1984 Toyota Corolla 1.3 litre gasoline from Thailand
Very durable but basic OLD car
Nothing yet, though it did need a new battery within one week of purchase. The previous owner split that cost with me. They hardly ever drove it.
I had to put a new used A/C compressor in it - total cost around 4,500 baht ($125).
I think it will soon need a new clutch - when I let it out in first it tends to shudder a lot. This isn't the normal 'lugging the engine' shudder from not giving it enough gas (revs), its more like the clutch plate isn't gripping well. Anyone have any tips on diagnosing a bad clutch?
The car is great for Thailand, but I wouldn't make any long trips in it.
The sale price was close to $1,500 - back in the US this would be a $500 car.
I'm a little nervous about long term reliability due to the car's age, but hope it will serve for another couple of years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th August, 2008
21st Aug 2008, 05:16
Original poster here - please anyone give me some advice about this clutch. It is still doing the chuck-a-chuck-a-chucka vibration when I let it out in first, but also now it has actually SLIPPED several times as I accellerate in second gear.
Am I right in guessing this to be the clutch plate being worn out? I just want to know a bit more before I go in to face the Thai mechanics (language barrier, etc.)
Also anyone have any idea what it might cost?