2005 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport 1.8 petrol
Nothing apart from the usual consumables.
If my 'Rolla wasn't pinched by a local low life, I'd still have it. Received the car in excellent condition and put on another 80,000km without a single problem. It didn't even develop a single rattle or bit of loose trim. Absolutely everything worked perfectly all the time. Easy to work on, and parts are cheap and easy to find.
As a driving experience it wasn't particularly exciting, but it had enough zing to get out of its own way and overtake safely. Interior was well made and stood up to the rigors of unsympathetic children. It wasn't quite as fuel efficient as I hoped, but still good on the whole at under 10L/100km in urban day-to-day traffic. About 7.5L/100km on the highway.
The downsides were few, but I was disappointed that the car only had a single airbag and no ABS, when other makes of a similar era were better equipped. The bullet-proof reliability made up for this and I never locked up the brakes anyway because it stopped well. I fitted quality tyres, which helped. Seats weren't great for me on long trips and there was no cruise control. A great little car that felt like it would have done an easy 300,000km+.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th November, 2017