When time came to replace my daily driver, a 2008 Volvo S40, I wanted something that’s fun and involving to drive. Soon a list was formed which included V8 Mustangs, Nissan 350Z’s, Hyundai Genesis Coupes and VW Golf R’s. As with all my car purchases that start from one thing and end up at something else entirely, I randomly checked the Toyota 86 listings online and bingo! There was a base-model 2013 model Toyota 86 automatic within my reach.
On the surface, car looked just fine except the front bumper which had some kerb damage. I took it around for a quick spin and my brain was shouting out loud to buy it. Before a serious offer could be made, I wanted to feel how the car felt as new, so I excused myself from the seller for an hour and made a quick stop at the Toyota dealership for a test drive of a new one. Upon understanding that it drove and made all the right noises as the one I was looking at, I went back to the seller and requested him to stop by my friend’s garage for a final inspection before striking a deal, to which the seller gladly agreed.
One of the main concerns was that the car had absolutely no service history. Upon inspection at the garage, some accident repairs came to light. My garage buddy had a quick look at important mechanicals and they all seemed fine and clean with no leaks anywhere, aside from a respray. Being close to clocking 80,000 km meant it had to go through a major service. Keeping all these conclusions in mind, I decided to bite the bullet and made a final offer of Dhs 44,500, a fair bit lower than the advertised price of Dhs 49,000, to which the seller agreed and within a few hours, the car was under my apartment, all mine!
Finally, how much of my hard-earned cash did I blow up? To start with, insurance was Dhs 2575 with comprehensive cover. All 2013 base models came with no exhaust tips, so I threw in a pair of steel exhaust tips for Dhs 50. Another Dhs 50 was spent on transparent ‘door edge protection’ stickers, which helps to prevent damage to door edges in tight parking spots. Then Dhs 79 was shelled out at the Toyota dealer during April, which I opted for to double-check the health of the car that fortunately came out clean with the only remark made by them was to replace worn-out wipers. I also got to see its accident history, namely a single incident that resulted in quite a bit of respraying along one side of the car, all done at the dealer, but I’ll talk more about it later.
Finally, for the due 80,000-km major service, the Toyota dealer quoted a rather striking Dhs 2400 for just all oil and fluid replacements with brake cleanup. Upon a quick visit to Dynatrade, the same service was done for Dhs 1400, including an engine flush. I also threw on some fresh window tint worth Dhs 500 from another outfit.
At the moment, my only plan on the table is to fix the kerb-damaged front bumper and probably to add a lip spoiler on the boot. Only time will tell if I’m motivated enough to invest in customising to my visual and driving likes. Watch out for next update on how it’s like to live with a low-slung sports car doing work and city runs.
Original Mileage When Bought: 79,890 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 87,300 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 8.9 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 1400
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 1400