2006 Toyota Corolla D4D, M-MT 1.4 turbo diesel
Nothing major so far.
A whirring/clicking servo noise started to develop at summertime (hot outside temperatures up to 40C) behind the dash. I have narrowed it down to a large motor in the center of the dash - everything works correctly so I can't find what's wrong with it. It's just annoying. If anyone knows, please let me know.
Driver's side (left) mirror sometimes does not heat up.
The small shelf door on the dash is very easy to break; be careful.
These Corollas have a recall for the airbag detonators. Contact your dealership!
The car is just great.
Roomy inside, lots of storage and comfortable for rear passengers, with a good sized boot (it could be larger) and not huge outside dimensions. Visibility when parking is not perfect, but it's easy to parallel park (my 02 Polo, despite being smaller, had worse visibility).
The engine is great, solid and die hard. Despite the turbo lag in first gear, it has a sporty attitude and it responds immediately to whatever you want it to do. It even has a Sport mode button (ES - Easy Sport).
The M-MT gearbox is a delight to use. It basically is a 5 speed manual gearbox with a robotic clutch. There is Neutral, Reverse, Easy (same as Drive) and Manual which you change by selecting plus and minus without a clutch. On E, you drive it as an automatic, it even has kickdown (I wrote a more analytic review on the M-MT). But when you switch to manual it drives like a sports car. It also drives sporty in Easy mode if you press the ES button. It's just a delight to drive. Civilized and comfortable, or sporty when you want it. You wouldn't expect a heavy diesel Corolla to act like this.
Takes some time to heat up in winter, and takes forever if only idling. So idle for a few minutes and then drive it slowly and gently until it reaches temperature.
Fuel consumption could be a bit better. I am now doing 5.7km/L mixed, but I've had it doing 5.2km/L on long trip on the open road.
It needs to be taken care of though if you want it to last forever (and its design has the old school approach, where it will last you forever).
Pay attention to the fuel you feed it. It has to be clean or it can clog it up. Add fuel additives from time to time and antibacterial, service it regularly and it will always be happy to serve you.
I'm in love with my Corolla and intend to keep it forever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th December, 2016