Fun to drive
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.
Purchased in May 2019 for A$22,000.00.
Owned it for 5 years. Great reliable car.
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...
Purchased in December 2014.
Watch the servicing costs !
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.
Great sports car
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.
Beautiful car, turns heads wherever you go!
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.
- GT Manual (2012-2020)
- Verified purchase
If you love driving the Toyota 86 is a great little car that is relatively cheap to own.
The handling of the car is phenomenal. The car corners like its on rails with minimal body roll. The feel through the steering is very good. You know precisely what the front wheels are doing.
The factory fitted 16" Yokohama tyres on the GT aren't the best for grip IMHO. I've upgraded to the factory 17" wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. This makes a vast improvement to the grip. No more oversteering ! I would also recommend getting a full size s...pare wheel for the car. Standard they come with a tyre repair kit which is pretty useless if you have a blown out sidewall. There's a slot in the boot to fit either a space saver or the full size alloy wheel. I bought my 2015 model car used with 20,000 km and so far it has been very reliable. It also comes with Toyota fixed price servicing so the services are relatively cheap for the 1st 3 years. The MY16 GT model comes with a few nice touches that the earlier models didn't (Reverse camera, electric folding mirrors, digital speedo etc) The owners manual recommends Premium 98 unleaded petrol which is about 20 cents/litre more expensive then regular unleaded. So the 50 litre tank will cost you about an extra $10 to fill. A lot of people poo poo the performance of the 86 but to me its fine. Sure there are much faster cars 0-100 km/h but its not a pissing contest so who cares. It accelerates pretty well IMHO. Search youtube "Chris Harris Toyota 86" to see what its all about.
Perfect Budget SportsCar
This car is the perfect weekend sports car, with exceptional handling and steering feel. Throttle and braking response is acceptable and overall, it is an absolute joy to drive on backroads.
As a bonus, this car looks great from the outside and has all the necessary features for interior comfort.
The space for rear passengers is minimal and only to be used on short journeys, however the seats can be folded to produce quite a large albeit narrow boot.
Fuel usage requires 98 octane but I have experienced a low consumption average of around 8L/100km.
Overall, no issues with the car and maintenance remains cheap as it is a Toyota.
For a quick little sports car to rival the mx5
This is a great little car. I owned one for a short while. I would still have it, except that I made one big mistake. I took a 370z for a drive. Oh man, what, I say WHAT a difference! I put the Toyota on the market the same day. Not that the Toyota is bad or anything.
Well, look, you really cannot compare the two cars. They really are world's apart. And, for what the Toyota is supposed to be: a cheap, fun rear wheel drive sport's car with a willing engine that loves to rev and wonderful, exciting handling, I don't think you can go wrong. ...It really is what it is. For the price, the Toyota is a deadset bargain. I shouldn't be saying things like: the Nissan has a much better interior, is built better, is faster, is sexier. Dammit, the Nissan is nearly twice the price of the little 86. Of course it's gonna be made of higher quality stuff. Or at least it SHOULD be for the money you are expected to fork out to buy one. They could be compared to an MX-5. I owned one some years ago. Quite liked it, but, for the same reason I sold the 86, it didn't have that much power, and I am a bit of a lazy driver. I like torque under my feet. I don't want to have to wring the damned engine's neck every time I get in it. Now, one question; why did Toyota bother collaborating with Subaru? I am sure Toyota could have come up with a better engine than that. For that matter, why didn't Subaru offer something like their engine in the wrx? I hear the main issue is fitment. What about a modern 2jz? It's a shame. The 86 is a good car that could have been great. I guess the same can (and is often) said about the mx5. Needs more power. But still, millions of people love 'em. Of course, power costs money, and if you want more power, well, then the price goes up. No one can really complain about the price tag for a new one of these. But they can frown at its unwillingness to accelerate in that nasty little flat spot around 3500 in the rev range.
- GT Manual (2012-2020)
- Verified purchase
Fun car to drive. Terrible customer service. Loosing coolant
We bought the car because it looks good, handles very good and is well priced. It is not a very practical car if you got family. There is not much room in the back for passengers. It is a sports car! It is very good on fuel and we even took it for a long holiday trip. The downside on our car is the coolant. It needs to be monitored !!! Somehow it disappears. An oil sample (not performed by Toyota) taken by me and tested in Brisbane, found a high level of sodium (398 ppm) present. Possible coolant. It was suggested to perform an oil change and d...o another pressure test, which Wide Bay Toyota says is not necessary because there is nothing wrong with the car. Another bad point is maintenance. To change spark plugs the engine has to be lifted up, to get to them. Big job! Lucky I got another 70000 km till than. If the engine lasts that long.
DO NOT BUY
I've owned my Toyota 86 for a year and a half now and have driven 50,000kms. I consider myself well placed to comment on the quality of this vehicle.
This is the most unreliable I have ever (I repeat) ever owned. Apart from the look of this vehicle and paint quality, which is fantastic, the following is a list of issues which have occurred:
- Constant rattle from rear of vehicle while driving (this is a recognised fault by Toyota, it was fixed under warranty. If it affects your vehicle get it in for servicing)
- Transmission crunching/...meshing from 3rd to 4th. Transmission cannot be shifted easily from 1st to 2nd. Transmission has difficulty shifting down from 6th to 5th. (Toyota has fixed crunching/meshing, have not found a solution to the others. Toyota's advice is to go easier on the transmission - what the hell!!! this is supposed to be a sports car and I'm being told to "baby" the car) - Loud/screeching noise from drivetrain when reversing and braking (rear diff fluid replaced under warranty to fix problem. This was required WELL before the manufacturer's scheduled fluid change), - Air in clutch line (fixed under warranty)
my 2nd girl after first.
its a great car with great speed that's why got fined 3 times..lol
$420 for red light
$2430 for over speed (170 km/hr)
$380 for over speed in 60 zone.
but still I jus love my bebs even though I have been charged for so many times still cant think about any other car.
