1991 Toyota Corolla Reviews from North America

1991 Toyota Corolla 1.6 SOHC

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.6 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance168000 miles

Summary:

Very reliable

Faults:

Rusty doors, fenders, quarter panels.

Exhaust rusts out frequently.

Tires need to be replaced frequently as the small size wears quicker.

Clutch is starting to slip at 168,000 miles.

Suspension often has issues due to living in the Midwest and bad roads.

The car only sits 2 inches from the ground, plowing the snow in winter.

Rear wiper motor stopped working at 140,000 miles.

Only came with 2 front speakers from the factory.

Some rear end parts are very hard to find (for the wagon models).

General Comments:

GREAT fuel economy! 35+ miles to the gallon!

VERY reliable! Can always count on it starting in the winter time. The perfect year round car.

Easy to upgrade to add horsepower.

Parts are not hard to find and are very reasonable in price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2014

1991 Toyota Corolla

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired167000 miles
Most recent distance196000 miles
Previous carSaturn Ion

Summary:

Reliable, cheap, economical, transportation. I love my Corolla!

Faults:

Slave cylinder for hydraulic clutch went out at 189,000 miles.

Alternator went out at 192,000 miles.

Since I've owned it, the bolts holding the windshield wiper fluid reservoir came apart, causing the reservoir to tip over inside the engine compartment.

The gas tank lid fell off.

One of the outside door handles is loose, and one of the inside door handles is missing.

The weather stripping leaks when it rains/snows.

The e-brake does not work.

The door locks don't work.

The blower motor for the heat/AC only works on two settings.

General Comments:

I was in serious need of a car, and this one happened to be available. I had done no prior research on this make/model, and I was pleasantly surprised! Although the appearance of the car leaves much to be desired, that is to be expected of a car over 20 years old. There is some considerable rust under the car, but I live in the Midwest. Some minor things on the car have started coming apart, as I listed above, but nothing major. This would be the only complaint that I really have - I joke that the car itself will fall apart around the engine, but it will still be running! Cosmetics are also cheap and easy to replace, and I do much of that myself to save money. I hit a deer with it last winter, and the only thing damaged was the passenger side view mirror. Cheap and easy fix.

My Corolla has been very reliable for me. It has left me stranded three times: Once due to a loose battery cable, once for the slave cylinder, and once for the alternator - as listed above. The alternator was my fault: the dash warning lights came on, and if I had been paying attention to what she was trying to tell me, I would not have been stranded in the first place! Other than that, I've never had a single issue with it starting up every time, whether it's 100+ degrees or below zero outside. I was sick over Christmas and didn't leave the house for 5 days, therefore the car didn't get started for that long. But when I went to start it up, it fired right up in the freezing cold! You'd never know it sat there that long. It has been a daily driver for me, and I'm not afraid to take it anywhere!

Mine is a 5 speed manual, and I am very surprised at how much pep it has! I have no problems with the power - it quickly gets to 60 mph and shifts smoothly through all the gears. It runs quietly and I have no problems keeping up with the flow of traffic on the highway. Good gas mileage too!

This car has way more room than I had expected too! The seats are roomy, the trunk is roomy, and the back seats fold down if you need to fit longer items inside. I have no problems comfortably fitting passengers inside.

It uses a little oil, but nothing major. I check it about every 10 days to see if it's low, but I end up putting a little oil in 3-4 times between each oil change, and it's a quart or less every time. Again, this is to be expected of a 20+ year old car. Otherwise, it doesn't leak oil or any other fluids. I keep up with routine maintenance, and the guy who owned it before me did too. Within the next few months she'll roll over 200K, and hopefully I'll get many more miles out of her. Even with all its minor defects, I still love this car. I'll continue to do preventive maintenance and drive it until it can't be driven anymore.

When this one dies, I'm buying another Corolla!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2013

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 26 reviews