How to get one in your garage:
An expert’s view - Ian Litchfield, Litchfield motors:
“The GT86 and BRZ are rock-solid cars. Early ones had valve timing issues, and second-gear synchros can be notchy, but otherwise they’re trouble-free. The clutch is strong but a forced induction kit will wear it outquickly. Your biggest concern will be whether it’s been a track-day car and if it’s ever been crashed. Are there signs of damage? Are repairs to standard or bodged? A few cars have had power and handling tweaks.
These are okay if they’ve been done properly. Ask for receipts and research the suppliers. We do a handling pack that enhances handling performance without trashing ride comfort (£994). Our performance pack (£1314) features a full Milltek exhaust and an ECU remap to give an extra 25bhp.”
Transmission - check second gear engages smoothly. The triple-cone synchros can be slow to work when cold, causing a graunchy change. Some owners recommend pausing in neutral after first gear, then engaging second with a firm shove. Technicians recommend fresh fluid.
Gear - Some owners will have swapped the slidy Michelin Primacy tyres for 225-section rubber on wider rims offering better grip. The Vehicle Stability Control can be partially disengaged but, to switch it off completely, follow the complicated procedure outlined at FT86club.com.
Body - Owner forums are full of tales of misted-up tail-light lenses. Cars still in warranty will be given replacements. Also reported is corrosion around the bottom of the quarter light pillar.
Interior - GT86ownersclub.co.uk lists feedback from its rattles thread. The biggest culprits are the rear seats and trim, parcel shelf and lower dash. Tweeter covers, engine covers and dashboard brackets also come in for criticism. On early cars, a rattle from the gearlever above 4000rpm was a warranty issue.
Also worth knowing:
Toyota charges just £516 for two years’ (or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first) extended warranty cover on a 2012-reg GT86 such as the ‘One we found’. If you prefer, monthly payments are £43. Car hire, hotels and MOT cover are included but the car must be serviced by a Toyota dealer each year.
How much to spend:
£8000-£10,495 - Cheapest GT86s including Cat Ns but also the occasional straight bargain.