1977 Toyota Corolla KE-30 Deluxe 1.2 cc

Summary:

Simply the best most fun to drive Corolla!

Faults:

Nothing at all went wrong with the car!

Needed nothing else apart from the correct scheduled service.

The only thing that was changed and this was due to normal wear is the brake pump and the fuel pump.

General Comments:

The car is simply PERFECT!!!

Rear well drive will make the driver happy!!!

My car now has a new engine from the AE 92 corolla 1600 cc twin cam 16vave 136 HP, front struts from the AE 86 corolla, rear axle from the AE 86 with limited slip diff and disk brakes at the rear.

Along with Bilstein socks it is a pleasure to drive and others to look!

If you have such a car take good care of it!

IT WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2007

1997 Toyota Corolla Linea Terra 1.3

Summary:

A car you won't regret to buy!

Faults:

Nothing at all!

General Comments:

Very good value for money.

Reliable and economic to use.

Good handling and 1300cc that can move the car comfortably or quite fast if somebody wants to.

One of the best networks to have it serviced or repaired. People there are very friendly and helpful.

Nice to drive, easy to park.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2004

2003 Toyota Corolla 1.8 TS 1.8lt (190bhp)

Summary:

Not for people hating rattles - noises

Faults:

(i) The car has interior build quality problems and the following rattles have appeared:

(1) Dashboard rattles in the region of radio-CD/vents, where the assembly is obviously very unstable. It is very sensitive to differential thermal expansion-contraction and the plastic board bows over the radio when heated during the summer day. The dealers may try to cure it by inserting sponges etc.

(2) Rattles at front door windows over bumps when not fully closed. The glass window appears not tight within its plastic frame.

(3) Occasionally rattles from the window when fully closed.

(4) Rattles from the driver's seat.

(ii) It does not have Double-locks in my country.

General Comments:

Excellent performance of the engine and 6-speed gearbox. Good acceleration over the entire range of engine's operation.

The steering wheel is very "light".

The suspension could be tighter, without loosing the car's comfortable character.

The absence of reach movement for the wheel steering makes the driving position very inconvenient for tall drivers.

Very noisy engine when rotated above 4000rpm.

Nice look when front and back spoilers of Toyota Team Europe (TTE) are installed, but they are not standard.

Nice look of the interior materials-decoration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th September, 2003

31st Oct 2007, 11:56

If you don't like noises, why did you choose this car? Why don't you buy a Mercedes? That one is quiet enough.

1988 Toyota Corolla XL liftback 1.3 12V

Summary:

Reliable AND fun

Faults:

Nothing went wrong in 8 yrs of ownership (and 125000 kms). I mean nothing. It had the original exhaust pipe and clutch when I sold it. Just routine servicing (spark plugs, tyres and brake pads once, oil changes). Oh and I had changed the shock-absorbers mainly to obtain more feedback from that tail... All in all the most reliable car we have ever had in the family- and we did have some German "fine pieces of machinery" (Mercedes, BMW) at the time...

General Comments:

Oh that "twitchy tail", as CAR magazine put it at the time... The steering was not that precise (and I'm being polite there), it leaned a bit around corners, but that tail... Around B-roads I could almost forget to use the steering wheel, throttle (over) steer was laughably easy to provoke (and control once you expected it). Well I know, this doesn't make up for what we'd call "refined or composed handling" but it was fun and I was 18 at the time... The engine badly lacked low down torque, but it revved freely from 4000 rpm to the red line, where it could stay all day.

Then I had to move abroad so I sold it- I bought a Fiat Tipo (see review_3053) which I never came to like (let alone love) as much as my Corolla.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2002

18th Jun 2002, 08:47

In fact it is not an automatic, it's a 5-speed manual (comment from the original reviewer).

1995 Toyota Corolla XLi 1.3 petrol

Summary:

Reliability - 100 percent

Faults:

Mechanic parts - NOTHING.

The problems I have had in five years were the electric windows. Both of them. If the mechanism breaks down, you need a new one, but if you know some things, you can fix it by yourself (I did).

Oh, the alarm too. It began to sound for no reason. But I found out that these two parts, and the A/C, were not installed at the factory, but here in Greece.

General Comments:

As known, Toyotas are some of the most reliable cars worldwide. I haven't done a service for 30.000km, and it was still running without any problems at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2000

7th Jul 2002, 12:37

Toyotas are great cars, but as the son of a Toyota master-tech, I'd recommend getting it serviced more frequently to extend the life. My '85 Corolla was running strong at just under 300,000 miles.