It's been that way with any Toyota for at least a decade during the CS era.never heard of such a thing.. holding the handle up when shutting the door to keep it locked...weird shit, but i'll test this theory. Thanks
Lock the doors from inside, get out of the car, lift the handle and continue to hold it up as you close the door until the door has latched, release the handle then lift to test. The doors should have remained locked.
Nothing wierd about it to me and most other 70s-80s Toyota fans.
I actually liked it but I guess it's because I had to do it from 1990 - 2002.
Actually my old roommate's 92 Civic Hatch worked the same way and he didn't even know it. For YEARS he always closed the door then locked it with the key 'till I rode in it with him for the first time and saw him do it and told him to try the Toyota method instead which did work on his Honda too... Apparently it's a japanese car thing during certain years.