1996 Toyota Corolla Reviews from UK and Ireland

1996 Toyota Corolla GL 1.3

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla


Beware when buying an old car


The carburetor was faulty.

Rust on front arches.

General Comments:

This really put me off buying another old Toyota.

When I purchased the car I was in desperate need for a cheap japanese vehicle which I paid 300 Pounds sterling.

It was all I could afford.

I noticed the Idle speed was around 1200rpm. It should have been around 750rpm. The owner told me after it warmed up it usually went down, but it never did.

The worst part was that the miles per gallon was around 18 on the motorway. I took the car in for a repair which was £80. Sadly it was still the same. As I could only afford a used carb.

I was devastated. And ended up losing the car to the crusher.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2004

12th Sep 2010, 22:29

You paid 300 pounds, what did you expect? You should have had a go at fixing it yourself; they are incredibly simple and reliable if you put a little effort in.

1996 Toyota Corolla Sportif 1.3i

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48 miles
Most recent distance52 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200


A car worth owning


The only thing to go wrong was the boot release cable which has either snapped or come loose.

General Comments:

The car has always been reliable and an excellent runner. I passed my test in the same car in 1997 and I even believe it helped me.

Very comfortable to ride in.

Spacious boot.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2003

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews