Toyota Starlet for Sale in Sri Lanka
Toyota Starlet Review
Toyota has been producing the Starlet series since the 1970s. There are primarily three models, which are still widely available in Sri Lanka. These are the popular EP82, Diesel NP 90 and the newer EP91 models. A few vehicles of the 1980s built EP 71 models may also be found in the market.
The vehicle is among the most modern for its age. Most models come with A/C, automatic transmission option with the latest models having the power mirrors, power shutters and few other facilities. The handling of the vehicle is extremely smooth, although regular maintenance of parts and check-ups are necessary to keep the vehicle running in good condition. The Starlet still maintains a younger hip appeal, with high availability of body kits, stickers, lights and other enhancements. The interior of the vehicle might feel basic and very outdated, especially judging by 2016 standards. Potential buyers may want to install a newer car audio system and a few other enhancements to make the car feel a bit more in tune with the times.
Top 10 Reasons to Consider When Buying a Toyota Starlet
1. History and Facts about Toyota Starlet in Sri Lanka
The venerable Toyota Starlet has a near cult status among Sri Lankan auto-buyers. Although most vehicles in the market today are manufactured in the early 90s, the Toyota Starlet still commands a loyal fan base and a ready second-hand market. As a Japanese vehicle from Toyota, it has excellent handling, pick-up, and low maintenance. The starlet has good ground clearance, good fuel economy, plenty of spare part availability and a record of accomplishments of doing well on Sri Lankan roads.
The Toyota starlet was perhaps the most popular hatchback in Sri Lanka before Toyota’s own Vitz took that medal from the series. Although now an ageing model, the Toyota Starlets still hangs on to its sizable market share among enthusiasts and others, who value the unique traits of this car. Parts and servicing for the Toyota Starlet is readily available in Sri Lanka and most mechanics in local ‘garages’ will know how to fix the Starlet if something goes wrong, making the vehicle a pretty low-maintenance ride. Given it’s time on the road however, you can expect its share of mechanical problems in the long term.
2. Toyota Starlet Specifications and Performance
The Toyota Starlet comes with a reasonably powerful engine to move its wheels even on tough roads.
Toyota Starlet Engine Specs
- Type: 4-cylinder in-line DOHC
- Size: 1.3 L
- Cylinders: 4-Cylinder
- Compression Ratio: 9.60:1
- Maximum Output: 55.9 kW @ 5400 rpm
- Maximum Torque: 115 Nm @ 4300 rpm
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual/ 3-Speed Automatic
- Top Speed: 170 km/h
- Acceleration: 11.20 seconds (0-100 km/h)
- Steering Specs: Rack and Pinion (Hydraulic)
- Drive Type: Front Wheel Drive
- Suspension (Front / Rear): independent, McPherson coil springs/ semi-independent coil springs
- Brakes (Front / Rear): Ventilated Disc/ Drum
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 3740 mm x 1635 mm x 1400 mm
- Curb Weight: 850 kg
- Seating Capacity: 5-seats
3. Toyota Starlet Fuel Consumption
Most Starlets in Sri Lanka comes with the 4EFTE 1330 CC engine with a turbocharged version, which is also available in the country. Whilst most of the models available in Sri Lanka are petrol engines, quite a few diesel versions do exist. The pick-up of the vehicle is extremely pleasing for both Automatic Transmission and Manual Transmission models, with the Turbo version of the EP 82 having a published 0-100 km/h timing of roughly 11.20 seconds.
As a smaller car, the Starlet does well on its fuel economy, returning about 10-15 km/l under a combined drive cycle. However, similar to most models that has been on the road for more than 15 years, this cars fuel economy will depend on the condition of your vehicle.
Fuel Category: Petrol
Recommended Fuel Type: Regular Unleaded (A-95)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 45 L
CO2 Emissions: 162 g/km
4. The Design and Features of the Toyota Starlet
The basic design of the Toyota Starlet helps to make this nifty vehicle a productive subcompact car. It comes with a classic design of its era, which is characterized by a long and prominent front hood that is followed by a tall but also wide cabin space. The front grill between the hood and the bumper is not very prominent and this style is visible within its headlights that are narrow with round edges. The front windscreen of this car is broader, in order to provide the driver with plenty of viewing space. The center cabin of this car may look smaller from outside but has plenty of space inside, for the comfort of its passengers. Since this car is a hatchback, the rear door is larger and prominent and may sometimes come with rear spoilers fitted at the top.
