Transmission-box brace was rusted off at the beginning, causing the transmission to sag (the car was bought in Scotland and had been parked on a main road for two years without being driven at all before I bought it).
The CD-player sometimes doesn't like CD's and spits them back out.
Other than that, this car has been remarkably trouble free.
This is my first Japanese car. I have driven mainly German and American cars in the past, and was attracted to the Corolla by the very positive reputation it has as a reliable commuter car. I found it to be precisely that, and a lot more pleasant to drive than I had anticipated. I have owned BMWs and Cadillacs, but I can say that I feel perfectly well accommodated in my little Toyota, which even seems to have a faint similarity with American cars in that it offers the same, American-style, overpowered power steering and light, sensitive controls.
The materials used inside do seem a bit tacky and "pachydermal" in style, and the ride manages to be both wallowy and bumpy at the same time - but then, this isn't a Cadillac after all.
It certainly is an interesting choice for an enthusiast of the obscure, individualistic car, when such a person needs a reliable commuter car.