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  1. Hi

    If your looking at a T Sport the things you should look out for are a poorly fitting dash board mainly around the radio, as well as general rattles especially from the early none facelift versions (2002 to 2004). The five door was only avalible in the early version too. Check the lift function in the engine works, at 6,200 revs you should feel a strong surge & an increase in power (this only works when the car is warmed up). If it doesn't it could mean the lift bolts in the engine are broken (some dealers still claim they know nothing about this). Lots of the dealers know little about the cars, but may have the best examples. Remember to haggle hard & don't buy the first one you see unless it's mint (even if your into big wheels & blacked out windows your best finding a standard straight car to start with).

    If possible try to find a facelift (2004 to 2006) version as they improved the steering, ride height, radio controls also were improved (as early ones were rubbish) & the newer one looks much better too. The best place for you to look to gauge what costs what is on autotrader & also check prices on www.parkers.co.uk . A new version would cost a bit more but wouldn't need so much adding to it latter on.

    I have sold my 2003 T Sport now, but it was reliable for two years.

    Paul

    :wacko:

  2. Hi

    I don't have my T Sport now but I always knew it wasn't much slower than a Type R. It's only really let down was the steering being over assisted & electric 3.5 turns lock to lock :blink: . Overall it's a very under rated car.

    If only Toyota had spent a little more finishing it off properly :ffs: .

    Paul

    :wacko:

  3. Hi

    I had a Corolla T Sport for just over two years (53 reg). It's first service was at 10,000 miles (cost £92), second at 20,000 miles (cost £150 including brake fluid change) & then a third service at 30,000 miles (cost £95). Each time they did a engine flush too, not sure about the other bits as I don't have the car now.

    Prices may have gone up a little too.

    My radio was not very well fitted at first. Like Wam said, I could easily get a key in the gap around the trim that held the radio/centre vents (original radio). When I got rid of the T Sport a local car radio company fitted the old radio back in, better than it ever was by Toyota or one of their dealers.

    Paul

    :wacko:

  4. Even if it's possible, I wouldn't think it's worth having it done as it will cost more than the cars worth.

    Just up grade the brakes. It should give you a lot more feel. Then ABS isn't so needed, when you can feel whats going on. ABS won't make up for bad brakes either.

    Pb

    :wacko:

  5. I'm not sure how many compressors were made, but if they were only building 250 :eek: they should have numbered them like Honda does with the Type R :wacko: .

    Also there are lots of them on Autotrader from about £15,000 to £18,000 :blink: , so I tend to think they are stuggling to sell them (but then again they was trying to get £4,000 for a £2,500 conversion). It's only a T Sport with a super charger at the end of the day. If they had again made more effort to tell it from standard T Sport it might have been easier to sell :blink: .

    Like nicer wheels off the Mr2 (not sure if they'd have fitted), Recaro front seats etc.

    pb

    :wacko:

  6. Hi Bert

    The engine in the ZS won't be a M47 as that engine is in the current 120d, 320d & 520d. It's more likely to be the M41 from the E36 3 series. It's about the power you said.

    I have a 120d (163 ps), the only thing I miss is the engine is not as much fun. But in a straight line the the T Sport would just beat it.

    I'm getting about 13mpg more than in the T Sport.

    pb

    :wacko:

  7. It looks ok, if it was a MPV, but really isn't it about time car companies stopped making the the cars so tall & shaped like transit vans.

    I think by the time it reaches production it will lose the lights, big wheels, exhaust & the other bits :( . We will just end up with a oddly proportioned car like the new Yaris :yawn: (which is very fat for it's size).

    Toyota stopped taking chances years ago & spends to much time trying to be the biggest car company in the world :blink: . Instead of the best. All they are bring out now is shopping trolleys.

    The last good looking car Toyota made was the Celica. It's been down hill all the way since.

    pb5

    :wacko:

  8. K19

    I reset the trip computer every time I filled up in three different cars (over 45,000 miles worth of driving (17,000 miles in a t sport before I replaced the radio) & they all were wrong. Over stating the miles per gallon by anything from 2 to 7 mpg difference from the real amount.

    You may have gone near too to 39mpg. As the T Sport is strangely very economical compeared to the offical figure of only 34mpg :huh: . Just don't believe it every time. Trip computers in cars are more of a gimmick & toy :eek: .

    The best miles per gallon out of a car I had was 48 in Citroen AX 1.1, but was a very light car (with no toys to weigh it down).

    pb

    :wacko:

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