1990 Toyota Corolla LE from North America


The unstoppable chick magnet four door tank


Currently the lights have a mind of their own. When I press my brake, all of the interior and parking lights come on. Also, when I have my headlights on, all of my brake lights stay on whether I am pressing the brake or not. At least I'm not going to get pulled over for a brake light being out eh?

Also one of the rear windows makes a horrible screeching sound when rolling it up or down. My brother has a 1997 Corolla and his does the same.

Other than routine maintenance such as new timing belt and brakes, nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

The corolla is a friggin' tank. Nothing can stop it. It has been in at least two wrecks that we know of and it still runs like a champ. It was rear ended twice. The first time we fixed it and the second I didn't bother because it wouldn't make that big of a difference in the resale value. So I just took the money and went to Vegas.

As for performance, I drive like a 78 year old woman so I don't really care about that. But sometimes I do wish I had my '89 Celica back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2004

15th Jun 2004, 07:50

Your brake lights stay on all the time?

NO wonder you got rearended twice.

Hard to understand how this car could be a "chick magnet" by any known definition of the term.

19th May 2006, 00:59

My Corolla the temp light would come on when the alt light came on, but I have seen older Toyota trucks the the oil light would come on when you opened the door. As for being a chick magnet, maybe the people rear ending him were chicks.

1990 Toyota Corolla GT Twincam 4A-GE 1.6 16v DOHC from Indonesia


Dream Car for Fun Drive


The ignition coil went dead. Replaced it with OEM coil.

Just 2 weeks after acquired, crashed her bad. Thought it would be nice if she had ABS...

Previous owner messed up with the electrical wiring, caused me to replace some relays. Cheap, but annoying problems.

General Comments:

Previously I owned the same AE92 sedan, but with 4A-F engine. Now it is the same body with a very different beast inside (4A-GE).

The acceleration is instant, handling is like a dream. Just got some noise from the suspension, which I haven't figured the cause out.

Out in the street, you can't find no match for her from any 1600 cc cars. I can even whip a 2400 cc V-6 quite easily!

Mileage is not "economical" since I drive 9 km on 1 liter. But compares to the fun, it's nothing.

Maintenance is not an issue. You can get parts and service from just about any workshop around. Or just go to the Toyota Authorized Service if you want to play safely.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2004

1990 Toyota Corolla SE Silver Anniversary Edition 1.6 from North America


It musta been built on a Monday or Friday!


Power Steering Pump@ 70,000.

Moon Roof rusted excessively.

Engine Started overheating and finally perished at 140,000.

A/C was plagued with problems.

Trunk leaked forever.

General Comments:

My whole family drives Toyotas, my brothers both have 4Runners and swear by them. Both their 4Runners have gotten over 300,000 and they can't believe my engine died at 140,000. This car was issued in two tone grey and silver for the anniversary edition and looked very sharp!Anyway, I bought a Camry and I love it-it runs great!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2004

1990 Toyota Corolla DX 1.6L 4AFE from North America


The ultimate in reliability and economy


The front drive axle CV boots tend to fail about every three years, but they are relatively simple to replace.

Like most cars with catalytic converters, it tends to eat mufflers about every two or three years since the cat puts out quite a bit of water.

General Comments:

This car is the most reliable machine I have ever owned. In ten years of ownership, it has NEVER broken down or left me stranded.

The engine is relatively simple and easy to work on (except for replacing the water pump - you must unbolt the engine and raise it about five inches to get enough clearance to remove the pump). I still am on the original fuel pump, power steering pump, and a number of other components.

The interior is still intact and in good condition - the materials used are of high quality and there are no tears or splits anywhere.

I have owned several cars that I have put a quarter-million miles or more on (1975 Chevy Monte Carlo, 1973 Volkswagen Beetle), but this car just keeps on going!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2003