The 1983 Corolla is like a good pair of old shoes.
In 2003, the engine had to be rebuilt and overhauled for the first time since the car was bought brand-new in 1983.
In the twenty-one years of its existence, it rarely gave this owner major problems.
Only the radiator and factory air conditioner failed a couple of times.
The Corolla is a very reliable car. The 1.3-liter engine proves to be a durable workhorse.
Suspension parts are still factory-original except for the tie rods and of course, the routine replacement of shock absorbers.
Despite not being equipped with power steering, the Corolla steers well on curves, and can be parked with ease in tight spaces.
The Corolla has been driven on several occasions on trips where the car was kept running for 14 hours straight at variable speeds and subjected to extreme road conditions. In all these long trips, the car never broke down.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th March, 2004