10/10GTS Automatic (2012-2023)
This car slaps hard, it’s increased my drift points by hundreds! In all seriousness quality car, never had issues, had since day 1 about 10 years agoShow details
A future classic, 2218Kms in 2 days !!GTS Manual (2012-2023)
I was looking for looking for something special, not a vanilla SUV, or overstated unreliable European status symbol to replace my FJ Cruiser. I then remembered the 86 GTS, having driven a 5 year old version, complete with wheel rash at a local dealer, I set out to find a later model in mint condition.
Enter Dutton One Adelaide centre stage, 2020 GTS in white with 834Kms, genuine car, which I jumped on a plane and drove the 86 back to Queensland. Having covered 2218kms in 2 days never had such an enjoyable journey in my life,(except for a brief
Fun to driveGT Automatic (2012-2023)
Seriously this car is so fun to drive, very reliable, and very slick. It's a car that's an alternative to the family car I have, great to drive, and great throttle response. My only issue with the car is the setup of Bluetooth. Probably the worst setup in any car I have owned. Very difficult to initially connect, needed the manual book to do so, as to find the connection part is placed in a place that dose not make sense, making it difficult to locate. Should be easier, not sure what they were thinking.Show details
Owned it for 5 years. Great reliable car.GT Automatic (2012-2023)
I owned a 2012 model for 5 years. I did about 15,000km on it each year and it never missed a beat.
After 5 years my interior still looked like knew. When I sold it the guy was super happy because he thought he was getting a new car. The car externally and internally is very durable.
I had mine lowed and put 18 inch wheels on it and after about 4 years it started to develop a clunking sound under the steering column. Toyota took a look and turned out the steering column needed to be replaced. My suspension was hard so I suspect th
Amazing 'bang for buck'GTS Manual (2012-2023)
Wonderful car. Excellent handling, lots of extras. The boot can hold a lot (in particular if you have the version without a spare tyre!), and the rear seats fold down to make even more room. It has four seats, although you would not want to be in the back for anything other than a short trip. Average fuel economy (short trips) is under 10l per 100km which is not bad, and of course drops to 8 or less for long trips. It's not perfect - I get some noise from the driver side door/window seal, the radio head unit is ancient, there is an expensive se... Read morervice every few years when the spark plugs need to be replaced as the official method of doing it requires the engine to be dropped (if you search on youtube you will see people describing how it can be done without having to drop the engine), servicing is every 9 months rather than 12, interior is a bit plasticy - but overall I am really happy with the car.
Serious fun. Reliability not to Toyota standard.GTS (2012-2023)
Bought this car as a toy in 2012. Does everything a classic sports car should. You won't win every drag at the lights but you'll have the biggest smile on your face when you get out. Had some issues with oil leaks. Only minor but annoying. Some fixed by Toyota others not. Seems all good now. It's noisy. Engine noise is what you want, but lot of road noise. If you want to travel long distances buy something else.Show details
Battery is faulty and Toyota's attitude is deplorableGTS Manual (2012-2023)
This car was 13 months old when the battery just died. I drove into a car park, left it for less than an hour and on my return the car just failed to start. I called Toyota and they couldn't help (they could send two tow trucks but I'd have to pay for it). I opted to join the NRMA and they were amazing. The battery was not working.
I had to pay a fee to join the NRMA and incurred the cost of a new battery because it was no longer working.
I wrote to Toyota and asked that they reimburse the cost of the battery, given a brand new battery shou
Best sports car on the roadGTS Manual (2012-2023)
Driving long distances, I needed a reliable car. I used to drive a Toyota Celica, but opted to update to a 2017 model Toyota 86. So glad I did. It's a little ripper... it's KY daily commute to and from work, and it's so comfortable I hardly know I'm driving a sports car. The seat warmers are a nice change on a cold winters morning while driving to work. There has been no recalls on this car so far..Show details
Watch the servicing costs !GT Manual (2012-2023)
I really liked this car for what it was, during my 12 months of ownership. In some ways it's what the British were trying to achieve with their small sports cars a few years ago. Frankly some of the reviews here are ridiculous and are not considering what the car is. It is a sports car, 2+2, low C of G, rear wheel drive, no fancy gimmicks, not overpowered. Perfect. Well not quite. You have to drop the engine to change the spark plugs so major services are expensive. And that exhaust noise in the cabin than you can hear.... It is not exhaust, it is a manufactured noise ducted from the intake system to a location near the pedals. You can block it off of you find out about like I did. And a Subaru boxer engine :-). Overall a great package.Show details
lacking OomphGTS Manual (2012-2023)
I thought it would be more powerful considering all the hooha that was made about it & being a Japanese company. I had a hatchback that had more power than this car. I will say that it is a solid car made by good quality material, sturdy. Just lacking power for a sports car.Show details
Love this car <3GTS Manual (2012-2023)
Love this car! Its a Toyota so it will last forever!
