1993 Toyota Corolla Executive 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Smart, well equipped and cheap to insure - get one if you need comfortable reliable transport!
The light for the gear shifter didn't work so I had no idea what gear I was selecting at night. New bulb cost less than a pound, but it took quite a while to change once I had dismantled what felt like half the dash to get to it!
Car makes a squealing noise around 2000rpm, but it gets quieter as it warms up. The noise is coming from around the water and power steering pumps, but the belts seem tight and I can't work out exactly what is causing the noise. Does anyone have any ideas? I have heard other similar Corollas and a Carina making the same noise.
I bought the car for the reliability - my old one from New Zealand had old car faults, but none you couldn't live with.
Lots of electrics on the Executive model which worries me a bit if it goes wrong, but all seems OK so far.
Interior is brilliant - clear and easy to use, great ergonomics, comfy too. Very blue though - dark blue paint and dark blue interior a bit heavy. It would be much nicer if it had a Grey interior to break it up a bit!
Engine is a honey, would work better with manual box as it prefers high revs.
Handling is great for the real world - its no sports car, but I don't drive it like a nut case any more so that's not an issue. Nice comfy ride, stable and smooth on the motorway. Nice and roomy too, and the lift-back has a huge boot.
Both my Toyota's have been good cars, I will definitely be buying Toyota's again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th February, 2004
4th Jun 2004, 06:34
As a follow up to my previous review, I managed to resolve the annoying noise. One hefty dose of WD40 onto the alternator, water pump spindle and fan belt, and the noise vanished. I suspect it was the rubber on the fan belt getting hard and not gripping properly which was making the squeaking noise.