989 Carina II 1600 GL estate with 152,000 miles on the clock. I have since driven it in and around London, up to the North of England, all around the South-East pushing the mileage up to 234,000 with the original, unreconditioned 4AF engine. During that time I have spent £2,695 on general repairs / parts replacement which I consider entirely reasonable for this age of car and the mileage I have undertaken. I calculate that the costs equate to just 3p per mile, plus of course fuel. But that surely is economy, with no depreciation to worry about! (My previous 3 ltr high performance (150 mph) car, a Vauxhall Omega Elite devalued by £9000 over a similar time frame, cost thousands in expensive insurance, petrol, repairs - air conditioning £1,000 alone!). It may not have the luxurious comfort and prestige of my previous car, but it has NEVER let me down (starts always FIRST time!) and the cockpit is furnished with all I need for a good liesurely drive; I have taken it on a number of occasions to a speed of 120mph! It does not have a 'Cat' either which is a tremendous bonus, and most jobs on this car can be undertaken by a proficient DIY person, unlike the Omega that required a electrical / computer boffin!
Recently we purchased a Toyota Carina II, as our Volvo was far too expensive to run due to the high cost of petrol. The 2.0 litre diesel Toyota seemed an excellent choice for fuel economy. We had never owned a Toyota car before, but had been recommended the Carina by a relative. The J Reg Toyota Carina II appears to be a fairly large family sized car, which is quite comfortable. The seats do appear to be quite low, which makes the view different to out previous car, as now you are looking upwards a lot more, and the view through the rear window is quite poor due to it being a hatchback car, with a high window at the back. It is a very nice car to drive, and also fairly quiet for a diesel. It has powersteering, making it easy to park, but it does seem a little too light. The car is quite large, and seems sturdy and safe. The car does have luxury items, such as electric sunroof and electric windows, although I prefer the normal manual window winder, as it can not really go wrong! Although we have not had the car long we are very impressed, as we thought we may regret the change, and the fuel economy seems very good. The ride is excellent, and the car goes very well, quite quick acceleration, and a high top speed. A great car in my opinion, which is still going strong and appears fairly new although having done many miles.
I own a 1996 CARINA 2.0 GLI.I have had the car for two years and it has proved to be super reliable so far and after 44,000 miles hasn't any of the squeaks and rattles I have suffered with other mass produced cars. The two litre engine makes an excellent tow car which pulls my 15 foot Coachman caravan with ease. I think the fuel consumption for this size engine is quite good at around 30mpg regardless of where you drive. On the down side I find the drivers seat a bit narrow and hard.I am over six foot tall and although there is a lever on the seat to give lumber suport I sometimes suffer from backache on really long journeys. Finally on the four door saloon like mine the slightly humped boot makes reversing a bit tricky. This is my first Toyota and I am now a committed Toyota owner.
I have a Toyota Carina Mark 11,and it is the most reliable car I have had,even though it is a 1986 model.It has done 155,000 miles,but I did have a replacement engine last year. It is 1600 c.c.5 door hatchback,with power steering,the power steering takes a bit of getting used to as it is light even when travelling fast.Boh rear seats fold down to give ample space for storage,and starts first time. Like all Toyotas they seem to go on and on.However there is some rust now coming through,which is worrying.Think I will just run it into the ground. Only drawback is the lack of a Haynes manual,appears that because not too many were sold,Haynes did not think it worth while publishing a manual.Oh well