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TOYOTA SUPRA Hatchback 1993‑1996

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davebristol

Super Supra

TOYOTA SUPRA 3.0 Turbo 3dr Auto (Review date: 12th May '14)

4.5

Best car I have owned by a country mile, bombproof mechanically, comfortable on a run and easy on the eye. I cannot enthuse enough about this car, it was a pleasure to drive and always put a smile on my face. I have owned a few cars in my time starting with an ###### K2 through all the usual

ones and quite a few unusual to boot. They all had their good and bad points from the Borg ward's excellent engine to the nightmare engine in my MGTF, from the ugly SAAB 900 to the pleasing MR2 but nothing comes close to Toyota's masterpiece. Join the MK4 Supra owners club and spares are not that expensive sourced through the specialists. I would give it five out of five stars if it was a bit newer, sadly the GT86 is poor in comparison.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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dangx

A dream car. Affordable to buy, but needs respect.

TOYOTA SUPRA 3.0 Turbo 3dr Auto (Review date: 10th July '12)

3.5

I bought mine because I wanted something looked the business, that sounded business and because I didn't wanted something that you see on the roads every day. It ticked all those boxes. I owned it for 2 years before I had to give it up and I still regret doing so.

Insurance for me was about £700, (cheaper if uk spec - i had jap) I had 3rd Party fire and theft, 3 years no claims. Aside from some mean deep dish alloys my beauty was stock. Parts are expensive and a service set me back about about £350. To give some examples, headlight replacement would either be £250 per light or if you were happy to remove them yourself and send them off to get refurbed, it would be closer to £70 per light.Looked as good as new. Rear calipers about £200 a pair. I would recommend just putting away about £100 a month just for any bills you may get.

Also road tax - because of a loophole in the law, if you have an import roadtax is about £190 (at least when I had it) rather double if it was UK spec.

Worst thing that happened to the Supra for me was the rear breaks had a history of seazing until on a fourth attempt they were fine, also the water pump did go, making me think the gasket had gone. This car does need care and shouldn't be thrown around. Be my guest and take her for a burn but don't rag it otherwise you will pay for it.

Otherwise it needs at least super unleaded which can hurt - not the best fuel enconomy but the interior while simple almost wraps itself round you - it felt like the design was made so everything - even down to the stereo was angled towards you, the driver! Hands off that volume dial, girlfriend! There is actually enough room in the back for a couple of friends - it is a little bit of a squeeze but reasonable. The boot isn't deep but is long. I never had an issue with space. Although parking was always a pain. When going to a carpark, even if you parked the car perfectly within the lines, I found myself and my misses still trying carefully will out of a small gap and hold the door so I don't hit the car next door - not that they seemed to show the same courtesy.

Anyway - brilliant car - wonderful to drive - truly satisfying. A bit of a guzzler and needs to be treated with respect.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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arran

Once driven forever smitten!

TOYOTA SUPRA 3.0 Turbo 3dr Auto (Review date: 24th April '12)

3.8

A tribute to Toyota, this car is not for the faint hearted. Almost becoming a collectors item and still boasts engineering which I would say was way ahead of it's time.

Mine was a UK spec, great ride, comfortable, fast, economical considering it's engine size. Although the manual version is known to be quite thirsty.

I now have more than 2 kids so practicality for me is somewhat compromised with only 2 rear seats. I really loved this car for the 5 years I owned it, only expense was changing brake pads and a service which you have to do with any car.

A must if you like super car power and looks with little outlay.

Practicality

2 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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minverski

Boy racer killer

TOYOTA SUPRA 3.0 Turbo 3dr (Review date: 23rd March '12)

3.8

A pleasure to own and drive.

Not many cars that just put a smile on your face.

Very reasonable price for a very fast reliable car.

Good examples still fetch great prices.

As a regular car not family friendly but this is a toy for wiping the smile off boy racers faces when they pull up beside you in their cars.

Very fast and very thirsty when pushed but not to bad on motorway when cruising at reasonable speed.

Real head turner in brilliant black.

