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I brought a toyota supra Na just over a month ago now and I have to say it is fantastic. The car itself can be picked up for a reasonable amount sometimes even a bargain can be found but due to still finding a good car with low miles, good bodywork can be a process that may require a fair bit of travelling to get what you want.
The car is a low slung sports car with four seats although you will be hard pressed to fit three people in comfortably as the driver and passenger seats are more comfy further back impeding passengers in the back but cars like this are not really meant to be practical day to day cars for people wanting to carry a car full.
The boot if you can call it that is more of a small shelf with a which acts as the spare wheel cover that comes with a decent variety of tools jack,spanners and various maintenance items that fit tidily out of sight.
The performance of the car is good considering the car weighs nearly one and a half tons and comes with a variety of bhp and either left hand drive or right. The performance depends on the type you buy as there are various models of the Na such as a sz and the sportier SZR models facelift aerotop (convertible) or the twin turbo models that are the RZ (jap spec 280bhp) and the gz aerotop (jap twin turbo convertible) or the highest spec model which is the UKspec twin turbo that has 326bhp and are extremely rare seeing as only 600 are around.
The price difference between the na and tt models can be thousands depending on age condition and mileage but £5500 plus is a typical amount for a decent car.
The car I brought was a mkiv 1994 Na manual 5speed although toyota do one of the best automatic gearboxes you will ever find and the engine which is a 2jzge (2jzgte for the turbos) are regarded as being near on bulletproof as long as basic maintenance such as oil levels checked and services being kept up to date there is no reason why you cannot keep the engine going until the end of time.
The car can deliver 0-60 in about seven seconds although the car really starts to stretch it's legs at over 100mph where a top speed of between 150-160mph can be obtained in stock form. Fuel consumption can be hefty depending on how heavy your right foot is and with today's fuel prices in the UK the the 70 litre tank is not always your friend as in Japan they have higher octane fuel around and over 100ron and the Uk's highest octane fuel is tesco's momentum which is £1.41 a litre is my choice as running on a lower octane can cause the engines to not run as smooth as they should.
The car gives a smooth delivery of power to the rear wheel and can catch the inexperienced out on a wet day easily if not paying attention if driving at speed.
The car is comfy even on long journeys and although it can drink the fuel a long steady motorway drive can be no more expensive than other car's with smaller engines.
The handling feels good in the dry due to the low road position and wide tyres it will keep you planted with good information coming through the steering wheel.
The car is a great car for those that like to modify their cars as there is the option of turbo kit's for the Na to converting it to a twin turbo if you please along with a whole host of aftermarket styling options for inside and out of the car to turn it into even more of a head turner than it is standard.. Parts for the Na can be expensive but someone who is resourceful and uses places internet sites like mkiv supra club can obtain quality parts from other enthusiasts for a reasonable price and a whole host of knowledge to help you along the way.
This car is a great way to drive around in a car you typically do not see often enough in my view.
Toyota Supra Twin Turbo 1993-1998 A superb car in every way except for the fact its just a Toyota,unfortunately it has a poor Image now.I bought my first one back in 1997,a three year old 1994 RZ Twinturbo top spec Japanese model with 17000 miles on the clock while I was working out in Japan.It was dark red,privacy tinted rear windows,Grey Magnesium alloys,Leather interior was black and it was a 4 speed auto,best model in my opinion.I tried the 6 speed manual and believe me its slower! The gear change on the manual can not be rushed,a bit notchy and not that smooth either.The auto can be used in steermatic mode,semi-auto and its amazing.I once out accelerated a Ferrari 355 in one of these and it was a standard RZ not race tuned! I imported mine back to the UK and then it was pretty unique.My local Toyota dealer wanted to buy it from me! They were great and looked after it for me,there are a few differences you should be aware of,ie Brake discs were Lexus,different size from UK model,it needed a rear fog light fitiing to be road legal in the UK.It had a different exhaust system,high performance type,the wheels were a different size,slightly smaller and the Magnesium alloy was unique to the RZ.The car had a speed limiter,that was removed and the clock had to be recalibrated to show Mph instead of Kmh.This caused no problem as everything else was just the same and cost me no more to service than a UK model.Best thing was the price only 2,500,000 Yen about £15K after paying shipping and Import taxes,a UK car would have cost £25K+.I kept the car for about 3 years,great value,ultra reliable needed just two set of tyres during 40,000 miles of use costing me £450 a set,very good for this kind of performance car.Service intervals were about 10,000 miles and just needed the basics,oil,filter,fluids and plugs changed over only once during my ownership.Shame they do not sell anything like this now in the UK,I would not consider one again as they are a bit old hat now.Too many SZ non turbos ,lower market cheap imports have tarnished its image.I would be careful buying anything with too many miles on the clock,it must have service history preferably Toyota,safest bet get a UK model and pay a bit more.Insurance is a big problem and was very expensive being group 20,mpg fair at an average of 22 mpg,mid 20s mpg at best running on super unleaded.Cheap definitley is not best,you get what you pay for!
