1971 Toyota Corolla Reviews

1971 Toyota Corolla Deluxe 1.2 from Costa Rica

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired184000 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Sidekick

Summary:

Most reliable and cheap to run car ever made

Faults:

Dirt went inside the carburetor after 100 km in gravel roads.

One headlamp came off after a rally session.

General Comments:

The engine in this car is just bulletproof.

It is bigger inside than you would think when looking at it from the outside.

Changes direction like a dream.

After 36 years in the road it still has not develop rattles.

Back seat is a bit uncomfortable.

Noisy at highway speeds.

Anyone with a wrench and screwdriver can fix it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2007

3rd Oct 2007, 14:59

"Anyone with a wrench and screwdriver can fix it."

- That's understandable...it's like an oxcart by today's standards.

12th Oct 2007, 06:20

What an awesome car. I'd love to have one.

1971 Toyota Corolla Deluxe (KE20) 1.2 carb from Malaysia

Model year1971
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1971
Most recent year of ownership1986
Engine and transmission 1.2 carb Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Faults:

Nothing much!

OK, worn driver's seat.

General Comments:

Very, very reliable and tough. Requires very little maintenance. Parts were easily available.

Nippy 1.2 litre OHV engine thanks to manual gearbox with low overall gearing (4 speed only). But gearing is too low for highway cruising - engine spins at highish rpms at the legal limit. Quite economical.

Mediocre ride, handling and steering and brakes.

Easy to drive in urban conditions.

Spacious interior despite being RWD.

A good basic motorcar for its time. Replaced by another Toyota Corolla in 1986 (the EE80 Liftback with 1.3 litre 12 valve engine).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2006

1971 Toyota Corolla 1.6 from North America

Model year1971
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1976
Most recent year of ownership1978
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Nova

Summary:

A simple but unreliable car

Faults:

Cylinder head machining was coarse resulting in anti-freeze leaking into the oil and oil to the outside of the motor. This was corrected with a large file.

An engine valve spring broke resulting in a burned valve.

The front suspension ball joints wore out; were replaced.

The teeth on the side gears in the differential sheared off resulting in no forward or reverse motion.

The hydraulic clutch slave cylinder leaked; was replaced.

About once per week the starter gears would occasionally not engage before the starter motor ran, resulting in an awful clashing noise. This could not be corrected in spite of attempts to adjust the starter to prevent this. To be fair, no apparent damage was done to the starter.

General Comments:

The car was noisy at highway speeds, being geared geared too low. At 70 mph the car sounded like it would disintegrate before long.

The ride in the rear seat was very rough. The car rode better in the front seat.

The car was easy to work on and parts were cheap a the time that I owned it.

I don't know how Toyota managed to stay in business in the US after producing a troublesome car as this one was for me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th November, 2004

4th Aug 2012, 15:30

My first new car was a 1971 Corolla 1200, manual transmission. It was by FAR the worst car I have owned. Repeated valve jobs. Problematic cooling system. Voltage regulators were a maintenance item. Very weak acceleration and mediocre gas mileage. I believe Toyota corrected the engine and electrics on the 1200 engine by 1974.

The 1971 Corolla 1200 was a cruel joke foisted upon a young man with a family. Although Toyota may produce reliable cars today, I will never buy one.

My 1990 Honda Civic and 1997 Acura EL were and are outstanding vehicles. I am still driving the Acura with only minimal maintenance.

1971 Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.2 from Portugal

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1993
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres

Summary:

Japanese 70s quality

Faults:

The starter failed.

Brakes needed a huge repair.

Body in bad shape (due to race treatment).

General Comments:

What a astonishing little car.

So reliable.

Me and two friends bought it to race it.

In spite of serious beaten, U turns, and violent jumps, the car never complained.

I miss it, the car was sold to a junkyard, no one would accept the car for regular use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2001

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews