Fair point that the car has only done 4000 miles in 2 years, but what you have to remember is that the car is 12 years old and has done 60000 miles, I think for only a circuit board to have gone, which is rare, is pretty good going. In some ways not putting many miles on a car is more damaging than putting average miles on.
I owned an Escort RS Turbo for four years, and it proved to be very reliable. It was a series two first registered in 1989. I bought the car in 1996 and it had covered 75,000 miles. When I sold it in 2000 (due to pressure from fiancee), it had covered an amazing 138,000 miles!!! The only things that it required were routine items like wheel bearings, track control arms, new exhaust and a new battery. The head also had new valve stem oil seals as it was getting slightly smokey. Overall though, they are fantastic both to own, and drive. Very highly reccomended.
I own a 1988 mercury Grey rs Turbo when I bought her she had 144000 miles on the clock. she is still on the original enine, turbo box etc. apart from the interior being worn out and half converted to later 90 spec trim and lower spec models the bodywork is good for a 15 year old car. I have spent a lot of money getting her to her former glory or in my opinion better than new. with some nice mods which I have made to look like factory fit. but my advice to anyone thinking of buying one is don't buy one unless you really want one because there is always something to buy eg: mod or replace. but she always brings a smile to my face when I drive her.
So, the Corolla GT is the car of your choice, and yet you choice to put it on an RST site? mmm...obiously, unless you can speak fluent Japanese, your normal Corolla GT sites aren't of much interest...
'if you like driving sporty cars hard a Corolla GT is not the car', unless of course you teach history in the local secondary school!
I have owned a Ford Escort Rs Turbo 1987 mod. for one year now, and the gearboxes are pretty weak. Have changed two already. but its easy to modify, and I will soon have around 200bhp in it, with a chip and Kent cam. The front wheel drive isn't much too jump in the roof for, but it is a cheap car, with lots of potential. Greetings from Bergen Rally Team. Norway.