Buying Guide for the first generation Allion/Premio

The first generation Allion & Premio, code-named
“T240”, started invading our streets sometime around
2002 and sold like hot cakes because of the price and
standard entry-level luxury features such as reclining
rear seats and climate control. They share most parts
with the E120 generation Corollas and are fairly
bullet-proof, which makes them great daily-drivers.
Most of the T240s that made it into the country were
driven by a 1.5-liter 1NZ-FE motors producing 107 hp
and 141 Nm of torque going to a 4-speed automatic
transmission. You could also opt for a 1.8-liter 1ZZ-FE
powered variant producing roughly 120 hp and 165
Nm of torque still going through a 4-speed automatic
and if you tick the right boxes, they will sell you a
4wd variant too. The top of the range models were
powered by a 2-liter 1AZ-FSE engine producing 148
hp and 200 Nm of torque, paired to a CVT
transmission.
Engine: Now we’ve got the boring stuff out of the way,
these cars do surprisingly well with an 1.8-litre 2ZZ-
GE VVTL-I engine swap from the Toyota Celica GT-S
or RunX RSi, which produces 189 hp at 7800 revs and
181 Nm of torque with the option of a either 4 speed
automatic transmission or a 6 speed manual
transmission. This engine will fit bolt-on without any
frame modifications using OEM parts from different
models. Still not enough? Maybe a 2-litre
turbocharged rally-bred 3S-GTE motor will satisfy you
with a power output of 220-260 hp depending on
generation – fits snugly with minor modification to the
mount points.
Handling: Since they share suspension components
with the E120 generation Corollas, you can readily
find reconditioned coilovers and lowering springs for
these cars in the market. Ultra-Racing makes all the
braces you can think of for these cars – can go a long
way in making the driving experience of these cars
much better. Polyurethane bushings are also.
Brakes: Larger front brakes from the Toyota Celica / 2L
variants are a straight swap and rear discs from the
Celica or Wish will fit bolt-on, making sure you can
stop for those random unmarked speed-bumps we
encounter every day.
Pros: Cheap to maintain, spare parts readily available
in different qualities making it affordable for
everyone, adequate rear legroom, quiet and
comfortable enough to daily drive around the streets
in stock form. Can be turned into a Celica in disguise.
Cons: Underbody extends quite a bit below the side
sills – making it difficult to get that hella-fitment, hard
to find one with a straight body and clean paint,
steering rack tends to go-out relatively quickly.
Headlights starts to wear and develop micro-cracks if
not taken care of properly.

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