Used Toyota Starlet (1996 - 1999) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 25 Jul 2014
This was the model that ended the long line of Starlets with a wider range (including the sporty SR) than ever before. Despite the Hollywood inspired name, the Starlet does not really draw attention to itself.

1.5 out of 5



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No Euro NCAP rating - Starlet pre-dates the test. Standard driver’s airbag throughout the range and seat-belt pretensioners are also fitted. No other safety features are on the options list though. Starlet security consists of an engine immobiliser and only central locking from the SR model upwards.

4.5 out of 5


Toyota has a fantastic reputation for reliability and the Starlet is no exception with its Japanese build quality and durability of components. Proving to be dependable, as it enters into old age.

Car check problem points


Parking damage; wear and tear.


Some starting problems; notchy gear change or clutch judder.


Minor electrical problems - e.g. window winders.