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Unread 01-03-2009, 09:53 AM   #1
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Default Slow toyota Starlet 1.3 help

My dad bought me a Toyota Starlet after crashing my old Mazda Familia.
He ofc bought it for me because it was slow so i cant do anything with it other than going to work and coming back...

It's a 1.3 Toyota Starlet 1996. Non Turbo.

The thing is, when i took it for a Test drive to day it felt Extremely Slow even when i floored the pedal. There was no RPM meeter in the car but by the feel of it, it must of been around 3k Rpm Floored pedal.

I'm guessing someone ****ed with it so it was made more Economical Gas Wise...
As i said 3k Rpm max with the floored pedal and an extremely slow Acceleration. No Engine Roaring.

Is this how all Toyota Starlets are? Low Rpms? or is it just mine?

I have a friend who's a mechanic and i'll take the car to him soon for a Service. And i wanted to achieve higher RPM out of the car at a more Normal level maybe something like 5k Rpm.

Because i'm gonna take the car to my friend soon and i want higher RPM what do you suggest for me to ask him to do? I cant Add a turbo or else my dad will get mad :P
I'm just talking maybe Increased Fuel Injection?

What do you suggest?

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Hi

The basics need to be checked.

Engine compression, spark plugs, air filter, ignition timing, fuel pressure, to start with.
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Never heard of that car, but then again im not into Toyotas too much heh. Increased fuel injection will not give you any more power unless there is something wrong with your current injectors or something along those lines.

Do some searching online to see if others have the same view on it.
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According to wiki, "Starlets were known for being dependable but dull automobiles"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Starlet

You might think about adding a CAI, possibly upgrading the exhaust (if you don't mind spending the money)
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I'm ofc planning to Change the Exaust.
And gonna Change the Spark Plugs and Air Filter with something better of course.

Depending on the Cost i might add a CAI as well, i just hope it's a good idea to add one on that ****ty car.

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That thing's not gonna be terribly quick anyways...I'd get an aftermarket tach and hook that up first. Find out just how high the thing is revving. IT could be that the puny little 1.3 is revving up properly and is just so woefully weak that you're thinking it's broken.
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I'm guessing it's just slow. Check the oil and fuel pressure. Plugs, wires, air filter, etc.

I doubt anyone messed with a 1.3L engine to make it more economical. You're probably just not used to hearing such a small engine and what sounds like 3krpm is actually 6krpm.
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I'm guessing it's just slow. Check the oil and fuel pressure. Plugs, wires, air filter, etc.

I doubt anyone messed with a 1.3L engine to make it more economical. You're probably just not used to hearing such a small engine and what sounds like 3krpm is actually 6krpm.

Especially with the mufflers on those things. MY 200SX was like that....didn't really make any noise till you hit 2500, and it didn't sound like you were romping on it untill 4500.
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Drop a lump from a Starlet turbo in it, it'll be the ultimate sleeper.

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