Amazing 'bang for buck'
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...rvice 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.
Purchased in February 2017.
Battery is faulty and Toyota's attitude is deplorable
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 road
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..
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.
Love this car <3
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.
Perfect first car
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.
This is my first Sport Car. I am very happy with its performance. Price is reasonable as well. However there is no spare tyre. It happened once not long after my purchase that one of the tyres was broken and the repair kit did not work. Finally the car had to be towed for tyre replacement.
Fun Fun Fun
If you are looking for a speed machine, this car is not for you. If you are looking for a cheap and affordable sports car that will give you a genuine driving experience than this is the car for you. Definitely isn't slow and you could easily still lose your licence. As you would expect from a 2L, it is very efficient on fuel even when you push it hard.
They have come down in price these days, definitely a buy <3
What a fun car!
I bought the fully loaded GTS manual model when they first came out and had the 3rd one in Tasmania the bells and whistles are great, but the real beauty of this car is the drive. It grips the road unbelievably well, it goes like a dream. There are few negatives to this car, but why it didn't come with a reversing camera mystifies me, that was a bad oversight. The sales guy was keen for me to order an automatic but I laughed that idea off, why would you buy an automatic rear wheel drive sports car? The car does lack straight line speed and acce...leration but it makes up for it in its handling around corners where it is a star. It will also cut out to protect the motor if you hammer it into a corner and then gear down, which was somewhat disconcerting the first time it happened as you lose traction.
- GTS Manual (2012-2020)
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The handling creates a brilliant driving experience and the GTS model comes loaded with all the features you could ever need. The back seats fold down which allows for plenty of cargo room and even fits my snowboards. Back seats are usable for those 5 foot 10 and under. Very good on fuel (averaging 7.5 liters per 100km) but there is a fair bit of road noise due to little sound insulation.
Toyota 86 experience
Bought this car and can I say it's amazing. Performance is better than expected and handling is a dream come true. Able to do twist and turns with ease on the mountains. Downside is the torque dip on 3rd gear but this can be fixed with a custom tune. Dashboard can be a bit better as well as it is laggy. Running costs is not that cheap if you are tracking it or driving like a race car. If a daily car, you will probaly average around 9L per 100km. Overall for the price range, I would recommend if you are looking for a budget NA sports car.
Grown Ups Go-Kart
A rebadged Subaru, build quality , paint and finish could be improved for a Toyota. It has quite good seats and decent interior, rear seat room is tight and boot space is small , the compromise in having a sports car is evident , sorting out interior noises and niggles can be fixed if you look online , though my dash rattle was simply just the speaker cover not being supported enough . Its a great car to have fun in, its platform is engineered, designed and taken up a performance notch to be somewhat raw , as ride comfort maybe just enough to s...atisfy some types of drivers, with some fail safe features if you try beyond your ability. It's handling limits are best explored in a controlled environment like a race track. Good points are that it is very economical on fuel, service costs are good, and a reliable engine which delivers enough power for city driving and in ordinary situations, could be more responsive in a twisty road, track, or mountain pass, but it has its good moments when it can shine and put a smile on your face, and as such retains some respect amongst certain groups of people.
Great value for money
I bought the GTS 12 months ago to replace the MX-5 I had sold 12 months earlier because I thought the new gen 4 MX-5 was ready to launch.
The 86 is a lovely looking car. A real head turner everywhere I take it. It is fun to drive but a bit bumpy compared to my MX-5. I would only ever run premium unleaded fuel in the MX-5 so it is no issue using this fuel in the 86. Actually I think it improves performance and mileage. I have not had any problems with the paint work on my 86 so am keeping my fingers crossed I don't. I also love the sa...t nav. but wish I had reversing sensors & camera too. The hands free phone is also fabulous even if my friends reckon the noise and interference when I ring them is ridiculous. However at the price of the 86 it is excellent value. The things I don't particularly like include the stereo system which is not great. I usually stream music from my iPhone but also have an iPod permanently connected in the car and CD's in the player too. I constantly find I am playing with the settings and it still doesn't sound fantastic. Why no controls on the steering wheel? Even my husbands RAV 4 has these and it is so inconvenient to have to find the radio dial on the dashboard to adjust the sound volume. The extra 2 seats in the back are a total waste as there is no leg room for an adult passenger to travel any distance. Not that this worries me as I am usually in the car on my own or with only one other.
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?
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