Huge Supra owners club for the really dedicated owner.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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stethomas

Mr

TOYOTA SUPRA 3.0 Turbo 3dr Auto (Review date: 19th January '12)

4.5

Our car is a supra 3.0 non turbo

I've owned the car for 6years it suits my lifestyle great ,married, children grown up don't travel to much Only to enjoy this car to the max a classic in my view.Never broke down or let me down while I have owned the car. no rust and it was made in 1995.only small seats in back no leg room boot is tiny but can still fit in £100 worth of shopping from Asda in .I work for the Royal Mail so reliability is paramount, travel about 25miles a day,About 20miles per gallon,And is still a great head turner with power to show when needed.The handling is also unbeatable,

My local garage shown me a trick and in his opinion that this engine in the Supra (JZA80)is one of the best well-balanced engines of all time, (also in the lexus), By balancing a pound coin on its side while revving the engine.

Yes it stayed there.........

Tried it on the wife's KA only to loose my quid down the engine somewhere. This is my honest testament for my car

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jonR

Power, reliability and potential

TOYOTA SUPRA 3.0 Turbo 3dr (Review date: 27th July '11)

4.5

I've now owned a mkiv Supra for 5 years in this time it has been very reliable even with a couple of nurburgring trips and a few track days a year. It has plenty of power in stock form and can still embarrass many newer 'sport' models. Iconic sports car looks with low profile, wide rear and smooth spoiler.

In practicality terms the boot space is not very deep, but dropping the fairly redundant back seats gives a large relatively flat area. MPG is circa 20 mpg, but it is possible to get high 20's on a motorway journey. But this is not why you buy this type of car, it is quick but refined, a proper GT. Easily capable of treble figures without breaking a sweat. Not many cars offer this level of performance for the current market values.

The Supra also has masses of tuning potential with many aftermarket parts. The power can easily be increased from 320bhp to circa 400bhp, for around £1000 by doing a few simple (bpu) mods. This method has been tried and tested for over 15 years now and does not adversely effect reliability.

The Supra has been used in a number of different motorsports in the UK including drag, drifting, sprinting, hill climbing, time attack and circuit racing. It has a capable chassis and brakes that when combined with the relatively wide tyres and weight of the car, give excellent braking performance. I would recommend this car to anyone as an excellent performance car, so much so I'm shortly going to buy a second one.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jenniferS

Supra Fantastic

TOYOTA SUPRA 3.0 Turbo 3dr Auto (Review date: 30th June '11)

4.5

Satisfys your need for speed instantly. Easy to drive in auto, do not purchase if you want fuel economy! Can cruise or race your choice, always makes you smile even just looking at the car. Can easily tune or leave standard again your choice.

Daily driver is very good although be careful if it has been lowered.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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lucB

A classic that still looks good and has the performance to back it up.

TOYOTA SUPRA 3.0 Turbo 3dr (Review date: 13th February '11)

4.5

If it's in good condition, the Supra (even the non-turbo) is a pleasure to drive and every ride puts a smile on your face. While the insurance premium is what you'd expect from a powerful import, it's not as harsh as some of of its rivals and the age means cheap road tax for a 3.0. The boot fits more than you'd expect, especially with the rear seat folded down and I've had a 4 foot card table and plenty of IKEA furniture in it before (not all at the same time though). You'll get better economy from premium fuels and I'd recommend buying your own premium oil when it comes to servicing. It's a tight fit with passengers in the back seats so best avoid long journeys when there's more than two of you. I used it as an 'evenings and weekends' car and for me, I have no regrets from my time with it. The sports honed chassis may seem a little hard on some of our less well kept roads but on a track it all makes sense and this car is not the lumbering executive coupé some think it is. The handling is, ultimately, what makes this car so fun to drive and while fitting a baby in the back with a compact stroller in the boot should be do-able, the need to drop the rear seats to fit enough luggage to drive to France in the summer really is the only reason I eventualy had to let go.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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brianL

The Supra Twin Turbo - a neo classic

TOYOTA SUPRA 3.0 Turbo 3dr Auto (Review date: 13th January '11)

3.8

The Toyota Supra Twin Tturbo is a now-outdated supercar, but built to Toyota standards of reliability. Very fast, remarkably deep torque-band. Cornering transits from slight understeer to power-oversteer very suddenly if pushed - fast once you've learned to balance it, but never carefree. Totally impractical as a family car (very little room inside, and burns 20 mpg). Ride harsh, and body creaky. Big asset is it's a supercar you can use everday. Suits your lifestyle if you don't need family transport, and for an elderly supercar is as practical as you're going to get. Cheap performance and style, but avoid souped-up examples.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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