Toyota Corolla Review from France

1989 Toyota Corolla LX 1.6 12 valve

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 12 valve Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired213000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 205


The best compact car I've ever owned


Considering this car was driven by a former pro go-cart driver (my brother) with little consideration for wear and tear, I wasn't too surprised to have to change the gearbox around 215000km.I was broke then and purchased a second hand unit from a scrapyard. That along with CV joint overhaul is the only heavy maintenance I've done on the car.

General Comments:

Many Africans have tried to purchase it from me. I recently learned that corolla's have an afterlife in west coast Africa with entire fleets of corolla taxis operating there which says a lot on the car's reliability. Now that I'm no longer broke I can't seem to get rid of my ole clunker : I'm attached to it!Only undesirable characteristic is a marked tendency to lock up on wet surfaces, a little footwork required there in this age of ABS. Happy driving!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2007

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 1 review