dgo_carina

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    GTi 2.0 '93 150k
  1. Happy Birthday dgo_carina!

  2. Whatdyaknow mine is a JT... Thanks for the tip :) dgo_carina
  3. Sorry bout multipostin' what ever that's meant to be... I did ask the Avensis crowd a question but hardly multiposting. Just an update on my originla posting... I am fast going off Avensis's due to the replies and now looking at the Yaris solution. Back to "My" trusty GTI (well I bought it - the missus drives it). She's away so I get to drive the beast all weekend! However, the toyota engineer said i need to get the "Head torqued down" as I have small oil leak from the back of the engine. That aside the quality of this motor is so fab! I'd rather buy another early Jap Carina except the drives too small.. Sorry to gush again... D
  4. What is a Jap version... My GTI '93 plate is Japanese so does that mean all '93's are Jap versions. How would one tell or know waht to ask/look for? thanks D
  5. Many thanks, All advice is greatly appreciated... seems i shoudl have anther look at the Yaris then :( dgo_carina
  6. hi Avensis owners, I am considering another Toyota for my wife, this'll be our third. We have had Carinas and now I am tempted by the early Avensis's. I know they are not a huge difference from the Carinas but for £500 more I would get a 97-99 Avensis 1.8 GS? Are their any baddies in the ealry Avensis range to be aware of? My wife actually wants a Yaris but they are... A- too expensive B- to hard to get hold at that right price (Cheap!) & C- All the forums are full of tips on how to get the Yaris's going faster... I just want tips on how to keep it clean after the school run! In rural Scotland we do not have a great choice re 2nd hand cars on our doorstep so I need some tips before I start driving about. The Carinas we've had are great but now I am tempted by the 1.8 Avensis's. The styling is better and they are mechanically the same (arent they?). I have a £2-3k budget and want a 60k or less 5 door model? I can have both according to Autotrader. I jst would appreciate your advice? I haven't ruled out Corolla's but they are slightly more expensive ... oh and uglier :) thanks dgo_carina
  7. hi Toyota family owners, I am considering another Toyota for my wife, this'll be our third. She wants a Yaris but they are... A) too expensive B) to hard to get hold at that right price (Cheap!) & C) All the forums are full of tips on how to get the Yaris's going faster... I just want tips on how to keep it clean after the school run! In rural Scotland we do not have a great choice re 2nd hand cars so I am unsure of what to go for. Carinas are great but now I am tempted by early Avensis's. The styling is better and they are mechanically the same (arent they?). I am going to avoid 1.6's due to Lamda Oxygen sesnor troubles (at 130k though). I have a 2-3k budget and want a 60k or less 5 door ? I can have both according to Autotrader I jst would appreciate your advice? I haven't ruled out Corolla's but they are slightly more expensive. thanks dgo_carina
  8. dear dacarina"E" man, All sounds v. familiar. I had warning light on and had 2nd hand oxygen sensor fittd on Lean Burn 1.6 engine. £25 quid & it worked.. mind you it was a long time getting oxygen sesnor & I also sold the car not long after. i decided 140,000 of bad family motoring it was time to glet the lil pal go for £600. Also power steering pump went at 138k miles (top tip - fit genuine Totota 2 part set - pump and housing-well worth the extra £20 quid). Moved on to 2.0 gti... had suspension problems, new cluctch and still have a strange creak on turning corners.... possibly sunroff related :) Obsessive Carina fan, david
  9. Dear Celica owners, I drive a Carina GTi which shares the same suspension as the 93-99 Celica's ( I think). When braking the car pulls to the left.. and having been to both Toyota and friendly garage both have differing ideas as to what is the problem. Given that the suspension is quiet complex and has many lovely expensive toyota parts I am keen to reduce the new parts gamble. In my trusty service history folder I have a record of a part T48605 (that's all) for a Suspension Ball Joint Assembly being replaced at 107k on the right. Now at 149k I am pulling to the left.... So has anyone else had same braking drift on ST205's? & How did you fix it? thnaks David
  10. Front Passenger suspension quest continues.. Any links / address & tel no.s of breakers who might have Toyota Carina GTi suspension bits.. looking for t48069-29185 & t48606-12190 . I visited Toyota dealer... very nice, engineer liked our trusty carina and showed me the potential worn parts... any help greatly appreciated. D... PS. Celica Breakers / Owners also might help as ST205 is in them too.. so i hear.
  11. thanks dawesy, I went back to google and used the st205 keywords and lo... below is a cut'n'paste which lists the same problem on my GTI Carina... Drive off and start listening. The ST205 superstrut suspension is a superior and advanced design, but does suffer from one major problem. After approximately 60-80k miles, there are two main bushes that wear out on each side, though not usually together. They are at the chassis end of the front track-rod, and also on a figure-of-eight piece attaching this rod to the suspension strut. You can tell there is something wrong by the characterictic clunks over potholes/bumps etc - it is a deep, structural sort of clunk rather than something rattling. Often it is more pronounced when turning sharply, and may be evident when first turning the wheel after the car has been parked for a while. This will cost over £500 per side to fix with parts from Toyota, though one of the guys in the GT4 Owner's Club UK does refurbish the parts for less. Thanks again, Im off to call the dealers and a find the GT4 Owners club address. BFN, D
  12. dear forum, Anyone have any advice re: GTi front suspension problem. I have been told that the front suspension arm on my "new" Gti need replacing and that they are A) Not standard B) expensive The problem is more audible than physical. When the "beast" trots over speed bumps a large thump can be heard across the front. I had the bushes replaced at a cost of £115 & The suspension arms were heavily greased and this lasted a month but the unnerving clunk sound has returned. So it aint the bushes..GRRR £100 quid wasted. Any tips on where to get a cheap replacements would be helpful. My Gti Carina has the 3sge engine which has Yamaha on it.. (non technical carina driver here)... I just saw in Google that the same suspension might be in the older Celicas... any advice ? Thanks again David
  13. I would be very interested in finding a cheaper source of key fobs.. We have a "new" Carina GTi 93 with a single button key fob... As we only got the one key fob and have had problems getting into our old carina due to flat battery and alarm /deactivation (after a long search we found an old key fob) we decided to get a spare key fob for the Gti... Toyota quoted £85 because it was an old single button type My 95 Carina has 2 button key fob (red & black button + red LED). Spoke to a scrappy and he doesn't keep 'em. But I don't know if thats the norm.. We also had a quote for £37 for a copy of the key fob at a key cutting place... How's that done then? Hope you can all help get the key fob prices down.. l8r D
  14. Dear All Carina Owners, SUCCESS : Toyota Oxygen Sensor fitted from 1600cc K plate 4afe engine (115k miles ) into my trusty (?) N reg Carina Lean Burn. 25 squid for 2nd hand sensor. At that price I thought it was worth the risk, The Lambda sensor did looked slightly different: the wires were the right colours and the fixings were the same.. SO FAR NO engine warning light (ECU) .. thanks to all those for the advice.. Thanks to the Carina Haynes manual... you read it & u get to tell the mechanic important stuff! David :)
  15. Thanks caldina for helping explain my MOT success, I suppose that's the good thing about the Lean Burn 1600 engine. Even when in "emergency" mode it's doing OK! Now back to getting that oxygen sensor. Happy Motoring! dgo_carina