1989 Toyota Corolla 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand
It just won't die!
Gearbox and carburettor are worn (car has travelled a high mileage), but they just keep on going!
The only repair I've had done is the replacement of the rear suspension struts, which was to be expected at this mileage.
This is the cheapest model Corolla (3 door hatch), so it doesn't have any fancy features (didn't even come with a radio), but this is my first car and reliability and low running costs are what matter most to me, and boy is this car reliable!
Starts first time, every time, even on cold winter mornings when the car is parked outside and covered in a thick layer of ice.
Interior is comfortable, but only just big enough for me (I'm 6'4").
Ride is firm and handling is superb (the suspension in many New Zealand Toyotas is tuned by world Formula 1 champion Chris Amon) - handles like a sports car rather than an economy hatchback - virtually no body roll around corners.
The only problem with this car? The 1300cc engine is pretty gutless, but what do you expect!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th September, 2000