Happy to see you like the Liftback.
The car has it's own instagram channel: https://www.instagram.com/love_japanese_classics/
In the future, I am going to give regular updates there about the car and possibly I'm also making some kind of story, but I'm not sure right now.
Well, the only problem it has right now is that the tranny is making noise. I've already bought a used C52 for 250€ which I'm going to install if this one right now gets too loud. Unfortunately a rebuild kit for this tranny isn't available at all in Europe. I'm currently thinking about improting a kit from the US for around 400$ plus taxes to make a rebuild.
History of the car:
The car was made in Japan the ID tells me - it's got a C52 tranny. It was previously owned by an old lady for 25 years. She obviously kept it in a garage and serviced it only at Toyota. I have her service-book. The interior is basically new. Of course, the drivers seat cushion ist a little worn out, but the surface is still brand new.
After her, a youngster bought the car and he put 18" rims as well as a completely sick -70mm TEIN suspension on it. For sale he changed it to stock iron rims with 4 new -30mm springs and good dampers. I bought it from him for 1250€ him in this condition.
Additionally, I bought the TTE rims second hand then for 250€, did a huuuge service and put on dunlop and conti 205mm tires for big money, installed mud flaps and a mini cat for lowered emissions and cheaper taxes, new ignition cables, a new PCV-Valve including the grommet and got the legendary TÜV (due every 2 years) stamp after everything was recorded in the cars listing. The testing engineer even congratulated me for my car. Never had a situation like this before in nearly 20 years of driving.
I've heard that this body was sold as the sprinter somewhere else. Here it was for sale as the liftback only from 93 to 95 and that it was significantly more expensive than the very common E10 compact (hatch) models over here. It basically didn't sell. I've been going through the registration statistics for this exact car with the 1.6 engine and I found out that here's still 450 pieces of them left here in Germany. I Assume abou 50% of them may be in a shitty condition so yeah, this may truly be a gem and I was obviously just lucky.
My fiorst car in 2004 was a Corolla E9 1.6 Si 16V. I loved it but i truly didn't spare it - always pedal to the metal! After i sold this one while beeing ond my cars mechatronic job training, i bought a Celica T20 GT Superstrut in very nice condition, drove it for a year and changed it for a VW Transporter T2 1.7L Diesel, which i kept for 12 years untiol I sold it last year in october as a historic car. Then I suddenly found the Liftback by happenstance in the internet around the corner in my region. This story already had a good start and i will keep it goin now. It's such a nice car to drive!!! And honestly everybody yet liked it...this wasn't even the case with the VW Transporter, which is a legend now and nearly 10 times the price of this one.