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Toyota GT86 – Buyers guide & Common problems



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Toyota GT86, the perfect small RWD coupe which delivers nothing but joy. Is buying it and owning it the same joy? Here is the list of all the problems reported by the owners and reported by Toyota. Our main source for this guide was the Toyota Owners Club.

Major faults

  • There are currently no reported major faults for this vehicle. This is a rare occurrence so good job Toyota!

Other and minor faults

  • Rattling noise while switching gears is usually an indicator of a worn-out clutch. Replace before further damage occurs.
  • Camshaft chain tends to make a ringing noise when starting a cold engine, this noise usually goes away when the engine warms up. If the noise persists when the engine is warm, immediately check the chain and tensioner.
  • Due to the nature of the car expect fast wear of the rear tires. Even though this could be said for every RWD car, many owners are reporting this problem.
  • There have been many occurrences of owners reporting loud fuel pump. This usually ends with the pump dying and needing to be replaced.
  • Many owners also report front brakes squeaking.
toyota gt86 rear

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Body and interior problems

  • Some owners report condensation problems with the rear lights.
  • Many owners complain about random sounds the interior is making, which can get annoying.
gt86 inside

Electronic problems

  • Many owners report the battery draining while the car is not in use. Most of the time the cause is the same as in other Toyotas, the interior dimmer switch.
  • A big number of owners report unstable engine revs in neutral. This is usually fixed by reprogramming the ECU. Some owners needed to replace the ECU.
  • Frequent problems with the stock GPS unit. It loses signal or has a very weak signal making it useless.
toyota gt86 drift

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Official recalls

  • Recall issued on 4th of October in 2016. The cause was a problem. with the powered steering. Affected cars made from April of 2012 to March 2015.

Our recommendation

Let’s keep it short; the Toyota GT86 is an amazing little car. It is strong enough, the engine is simple and reliable. And its RWD, a recipe for fun times. Compare this buyer guide to the BMW E90 and see how shorter the list of problems is for the GT86. It also drives really good and prices are steadily dropping, go for it! Don’t forget to check our detailed used car buying guide before buying!

Before buying any car, please, we could not be more serious, do a VIN check-up. Read and CLICK on the infographic to learn more:
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