1987 Toyota Corolla CS 1.6 carbi petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A cheap, reliable, gutsy little run-a-bout
I only had to replace 2 things when I purchased the car, they were the alternator and the fan belt.
The alternator I picked up from the wreckers and fitted my self, cost me $87 for that and 20 odd bucks for the belt.
The front drivers seat was very saggy, I didn't want to buy a new one so I just swapped the 2 front seats around.
The car is very reliable transport and I recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap first car (i paid $1350 for mine).
The only annoying thing with it is that the fan belt comes loose about every 100km, but I'm working on that.
Fuel economy, handling and comfort are 3 very good points about this car. No air con, power steering and left revision mirror are 3 bad points. The goods are great, the bads are minor.
As far as performance goes it's not bad for a 1.6. Passing other vehicles can be done quickly at 80km/h if you chuck it back to 3rd. Chucking it back to 4th does very little as 4th and 5th gear are very close together.
If you're looking at getting a cheap 2nd hand car you can't go past one of these beauties.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th March, 2003