Reliable on the way to classic status. Toyota Starlet 1.3i Sport

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From 1989 to 1996, Toyota built the Toyota Starlet of the P8 generation. Thousands still drive around in the Netherlands in Belgium, and by international standards the first copies will reach classic status in a few years. Today, this Toyota Starlet P8, just like its predecessor and successor, falls into the category of reliable budget transport. On this page you can read the description of a copy that has the potential to last for years.

Life experience and fitness

The aforementioned Toyota Starlet 1.3i Sport has built up 212.000 kilometers of life experience. He has only had his second owner for five months, and that's me. The undersigned had the valves set and arranged for a new water pump to be fitted. The fluids were also refreshed and finally the Toyota got new brake shoes behind. The knuckles preventively, and the alloy wheels will be restored to their former glory. That's all.


The Toyota Starlet with the 2E-E engine (with injection instead of the previously used carburation) is still excellent in traffic after 22 years. The acceleration from a standstill and the intermediate gears are achieved extremely sparingly in all oppositions. It is thanks to the combination of the excellent working and (after more than two tons completely) play-free click-clack transmission and the smooth 1.296 cc and 75 PK-supplying 12 valve power source. The valves are mounted in the configuration with two inlet valves and one outlet valve per cylinder. The Toyota engine also offers a nice torque development. That fact proves its value in the city, in the countryside and on the highway. The Japanese from 1995 comes along effortlessly in all circumstances. In combination with the current domestic speeds, it is accompanied by an average consumption of 1 on 16, while the engine does not consume a drop of oil.

Reliable operation

What is also striking: the extent to which everything still functions. Switches are sturdy, the materials used in the interior are perfectly fine, the heater and the ventilation work excellently, moisture hardly penetrates, brakes do not require excessive effort and the doors lock securely. Of course you sometimes hear a beep, but the mentioned titles say a lot about the quality, which this Toyota received from the maker.

Basic with fun package

This Sport based on the standard 1.3i, which was supplemented with useful options. Alloy wheels, colored bumpers, a right wing mirror, tinted glass, profiled (and acceptably seated) seats, black window surround, a dark sky and the rev counter made this Toyota Starlet something special. Today common things such as air conditioning, power windows, power steering and ABS are missing. A rear fog lamp would also have been a useful option. Nevertheless, the supplier succeeded in making this Toyota Starlet an attractive car in 1995.

Grosso modo lots of driving pleasure

That attraction is also expressed while driving. The interplay of the McPherson suspension at the front and the semi-rigid rear axle at the rear provides liveliness, which is even more apparent due to the low, almost sporty seating. Incidentally, do not think that the Toyota Starlet can be driven through the corner like a go-kart. The spicy driving behavior invites you to, but once in a sharp turn-around, the Japanese have a tendency to carefully hang on one ear and turn their heads upside down. That can easily be corrected by just lifting the gas. Normal turns can be attacked with confidence. The Toyota does not turn his hand around it. He offers a lot of driving pleasure, which is accompanied by the necessary feeling in the non-assisted steering.

Quality impression and cost efficiency

That pleasure is enhanced by the no nonsense quality impression and the cost efficiency that this very strong Japanese person brings. This generation of the Toyota Starlet was, just like its relatives from that time, screwed together very well. Whether this model will ever be loved as a classic is written in the stars. But the fact is that many of these Toyota Starlets are an ideal starting point for those who adhere to old-fashioned dynamics, and who want to drive their car to classic status reliably and cost-effectively. Those who reward the loyalty of this Toyota generation with normal (cosmetic and technical) maintenance and use get that effortlessly done. I certainly intend to do it.


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  1. classic status is determined by people who say they know it
    whether your car is beautiful or ugly depends on the individual
    However, many people are very scared of being rejected by their environment
    for example, you may not like a Toyota IQ or a Suzuki Alto than a vw golf, you would suddenly not find

    a real tough guy belongs in a vw wave the royal army said years ago to recruit, however, what is really tough to walk with the masses or do what someone else thinks or buy that beautiful Alto?

  2. My second car was a Mazda 323 from 1993 in the same color. Extremely reliable and comfortable enough, but while the 323 (thanks to the rust sensitivity I think) has largely disappeared from the streets from that period, you almost stumble over these Starlets. Here in the village there are already enough and you buy them for small amounts.

    What a classic is, every thoughtful person can decide for himself. Such a thing is determined entirely individually.

  3. Maybe a characterless car and no chrome bumpers… And maybe not yet classic enough, but that will come naturally. Headlights made of glass can be called quite classic, for example. And there is also a generation of people who will see this car as youth sentiment. I am also in possession of such a starlet and it comes from '91 with even an eighties license plate combination. Even though it has been standing still for 80 months, it is starting and running. Very reliable and very strong.

  4. Highly recommended if you are talking about a reliable car then this is the top where and what type of cars from 95 do you still see driving around the model is really so years 90 but yes it comes from the early years 90

  5. A vehicle without chrome bumpers is not a classic in my gene. Too much plastic does not make it a popular classic to collect. My interest is also gone if there are no chrome bumpers (or metal). But that is my personal opinion :-).

  6. Cute cart, but to give that a future as a classic, I find something over the top. The model is timeless and in many ways resembles comparable many modern cars. Actually a little characterless cart.

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