1997 Toyota Corolla CSi 1.6 inline 4




Very little! The headlight relay was blown when I bought the car; I got a replacement for free from the wreckers.

General Comments:

It's a wonderful car! Australian made, perky and handles very much like a Morris Mini, a brick on wheels.

I have a 1959 Jaguar, and the Corolla's ride is incredibly firm in comparison, but still more than acceptable for long drives on Australia's poorly kept country roads.

It's not what one would call powerful, but it's a light car so it doesn't need to be. The manual gearbox is notchy and not particularly pleasant when it's cold, but when it has warmed up it does the job fine.

The build quality is good, surpassing my previous, significantly newer Australian made Ford. It's also remarkably quiet, despite relatively high RPM at cruising speed. It will happily cruise at 120 - 130 km/h, but that's not technically allowed so it rarely goes above 110. It is very cheap to run, and is bulletproof reliable, although it prefers high-quality oils over the cheap stuff, which it tended to burn despite being the correct viscosity.

Overall, a wonderful car that's fun, cheerful and not as boring as you might expect. I really want to keep it so it can join the high-mileage club!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2016

1997 Toyota Corolla AE101R 1.6L Twin Cam


Cheap, reliable small car


Speedo stopped working

Rear hatch popped open

Flat tyres.

General Comments:

Engine feels effortless around town and the ride is decent.

Problem with speedo and hatch were fixed by dealer prior to purchase.

This model doesn't have air conditioning, but is not really a problem most of the time. Vents seem to gently blow warm air all the time, even when set to cool or the fan is off.

Have spent some time in an automatic, definitely get a manual, the auto is harsh and uses a lot of fuel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2009

1997 Toyota Corolla CSi 1.6 4AFR 16v


I love my little Corolla!


Flat battery.

Problem with O2 sensor wiring degrading, practically free to fix though.

Disappointed with the factory speakers deteriorating. Although they could have been over driven by the after market CD player someone put in it.

General Comments:

Bought the car based mainly on its reputed reliability and fuel economy. This has proven to be the case. I haven't owned it that long, but it's been doing some hard kilometres, and it never skips a beat.

I'm also very pleased with its performance. It's no race car, but it's got plenty of pickup when you need it. Mine got a 2" exhaust treatment, which gives it a little more kick, and people look at you funny when they hear it growl.

I think our model is quite different from others around the world??

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2006