Probably once a great car. Mine was however; ready to retire
What didn't go wrong with this car. Basically to write them all would be unfair. I honestly believe that this car had a hard life. The blue book shows it had had 6 or more owners before me. It had serious problems with the power steering (often bursting/leaking everywhere) as well as almost every seal leaking at some stage or another.
Oh, and the rust in this car was horrible.
I probably spend $500-600 (cost of labour and parts here is a lot cheaper) trying to fix it up before I gave up.
I actually liked this car a lot as it was my first car. It worked great for the first 6 months, and for that time I truly believed many of the good reviews about it on this site. I also received many complements from friends who rode in it. One of my friends liked it so much he bought it of me for half what I paid for it, and I helped him push it out of the garden it had been sitting in for 2 weeks (had left me stranded too many times, so it retired there).
My friend is a pretty good mechanic so he fixed it up pretty nicely. It still however has its issues, and around 2 months ago I helped him tow it from the side of the road back to his place as it conked out on him.
Anyway, I'm sure if you can buy one in good nick it wouldn't be that bad. A later year Corolla seems like it would have held up better though. Just my experience/opinion.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th April, 2010