1975 Toyota Corolla Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1975 Toyota Corolla 2 Dr 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1978
Most recent year of ownership1989
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carPontiac GTO

Summary:

Great for the do-it-yourselfer!

Faults:

The main problem was the Air Pump for emissions control. Later technology got rid of this device. The pump had a weak bearing design and would seize up every 30000 miles. I went through many of these. The pump was cheap to replace because you could obtain them at most junk yards.

General Comments:

This Corolla was a joy to work on because it had an inline, low-tech 4-cylinder engine and manual transmission with rear wheel drive. Japanese engines -- new or used -- are easily obtained, and I could have rebuilt this car until it had 1,000,000 miles! I don't think these sold for more than $4000 new, either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2002

1975 Toyota Corolla CS Deluxe Hardtop KE35 3K-H from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission KE35 3K-H Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Fun project car

Faults:

Rust in boot sills, roof sills, chassis rail. Total fixing cost about $600.

Blows the dash fuse several times a month, but this is quickly and cheaply fixed. I suspect the dodgy aftermarket brake light is causing this.

I've been thru 2 fuel pumps, but I think that's just bad luck.

The original carburettor is quite pathetic, no idle mixture adjustment and repair kits are difficult to find and expensive when you do. I have since replaced it with a Weber.

PVC Leather back seat hasn't taken too well to 27 years of sunlight.

Steering box has a lot of play. Suspension in general is getting old and worn and bouncy.

Only once has left me stranded, when the ignition coil resistor blew. Easily fixed by bypassing it.

General Comments:

I bought this car, not running, for $250 and have done all of the work on it myself. It's dead easy to maintain, repair and upgrade.

It's surprising the amount of oomph you can get from these little old engines with a decent exhaust and fuel system.

I think it's quite a good looking little car too, I intend to continue doing it up and will hopefully keep it for a while.

I've seen a lot of these cars still around, the engine will easily outlast the body.

The old saying is true, you just can't can't kill a Toyota!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2002

1975 Toyota Corolla KE20 1.2 from Sweden

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres

Summary:

As reliable as rust

Faults:

Rust in fenders.

Brakes front and back done at 130k.

General Comments:

This car has never failed me, it starts at first kick in -25 celcius.

Transmission is smooth like cream.

It rides low so it feels fast but is not = safe driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th August, 2000

6th May 2004, 21:22

I have a 72' KE20 Coupe, its my bush basher, sat down the back since 1992 (still has rego sticker), spent 20Min on it and went for a drive! Has same points, leads, and belts since last serviced in 1987! I like the solid radiator they have. Just an excellent fun bush car to drive - light small and "noisy" with no exhaust pipe. Geeze those 3K Engines make some noise! Also own 2 other KE20's, a KE36 and a KE38 with Aircon and 4K in it. GO! THE 'KE' range.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 7 reviews