1985 Toyota Corolla Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1985 Toyota Corolla CS 1.3 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired252000 kilometres
Most recent distance349000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A very reliable small car

Faults:

Needed a new clutch at about 300,000km's.

Front drive shaft boots need replacing every now and then.

The boot springs died.

General Comments:

Easy to drive and maintain.

The car handles beautifully with 14in Alloy wheels (comes standard with 13in).

Parts are cheap and easy to come by.

A very reliable small car with low running costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2002

1985 Toyota Corolla GT 1.6 twin cam from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 twin cam Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 miles
Most recent distance137000 miles
Previous carVolvo 480

Summary:

A pocket money rocket

Faults:

Nothing major as of yet.

General Comments:

This car is a wolf in sheep's clothing!!!

I would recommend this car to any insurance conscience boy racer type anyday. The acceleration of this car in unbelievable given that it's only a small lightweight car, and that it doesn't look particularly fast either.

The key benefits of this car are the fact that the engine has high compression and a much larger based torque than most other engines of it's kind/age. It will leave, as stated by others, many of your typical boy racer Novas, XR2s, even your newer hot hatch's like the Saxo and the Fiesta Zetec.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2001

16th Jun 2005, 05:14

I have a 1986 c reg twin cam gt. Trust me, the car flies!!! I've blown subaru's and evo's.

19th Aug 2006, 18:57

Ae82 cars are fat and fast.

1985 Toyota Corolla 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Distance when acquired202000 miles
Most recent distance230000 miles
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

Reliable, great on gas, decent ride

Faults:

Other than wear and tear, nothing.

General Comments:

This car refuses to stop, doesn't burn oil, and runs great. It sat for 2 years and I just brought it back to life again. One of the best cars for basic transportation and reliability I have ever saw, even my teenager couldn't kill it.

People complain the '85 is too plain looking, while I get people all the time thinking it is a lot newer than an '85.. And I just love the power sunroof, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning, all on a basic model...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2001

1985 Toyota Corolla GT-S DOHC 16-V 4cyl from North America

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission DOHC 16-V 4cyl Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

A real good buy, and certainly not a disappointment

Faults:

It has a problem with rust, and the interior (front bucket seats) are faded and cracking.

General Comments:

Other than those problems, this car is very dependable. It can take any abuse you can dish out and it begs for more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2000

1985 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles

Summary:

Excellent car, a very good friend to me

Faults:

Brakes, tires, oil, and belts. Oh, and a hurricane.

General Comments:

I picked this up (my first car) when I turned 16 for $600.00 -- UGLY as sin and embarrassing to pick dates up in, but I got around 100,000 miles out of it and many trips from New York/New Jersey to Wisconsin and back. Used it forever as a pizza delivery car too.

The car was in Bound Brook, NJ last spring when Hurricane Floyd made the Raritan River wipe out most of the town. My Toyota (then at 190,000 miles) was under 5 feet of water for 16 hours.

Pep Boys drained the radiator, gas tank, engine, transmission, refilled everything, replaced the battery, and fought with a LOT of ether sprayed into the carb.

Would you believe it actually ran after that? The car got moldy, rusty, and smelled bad of course.

Never ran really good after that, but I don't fault the car. It eventually was fighting to start (at 210,000) and blowing black oil out the tail pipe. I gave up and drove it to the junkyard on Christmas Eve, 1999.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2000

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