1990 Toyota Corolla GL 1.6
Toyota = Reliability
Sometimes the car only runs on 3 cylinders due to oil flooding the fourth one. Easily fixed by cleaning the spark plug.
Normal wear and tear items such as brake pads, shocks and the various filters.
Front left headlight bulb blew at 225000km - easily replaced with a Toyota OE bulb for R9!!!
One of the speakers blew in the dashboard.
Rings are badly worn due to previous owner running the car without engine oil!
Drivers seat is slightly worn, but seems like it will last a few more years.
Previous owner (an old lady) had not serviced the car at all! This car still had all the original parts, almost all of which were still in perfect working order even after 15 years (incl the shocks)!
Every so often blue smoke will come out of the exhaust (due to the worn rings).
Very reliable, has NEVER left me stranded even when running on 3 cylinders!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th August, 2007
17th Nov 2012, 13:32
As the owner of this car, I can honestly say that it is as reliable as the ocean currents! The Toyota has now passed the 300,000km mark, and despite some signs of smoking, it never fails to start, no matter the weather.
The left headlight has been replaced (all parts being VERY cheap for older Toyotas) and the body has had a respray. The shock absorbers, brake pads, bulbs (100w), mags (15'), tyres and a new radio/CD player have all been replaced or installed. My wife is very happy with this simple, extremely reliable car that never misses a beat!
12th Nov 2013, 00:15
The car has just done 300,000km and has not missed a beat.
The alternator failed at 280,000km and is a VERY EXPENSIVE part to replace (costs almost as much as the entire car is worth). Replaced with a good 2nd hand part.
CV joints (original) and clutch (original) starting to go and will be replaced soon.
The car starts first time every time, and has been the most reliable vehicle in my collection from the moment I bought it.