1989 Toyota Corolla SR5 from North America
Quality and value in a sporty econobox
Bad exhaust - have had to replace parts that were already replaced - have to replace them again soon.
RUST - passenger side rusted sooner than the driver's side; Toyotas from that generation have rust problems around the wheel wells.
Currently have an oil leak - will fix when the car is ready for new timing belt.
Fading in the rear window area from UV rays - caused speakers to dry out.
Channel blew in the stereo.
Replaced typical stuff - brakes, starter, etc.
The SR5 is a terrific car. When I was looking for my car, I found SR5 owners tend to take better care of their cars than sedan owners and it really shows. People are always amazed when I tell them what year the car is.
My car is in brilliant condition. The paint has held up well except for spots of rust. The car idles quietly - you can't really hear it. Fuel economy is impressive. The car always starts. It handles well in snow especially with snow tires.
A great all around car. Buy Toyota!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th December, 2000
7th Jan 2001, 17:40
I have an '89 SR5. It's black, but I put rims and tinted windows on it. It's a really nice car, everything you said sounds right about it.
15th Sep 2002, 18:59
I just bought one earlier today! I'm really excited! It has no rust and is super clean inside. I plan to tint the windows, and I already have a CD player and boom box!