1995 Toyota Corolla DX 1.8L DOHC from North America
I absolutely LOVE my car!
1 - Tie rod ends replaced: I knew these would need to be replaced when I purchased the car, and saved $450 by doing the work myself.
2 - Sway bar linkages (all four): Also something I found in the pre-purchase inspection, that I did myself at a total cost of $150 for parts and 2 hours of labor.
3 - Shocks/struts (all four): One week into owning the car, I hit a bump and the shocks never released again ($800).
4 - Seat belt tensioner: Seat belt began locking in all positions, to the degree that once I had it out, I put a pin in it so it could no longer retract; still haven't replaced.
5 - Wheel bearings: Contrary to what Toyota tells you, you can replace JUST the bearing and not the whole assembly; saves over $300 in parts.
6 - Power window relay: Toyota dealership will try to get you to buy a motor; it is almost ALWAYS the relay, which saved me $150.
7 - Headlamp assembly: The pre 99' Toyota Corolla's are all known to have their headlights fog over within 100,000 miles, to the point where it can be dangerous to drive at night. Found replacements at a junk yard for $28 a piece.
8 - EGR valve/plugs: This was a very expensive but necessary fix, with a cleaning of the throttle body and a new EGR valve ($250 part MINIMUM)
9 - Clogged fuel pump/filter: Was harder than I thought it would be, but saved again over the dealer!! ($300 savings)
Overall I am very pleased with this purchase; I spent $1000 to replace my 2002 Hyundai Accent (WORST car decision ever in my opinion). I have put my fair share of sweat equity into it, but it runs better than my mom's 2009 Corolla!
Every older car has its quirks, and I have been very fortunate with mine. The suspension was shot when I bought the car, and I knew that, so really I have nothing to complain about, but I would advise ANYONE with this car to NOT take it to a Toyota dealer for service. They want almost three times what it's worth in labor charges and parts!!! I fix it myself using a Chilton and Haynes manual (with both you have a perfect overview of locations, easy fixes, etc that fills the gaps left by the other).
This car hadn't had it's oil changed in 4 years according to the service records that I have found by running its VIN number, and it still to this day burns NO oil between changes, and doesn't have a gasket issue.
I performed all of the fluid flushes upon purchase, and thought that the car was running funny, so I ran a diagnostic and found that the EGR was nearing the end of its life (stuck open), and the fuel filter/pump were both going out.
I've gotten many good miles out of this car so far, and for everything I have had to replace, I have NEVER been stranded! I will drive this thing until it enters Toyota Heaven, but until that day comes if it ever does, I will enjoy every bit of this AMAZING piece of engineering!
Only reason I said I don't know if I would own another one is the recent decline in Toyota quality... they just don't make em' like this anymore...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th July, 2010
25th Jul 2010, 22:57
I've got a '96 Toyota Corolla DX, and I agree with you completely.
My Corolla has been great. I've only had to replace the radiator, rear sway bar links and the thermal vacuum switch. Everything else has just been basic maintenance (timing belt, accessory belts, filters, oil). The only issue I have with it now is it needs to have all 4 struts replaced. But hey, I can't complain, they're the original 14 year old struts.
By the way, my Corolla has over 180,000 miles and shows absolutely no signs of stopping anytime soon. It's gonna be a long time before that car dies.
The 1.8L 7A-FE engine is the heart of my Corolla. It's a great balance of power, efficiency and reliability. The 1.6L 4A-FE that was the standard engine in the Corolla is no different other than being a little less powerful. Strong motor and a far better design with the original iron block. I hate newer cars with aluminum engine blocks. I don't know, but aluminum just doesn't sound all that durable to me.
8th Oct 2010, 17:14
My Corolla has unfortunately entered Toyota heaven much earlier than I had anticipated. While parked it was hit by a drunk driver and the insurance company totaled it out. I did end up buying the car back from my insurance company however, and parted it out for more than I originally paid for it. All in all, I got all of my money and more out of this car, even after it was totaled!
One thing to make mention of however, it had started to burn oil at the 165,000 mark and that had an effect on mileage (nominal really, but noticeable to me, dropping 2-3 mpg avg).
I ended up getting a 98 Celica, and have nothing bad to report on it so far, other than the fact that I hate now driving an automatic!