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Unread 09-30-2006, 12:17 PM   #1
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I am currently in a position to buy a 1997 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo for $18000. It has 100K miles, manual, and is stock. I am wondering if this cars is reliable, what potential problems I may have to fix, and how much repairs cost. Also whether or not you think it is worth it.

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Unread 09-30-2006, 05:51 PM   #2
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I wouldn't buy one for a DD. I'd kill for one as a project car though. Crazy potential for power, and they're relatively bulletproof. Probably not a budget car.

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I am not looking for a budget car. I am spending 18k on it. I am just asking about any reliablity issues that may need to be addressed and what kind of repair bills I might have to face. It is going to be my daily driver and I plan on modding it to around 450 crank hp if I get it.

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Definitely go for it, I'm not sure on the reliability front but they don't stick out in my mind as terribly unreliable cars so I would say you would be ok, you may want to hold off until someone with a little more knowledge of used Supras can give you a straight answer but I am a bit skewed towards getting one, apart from the amazing heritage of the Supra (second only to the Skyline I'd have to say) there was this all white Supra I saw that pulled up next to my mom's car, dropped a gear and disappeared in a split second, I'll never forget how amazingly fast that car was, and I've seen my friend's Lambo Murcielago going full throttle and that Supra was way quicker.

EDIT: Just to be clear that white Supra was definitely modded, when the guy shifted you could tell it was a very expensive after market transmission probably with a carbon/ceramic clutch and the turbo blowoff valves were extremely loud.

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Yeah, I love Supras as well. I really want to get this Supra but they are so impractical for Montana because of the RWD that I am having a hard time convincing myself to get it. One part of me is like GO FAST! LOOK SWEET! the other says you can't even drive it for 5 months out of the year why the hell would you get that?

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First, about reliability. at 100k miles, you'll want a new timing belt and water pump for sure (unless the owner has already done it. don't take his word for it though. get a receipt/paperwork for the maintenance). after that, obviously check all the fluids and replace any that are old. check all the lines and hoses and such, etc. etc. Other than that, it's probably good to go and won't give you much trouble. if you're worried, just have a shop do a buyer's inspection to have everything checked out. that will let you know if it needs anyhing.

If you're worried about RWD and traction issues, than you should also take into account that it's boosted, and it's japanese engineering at work.

that means once the boost swells, you get a whole lot more power all at once. add this to the common trait of japanese cars to have pretty bad torque curves, and you get a few things going.

1. this can be annoying if the car is your DD, although i'm sure you'd get over it.
2. when it's wet or something, if you aren't paying close attention to that boost/torque, it may catch you off guard. I've spun my tires (FWD) many a time on wet roads when driving normally (brand new tires too). and that supra at 450hp will have near twice the power of my car...

But than again, it's a freaking supra. I'd say get it. The engine itself, and the stock tranny are extremely strong. If you get it, achieving 450HP to the crank will be a cake walk. You can get about 400-440HP to the wheels for about $1500. It's called the BPU (basic performance upgrade), and it's pretty inexpensive compared to the price of the car.

check out www.i-supra.com for help too. it's not the most active forum anymore, but if you search around you will find a heck of a lot of information. and someone will likely answer any Q's you have.
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Thanks for the help. The car also has a new transimission in it. The poor guy that has it now had it go out 1 week after he bought it. It also has an in dash DVD player and a pretty nice Alpine sound system. I am starting my saving for it tomorrow when I get my paycheck. If everything works out I should be getting it in 1-2 months. Maybe sooner depending on how much my parents are willing to help me.

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If you're worried about traction issues in the wet or even snow then just stay in high gears even at low speeds, Japanese cars have zero torque at low RPMs (generally speaking) so you won't have much of a problem.

Of course my solution to the problem being crazy and 16 is to learn to controll a drift, to me an overpowered RWD Supra in the snow is a plus, not a negative if it has traction control rip that out ASAP! If your car doesn't burn rubber at every single stoplight then what's the point of ever driving it?

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Being as you live in California you may or may not be aware how incredibly hard it can be to control a rear wheel drive car with the much power in snow and ice. It isn't a car that you want to drive during the winter in Montana. Unless the roads are clear or you can't avoid.

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So has the car's engine been rebuilt? (sorry if its been asked or answered, im in a hurry)
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