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I have owned a supra twin-turbo which was a 1995 model. I ran the car for 18 happy months when I was free and single which says everything about why a 25 yr old office worker would buy such a car doesn't it? :-) The Twin-Turbo supra from 1994 'L' onward is a very different beast to the old wedge shaped supra. For a start it has the huge wing at the back. I personally love the look of the car. Mine was black which I think is one of the nicer colours. If you get one, be aware that the jap import twin-turbo is slightly different. It has smaller brakes and a slightly lower power engine. The easiest way to tell a import from a UK one is the bonnet scoop. If it has a bonnet scoop then it's a UK model. The UK models also has cruise control and full leather while the jap models often have cloth upholstery and no cruise control. The UK model is mechanically superior although you can get a jap model with a removeable roof which is very nice looking and just as quick when you're posing in traffic! There are loads of reviews around the web including one very useful one by Autocar which you should be able to find. The car was lovely to drive. The acceleration was very vivid - the Twin-turbo supra gives 0-60 in 5.0 secs from a 326 bhp twin-turbo straight 6 engine. The normally aspirated (non turbo) version gives 220bhp from a 3.0 litre straight 6 and gets to 60 in about the same time as a lexus GS300 (7.5 secs) because it's the same engine. The handling was very good and my comment would be that it really allows you to drive far too fast on twisty country roads. Most of the time, the limit is how brave (or stupid) you are rather than the handling of the car. It's perfectly possible to be going 80 or 100 mph on a 'B' road but the question is: would you want to? The brakes are VERY good and pull the car down from 100mph in a very short distance. The brakes are so good that you run the risk of
catching other road users out though. I nearly had a mondeo hit me afte I had to brake hard on a slip road. He ended up on the verge. The ride is very harsh though. This is not the car you want to drive all day on potholed roads. It's tiring and you feel every little bump. It's also a bit tiring to drive 200 miles up the motorway. It's not as quiet as a luxury car and you feel more bumps. But then it's horses for courses. It's designed to go very fast round country roads and it does that extremely well. I enjoyed the looks of the car and it did attract a lot of attention. I did however have the car vandalised where someone threw eggs at the car, and I also grounded it on a supermarket speed bump. I also had some drunken people shouting abuse at me when stopped at the lights - presumably frustrated envy - but that's what you get if you drive an eye catching car. Inside, room for two adults and the rear seat is really no use for anyone other than an 8 year old child. Even then, our 8 year old used to hate going in the back of the car and I can see why. Too cramped. The accomodation for front seat pilots was actually very good with plenty of leg room, nice leather and lots of electronic toys to play with. The driving position is good and the instruments wrap around you a bit like a fighter plane. It's a very selfish car like all sports cars. The driver gets all the fun and the passenger gets thrown around and feels sick. Service costs and petrol costs were horrendous. That was why I got rid of the car. It drank about as much petrol as my current car (a Jaguar XJR) but the servicing and parts were very dear. After I paid £1000 for a service and cambelt change at the toyota dealership I decided it was too expensive to run and regretfully said goodbye. I think age has something to do with it. When I got the car, I was 25 and single.. Now that I'm 'married' and pushing 30 I
39;ve decided I prefer a more comfortable performance car with maybe less in the looks department but more comfort for my daily driver. My other half has an MR2 Turbo and I would have got her a supra if she liked it but she doesn't like it.. 'it's a man's car'. Says it all really. If you're young and fancy looking flash, then get one. They are quite cheap to buy. BUT don't get one unless you can really afford to run it. Petrol bills make your head spin. So do parts costs and servicing. Spark plugs are £80 per set. Brake pads £100. Tyres £200 each. And Toyota service history a must and you need to keep taking it to toyota. And finally. The image is being devalued a bit now because they are quite cheap. So someone with enough money to buy and maintain a good one might decide to go for something else like a Lotus Esprit for example.. But that's another story.
Since there were no reviews of any newer Supras, I thought I would write one on my weekend toy I purchased a few weeks ago. It's a 1988 2954cc (3litre) Toyota Supra, non Turbo. Pushing a top speed of nearly 160mph from 178kw of power, and 0-60mph in (from memory) around 5 seconds, it's one of the fastest things on the road. There hasn't actually been any real modifications to the car overall - they're not needed. Standard, it comes with: Auto gearbox (with the power of a manual) Electric Windows Electric Mirrors Power Steering Electric Seats (including side supports) ABS Brakes Cruise Control Climate Control (heating + air con. incl.) Sports pack (spoiler, skirting, body kit) Adjustable steering column Alloy wheels (a car with all these features, 15 years old) The only real problems I have with the car are that its suspension is a little firm, which I've found with other Supras that I've test driven in the past, and there is basically no back seat. I'm quite tall (6'2"), and have to drive with the drivers seat back as far as it will go. In this configuration, I can't fit my arm between the front/rear seats, let alone a pair of somebody's legs. I have had 4 adults in the car before, but it wasn't particularly comfortable for those in the back. Suspension and rear passenger space aside, it's a pretty smoothe ride. It's not the quietest car you'll find (if you put your foot down, the engine will rev at a volume which will make everybody around stop and look), however if you're after a car with a silly amount of power and speed, you've just found it. Oh. I'd advise you to have a pretty solid petrol budget too (running a 70 litre tank @ around 55 pounds to fill up, and getting maybe 350 miles from it), but if you enjoy your cars fast, I'm sure this is something you're already aware of :) Highly recommended if you're just after a weekend cruiser, OR there won't be more than 2 people in your car. If you're looking at purchasing one, I'd also strongly advise you go for one with a nice interior as well as the exterior - mine's immaculate, especially compared to many others I saw. It was worth a little extra spending.