A great, reliable car for the minimalist
The alternator died at 230,000 miles.
The timing belt snapped and had to be replaced ($450).
Used in Midwest, so one side of rear bumper has almost been eaten through by rust.
We've replaced almost every major part in engine, but nothing besides the timing belt has ever made the car break down.
The Corolla is a very cheap, bare bones alternative for those without a lot of money, but with an aftermarket Cd player and speakers, not uncomfortable at all to drive, especially with a manual transmission.
The acceleration is not the best in 1st and 2nd gear, but after those gears it can achieve highway speed fairly quickly.
Very reliable. There are rattles and squeaks, but my paranoia is never justified by its performance.
Lastly, as in any older car, the suspension rusts quite a bit. The last alignment took 3 hours because of the rust. Still handles well though with loose steering, just slow down for corners.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th July, 2005