1996 Toyota Corolla Spirit 1.6 4A-FE from Australia and New Zealand


Great little car for running around


The headliner started falling off at about 81,000 km.

The clock light has stopped working.

The cassette deck acts weirdly sometimes.

General Comments:

I bought this car new at Lane Toyota in Glen Waverley in late April 1996. It has served me faithfully over all these years with nary a complaint.

Performance is acceptable considering it's an automatic.

Parts, if needed, are plentiful and cheap, as you can go to the local pick-n-pull and get the parts for chips.

It's easy to park.

Gets about 9L/100km / 26 MPG / 31 MPG in the city and about 6.5L / 36 MPG / 43 MPG on the freeway, so very economical. I would recommend the car.

Oh, and the seats are okay, and being locally produced, I supported local manufacturing at the time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2013

1996 Toyota Corolla SD 1.6L gas from North America


The Best Econo Box EVER


- Distributor

- Timing belt

- Spark plugs & wires

- Battery

- Head light

- Driver's side mirror

- A few other bits and bobs

General Comments:

I bought the Corolla off the previous owner for $300, knowing it needed most of the items I listed (previous owner had already replaced the suspension and brakes only 6 months prior to the distributor letting go). Total cost for the car was $1400.

Once it was up and running, I did some rust repair (which was minor) and it's been running daily since.

Even with 249,000kms, it still gets fantastic gas mileage, getting about 600kms per tank (it only takes $38 to fill from empty!).

The 1.6L engine is okay, it's not the fastest thing in the world, but it's responsive and will give you some speed when you ask for it, although when you are fully loaded (4 people) with stuff in the trunk, you will notice a significant performance decrease.

Contrary to what most people think, I actually like the look of the Corolla. It handles really well, and is your basic from point A to point B daily driver. The only complaint I have with my Corolla is that she does use oil - about 1 liter every 500-600kms (it's valve seals, the car was sitting for about 1 year before I was able to fix it up.)

Overall, this is a great all round car, and is perfect for anything you might need it for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2011

28th Nov 2011, 17:02

Glad to see another happy Corolla owner! I also own a '96 Toyota Corolla. Mine has the 1.8L 4 cylinder though. I've driven 1.6L Corolla's, and I have to say that I'm glad I've got the 1.8L. Both engines are equally reliable, but the 1.8L does have much better "oomph" (if a 1.8L 4 cylinder is capable of such a thing!).

Valve seals are a fairly common failure in both of these engines. I have 195,000 miles on my Corolla (which I think is around 312,000 kilometers), but even my Corolla doesn't really use that much oil. If I let it sit for more than 2 weeks, it smokes a little on start-up, but I almost never have to top it off between changes.

Best of luck with your Corolla, not that you'll need it of course.

1996 Toyota Corolla CSi 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Best car I've driven


Only thing I've had go wrong is that the battery died (it was the original battery that came with the car).

General Comments:

Excellent reliability, 1.6 engine surprisingly punchy given its age also. Lags slightly with a few people or extra weight in the car (eg heavy luggage)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2011

1996 Toyota Corolla SD from North America


Beyond reliable, best car I've ever owned


Nothing major went wrong with the car, practically nothing at all!

The starter cap started to go at around 160,000 kms; that's it, and this is a normal maintenance type repair. It gave me fair warning, and the cap never fully went, it just made starting the car on the first try difficult at times, and I had to turn the key many times to get it going eventually.

General Comments:

Words cannot explain my love for this car!

Drove from Canada to Los Angeles 3 times! And many other long distance trips. This car never let me down. Decent on gas, averaging about 400km-520 (Hwy Driving) per tank.

I should mention, this car, previous to myself owning it had 5 rearenders and not once was the car affected from it.

EXCELLENT vehicle (this one was made in Japan BTW) - I have since upgraded to a newer 98 Corolla with A/C, and it has been just as good so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2010