These cars had a well-deserved reputation for reliability, although the GT-S FX16s tended to get bashed into concrete abutments and/or spit connecting rods through the oil pans when in the hands of over-enthusiastic owners. This one still looks very solid with nearly a quarter-million miles on the clock.
The New United Motors plant, aka NUMMI and formerly the GM Fremont Assembly plant, was about 25 miles to the south of the yard where I found this car. The circle of automotive life, completed. Today, they build Teslas in this Corolla's birthplace.
Based on my experience, the AE82 GT-S could run rings around the AE86 GT-S, assuming both cars are completely stock. Start adding big power, though, and the AE86 gets the advantage in drag racing.
This one has endured some abuse during its life, e.g., this field-expedient door lock repair, but it will be going to the crusher in rust-free condition and with a reasonably nice interior.
16-valve quick. Tires that stick. Four-wheel-disc equipped.