2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8

Summary:

Very boring car, with correct reliability and good suspension

Faults:

Headlight bulbs.

Very high RPM when cold.

Little box door in dashboard, broken.

Loose exhaust.

General Comments:

Although this car is indeed reliable, it isn't at all impressive. My A Class is still more reliable, at much higher miles on the clock.

The Corolla feels cheap, the doors are light, and the finishing is similar to that of a Ford Escort, not more.

I have driven many cars, and like to drive quickly; something that's difficult to do with an automatic Corolla.

Minuses:

- Very loud engine, more so at high speeds.

- Too old a transmission design; only 4 forward gears, and it's focused on a dull kind of driving.

- Extremely poor mileage at high speeds - too high RPM, because of the bad gear ratios.

- Interior finishings.

- No stability control.

- No traction control.

- A very boring car.

Pluses:

- Very good independent suspension. Although the suspension is designed towards comfort, it has excellent stable and safe reactions. This is the best attribute of Corollas, and a good suspension is essential.

- Reliability, durability.

- A big and well designed boot.

- Interior comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th October, 2012