1988 Toyota Corolla Reviews

1988 Toyota Corolla DLX 1.6L 16v from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6L 16v Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired242000 miles
Most recent distance298000 miles

Summary:

Use Royal Purple in your cars engine and it will last forever!!!

Faults:

Alternator had to be replaced twice.

Needed almost the entire brake system to be rebuilt.

Rebuilt engine.

Rebuilt radiator.

General Comments:

Awesome car once Royal Purple is added to the engine. Purrs like a kitten, can't stop driving it at all!!!

Expensive repairs, however damaged the first engine by going into a carwash with an undercarriage wash and somehow got water seepage into the engine. New engine works great with a high quality synthetic engine oil.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2009

1988 Toyota Corolla AE82 GT Sedan 4A-GELU from Malaysia

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4A-GELU Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

The best sedan car with a GT badge

Faults:

Nothing much except for the normal wear and tear like any other car or vehicle, such as bushings, seals, leaks and rust.

General Comments:

The best sedan car with powerful engine.

This car know as Corolla GT Ae82 with the well known 4Age engine impressed me when I first bought this car. Fuel economy with less money to spend to service or fix this car.

Keeps on going until now, and I rather use this car than any other vehicle I bought as almost nothing can stop this car.

Very fast, fuel economy, the seats are unlike any other typical sedan car with a lot of features such as 4 disc brakes. No wonder the front grille badge is GT.

I like this car very much.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2009

1988 Toyota Corolla XL 1.3 from Hungary

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance151000 kilometres

Summary:

It is going to run until its 30th birthday

Faults:

Brakes.

Suspension.

Engine rebuilt because someone drove in the winter uphill with a cold engine and full throttle.

Exhaust pipe.

Water pump.

Timing belt.

Windshield and right door because of an accident.

General Comments:

Very reliable and fun to drive. It has a great ass and handles great.

After 21 years there is still no rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2009

1988 Toyota Corolla FX 1.6 4A-LC from Guatemala

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 4A-LC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired191000 miles
Most recent distance193000 miles
Previous carToyota Mitsubishi Van 1987

Summary:

The most reliable car in the world

Faults:

Rectifier from Alternator. Had it replaced.

Muffler is rotten, got it fix and the car does not make any noise now.

General Comments:

Very fuel effiecient. Gives like 35 MPGS on highway.

Very reliable.

Interior looks like new.

Overall, the car is very excellent. I wish I could buy another one.

I recommend this car model (FX) to any one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2008

1988 Toyota Corolla AE82 Twin Cam 1.6L Twin Cam 16v from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6L Twin Cam 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired275680 kilometres
Most recent distance275800 kilometres
Previous carHolden Calais

Summary:

A Classic sports car for a good price!

Faults:

Nothing wrong with the car yet. Only things are that the dizzy is leaking, and there is a power steering pump leak (small).

Some rust on the A Pillar and in the door panels, but nothing major.

General Comments:

This car is a really good car for the beginner (manual) and has heaps of get up and go. For its engine size and capacity, you can't go wrong and with a 7750 rpm red line, why not get one! they are reliable (if taken care of) and will keep on driving!

Really happy with the car. Can suprise other cars of similar engine size, and newer too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2007

1988 Toyota Corolla DX 16 V ohc from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 16 V ohc Automatic
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

See above

Faults:

Trans at 82K. Got newer 90 trans and made all the difference in the world, in acceleration, at stops and higher speeds.

Apparently had a new rebuilt motor, but could have been owner fault like no oil because I can't see this car going bad even if you didn't change the oil regularly. I live in Hawaii on the Big Island, so we don't have very many lights and travel pretty far for every thing. I get a little over 20 mpg average and that's fine considering I only paid 1200.00 for it and 300.00 for the trans.

GLC Great Little Car, it is a wagon too, and has racks for surfboards which I use for just about every thing. It can carry lots plywood sheets, and my 3 boys have grown into men in the back seat of this car, and it is no worse for wear.

Thank You Toyota, this has to be as good of a car as your trucks have been.

Sandi McKinlay.

General Comments:

See above.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2007

1988 Toyota Corolla AE82 GT Twincam 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

But make sure you bring yourself a helmet!!! LOL

General Comments:

This car is the 2nd AE82 I have owned, and I love them.

These cars pull very nicely, and are known to be "wolves in sheep's clothing"... However they're very rare.

I used to have a D reg, and now own a E reg, and don't think I'll ever sell this one, because it's one of the last ones in the country. And also, I have spent £2500 pounds on it LOL.

Well those who haven't owned these cars, need to track one down and ask the owner to take you in it!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2007

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 47 reviews