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Toyota Starlet 1.3 CD 3d (1998/R)

Toyota Starlet 1.3 CD 3d (1998/R) - Owner Review

Good powerful 4E-FE engine, Good for building up speed and going up hills. Also parts cheap and widely available. Very easy cars to work with and repair, Never taken it to a mechanic to have work done.
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Review submitted by
Daniel Chung on

Toyota Starlet (96-99)

Summary

4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I have modified mine by adding a rear wing and alloys so it does attract a bit of negative attention from the police (Just curious about the car) but to me the car looks good and that's all that matters I suppose.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They tell me it's a nice looking car and that it's comfortable.

Would you buy this car again and why?
I have two, Unless I have a reason to buy another I won't be. But yeah a Starlet would be my instinct as they're so cheap to buy, easy to repair and have plenty or spare parts available.

What are you likely to buy next?
Realistically another Starlet (Glanza Replica) Honestly i'd like to buy a four wheel drive EP95 Starlet and build a four wheel drive Glanza V but I don't think my insurance company will agree with me :L.

Buying experience

5 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Didn't buy from a dealer

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£380

When did you buy the car?
February 2016

Did you get a good deal and why?
Yeah, The car was very cheap and possibly the cleanest shell I have ever come across. Almost no rust & no mechanical problems.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Bought one for auto testing and fell in love with it so I bought another as my road car.

What was the dealer like?
-

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Excellent under 100KMH but the car has little confidence above that. Great car once it's not driven at high speeds.

What's it like to park?
Very easy to park, Very small and great visibility throughout the car. Handles like a go kart at parking speeds.

Living with it

5 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
The only thing I can fault with the car is the lack of the tachometer as I have to drive by ear. I am hoping to fit one in as they're are a few forums with detailed installation steps.

What's most practical about your car?
Good powerful 4E-FE engine, Good for building up speed and going up hills. Also parts cheap and widely available. Very easy cars to work with and repair, Never taken it to a mechanic to have work done.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Power steering is definitely a major accessory! There are also a large number of low costing modifications available to make the car look nice and improve the handling.

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