1989 Toyota Corolla LX 1.6 12 valve
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.
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