TOYOTA SOARER

17 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on TOYOTA SOARER

Buy this make again?

Price and equipment

Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

I’ll start off with the interior (deeeeep breath). leather trimmed seats with front and rear adjustable headrests, electric powered front seats/steering column/mirrors with 2-driver position memory, fully digital dash, touch screen monitor controlling audio/climate control/fuel efficiency/service reminders, electrochromatic rear view mirror with heated ultrasonic door mirrors and seven-speaker audio system with 12-disc stacker and DSP control. TEMS airbag suspension in each corner of the vehicle with traction control and ABS. This is all in a 1991-built vehicle, and everything works like it just rolled out of Toyota’s Japanese factory.

Under the bonnet

Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

This particular Soarer is equipped with the 1UZFE 4.0 litre V8. Smooth as silk at any rev range and is coupled to a just-as-smooth four-speed automatic gearbox. Plenty of punch for all normal driving conditions while still quite fuel efficient considering the car is a V8 and weighs about 1700kg.

How it drives

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Quite simply the MOST comfortable car I have driven. Smooth as silk is an understatement. The TEMS airbag suspension makes short work of irregularities on the road.

The car is also height adjustable, just in case there are overly large speedhumps and obstacles that you need to drive over. There are two shortcomings. First of all, the brakes, I feel, should be larger. Secondly, the car does have noticeable body roll when negotiating corners at speed.

Both shortcomings would be easily remidied with larger brakes and firmer brake hoses and a set of aftermarket anti-roll bars.

Comfort and practicality

Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

I own another Soarer and I had given it four out out of five stars for comfort and practicality. Why? Because this particular Soarer trumps it in terms of comfort. Maybe it’s a sign of getting older, but I appreciate the fact that the steering wheel draws itself in and up into the dash when the key is removed, the leather seat trim is super comfortable and the airbag suspension really does feel smooth (my other Soarer has been lowered).

Not tons of storage space, but enough for one or two people.

Servicing and running costs

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Seeing that this car has the same vehicle as a Lexus LS400, the car is able to run on slightly less-refined fuel (95RON) without a hitch. I still wouldn’t recommend running 91/E10 in the car though, it was designed with those fuels in mind. Servicing costs, again, are all up to whoever you take the vehicle to. Since it was a private Japanese import, the local dealers aren’t exactly the first service departments to put their hands up for servicing.

Just find a reputable shop to do your servicing.

Aesthetics styling

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Looks great compared to some modern vehicles. Looks worlds apart from most vehicles built in the early 90’s.

Safety and security

Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars

This is an earlier series Soarer and only came with a driver’s airbag (as opposed to the later models). The V8 Soarers also have smaller brakes than the turbo models so the stopping power doesn’t feel as secure as my Soarer turbo. The upside to this, though, is that the turbo model brakes can be easily installed onto the V8 models.

Quality and reliability

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Again, this Soarer shows Toyota’s reliability. Nearly 20 years old and everything still works! Before I bought this Soarer, the previous owner had looked after many of the main components that needed to be replaced (namely new airbag struts and bushes).

I’ve had to get the aircon re-gassed with a new pump, radio unit repaired (due to dead electricals) and a new thermostat. Not bad for a near 20 year old car.

Overall verdict

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

I originally purchased this Soarer to relieve my other Soarer (1997 turbo) from daily driving duties. Even comparing to current cars, the V8 Soarer GT-Limited is so far ahead of it’s time! One thing I’d look out for would be the electrics as they can get expensive if the vehicle hasn’t been maintained. Luckily for myself I picked up one that seems to be well looked after. Unfortunately the vehicle is about to exchange hands as I now have a baby (newborn) and her pram doesn’t fit in the boot.

Otherwise this car is perfect.

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