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Toyota Starlet 1.3 Sportif 3d (1996/P)

Toyota Starlet 1.3 Sportif 3d (1996/P) - Owner Review

Nippy on motorways (Holds speed well) and has a generous boot space with the back seats down in my opinion. Tackles hills and inclines well, after a lil moaning n groaning :) Cheap insurance too. Not number 1 on a car thief's list. £30ish filled the tank (circa summer 06) and it would do 330 odd miles on that.
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Review submitted by
David Apomah on

Toyota Starlet (96-99)

Summary

3 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Either "This is blatently my 1st car so dont take the micheal" or "Doing and getting more for less!"

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Nice lil runner

Would you buy this car again and why?
No, Only because there are much better cars out there which i can now afford

What are you likely to buy next?
mark 5 Fiesta following by a new shape Focus

Buying experience

4 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?
£1,450

When did you buy the car?
October 2004

Did you get a good deal and why?
Only 49kmiles after 7 years selling for same price as cars with 40% more mileage, you betcha :)

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
I wanted a small, reliable, econimical car. The price and reviews won it for me more than anything else

What was the dealer like?
-

Driving it

3 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
very easy to drive though it felt like i was pulling levers and turning cogs to make it move. Very responsive i though, though it felt a bit sloppy at times. Not very much grip on wet roads. Did tend to lean when tackling corners at moderate speed.

What's it like to park?
Really really easy to park. A lot of peripheral vision. Good visibilty all round and its compact size added to this. Power steering also helped a lot.

Living with it

3 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Had it just over 2 years and changed the following: Radiator Windscreen wiper motor Exhaust system, Brake shoes Spent a fair bit on servicing and the above but she worked like a charm every time. Took a lot of abuse but just kept going.

What's most practical about your car?
Nippy on motorways (Holds speed well) and has a generous boot space with the back seats down in my opinion. Tackles hills and inclines well, after a lil moaning n groaning :) Cheap insurance too. Not number 1 on a car thief's list. £30ish filled the tank (circa summer 06) and it would do 330 odd miles on that.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Very basic model. I suppose the 80's stripes on the sides were its most extravagant feature sadly.

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