Every morning its excite me to go to my work, make me feel proud when hang around with my frens.
I enjoy every moment when m in a driving seat.
40 dollers to fill the tank!! Its amazingly fast regardless off what people tell you!! And mines an auto!!!!! Amazing looking car, but you do feel the road more then most other cars!!
I owend a rx8 before this and the rx8 was my dream car but not anymore ;)
Love My 86
Well, my 86 GTS is my second car. The other is a Tickford Falcon. Different cars for a different drive and I love them both but for different reasons. The 86 feels like a sports car and feels quick due to the low stance. Whilst it could do with a spare wheel, better stereo, reversing camera, etc. most of these add to the weight and would slow it down even more. If you have one of these cars just enjoy the experience. It was never meant to be a muscle car or a family runabout. I hear there are Cosworth upgrades on the way, smiling already. :)
a nissan 370 z ..0-100 in 5 secs...toyota 86 0-100 in 7.5 secs..thats about as quick as family sedan..really those who compare the 2 are joking...nissan 370z v6 245kws vs toyota 86 boxer 4cyl 2.0 good motor but needs turbo plus the nissan 370z just looks sexier better meaner..the fact that so much hype has gone on about this car must be toyota has paid off the motoring journos...get a NISSAN 370Z
Putting the fun back into driving
I'm not a "driver's driver". My previous car was the highly parkable SMART Cabrio. But when I decided to change this time around I wanted a sports car that I could handle with oodles of style and a grrr under the bonet that just felt good. The 86 was by far the front runner, even before Jeremy Clarkson gave it a rave review.
I got the racing orange, GT auto version. I've driven in from Sydney to Albury and back in a day without the slightest complaint from buttock or lower back. I've whizzed around the Northern Beaches and I've rumbled along...unsealed tracks. As some other reviewers have mentioned, the suspension is a bit hard over rocky terrain, but my 86 wasn't phased. I'm asked weekly by random passers by how she handles and whether I'd recommend buying an 86. They always comment that they love the style. I honestly don't believe there's anything as stunning on the market in the same price bracket. I'm not a car stereo officionado, so it's more than good enough for me. I've never had a maintenance issue or paint problems. I guess the lack of spare tyre and inbuilt reversing cameras are my only regrets.
Great, and probably too good a chassis for public roads
You see, the original AE86 had a perfect chassis for a public road and enough power for it's feather weight. It was a recipe that Toyota got spot on in the early eighties and probably a better raw road car than the new86 that is much more refined yet less practical due to it's coupe design. The original AE also had an engine note to die for unlike the drone of the GT flat four :( The AE86 is legendary in Japan and no one really understood it until they were taken for a spin with someone that new how to drive it properly. Trouble is, i think the...GT86 is just too competent, too balanced and has more than enough real world power than most people will ever need on a public road despite what all the stat nerds say even before they have tested one. If you really love driving a loose tail happy RWD's you'll absolutely love this car and understand what all the fuss is about and if you've never practiced, learnt about or experienced "controlled oversteering" (drifting) it can really catch you out, be warned, best learn this technique on a closed circuit/track with plenty of run off for when you do finally loose it. So back to the point, its a great car that can feel a little boring crawling around at city traffic pace and it's a little frustrating when stuck in the head numbing, start, stop and snore. Its cabin is very basic but its built at a price so something had to give and I'm glad it wasn't anything that made it such a brilliantly engineered drivers car. My only complaint my car and a few owners experienced an awful manual gearbox that when cold can be downright appalling through the gates especially 1st to 2nd, mine was one of those so I sold it to a dealer. I'm now looking for a rare as hens teeth AE86 that hasn't rusted through, could be mission impossible but I'm staying optimistic. If all else fails and people demand silly money for rusted relics I might bite the bullet and take my chance on another GT86 (with a nice gearbox). Many people don't understand this car but if they invest a little time, money and effort on a track with an advanced driver trainer they'll be astounded to find what this car can actually do and understand why nearly every driving expert rates the 86 so highly. If you don't, you'll feel like you bought a super low riding coupe with a T or S badge and nothing else, yes you'll feel confused as to what you bought and expert reviewers absolutely love it! For 29k there is nothing new on the market that offers the same RWD experience.
- GT (2012-2020)
- Selected Review
The 86GT - It does what it was designed for.
I've had my 86GT now for over 12 months. After driving this car would never go back to driving a barge like a Ford or Holden. It does what it was designed for. To put back the fun in driving. The weight to power ratio is spot on. It was never made to be the fastest car off the line. Off course, if you want fast, just add a turbo unit for around $6000. This will increase the power by around 50% but will void your warranty. The handling is incredible for a car at this price.
Some people complain that the suspension is too stiff or that the car...
Oh what a feeling, alright!!! I now understand why people get excited driving a sports car. The feeling of exhilaration and total control is amazing. Great around corners, and great breakes too. Well, don't get me started on the looks! Unique, well designed all around and the colour! I have the Velocity Orange and its a traffic stopper everytime I sit at the lights. Of course I did it justice and bought the manual. Eleven months on, and I still get a thrill getting into it to drive it. I drive it everyday to work and it is a a pleasure.
All good so far
I've put 5000km on my gt it has been perfect so far a good balance of power and fuel economy. Handles excellent. This is my daily usually just me in the car but I've had 2 baby seats in the back. Not much space but it does the job. The only bad part is having to buy from a toyota dealer and having them work on it
Good bang for buck
Toyota dealers and gets compared to the mx5
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