1993 Toyota Corolla DX 1.8 from North America
I love it!
Replaced Alternator at 120,000.
Replaced timing chain at 178,000.
Replaced water pump 200,000.
Power sun roof motor starting to die out at 205,000.
The overall drive is very smooth, but the seat could be a little more comfortable.
I have raced my Corolla against a couple of Honda's around the same year and have beat them several times.
My car still runs great, all I have done is kept up on the oil changes, and its still running with over 200,000 miles on it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd December, 2004
9th Mar 2005, 15:54
Sorry, the car has a timing belt. not a chain.
2nd Dec 2010, 14:10
Yeah, I was going to point that out. Also to note, these 4a-fe (1.6L) and 7a-fe (1.8L) engines use a "gear slave" or something like that to run both the DOHC's. What it means is that the timing belt does not run both camshafts, only one camshaft (the exhaust I believe) and the other camshaft (intake) is run off of the exhaust cam with the gear that is run by the timing belt. There are a few pictures of this set-up if you look for them.
Also, as far as I've researched, these are NON-INTERFERENCE engines. Meaning that the chances of the valves hitting the pistons upon belt failure is relatively low, not impossible I suppose, just low.
1996 Prizm Auto. 202,000mi. and newly acquired 1994 Prizm Manual 171,000mi.