1987 Toyota Corolla FX16 from North America


This is a great little zippy car!


The shocks are gone.

Had to replace the timing belt and cam after 215,000 miles.

The screws have come loose on the ashtray and glove box.

But what can you expect for a car that is 17 years old and has 245,000 miles on it.

This car is still running strong.

General Comments:

I love my little Corolla.

You can't beat this car for reliability and cost effectiveness.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2004

18th May 2009, 19:29

I agree, mine was totaled due to accident. But this is a nice little car.

1987 Toyota Corolla LX 1.6 Litre from North America


Average to good high mileage small car


First and foremost was the brakes. They wore out consistently on average every two years. This being the rotors either being replaced or worked on.

Second, the muffler had to be replaced (specifically the underneath piping would rust out) on average every two years.

Between getting the brakes worked on or replacing the muffler piping (which of course is not covered under any warranty) became quite expensive.

The front headlight bulbs seemed to go quite often. I probably had to replace at least one bulb every year and a half or so over a ten year period.

General Comments:

I owned this Toyota Corolla LS from (purchased new in 1987) till I sold it to my sister-in-law in 1999 - a span of just over 11 years.

The 1.6 L engine coupled with an overdrive auto transmission was all right for around town driving. It had resonable power for the highway although getting up to highway speed or attempting to pass at highway speed was a challenge.

The seat comfort, visibilty and overall ride was really good. Gas mileage was super and original tire wear was was great. I replaced the original tires after 7 years of use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th July, 2004

1987 Toyota Corolla FX 1.6 from North America


A economic bargain


I had to replaced the Slave Cylinder and the Axle Boots.

The car is rusted out around all the wheel wells.

The choke keeps getting stuck open and I have to clean it out constantly.

General Comments:

I bought the car for $100 at a car auction and has keeps running for 2 years and keeps going.

I like the car.

People has offered to buy it for $500, but I refuse to sell it.

The car handles well, but lacks acceleration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2004

1987 Toyota Corolla AE82 Seca Twin Cam 16 1.6 petrol Fuel Injected from Australia and New Zealand


The Fast and the Frugal


I bought the Corolla cheap because it was long out of registration, had some rust, body damage, and no 3rd gear.

Since then I've fixed it up and use it as a daily driver.

The car has oil leaks and idle a bit high.

General Comments:

Best car I've bought yet!!!

For a 1.6 liter 4 cylinder this thing flies and there still isn't many cars with this sized engine and can produce this much power.

I've done several long distance trips in it and the car has done the trips with no problems and made the kilometres go by quickly.

Handling isn't too bad, could be a little better - nothing a set of wheels and sports suspension can't fix!

I'm planning to save up and put a supercharged corolla engine in to make it an even quicker car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2004

1987 Toyota Corolla CS 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand


A reliable car, but watch for rust!


The guy who sold me the car (private sale) must have had the rust repaired. I have had lots of rust that has come through which I am currently fixing and not enjoying.

The main rust places have been under all doors, the boot is rusted out all around the window frame, and holes in the body work on the skirting under the back doors, but there are many more.

The drivers seat is saggy and I can see the foam is falling out underneath.

General Comments:

The corolla is a lot of fun, it's a quick car, but there is no overdrive on the auto which doesn't make sense. When I hit speeds of 100kms+ the car slows down a lot and struggles to go any faster.

My top speed is around 145km-160km, but that was on a looong straight and the car was veryyy loud!

Some times I have trouble starting the car early morning even with a new battery.

When I put my foot down the acceleration has a very late response.

I'm not sure if its normal, but the car always seems to be really hot even after services, being around 3/4 of the way up the heat dial.

The car is comfortable to drive, but there really is no leg room in the back, maybe for small children.

Having no power steering is a pain, its quite heavy to drive.

The CS has air con. and no blind spots which makes up for no power steering.

I think if I was gonna go for another corolla Id go for a twin cam. I doubt I would get another Corolla as they really are a boring car and not much to look at and need a lot of upgrades to be up there with other smaller cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th April, 2004

9th Jul 2006, 22:31

The reason for rust is lack of maintence, it says in the owners manuals to clean out door drain holes so rust doesn't start.