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