Toyota Starlet Interior: Air Conditioning: Front, Air Conditioning: Rear, AM/ FM Stereo, CD Audio System, Cassette Radio, Cup Holders, DVD Player, Power Steering, Rear Headrests, Folding Rear Seat, Adjustable Dashboard Illumination, Tachometer, Day Counter, Coolant ECT Sensor.
Toyota Starlet Exterior: Alloy Wheels, Fog Lights, HID Lights, Tinted Glass, Interval Wiper, Metallic Paint, Keyed Bumpers, Rear Spoilers.
5. Available Color Options of Toyota Starlet in Sri Lanka
For Interior: Black, Gray, and Beige
For Exterior: Blue, Green, Red, and White
6. Safety Rating and Associated Features of the Toyota Starlet
The safety is an important aspect that has been addressed when designing the Toyota Starlet and the car comes with a number of features to keep its passengers safe while on the road.
- Driver Airbag
- Passenger Airbag
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
- Front/ Rear Stabilizer
- Central Door Locking
- 3-Point Seat Belts
7. Standout Elements of the Toyota Starlet
The Toyota Starlet has a tremendous second-hand market even after many years into its production. Although most vehicles available have been on the road for more than 15 years, the vehicle retains its value as a popular option for entry-level buyers, auto-enthusiasts, for its Toyota Starlet GT Turbo option as well as female drivers.
The Starlet also comes with Auto Transmission, a trait that very few of the other vehicles in this price bracket can offer making it a great choice for those wanting to avoid driving stick-shift vehicles.
8. Toyota Starlet, Compared to Other High-Featured Cars in Sri Lanka
As a subcompact family car, the Toyota Starlet can be compared with other similar models such as the Toyota Vitz, the Suzuki Swift and the Honda Fit.
Toyota Starlet vs. Toyota Vitz - The Starlet has a faster acceleration when compared to the Vitz
Toyota Starlet vs. Suzuki Swift - The Starlet has a better fuel economy if compared to the Swift
Toyota Starlet vs. Honda Fit - The Starlet is cheaper in price when compared to the Fit
9. Key Reasons to Buy a Toyota Starlet
If you are thinking about buying a used or reconditioned Toyota Starlet from the Sri Lankan market, then remember to consider the below facts as well, which will help you to arrive at a more informed buying decision.
- Superb value for money in the long term
- Excellent fuel economy on local roads
- Reasonably good interior space for it size
- Admirable comfort and convenience features
- Very high aftermarket value in Sri Lanka
One of the main disadvantages of the Toyota Starlet is none other than the fact that this car is now out of production. However, spare parts for this vehicle are still available among spare part dealers in Sri Lanka.
Apart from that, the infotainment system of the Toyota Starlet may be outdated for the tastes of some buyers. Nevertheless, users can easily install a new audio system to enhance the in-car infotainment experience.
10. Where to Find a Toyota Starlet for Sale in Sri Lanka?
As of 2016, a potential buyer who wants to buy this productive car can search it among third party vehicle resellers, who are predominantly based in popular metropolitan areas, located throughout Sri Lanka.
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Toyota Starlet Price in Sri Lanka
Prices of most reconditioned or used Starlet models range from 1.0 million LKR to 1.8 million LKR for the EP 91 range that is most in demand today in the second-hand market. The Toyota Starlets are widely available around the country, the only challenge being finding a vehicle that is in good condition.
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Price for Reconditioned or Used Toyota Starlet (As Of 2016)
- Toyota Starlet 1985: Rs. 550,000
- Toyota Starlet EP71 1989: Rs. 875,000
- Toyota Starlet 1992: Rs. 1,225,000
- Toyota Starlet EP91 1997: Rs. 1,600,000
- Toyota Starlet Reflect 1998: Rs. 1,700,000