About Toyota Starlet
Toyota Starlet is a subcompact vehicle manufactured by Toyota from April 1973 to July 1999. The first Toyota Starlet was introduced in 1973 as the Publica Starlet 40 Series. It was not sold in North America until 1981 but in 1984, it was replaced by the Corolla FX in Toyota's North American lineup. In all, Toyota Starlet was produced through five generations.
The second generation Toyota Starlet (P60; 1978-1984) was named 60 Series, introduced in February 1978. It was the first Toyota Starlet to be extensively sold outside Japan. There were several trim levels available including Standard, De Luxe (also known as DX in some markets), GL, XL, S, Si, Sprint, SE and Lisse. And it was powered by a KP60 2K, KP62 3K, KP61 4K and KP61 4K-E inline 4-cylinder engines. However, North American models were only powered by KP61 engine. The 1981 to 1982 North American models were fitted along with 5-speed manual transmission, equivalent to other markets' S model. The 1983 to 1984 North American models were equipped with a 4k engine attached to a 4-spped manual transmission similar to other markets' Xli model.
Toyota Starlet Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Even as a subcompact vehicle, Toyota Starlet still could not avoid the same fate that shared by many other vehicles. It would appear problems after a while for running. Based on Toyota Starlet owners' descriptions, these are two most common problems:
First, engine issue. General speaking, a glimpse of engine problem can predict the length of a vehicle's lifespan. On Toyota Starlet, drivers complained that they had to add fuel frequently, which caused a bad gas mileage. What's more, while driving, metallic sounds from engine bother them a lot. Sometimes, an obvious loss of power will cause acceleration failure. I believe you understand the importance of engine, thus once the Check Engine Light comes on as well as overheating happens, you ought to check the oil filter just in case.
Second, cooling system failure. Actually, cooling system failure often has a bad impact on engine's life expectancy as well. Toyota Starlet owners put forward that the coolant would boil over from the reservoir to cause the engine to overheat. In this way, an overheating engine would suffer from performance issues, which may cause the Toyota Starlet inability to start. Once any overheating phenomenon appears, you can try checking the radiator hose or radiator cap to make sure of they are working normally.
However, as an assembled item, Toyota Starlet should always never be maintained too meticulously. Seat belt on it can protect you in car accident from being harmed by any sudden movement and plays a vital role in occupant safety. And wiper blade is more important for drivers than passengers, as it removes rain, snow, ice and debris from the windscreen or windshield to make sure a bright driving vision.
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