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.
- 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)
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
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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