Great for the do-it-yourselfer!
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.
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