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Toyota Carina Overview
The Toyota Carina is a large family car that spawned many generations from 1970 – 2000. This car was produced by the Japanese car manufacturing company Toyota and was marketed as a 4-door version of the Celica. It was eventually released as the sportier version of the Corona. The Toyota Carina was seen as Toyota’s mid range car, slotting in between the Corolla and Corona. It was eventually replaced by the Toyota Allion. This car was seen as reliable, cheap and spacious but also as dull, uninspiring and lacking character.
Toyota Carina History
The first generation (1970-77) Carina was introduced in 1970 to the Japanese market as an upmarket Corona, and then into Europe the following year, 1971. Originally this car featured a 1.6L engine and had makeovers in 1972, 74 and 76 which affected interior, exterior and mechanical parts.
The second generation (1977-81) was the first time an automatic gearbox was available. There were more engine sizes made available and the car had a makeover in 1980 affecting interior and exterior parts.
The third generation (1981-88) changed the look of the car, making it squarer as the current trends were for most cars. The 1st diesel engine for this car was available and this was the last generation of this car to use rear wheel drive.
The fourth generation (1984-88) was the first front wheel drive version to be released and was built on the same design platform as the Corona. In 1986 this car had a makeover to the grille and taillights.
The fifth generation (1988-92) body style was more rounded than previous versions to suit the fashion trends of the time. Minor changes were made to the car in 1990.
The sixth generation (1992-96) was marketed under Carina-E in the UK and was re-designed, made larger, making more like the Toyota Mk2 series.
The seventh generation (1996-2000) was the final version to be produced.
As this car has been around for many generations there have been many different engines available. The petrol engines have been available in: 1.5, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0L with the diesel engines coming in 1.8 and 2.0L versions. The most economical of these engines is the 2.0 diesel which offers up to 47mpg, where as the better petrol versions offer up to 42mpg which is not too bad either. Remember to think about age, fuel type and engine size when considering fuel economy.
In the earlier versions of the Carina there were 3 and 4 speed automatic gearboxes and 4 and 5 speed manual gearboxes available. In the later generations 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual gearboxes were available. Check out the Toyota gearbox section of our website to locate the gearbox parts for your Carina.
There are Carina parts to be found here at Breakeryard. We have a vast network of UK Breakers who have many different parts available at very reasonable prices. Enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit the Carina parts page to locate the exact parts for your car.