hello all, i am looking to buy a toyota soarer in hopefully Feb/March of this year. Because of my age and the road regulations in victoria i am restricted to the V8 or 3L straight 6. I would like to know what i should be checking for when i go looking and test driving, some sort of check list would be very handy. List of common repairs and prices. Should i buy private or from a used car dealership. Also where should i go for insurance, ive heard 'just cars' and 'shannons' are good. would welcome any help/contribution, cheers.
thankz for the info so far, the list particually. if anyone could give some sort of insurance figure, just a rough estimate, ive had my license for 10 months, will be 19 in march. I'm expecting around 2-3 grand, be good to here from someone in a similar age bracket. would an estimate change greatly depending on V8 or straight 6? Who to insure with? Im hoping to go looking soon with a mate, are there any obvious signs that will tell how the car has been treated? Also anyone who has gone through a similar experience buying a used, advice is welcomed. keep the info comin, much thanks.
Friday, January 06, 2006 - 05:50 pm, by: Mike Triggs(Mikeandimah)
Welcome Alex We have a VVTi 3.0 and it's beautiful, but I think you'd be getting the earlier pre '97 model. There's nothing wrong with the 3.0 performance-wise although we are more into long-distance travel rather than outright acceleration (not that we cruise very far on a small island)
Before we got our first Soarer I checked a few places for insurance and the 3.0 was the cheapest, followed by the V8 then the TT.
Try a few before you buy- the V8 would be nice, the 3.0 is the lightest and most economical of the three models. They often don't have the trappings of the TT and UZZ31/32 though, like TEMS. Our first 3.0 was/is a poverty pack but still has the premium sound system, and the rear wiper/spoiler combo. The '97 VVTi is G-Pak (power seats/tilt) with woodgrain the pov-pak missed but doesn't have the premium sound system with rear sub-woofer. Few of these cars are the same despite appearances.
Friday, January 06, 2006 - 07:51 pm, by: Kerry Boehm(Kjbee)
Alex, Give me a call, happy to show you mine and what I was looking for when I bought mine. I have a v8 and selling it for $12900. The pics (although not that clear) give you some indication of my soarer. Number is 0409386619. thanks Kerry.