Toyota Carina II ST171 walk around!
Showing off my '88 Toyota Carina II ST171 (2.0L 3S-FE with 121hp/176nm).
Its 26 years old and is in near mint condition. It has been well kept, from
new, by an elderly man who knew how to properly take care of his cars. I
bought it from his grandson after he passed away.
I've had a couple of Carinas before this one. The first one had been in my
family since 1999. The ST171s are utterly reliable, they're practical, and
they drive quite well.
I've written an owner's review about my previous Carina II at HonestJohn:
Toyota Carina E review
We try to find out why Jeremy Clarkson destroyed Toyota Carina in his DVD
Heaven and Hell and ascribe it to deadly sinners.
PS. I had to reupload this video because youtube blocked it for stupid
copyrights. Video contained little episode from Jeremy's DVD where he
destroyed Toyota Carina by crashing into the wall.
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The Toyota Carina was a Japanese large family car, produced from December
1970 to 2000. It was typically marketed as a four-door version of the
Celica (which shared the same platform), although early generations of the
Carina also had 2-door and wagon models. Over time, it became a sister car
to the Corona but was sportier, with distinctive bodywork and interior —
aimed at the youth market and generally filling a niche between the Corolla
and Corona. At that point it was replaced by the Allion.
The Carina name has been used in markets other than the USA at various
times to represent other cars, usually the Corona. However, the
Japanese-market Carina was a different car entirely.
First generation (1970-1977) A10 series
The first-generation Carina was manufactured from December 1970, and sold
at Toyota Store dealership channels in Japan, while the Corona was sold at
Toyopet Store. Its European release took place in October 1971. Show room
appeal was enhanced by the inclusion in the price of reclining seats with
built-in head restraints, radio, clock, reversing lights and
servo-assistance on the brakes: these were features which, where available
on competitor models, tended to be offered only as options at extra cost.
The A10 Carina was also exported to the US, but its introduction coincided
with the introduction under President Nixon of a 10% import duty and sales
volumes were disappointing. Cars destined for export were increasingly
switched towards other markets in Europe and elsewhere and US exports
stopped after only two years: the company progressed plans to build car
plants in the USA.
The original model featured a 1588 cc OHV (2T) engine, with 4-speed gearbox
and front-wheel disc brakes. It was revised in 1972 with a restyled body,
new rear light cluster and filler cap repositioned in rear quarter panel,
restyled front grille and fascia. The specification was once again revised
in 1974 including sealed cooling system, improved brakes, restyled wheels
with flared wheel arches, and restyled interior fittings. For 1976, it
received a new front and rear-end styling, dual-line braking system with
servo and a repositioned handbrake and gear lever. Wheelbase was increased
The inspiration for the name Carina came from the Carina star cluster.