Toyota Corolla Review from Chile

2004 Toyota Corolla XEI 1.8

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance3500 kilometres
Previous carToyota ECHO


It's a great looking car with serious quality assurance issues


Crackling noise in the roof lining.

Rattles and noises in the dash.

Rattle in the driver side door.

Rattling in the back of the car.

Very loud engine at 3.600 RPM (120 km/h in fifth gear). Dissapears if you go under or over 3.600 RPM. Normal for all new Corollas (according to Toyota service).

General Comments:

Bought a new car and from the first day had rattles, noises coming from the roof, doors, dash etc.

Went to service several times, each time they fix one rattle appears a new one.

The engine is so loud at 3.600 RPM it is impossible to drive the car at 120km/h (72mph). The moment you pass the 3.600 RPM (4.000 RPM for example) the loud engine sound dissapears.

Toyota service confirmed that it's normal for all corollas.

Corolla really feels comfortable, easy to maneuver, with enough space for a driver (I'm 1.91m high) and passengers.

My previous car was Toyota Echo. It managed 150km/h with less engine noise than Corolla at 120km/h.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2004

12th Mar 2005, 03:26

I have had similar rattle issues with my Toyota though mine is a Camry. The car is great except for this. Toyota needs to look into this.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review