1991 Toyota Corolla GL 1.3 Hatchback from UK and Ireland
A fun, reliable and complete small package
Nothing wrong so far, I did manage to get 2 punctures in a week, but you put it down to the bad roads around here! I lost a few of the plastic pop rivet things that fold down the boot carpet, and that's about it!
My gran has this car from new, I only got it recently, as the second owner. Its got a full service history and nothing has ever gone wrong with it!
This 1.3 12 valve engine is QUICK. Its not going to be a world beater, but remember this is a small engine, and I think it pumps out somewhere in the 80 brake range. That's a nice round figure for what is a small reliable car.
The interior is very Japanese, but still comfortable and practical. The only real gripe I have about the interior is the lack of space to install speakers. The only standard pods are 4 inch ones under the dash. I have installed 6/9's on the rear shelf, after re-enforcing it with some medium density fibreboard. The sub sits well in the boot, and the sound does ride nicely round the car, which is surprising with the lack of speakers.
This baby loves to wheel-spin, and will do so happily through first and second, oh and sometimes a little bit in third if it's a little wet.
Handling wise, the car is nice, its not going to compete with my last car, with its small body, wide wheels and fantasticly hard ride. Still, nice enough to point and flick around corners. Don't expect any back end out action though except on the very nastiest road surfaces!
One thing is for sure though, this is a great car to own, it will go on for centuries, is fun to drive and will not let you down!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th January, 2004
15th Feb 2004, 22:35
Why do you say such good things about the car, but say you would not buy another one?
3rd Jul 2007, 22:58
And you put a frown-ie face.
27th Jun 2012, 17:27
These are great little cars. They are work horses.
I bought mine in 1991, and still have it; never ever gone wrong. Just service it and replace consumables.
Not fast, but easy to drive. The front end is skippy in the wet (wheels tend to spin).
Rot problems, but I wax oiled mine from new, so no body pan rot.
I still love it, but parts are hard to find. 2nd hand new ones are expensive.
66,500 miles from new.