Best import ever. Completely bulletproof
New front CV axles at about 185000.
Interior is dirty, but that's not the car's fault.
Exhaust had to be fully replaced, cost $200.
Needs new struts, but live in a bad area; lots of speed bumps.
Had to replace the alternator, but it was only $60 and took twenty minutes. That made the charge light and parking brake light go away; it used to stay on.
Only complaint is the drivers window won't roll up all the way; it clicks like it is stripped when about 1 inch from the top.
Toyota did something right with this bulletproof car.
Just replaced the tires, air filter and spark plugs. Now it is getting 35mpg - sweet.
Less stuff can go wrong since it is so simple, because it is not fuel injected, has rack and pinion steering, is a 5 speed so the clutch is cheaper to replace than the transmission. Everything is easy to work on since it is right there in front like the oil filter, starter and the alternator.
Is quite snappy for being a 1.6.
I deliver pizza in this thing, and I use it hard. Have expected it to break since I bought it for $400, but no major repairs have been needed.
I like this car so much I just bought an 85 Corolla for $250, and it has 215000 miles and it runs like a dream.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th May, 2009