1990 Toyota Corolla Reviews - Page 12 of 13

1990 Toyota Corolla LX 1.6L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Rodeo

Summary:

Boring Sidney. Boring boring boring

Faults:

Cracked head/damaged head gasket.

General Comments:

Bought the car thinking nothing major could go wrong. I guess I'm just unlucky.

The car was terribly boring. Out-run by mini-vans.

Didn't have to put much money into it - only oil and tires, until the head went.

Probably won't fix it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th July, 2002

1990 Toyota Corolla SE 1.6 Litre In-line 4 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Litre In-line 4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance191000 kilometres
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

Simply reliable

Faults:

We only recently acquired this car, but a few things have gone wrong already:

The oil sensor light kept going on.

The Exhaust system began to make the car sound much more powerful and loud than a Corolla should.

A brake rotor cracked.

First off, I have to say this car has never left me stranded, although some things have gone wrong, nothing has ever been such a necessity that I've needed a tow.

I do also have to say that the brake rotor was my fault, although it happened on its own. I had run the car into a curb a month or so beforehand late at night in a snowstorm. At the time the mechanic told me it was simply a bent rim (which was cheaply replaced). However a few months later when a lady lightly rear-ended me the cracked rotor gave way.

So over all this car has been very reliable, if you could ignore the oil sensor light, and having your little car sound like a motorcycle it would not have even had to go in for repairs the first time.

General Comments:

The only thing I have to say is that if you are planning on buying a Corolla, get a manual transmission. The Automatic transmission Corollas are far too slow.

I highly recommend them all around, as long as you can stand how basic they are, and the small size, then they are the perfect car for anyone who just needs to get around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2002

1990 Toyota Corolla SR5 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Sporty, reliable car, for a fraction of the price

Faults:

I had to replace the axles, because they were old, or vibrated when driving.

Tire rods started making noise under the car, and I had to get those replaced.

My main oil seal valve had to be replaced last year, after it started leaking.

The terminal that connects to my battery had to be replaced.

General Comments:

This car is great. The reason why the car was brought to the shop many times, is because I drive many miles. Driving this many miles eventually leads to wear and tear. My car is already 12 years old, but after all the repairs, it runs as if it was brand new. Not many cars on the road like it these days, so you'll definitely stand out amongst the crowd. Great car for your teenagers. Although there aren't many performance parts for this car, you can get them. Although the exterior upgrades don't make that much difference.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2002

22nd May 2011, 20:07

Bought one used in 2004. Seven years later, with 318,000 km, the car runs great (with normal and typical repairs for a 20 year old vehicle).

Great lines and fun to drive.

John

1990 Toyota Corolla DX 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20500 miles
Most recent distance247600 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

The car has paid for itself many times over

Faults:

Have owned the car since August of 1991 and bought it used. The only big complaint is that the front rotors have always gone bad with every set of brakes and have needed to be replaced at every other brake job.

Have replaced the radiator 4 times since I have owned it and the car is now starting to run hotter than normal when the air conditioning is on.

General Comments:

The car is still very reliable and has never left me stranded one time. It still is very quiet and leaks no oil anywhere on the engine.

I am still on the original engine and transmission with no problems.

The interior is still original and looks great with no tears or worn spots.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2002

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 50 reviews