Ageless classic: the faults of Toyota Carina E with a run
Toyota Carina E - an export sedan of the middle class, which was developed by Toyota for foreign markets. This car is quite old, but when the budget for car purchase does not exceed 2000 USD, the choice of fresh used cars is small. For example, you can take something from the domestic car industry or an inexpensive Korean, but in this case too, the car will be more than 10 years old. If we consider all the proposals in this price segment, then I consider one of the most interesting options Toyota Carina E, Since over the years of operation, it has proved itself only on the positive side. Naturally, there are no ideal machines, and this is not an exception, therefore, I'll tell you about the shortcomings that are inherent in this car.
It is difficult to talk about the quality of paintwork, as many cars have already been repainted, therefore, everything here depends on where and by whom the car was painted. As for the corrosion resistance of the body, it is also impossible to say anything unambiguous, given the age of the car, it all depends on how the previous owners took care of it. Therefore, inspecting the body can determine how caring for the car. Most often, corrosion appears on arches, thresholds, door edges and at the joints of body elements. Basically, in the secondary market there are Toyota Carina E with petrol power units: 1.6 (from 99 to 107), 1.8 (107 hp) and 2.0 (133 hp). The engine 1.6 was performed in three variations - with a catalyst, without a catalyst and a system for changing the geometry of the intake manifold. The choice of a car with such a motor should be approached with caution, since the engine is rather weak and many owners had to constantly "untwist" it, which significantly reduces its resource. Motor 1.8 was so successful that even after the removal of the production of Karina E, it continued to install on newer models (Avensis). But the most reliable, according to the owners, is the 2.0 engine, its only nuance is that it is quite unusually located (inclined), because of this it has increased noise. All motors have a very large resource, about 1,000,000 km run, but, in time, start to eat up oil (up to 500 mm per 1000 km). If you try to eliminate this problem, you will have to fork out and change: all gaskets, rings, pistons, oil seals, etc. Therefore, many owners do not bother and just add oil from time to time. If you chose the second option, this does not mean that you do not need to change the oil at all (It is required to replace the oil and filters at least once per 10000 km). Once in 50-60 thousand km it is necessary to change the timing belt, even though in most cases, when the belt is broken, the piston does not bend the valve, but it's better not to risk it. Also, simultaneously with the belt Timing It is recommended to change the pump as well, since 70-80 thousand km it begins to wedge, which can provoke a rush of the belt. Due to the fact that there is no normal protection of the engine compartment from dust and dirt in the car, the power steering and generator belt wear out prematurely, the air filter and the cooling radiator are quickly clogged, the wiring is oxidized.
Toyota Carina E was equipped with two types of gearboxes - five-speed mechanics and a four-speed automatic. Both boxes have a fairly simple design, which positively affects the cost of parts and repair work. The automatic transmission is quite reliable and capable to please owners with a mileage, without major repairs, up to 500,000 km. The only thing you need for a long and trouble-free life Automatic transmission, this is timely service (times in 60,000 km). There are no special complaints and to the reliability of the mechanics, the only thing that can bring a little trouble, so this clutch, but its resource, with careful operation, is about 100,000 km.
Toyota's Suspension Carina E is traditional for most modern cars: front McPherson, In the rear, depending on the year of production, a multi-lever or beam can be installed. Also, there may be differences in the type of rear brakes (disc or drum). The steering card is susceptible to dirt and moisture, because of this, often enough, the owners have a feeling that from time to time the steering wheel sticks. When contacting the service, it is often recommended to repair the rail (200-300 USD), but this, as a rule, does not give the desired effect, as it requires a replacement cardan (about 100 USD.). In order that the problem does not recur, many owners install a cardan from VAZ 2105 and put a protective cover on it. If we talk about the reliability of the basic parts of the suspension, then when using original spare parts or qualitative analogs, it will often not bother. For example, the bushings of the stabilizer change approximately once in 30-40 thousand km mileage. Hub bearings and ball bearings, on average, live 70-90 thousand km. Shock absorbers and bearing bearings are capable of serving about 100,000 km, then, as they say, everything depends on the operating conditions. To the disadvantages of the suspension can be attributed its noise, low level of comfort and souring of bolts. The braking system is quite reliable, but taking into account the age of the car, periodic diagnostics and maintenance are required. To date, the interior design is considered to be very outdated, but if you compare it with the Vaz or Dao cars even later than they are, it looks quite modern. From the shortcomings of the cabin can be identified a short life of the driver's window regulator (the cable breaks off). Weak places in the electrician are a block of fuses and wires that go to him. Because of problems with wiring may not work window lifter and stove motor.
Speaking in general, then, despite its age, Toyota Carina E still considered a reliable enough car. But, despite this, the choice of this car should be approached very seriously, since there are a lot of "killed"Copies.
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