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Toyota Sera

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

FULL Toyota SERA (1990 to 95)


In this blog entry, covering one of my Childhood’s favourite It is no other than the GULL Toyota Sera 1.5(A). I was 11 years old when first I saw the in KL International Motorshow 1990. It was a AT 1st SIGHT back then as I at the Special Open upwards Hence, I told myself, QUE SERA, I WILL OWN YOU SOMEDAY.

The produced strictly for Japan Market (JDM), though few were exported to Malaysia by Importers.

The Toyota Sera is a concept car by Toyota. with units made from to 1994. An estimated 150 units of Sera made their way to

Market value for a Toyota in Malaysia. The SERA has no FIXED price It’s BOTH and seller’s market due to the RARITY. there’s one 1991 model for RM35000. But there’s one early 90s unit from ZEROTOHUNDRED sold for a mere RM20,000

Due to the rarity, I don’t have a to Test drive / FEEL the All is not lost, I dished out 1 DEALS ON (UK) VIDEO on Toyota (to be upload by 21 April), 1 Buyer’s and 1 Technical Specification.


Without further ado, the Buyer’s guide)

BUYER’S (2):

A few tips on what to for when buying a Toyota

All the exterior body panels are to the Sera and are not shared with any Toyota. When considering a car, inspect the body for damage and signs of accident If there is signs of accident I would advise you to seek advice.

Bodywork is generally the expensive part of a car to repair.

A magnet will be useful to that the car has not had dents repaired filler — magnets to the body, but not to filler. Small dents can often easily out if the dent has not broken the paint.

In the of an accident, specialist body such as the one at Omicron, can fabricate from sheet steel to fit the or panels can be shipped from Bear in mind that a takes up a lot of volume, so shipping which are often charged on the scale rather than weight scale.

Front and bumpers are plastic mouldings body colour. Lamps are unique to the Sera and have to from Japan.

The glass on the is unique — there are 6 altogether — the windscreen, the screen, and two pieces for each — the drop glass and the piece curving up into the

The front screen is laminated (ie two of glass sandwiching an adhesive, plastic film), the rest of the is toughened (ie shatters into of tiny cubes.)

Check panes for damage — the two drop glasses should and lower nicely and smoothly. Is is not to find slight scores on the glasses caused by trapped particles.

Drivers window has an up/down facility — down slightly for normal press fully for automatic naturally the opposite direction is the

The rear screen has the rear and is supported by two struts. This also incorporates the radio although in some areas an aerial is sometimes fitted to aid

Check seats for damage to the and make sure they properly. The drivers seat has a height adjuster. The rear fold to reveal a removable separating the car from the boot. are two rear lap belts on early later cars had 3 point in the rear.

In the passenger footwell, you may two clips, or a red ‘cigar’ sized down there. This is of a hazard triangle, and is in fact a chemical lightstick. There is a before date on it — Its up to you to if you want it in the car!

The cars came with two removable panels which cut out the glare the sun. It would be nice if were with the car. UK call for a rear fog lamp. SOURCE: (6) The dash is sometimes by people hurriedly fitting a There is a blanking plate for an switch next to the mirror on the RHS of the steering wheel.

The cars are originally fitted a KM/H speedo. To convert to MPH by 8 and multiply by 5. There are three of converting to read into Both have pro’s and

In the boot there should be a kit and a spacesaver spare wheel. if the car has locking wheel nuts check that the key required to these is present.

The CV joints are to wear — to check put the car in reverse and drive backwards on steering lock. If you hear a there is some wear and be replaced at some point in the Do this steering in both

Put your weight on each of the car to test the shock absorbers they should compress and return to the original position If the car bounces around, maybe is excessive wear in the dampers.

The gas for the doors weaken through use the more frequently used door may not support its own weight. can be rebuilt or easily replaced.

The engine (Toyota 5E-FHE) is reliable, but check oil level and — there have engine failures caused by low oil or oil starvation caused by oil deposits the engine. I would recommend all to have an engine flushing at service. It is best to be on the safe

The cam belt should be changed at or sooner if there is no evidence of the change, or a long period use. Changing the timing isn’t really a DIY job.

under the bonnet, check the brake fluid and power reservoirs are full.

Brakes some cars had ABS which brake discs and brake on each wheel. Some had drum brakes at the rear, and brake shoes. Some also had a drivers airbag.

Fluid — use DoT 4 or higher rather than DoT 3. DoT 3 has a lower point and isn’t recommended.

There was a wide selection of options for the Sera including body decals, protective strips, corner finder, aids, door kick rear spoiler, tinting, wheels, dash mounted cup central storage locker as as interior telephones, navigation CD-autochangers, in-car fax machines, fog lamps and a choice of two automatic fragrancers.


is not a huge amount of headroom in the for tall people. The car should be as a 2+2 or even a 2 seater rather a proper 4 seater.

The market prices in the UK can vary

Generally — you get what you pay although excellent cars do sell at below market and vice versa. It is always looking at cars out of your price range.

A sub £ 2000 will be requiring some attention, or may be high mileage.

£ — £ 4000 will be be presentable and in average to above condition.

£ 4000 + will be cars, or lower mileage very highly specified or for some other reason


Model Code

Toyota Sera

Track 55.3 front and

Wheelbase 90.6


Height 49.8

Weight lbs

Engine Code 5E-FHE

type transverse inline 4 DOHC, 16v, cast block, alloy cylinder belt driven, with camshafts.

Peak power @ 6400 rpm

Peak torque 97 lb ft @ rpm

Compression Ratio 9.8:1

Breakerless, Electronic igntion.

Supply Fuel injected

Rack and Pinion, power

Brakes Vented discs drums at rear unless with ABS — discs all

Front Suspension MacPherson with lower control and anti-roll bar

Rear Suspension arm beam axle, Panhard coil springs, dampers and bar

Wheels / Tyres

Body construction, steel

Transmission 5 manual or 4 speed automatic front wheels via unequal driveshafts

Ignition Breakerless, igntion.


colours phased out and other phased in during the lifespan of the Wine Red and Dark Grey for was phased out when the phase 2 was introduced, and at that point Orange and Astral Black was

Some people have had Seras repainted — the are the standard Toyota colours. I seen yellow and white


Picture scissor door, also in McLaren F1.

Toyota Sera
Toyota Sera
Toyota Sera

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