Toyota Corolla Reviews from Trinidad and Tobago

2005 Toyota Corolla GL 1.5 petrol

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Low cost of ownership and pleasing to drive

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

The more I drive this car, the more I am in love with it.

I use only synthetic oil in this car, and it performs extremely well with potent acceleration and a smooth pull throughout the range.

The engine is extremely smooth and quiet, and after 3 years there has been no detectable increase in vibration. Sometimes I still have to check the tachometer to see if the engine is running.

It is also extremely good on fuel economy and suitable for anyone on a budget.

The only thing a person may complain about this car is that it is probably too high and the cornering could be improved. However this would come as a compromise to the ride quality.

Steering in car parks and tight spaces is a breeze with the electric steering.

Thus far I have had no problems with this car, and it does not seem to be deteriorating in any aspect.

Quality, reliability and fun to drive in a low cost package.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2009

1985 Toyota Corolla DX (wagon) 1.5 gasoline

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles

Summary:

This car is one tough little wagon

Faults:

I re-built the engine, serviced the wiper and starter motors, and changed a few suspension rubbers and clutch. Added to that, a paint job was needed, although there wasn't much rust to deal with.

General Comments:

This is one bullet proof ride. You can carry a lot of stuff and it won't complain.

The manual is a dream to drive.

I had a bit of work to do (which was done gradually over a year and a half), mainly because the previous owners neglected this tough little car. Some of the roads in T&T are terrible, others are punctuated with pot-holes. This car never broke or lost its alignment in a year.

It's the right car for a first car or for a miser who loves to neglect cars. This car does not beg for attention. You can be a late sleeper and it won't cause you to get to work late, because it will start every day on the first try.

I still regret selling my white Ke-70 Corolla wagon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2004

5th Dec 2005, 15:41

Original reviewer here, I still regret seling that wagon. It is a testimony to th equality that Toyota produces. The Corolla was cheap and cheap to maintain. Presently, the current Corolla has grown to another class. The replacement to the compact class is the Yaris or Echo depend where in the world you live. This Yaris can never in my view recapture the quality and durability (and magic) that was evident in the rear drive Corollas of the 1980's.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews