1988 Toyota Corolla Reviews - Page 12 of 12

1988 Toyota Corolla Coupe from North America

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

Almost nothing. I do regular maintenance on the car so I have never been stranded

because the car wouldn't run. I have had a leak on the front windshield because of rust but that was fixed. I've replaced all the belts, hoses, muffler, and the regulars, when needed, so not to have any problems.

General Comments:

I've had this car since day 1. It's the best car I have ever had. It now has 158,000 miles and still gets 29 to 30 mpg around town, and it doesn't burn or leak any oil. This was my first Toyota and now they are the only car and trucks I will buy!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 1998

20th Jun 2003, 09:33

I have had my 1988 Toyota Corolla station wagon since day one too. It has more than 300,000 miles now and runs GREAT! I expect to get at least another 100,000 miles to this fabulous car. The only thing I've had to replace is the front axle 'cause I live on a very bumpy dirt road!

If I could buy this car again, I would.

1988 Toyota Corolla GTi 1.6 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

The only problem I had during my 18 months of ownership was water in the headlamp relay resulting in the lights not switching off. This was very easily sorted at little cost. I scored the running costs as cheap because although Toyota parts are expensive, it will rarely let you down.

General Comments:

Blistering performance when revved hard. A real understated hot hatch. If you're thinking of buying a Golf/205/XR then go ahead. But be warned! One of these will blow you off the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

13th Jun 2001, 10:55

I bought a Corolla GTI several months ago. It's a 1990 G-reg. I paid £850.00 for it. I've hardly lifted a spanner to it.

I was amazed at the value for money as well as the quality etc. I've had Astra SRi's, Cavalier 2.0i, Nova SRi, But none of them are a mark on my wee Corolla.

I don't know why folk are so scared of buying these cars, they are easier to own and run than what most folk think. Parts from dealers can be pricey, but shop around, and because of the super reliability this rarely happens.

Buy one for street credibility, the power and reliability!

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