1977 Toyota Corolla Reviews

1977 Toyota Corolla KE-30 Deluxe 1.2 cc from Greece

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1977
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.2 cc Manual
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carnone none

Summary:

Simply the best most fun to drive Corolla!

Faults:

Nothing at all went wrong with the car!

Needed nothing else apart from the correct scheduled service.

The only thing that was changed and this was due to normal wear is the brake pump and the fuel pump.

General Comments:

The car is simply PERFECT!!!

Rear well drive will make the driver happy!!!

My car now has a new engine from the AE 92 corolla 1600 cc twin cam 16vave 136 HP, front struts from the AE 86 corolla, rear axle from the AE 86 with limited slip diff and disk brakes at the rear.

Along with Bilstein socks it is a pleasure to drive and others to look!

If you have such a car take good care of it!

IT WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2007

1977 Toyota Corolla 1.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles

Summary:

Very cheap to operate

Faults:

Spark plug wires ha ha.

General Comments:

No frills, econobox. Lots of bare metal inside car.

Gas mileage was incredible. Performance was turtle like. Manual choke worked really nice.

Fun to modify and custom. Put nice wide 60 series tires on back, which produced a nice choppy ride.

No power steering or brakes, but everything worked and was a very practical car.

Very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2006

1977 Toyota Corolla DLX 1.6 from North America

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired83330 miles
Most recent distance83390 miles

Summary:

Incredible. Buy one if you can find one in good shape.

Faults:

Nothing so far, just picked it up for 1200 bucks.

General Comments:

Thing is in incredible shape. Interior is perfect. Owned by an old guy who kept in a barn for the better part of 15 years, then by a family who took great care of it, then a guy who did nothing, but drive it from Mission to Langley on the highway. He put a tach in it for all the highway use. Extremely solid car. Simple, no muss, basic electrics, very little to go wrong. I can work on it myself, and I'm not car buff. Parts are easy to come by... more of these cars were sold than any other from 1974 to 1977. Fun to drive. Retro charm. Handling is great, even with the rear-drive live axle on leaf springs. Turning circle of a unicycle. Starts first time every time. Massive headroom, seats aren't bad. Probably want to put new wheels/tires on it... the 13" pizza cutters don't really hold the road well - scary at 70mph in the wind. Very little rust... mostly surface. This summer I plan to grind it all down, prime and repaint.

The car has a least a quarter million miles left in it, easy. I'll probably own it for a couple decades, then give it to one of my kids.

Also considering dropping it a few inches... it seems a bit top-heavy. The ideal configuration would be some 15" steel wheels (so as not to look too aftermarket) with some grippy rubber.

Looking forward to a long friendship with this baby!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2006

1977 Toyota Corolla Liftback 1.6 unleaded from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.6 unleaded Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 miles
Most recent distance211097 miles
Previous carOlds Cutlass Dodge Dakota

Summary:

A barrel of monkeys for the price of the barrel

Faults:

Wasn't running when I bought it for $175. New points fixed the problem for $6.95.

Blown clutch @ 165,000.

Constant "odd" electric problems (car would die suddenly for no reason and without warning, usually in the middle of nowhere).

Blown head gasket @ 211,097.

Headliner fell at about 190,000.

Small rust spot goes all the way through just below the windshield.

General Comments:

I put over 75,000 miles on this car in 9 months. I drove it from San Francisco to L.A. and back seven times with an average speed of 90+mph. The car never overheated, loved mountains, and will blow away any VW bus or delivery van in a race.

Girls love 'em.

This car had plenty of torque in the lower gears, but fourth was kinda weak, and at 110mph, I would've liked a fifth.

All my lady friends thought it was cute.

A.C. would have been nice (ie. Bakersfield) but would've killed performance. The sticky vinyl seats didn't help.

Extremely solid build. No squeaks or rattles. Excellent acoustics for a slammin' sound system. Corners like a dream. You just feel like you're going fast.

Did I mention girls love them?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2001

11th Jun 2005, 00:21

You know... I had a '77 liftback. Mine even had a five speed. 110 mph? Um... what can I say except that is probably wishful thinking.

I beat on mine for 100K miles, from 75 to 175K. A valve job, three clutches, and little else was needed. Had to hold it in fifth by the time I sold it, and it was JUST beginning to smoke a bit.

Girls hated it.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews