1989 Toyota Corolla 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

It just won't die!

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1989 Toyota Corolla SR5 1.6 L from North America

Summary:

It kicks butt

Faults:

Rust on the driver's side and the seats are uncomfortable.

General Comments:

When I get out of college I'm going to completely redo the car from the inside out. Plus, a new paint job.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2000

1989 Toyota Corolla SR5 1.6L from North America

Faults:

Rust.

The seats are uncomfortable.

General Comments:

It has been a great car and when I get out of college I'm going to do some performance stuff to it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2000

1989 Toyota Corolla GTi-16 1.6 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Great all rounder, but definitely would not leave a Golf GTI 8/16v on the road (I've owned all 3).

Mine was well modified but gets a little boring when driving hard on country roads. Lowering it puts it on tracks, and a set of 17" makes it look like the mutts nutz. If you don't drive too hard buy it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 1999

22nd Jun 2001, 07:00

Mine wipes the floor with a standard Golf GTi and is not far behind a Golf V6

So there... and they sound far nicer.

1989 Toyota Corolla GTS ??? from North America

Faults:

Sun roof motor has died twice.

Lots of rust.

Saftey belt buckle fell apart.

General Comments:

This was an AWESOME car 9 years ago when I bought it. I still really like it. I have been in 3 pretty serious accidents and have not been hurt at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 1998

1989 Toyota Corolla DX 1.6 from North America

Faults:

Nothing but the starter at 110,000 miles.

General Comments:

An excellent car, not very exciting to look at but drives like a brand new car even though it has 128,000 miles on it and it looks like a brand new car. Not a rattle in it. No one can build a car as reliable as Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 1998