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Used Toyota GT86 2012-2021 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Advice for buyers

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Used Toyota GT86 2012-2021 review
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Advice for buyers

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.

Engine valve spring

Some early GT86s built between 9 April 2012 and 24 May 2013 had a problem with valve springs breaking in the engine. This isn't ideal on an engine you need to rev to get the best from it. A recall was issued to replace the valve springs of affected cars with improved components, so check with your Toyota dealer to make sure this has been carried out.

Loss of power steering assistance

Another recall for early examples of the Toyota GT86 but this time for the power steering system. It can fail due to a problem with the wiring harness to the electric power steering system, and it involves examples built from 4 April 2012 to 18 March 2015. Affected cars will need a new wiring harness to solve the issue and this should be carried out by a Toyota dealer for free as part of the recall.

Is a used Toyota GT86 coupe reliable?