What should I look for in a used Toyota GT86 coupe?
Check carefully for any previous accident damage. This is still a reasonably powerful rear-wheel drive sports car that could, if driven with verve and gusto, slide its tail wide. A superficially clean car on the surface could be hiding all sorts of horrors underneath, so get a HPI check done because it will let you know if the car has been written off by the insurance company at any point in its life.
If you’re in need of further reassurance, then the AA and RAC offer pre-purchase inspection services that involve a trained inspector viewing your potential purchase, for a fee, and will point out any potential issues with it.
What are the most common problems with a used Toyota GT86 coupe?
Some GT86 owners have found corrosion on the little door pillar close to the mirror, but this isn’t the end of the world because it should be covered by the rust warranty.
As with the BRZ, some owners have experience condensation in the rear lights and a lumpy idle. To check the seals of the rear lights, use a watering can or garden hose and aim the water flow at the seal, you should be able to get a good idea whether the light will let in water, or not.
If the car does have a lumpy idle, a Toyota dealer should be able to fix it with a software update.
Is a used Toyota GT86 coupe reliable?
Toyota usually comes out near the top of our reliability surveys and the same is true in our latest one. The brand finished in third place out of 32 car brands. The GT86, like the BRZ, wasn’t included, unfortunately, thanks to the small number of cars sold in relation to more popular models.
If you would like to see the full reliability list for coupés and convertibles, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.