TD04 at it's best -) Full spec
So I wanted a car which would be suitable for the family (a have a son now), would have a decent boot space, safe and would be fun to drive...
This is 1997 model with 250 bhp standard, this one though has a bigger exhaust (great sound), so would be slightly better flow -)
So far I was unable to find knowledgeable forum like this one for a starlet, may be someone could point me in the right direction?
I already had a fuel pump failed on this car -) The gearbox light started to flash occasionally a week after I bought the car - it starts flashing once I enter a pothole for some reason, if driving on the good road surface, wouldn't cause any problems even for 500 miles drive... The starter failed to start the car twice from the 1st attempt, I wonder if it has something to do with the fuel pump as I put the one of the WRX instead of buying the forester one. Apart from that it pulls like a train and goes really well. Compared to my old starlet which was 177 bhp and did 14.5 sec, this pulls slightly slower from the start, BUT, there is a big BUT, the starlet was always fighting for traction and if the road surface was dump or not very good quality there were very little grip and it wouldn't accelerate very well. This car with 4x4 system will get you off the start lane no matter the road conditions and the bigger engine power especially noticeable after 60mph, put it this way - the acceleration after 60mph feels the same as for instance 20mph to 40mph, so definitely would eat my old starlet alive on the motorway -)
Another bad point is that the new radio I fitter has some really weird interference (not just the radio) possibly coming from the bad ground, I need to investigate that it possibly has something to do with the rear fog light as it has rusted and I don't think it was professionally installed...
Handling is really good, this particular model has rear LSD and it really is impressive - and I used to have Brand new Meister R coilovers on a starlet and it was lowered and really stiff!
Oh and forgot to mention it has factory fitted leather MOMO steering wheel - very impressive!