1987 Toyota Corolla FX-16 1.6L 4-valve from North America
Reliable, good value, fun to drive
Rust, mostly under exterior plastic trim, and on lower corners of side panels. (Plastic trim was a mistake)
Front quarter panels filling with debris (e.g. leaves) falling in from openings at the base of windshield - it is hard to remove this debris.
Air heater control lever got stuck and broke.
Most major parts replaced were the clutch master cylinder at 150,000 and a rusty oil pan.
Just normal old car stuff.
Was a very zippy highway car at 130,000 miles, but lost most of its zip soon after.
Still a tight runner. Doesn't use much oil. Has enough speed and power to comfortably compete with urban traffic. 30-40 mpg, depending on usage.
A lot of room in a small car - I'll never understand why hatchbacks went out of fashion.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th June, 2003
17th Dec 2007, 15:45
I have a FX16 myself and I love this car... i just wish they made more of the FX16's because as I've seen, they are very hard to come by..
16th Oct 2008, 11:51
I have an '87 FX-16 GTS that I bought with 118,000 miles. The engine was knocking and the oil pressure light stayed on most of the time. I bought a JDM replacement motor and had it put in and I love this little car! I also own 2 Civic Si hatchbacks ('89 and '90) and a '91 CRX Si. The FX-16 doesn't seem as quick, but is more comfortable on long trips. I just like little cars that go surprisingly fast!!