1985 Toyota Corolla Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1985 Toyota Corolla LE 4AC 1.6 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4AC 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles

Summary:

Better than any new American car!!!

Faults:

Preventative maintenance timing belt and basic tune-up.

With only 77,000 miles on this car, it is practically new.

General Comments:

Whiteline struts, springs, and sway-bars are unreal.

Out-handles $100,000 dollar cars in curves and corners.

Slips through the tiniest spaces in traffic. Micro-Car.

Low power, 38 MPG reliability all day long.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2009

1985 Toyota Corolla hatchback 1.6 gas from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired224000 kilometres
Most recent distance290000 kilometres
Previous carMazda B2200

Summary:

The best car I have owned

Faults:

The heater core needed to be replaced (leaky).

The rear struts were replaced (one failed so I replaced both)

I am currently trying to solve an issue with the vacuum advance.

General Comments:

This is the best car I have ever owned. It has always gotten me were I needed to go. It has been driven as far south as Las Vegas (twice) and as far north as Dawson Creak, BC (I am from Vancouver, BC). It has great handling and a smooth ride. The gas mileage is very good.

It averages 32 mpg and gets about 38 mpg on the highway.

It cruises nicely at 100-120 km/h but can do 160 km/h (100 miles an hour) if you want it to. As long as the snow is not higher than the bumper, it will get you were your going. The car is light so it is easy on breaks and tires.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2008

1985 Toyota Corolla 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 kilometres
Most recent distance104000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 12

Summary:

Great reliable little car that is very cheap to maintain

Faults:

The only thing that went wrong with the car was a hole in the radiator hose.

General Comments:

What the car the lacked in looks, handling and performance, it sure as hell made up in reliability. Corollas are by far the most reliable cars you can buy. It was a excellent car and was incredibly tough, as it had high tolerance for burnouts and driving it flat out. Not one thing went wrong with it at all.

Unfortunately my parents had to move and couldn't take the car with us. So the car ended up with my uncle who hardly drives it and won't give it back. At the time I had another a car, an XT Falcon ute, which I thought would be a good reliable daily driver; how wrong I was. Unfortunately that car was nothing but trouble, and cost me 2000 the first day I got it registered.

I definitely think the next car is going to be a Toyota Corolla. Fords and Holdens are by far the biggest pieces of rubbish.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2008

1985 Toyota Corolla DX American Modified 4A-GEC from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission American Modified 4A-GEC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Summary:

Effing Smexy!!!

Faults:

Nothing so far has gone wrong with the car. When I gat it, it was pretty beat up. Minor rust spots, body damage, busted dash, and an old interior. I had to replace the tires, power steering pump and some exterior light covers. Otherwise, the car is in great running condition. I bout the car for intentions of becoming a professional drifter, but money problems have stopped me... So far...

General Comments:

Hahaha! I can't find pictures of this car online ANYWHERE!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2007

1985 Toyota Corolla Deluxe 1.6L I4 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6L I4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired185000 miles
Most recent distance243080 miles
Previous carMazda GLC

Summary:

This car was quite possibly the best car I have ever driven, and I'd probably buy another

Faults:

Tires wore out at 220k.

I did have to replace the strut mount on the front passenger's side.

It got stolen and everything that wasn't bolted down was taken out of it.

Severe rust on the front fenders and along the back wheel wells (it came from Missouri)

I got in an accident with it and smashed up the front drivers' side fender over the hood, but it came out with a simple pry bar.

Engine threw a rod at 243080 (*NEVER* lend out your car to a teenager)

General Comments:

This car was ridiculously reliable. I don't take care to do routine maintenance very often, but that car was ridiculously maintenance-free.

It had reasonable get-up-and-go, especially compared to my previous 1984 Mazda GLC, and the 5-speed was super.

The seats were fairly comfortable, but they don't ventilate very well, and on hot days it gets a tad bit uncomfortable.

I'd buy another, but probably not a DX. I'd probably go for a GT-S or an SR5.

For a car that cost me $650 used, and lasted almost 2 years and only quit because someone didn't know how to drive a standard and told me he did, this thing was a fantastic buy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2007

19th Mar 2007, 21:35

"This car was quite possibly the best car I have ever driven"

I don't mean to be offensive, but is this the only car you've ever driven?

20th Mar 2007, 16:05

It might very well be the only car this person's ever driven, being that it's a Toyota and probably has never broken down. There's a reason the Corolla is the best selling nameplate of all time. Toyota reliability, fun to drive, affordable, best gas mileage of any non-hybrid car in the United States... shall I go on?

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 26 reviews