1990 Toyota Corolla LX 1.3L Carb from Costa Rica


Best car I had ever!!!


I had to change the suspension system of the car. Spare parts for Toyotas in Costa Rica are easy to find, and the replacement of these parts was no problem at all.

I also did a tune up on this car a couple of months ago, and now the car is running very good.

General Comments:

Excellent performance.

Fuel economy is around 11 L per 100 km, which is in the range of Toyota's technical info.

Engine has more power than expected for a 1.3 L carb.

However a problem is the installation of seat belts in the back seat. They were not installed in 1990, so two point seat belts are the only chance I have so far.

I'm planning to keep this car as long as I can. Excellent car!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2008

1990 Toyota Corolla 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand


Fun to drive, reliable, loyal friend


- Right Indicator blew. Had to be replaced. Very cheap

- Windscreen water tank leaks

- Front right tyre has had 3 punctures in last 1000kms.

General Comments:

All in all the car is very neat, clean and enjoyable to own. It's the small things like punctured tyres and broken indicators which have been the only real problems so far.

One thing that bothers me is the consumption. The best I have gotten out of a full tank is about 300kms and I'm not metal heavy. It's pretty decent for a small car of this age I guess, though it's not good for my ever decreasing-in-depth pockets!

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

Review Date: 2nd January, 2008

1990 Toyota Corolla GL 1.6 from South Africa


Toyota = Reliability


Sometimes the car only runs on 3 cylinders due to oil flooding the fourth one. Easily fixed by cleaning the spark plug.

Normal wear and tear items such as brake pads, shocks and the various filters.

Front left headlight bulb blew at 225000km - easily replaced with a Toyota OE bulb for R9!!!

One of the speakers blew in the dashboard.

Rings are badly worn due to previous owner running the car without engine oil!

Drivers seat is slightly worn, but seems like it will last a few more years.

General Comments:

Previous owner (an old lady) had not serviced the car at all! This car still had all the original parts, almost all of which were still in perfect working order even after 15 years (incl the shocks)!

Every so often blue smoke will come out of the exhaust (due to the worn rings).

Very reliable, has NEVER left me stranded even when running on 3 cylinders!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2007

17th Nov 2012, 13:32

As the owner of this car, I can honestly say that it is as reliable as the ocean currents! The Toyota has now passed the 300,000km mark, and despite some signs of smoking, it never fails to start, no matter the weather.

The left headlight has been replaced (all parts being VERY cheap for older Toyotas) and the body has had a respray. The shock absorbers, brake pads, bulbs (100w), mags (15'), tyres and a new radio/CD player have all been replaced or installed. My wife is very happy with this simple, extremely reliable car that never misses a beat!

12th Nov 2013, 00:15

Reviewer update:

The car has just done 300,000km and has not missed a beat.

The alternator failed at 280,000km and is a VERY EXPENSIVE part to replace (costs almost as much as the entire car is worth). Replaced with a good 2nd hand part.

CV joints (original) and clutch (original) starting to go and will be replaced soon.

The car starts first time every time, and has been the most reliable vehicle in my collection from the moment I bought it.

1990 Toyota Corolla 1.8 from North America


Very Good


As I read in this forum, I also wished I had known to check the differential oil. Everything conspires so that you never check the differential oil. Even repair manuals mislead you. I did check when the steering was pushing to the left, my left brake was dragging, but could not find anything wrong with them. But this did not prevent the differential from seizing.

I was going crazy thinking there was something wrong with my brakes, or that the ball joint or bushings were worn out, that the caliper was frozen instead of floating slightly to accommodate the brake pad wear. Now the differential is broken (the left wheel snaps, especially when turning; I can tell by the skid mark on the rubber on the tire). I hope this helps somebody to check the differential oil. Mine was empty. How could that happen, if the differential is sealed?. All I found when I opened the drain plug was an ounce of oil and about as much metal shaving coming out.

General Comments:

Change the front shocks and you will feel you are in a new car.

Space inside is average to very comfortable. Especially if you are tall, knees do not get close to the dashboard like in some cars.

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

Review Date: 26th July, 2007