1983 Toyota Corolla Reviews

1983 Toyota Corolla AE72 1.6 4a-c Carb from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 4a-c Carb Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired263000 miles
Most recent distance304000 miles
Previous carDatsun 280Z

Summary:

Not a car for the vain

Faults:

Minor repairs like alternator, voltage regulator, and water pump.

Rebuilt the engine shortly after I purchased it.

Rebuilt the carburetor twice.

Minor rust on the rear quarters and rocker panels.

General Comments:

Not your super fast car, but does very well for its class.

Interior is what is to be expected of a 27 year old car.

The body is a work of art, it's squared off nicely.

Definitely a unique car to drive daily.

It's not the car for everyone, but with TLC it can be a very nice car.

All the suspension components are swappable with the increasingly popular AE86 body design, which allows for a lot of customization.

This car went on a 4000 mile road trip non stop in sub zero weather with no issues. Coming from a climate that almost never gets below 30 degrees F.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2010

1983 Toyota Corolla KE70 Wagon 1.4L 4 from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.4L 4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance186000 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

A tough car, that'll do whatever you need it to

Faults:

For such and old car, and considering how much abuse I put it through, nothing that went wrong with the car is surprising.

It had an oil leak when I first got it at 180,000 miles. But seeing as how I wasn't the first owner I can't say when this first happened.

There were a couple times when it overheated due to lack of oil, and it wouldn't start for awhile, but I gave her some time and she would start right up.

The gears were starting to slip at about 185,000 miles, and that would have needed fixing very soon.

The bearings finally went at 186,000 miles do to lack of oil, this could have been fixed, but I had run this car 'till it died and I was fine with that.

General Comments:

This car was one of the toughest vehicles ever made.

Aside from being incredibly ugly, it wasn't uncomfortable, at least not in the front seats, there wasn't much room in the back.

It went wherever I needed it to go, it handled fine on the countless gravel roads I had to take it on, and even through old trails, it did well.

This car started whenever I need it to. It never left me stranded, not once, and considering everything I did to it, that is incredible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2008

1983 Toyota Corolla CS 1.3 carby from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.3 carby Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance280000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Landcruiser

Summary:

Absolutely insane drifter!!!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car is a drift weapon; it has the best chassis and just drifts superbly in the wet, dry, or gravel.

It's great fun and the engine is superb; it revs up fast, never dies and goes very well.

I give this poor little car an absolute thrashing and it just keeps going happily every day.

I will be out at Mallala soon showing some Nissans up. Please buy one if you find one, you will love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2007

1983 Toyota Corolla Deluxe SR5 1.6 Liter from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carBuick Skylark

Summary:

This car is pretty reliable, but is very slow and an embarrassment to be seen in.

Faults:

Air condition failed before I had bought it.

Oil started to leak at 82,000 miles.

Transmission seals went bad at 85,000 miles. ($675.00 to repair)

Stalls frequently and loss of power since 80,000 miles.

Emergency brake light stays on.

Shakes rapidly on highway and rides very bumpy.

Bottom of doors rust badly.

General Comments:

Other than all the problems above the car is pretty reliable. It has never broke down on me while driving.

Other than it being a really small and ugly looking car the inside isn't too bad.

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

Review Date: 19th February, 2005

1983 Toyota Corolla cs 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres

Summary:

Cheap fun

Faults:

Just a fuel pump.

Rush on the rear quarters.

General Comments:

Doesn't handle well.

But I was shocked when I dropped the clutch and jumped on the brakes to find it still spinning with heaps of smoke pouring from the drivers side back tyre!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2005

1983 Toyota Corolla LX 1.7 turbo diesel from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired8499 miles
Most recent distance9000 miles

Summary:

Awesome little car

Faults:

Not much wrong.

The body could use some work, but mostly because the car was neglected when I bought it.

Plastic dashboard is sort of easy to destroy if you're temper isn't in check.

Clutch handle falls off with relative easy; pretty easy to fix, though.

General Comments:

Not a very fast car, but the handling is smooth and doesn't let you down on the road.

The cabin is actually pretty nice and roomier than you'd have expected.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2004

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 12 reviews