Travel everyday from alkimos to FSH in it.
I has had a good run so far, and will hopefully last a very long time.
Running costs = very cheap for fuel, fuel lasts a long time in it.
Interior = the leather in my steering wheel is coming off which is the only down fall.Show details
Absolutely terrible vehicle86 ZN6 (2012-2023)
Driving Experience: Decent 0-60. It isn't slow. Handling sucks, lots of body roll with no steering feedback at all. Car feels very unsettled at above 25/30mph. Lots of road, tyre, and wind noise. The engine note is very clattery, like an early 2000's diesel. Weak & soft brakes. 1/10
Interior: It's okay. Not put together very well. Lots of rattles and cheap, easily scratched plastics. Comfy seats. The car is a little cramped for me and I am not a big person (5'8") Infotainment unit is nigh-on useless. 4/10
Reliability & running costs: Bad... Read morebad bad. No end of faults develop with the car and trying to get these fixed under warranty is a nightmare. Avg of 22mpg. Highest i've seen is 30mpg over a 2 and a half hour motorway trip. Drops down as low as 9mpg. Very high road tax. Warranty doesn't cover many faults so repair costs are high. Burnt through 2 sets of tyres in 6 months. 1/10
Perfect first carGTS Manual (2012-2023)
Purchased the car in 2015 and I love it a lot. The car handles well and is good with fuel mileage too. However, the only downside is the small back seats and boot space. Not very functional if you want to carry 4 passengers around as it can get quite tight.Show details
Great sports carGT Manual (2012-2023)
Don't buy this car expecting it to be a drag machine. It's very much the definition of a sports car, handles well but thats about it. It's comfortable and while the back seats aren't really 'seats' at all, can be used when you really need them to. Aftermarket parts are also extensive so you can do whatever you want to the car easily.Show details
Beautiful car, turns heads wherever you go!GT Automatic (2012-2023)
This is a great car. Looks sleek and drives great. Definitely a head-turner. The only negative is the practicality. The boot is quite small and the back seats are not really suited to fully grown adults. But in saying that you do not buy a sports car for practicality. It is very fun to drive and has great fuel efficiency.Show details
Questions & Answers
I'm looking at buying a Toyota 86 GTS manual.
It has a fair few extras on it and it sounds a great.
It's only got just over 70 000 km on it and it looks like it's in really good nic.
I have done so much research on them but to sum it up the Toyota 86 GTS is not like a Hilux it hasn't been around for years and years so it's hard to try find the long-term practicality or full engine life.
When we went to test drive the car yesterday afternoon we found out that the guy who owns it has thrashed it in the time that he has had it.
My partner and I have researched them and we have read that on the racetrack those models get absolutely thrashed and they will have a lifespan of a round 150 000 to 175 000 km if looked after well and his seems to have been looked after.
Now I fell in love with this car when I took it for a test drive but because it was driven pretty hard I'm just not sure of its reliability.
Obviously Toyota have a great reputation for reliability in general again this is a relatively new car.
Just wanting to hear your opinions out there obviously it's more like a sports car so it's meant to be driven a bit more hard than your general Toyota Camry or something, but should I be worried if I continue treating it well will it last me 2 to 3 years or more?
My 1st/2nd - 3rd/2nd gate, still crunches especially when cold even tho' the service people at 1000km & 10000km say it will get better. I'm at 14000 now and the improvement is very marginal. As most of my driving is short distance, I would appreciate any advice on this matter, it is a daily occurrence and very annoying and probably not good for the vehicle.
I am not experiencing this problem. I wouldn't stand for any "it will get better" nonsense. Get them to sort it out especially as the car is still under warranty.
Hi Andrew, it sounds like you are experiencing the same issues with your 86 as I was and from what I had researched a few others. I really don't know whether these gearbox issues are isolated and if there is a long term solution. Personally, If I had kept my 86 and was determined to find a fix to this problem, I would visit a reputable performance tuning specialist that modifies and specialises in 86/BRZ's and talk to them and get their opinion. I'm not sure if you're from Sydney but Tune House in Marickville or MRT in Rhodes might be your best bet in understanding whats going on. Might be well worth a visit. Anyway good luck with it, if you decide to go in that direction I'd like to know what their diagnostics are! I'm currently looking for a RWD sports car once again and a second hand 86 in on my radar, this way i can test the box before I end up with the car. If the gate is remotely the same as my previous 86 and scalped from my list, I'll have to consider a low km, 350Z, RX8, or even a sweet shifting MX5 or S2000 regardless of age. It would be ashamed because the 86 is such a great package and ticks so many boxes.
Hi Andrew - I experienced similar transmission issues with my 86 (3rd to 4th) crunch and rattle. The Toyota dealership changed my transmission fluid and the problem is now gone. It might worth giving that a try.
Apart from that, the transmission in this car is absolutely appalling and they should probably look at recalling all of them.
Ive got a 2015 GT with the 6 speed manual and it is difficult to change up into 2nd gear when cold.You need to shift very slowly or pause in Neutral between 1st and 2nd gear. Once warmed up after say 15 minutes the gearbox is fine. You could try changing the gearbox oil to something else (Motul or Redline) but the improvement with cold shifting is minimal.
Enjoy the superlative handling : )
To David Taylor
Say Dave do you actually own or have owned an 86GT? I can only assume that you haven't, because you wouldn't make rubbish statements about how many of them are on the second hand market. So what? I don't see the point. There are 10,000 VT commodores on the second hand market. Are you saying they are a rubbish car?
Hi , according to car sales, 279 VT and VT 2 commodores are for sale on the market. Not a bad figure as it's less than the combined Subaru BRZ , 259 cars for sale and Toyota 86 , 392 cars for sale ....and way more commodore VT s were manufactured and sold than that car.
Now how did you arrive at 10 000?
So it seems, not surprisingly, it's got worse than when I wrote the the post. I've driven one, Toyota 86, and I own an Audi TT.
Product Review has asked me to respond to this question. My answer to the question of whether a car is rubbish according to how many used examples are on the used car market is that I don't necessarily believe that this is an indicator of a car's quality. I do believe however that some people who buy the GT86 "think" they want to own a sports car but what they really want is a sports looking car that rides rides, drives, and behaves like a good modern day refined passenger/luxury car. Eg low end torque, quiet cabin, insulation from external noise, buttery compliance. The GT86 is not that car, it is however a raw competent sports car meaning the main objective is chassis balance and dynamics, "feel" (communication to the driver of what is happening under the tires) and to certain degree performance. The GT86 was designed to be used hard meaning the engine needs to be wound right up near the red line and if you have never driven a car or wish to drive a car "hard" (above 8/10ths)then it's probably going to make you feel a little disappointed. Toyota/Subaru makes no apologies in making a car like this and fair enough. Even though it will do all the normal car duties its design brief is VERY specific to hard corner carving and wringing the engine out and needs to be experienced on a closed circuit to be properly appreciated, which most people won't or rarely do. If you want more of an all rounder look elsewhere this is a proper old school sports car. If you know exactly what your getting with the GT86 and really want to drive a car at 10/10th at some point YOU WILL LOVE IT ;)
Spot-on answer Thruxton8. My 86, owned for 7 years, is a brilliant little toy if you wring its neck. Handles like an overgrown go-kart, so much fun. So of course it’s a little stiff and harsh, that’s how it has to be to perform so well. Reliability has been great, not a single problem. Toyota had a general recall for a rare problem with the power steering wiring harness, otherwise nothing to speak of. A really good, cheap performer if you understand its design criteria.
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|Category||Sports Cars||Sports Cars||Sports Cars||Sports Cars|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||16" Alloy||16" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||8.4 L/100km||8.4 L/100km||7.1 L/100km||7.1 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50 L||50 L||50 L||50 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L|
|Max Power||152kW @ 7000rpm||152kW @ 7000rpm||147kW @ 7000rpm||147kW @ 7000rpm|
|Max Torque||212Nm @ 6400-6800rpm||212Nm @ 6400-6800rpm||205Nm @ 6400-6800rpm||205Nm @ 6400-6800rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
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