1990 Toyota Corolla Reviews - Page 8 of 13

1990 Toyota Corolla XL 1.3 from Denmark

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired195000 kilometres
Most recent distance242000 kilometres
Previous carFiat 127

Summary:

Quick economic car

Faults:

The front brakes is worn down a little to fast.

It uses to much oil because of the piston rings.

Keeps on blowing the light bulbs in the dashboard.

General Comments:

It has an excellent economy. Cheap insurance and taxes.

Runs 13-14 Kilometers pr Liter gasoline with normal driving.

The engine is very hard working and has more power than expected from a 1.3 with carburetor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2003

1990 Toyota Corolla SE 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance310000 kilometres

Summary:

A very good first car to own

Faults:

Nothing critical has gone wrong with the car. My parents hit a deer with it, but that's hardy my car's fault.

The oil light come on all the time, but that's not a big deal.

One thing that needs attention is the aluminum rims. You have to keep an eye on them and make sure the pressure is adequate on all the tires. They need touching up every now and then.

Being that the car is old, the charging belt (alternator belt?) went last year (2002). My battery ran dry because the belt wasn't catching. It was normal wear and tear, and was easy to replace.

The tape deck is fried, but I think that's only because it was never used and ceased up.

General Comments:

This car has been a reliable car to me. Nothing major has needed replacing, and the engine simply won't quit.

It's a great starter car for college students because the engine is well labeled and even a 20-year-old girl like myself can do simple maintenance on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2003

1990 Toyota Corolla 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carHyundai Elantra

Summary:

Great start out vehicle, for the young driver! :-)

Faults:

Air Conditioning needed fixing at 155,324 miles.

Side Arm rest is broken.

Timing belt slipping at 150,214 miles.

General Comments:

It is a great all around car with low maintenance. However this car has good gas mileage, and good all around performance. Very roomy for it's size. Very fun to drive.

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

Review Date: 1st September, 2003

1990 Toyota Corolla DX Wagon 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance127000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Pickup

Summary:

Indestructible

Faults:

Nothing!

Just replacing normal wear items such as tires and brakes.

General Comments:

I wish all cars were as reliable as the 6th generation Toyota Corolla. There would be a lot less junkyards and much more green earth.

The new Corollas are nice (mini-Lexus) and probably very reliable, but I don't know if they could ever be as reliable as the 6th generation (88-92). The 6th gen. was much simpler in construction.

Comfort and NVH is only mediocre, but probably not bad by economy car standards in the early 90's.

Front seats have plenty of room.

Performance rivals that of a glacier.

I wish this car had a 5 speed manual or at least a bigger engine and a 4 speed automatic. 1.6 liter engine with a 3 spd auto is a performance disaster. However, it does keep its speed climbing hills though.

Great for hauling the dogs around in the wagon body without destroying the simple, but durable interior.

Car is extremely durable, only thing that is falling apart is the dashboard. The dashboard has been subjected to 13 years of Arizona heat and is cracking. The paint is still good, unheard of any 13 year-old car in Arizona.

I can't see why the US makers cannot make a car this durable and reliable. It shouldn't be that difficult.

They are doing better, though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2003

1990 Toyota Corolla XL 1.8d StarVan 1.8 Atmosferic diesel from Portugal

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Atmosferic diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

The indestrutible STAR-VAN 1.8d!

Faults:

I had to change it's clutch at 190.000kms.

General Comments:

When I bought this car, I had to drive a lot to get to work. Because of this, I needed a reliable, cheap, simple car.

When I got my Star-Van it had 180.000kms and 5 previous owners.

During 3 years the car never let me down, never failed on me, not one single time. And still, after some mistreatment (all road play time even), the car could get to 180kms/h in highway without spending one drop of oil and with economy around the 5,8l/100kms.

This is what I call a Combat Car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2003

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