1997 Toyota Corolla DX 4 cylinder
Toyota rocks, period
There is a need for alignment, due to pothole, not to car defect.
Drivers side seat had cushion loss at entry exit point (I believe this may be due to a very large previous owner, however), but the upolstry itself is still perfect.
This car runs like a dream and has good pickup for a 4 cyl. engine.
For a vehicle of this age, it is in beautiful shape (due, I am sure to previous owner care by 2 owners)
Within 3 months of purchase, the car made a 2000 mile trip with ease and netted 38 MPG!
I found the front passenger side room better than our 2005 Corolla, which has a different dash area.
Normal summer in-city driving was about 32 MPG & highway about 36-38. Winter mileage has been around 27 city and have not tested highway driving, which I do not do much of in winter.
There is some discomfort with the worn drivers seat, but that was easily remedied with a pillow, and considering the vehicle is 11 years old, this is not a major complaint.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th December, 2008
10th Sep 2010, 15:35
I bought a 1997 Toyota Corrolla CE in 2004. The car only had 40,000 miles on it and I paid 5,000.
For the first 2 years, it was my everyday car, and the only thing besides normal oil changes that I've had to do with the car was replace front brakes & rotors. The total bill with inspection was 340.00 and haven't had to replace anything else.
I have since sold the car to my nephew for 1,200 with 65,000 miles. I'm sure this car will last him a while.
All in all, it's been a very good car. I hope to someday get a 2000 Camry as a replacement for the Corolla.