I wasn't planning on buying a new car at all. Totally, definitely, absolutely not... So I bought a new car!
I spotted this a couple of weeks ago near my parents. I thought it looked great and in very good condition and was thinking about putting a note on the windscreen asking if they want to think of me when selling. 2 weeks later I found it for sale online, so I went for a look.
It's a GTS-i, which is the model just under the GTi. So with the full velours interior and the kit, but not the 4A-GE engine, but a 105 hp 4A-FE.
The car is immaculate. It has done 210.000 km, but apart from the service booklet which is filled in until 208k there's NOTHING which shows it's age or mileage.
This is going to be my new daily, all though I'm not sure if I can take care for it as good as the previous owner, but I'll give it a try, the car deserves it.
This car has lived in a garage his whole life, never was driven on a road with trees next to it in autumn in windy conditions, in case an acorn fell out of the tree..
It's like new, really weird and exactly the reason I bought it! There might be some more rust, but it's probably under the skirts, a quick glance underneath it showed nothing though. I might treat it to a wax oil treatment soon to keep it that way.
The spec might be a Dutch thing. The Dutch importer did some more weird spec cars those days. My Starlet 1.0 SXL is another example of that. Top spec interior and exterior, but 1.0 engine (with a 5 speed though). Maybe the GTS-I is similar to that. The boot says 1.6SI 16 valve, maybe that's the way Toyota named them, but the Dutch importer thought otherwise?
One of the stock 13" wheels is a bit bent, so it produced a weird wobble at low speed. I wanted to use the 14" Hayashis on the car, but they interfere with the brakes, so some work needs to be done before they'll go on. I used the 15" 5 spokes I have laying around,as I need the car next week for a 1300 km round trip and the wobble was annoying me.
Interior is a great place to be!
Engine looks great still, runs like a new one. Only the heatshield let's it down a little bit, I'll rectify that later.