1986 Toyota Corolla LE 1.6 Litre 4 cylinder from North America
Best beater car I have ever owned
Bent wheel rim and wheel bearing from hitting a pothole.
Repaired small rust spots in the front fenders.
Replaced timing belt and water pump (routine maintenance).
Small leak from power steering pump.
A/C stopped working 2 months after purchase.
The absolute best "beater" car I have ever owned. Having to visit many job sites around the city for work, I wanted a cheap car that I would not care about destroying. I was admittedly a bit apprehensive about driving a thirty year old car, but the price was very good, the mileage was low, and it was almost rust free.
After putting over 20,000 km on it in the first 5 months, I ended up loving the car. Other than the usual routine maintenance (oil changes, timing belt, water pump, muffler, and tune-up) I never needed to do any work. The car never left me stranded, and started immediately even on the coldest winter days. That being said, it would probably not be the best car if you do a lot of highway driving or enjoy quick performance. Acceleration was very slow and driving on the highway could be pretty noisy. Still worth it for the sheer reliability.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th March, 2016