1996 Toyota Corolla DX 4 door sedan 1.8 gasoline from North America
Exceptional care with limitations
Very little. With minor exceptions. Legroom limitations for the taller than average, both front and rear. Weight capacity is very limited and easily exceeded if you carry four people and cargo.
Superior reliability and dependability. Excellent handling, especially with tire upgrades. Only limiting factor of this car is it really isn't for folks larger than average size. Notable is limited legroom in front for the long legged and none for the rear passenger. 1997 and earlier models use a timing belt, which requires 60,000 mile replacement. Or, you risk severe engine damage. Not well presented in the owners manual. Figure $500 every 60,000 mile for replacement. This car averages 34 miles per gallon in all around driving. Super!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th December, 2004
Most Toyota's have a non-interference engine design. The chance of engine damage from a timing belt breaking is a gross exaggeration by many dealers. The reason why the owner's manual does not state it is because of this design. Gates.com has a fairly comprehensive list of which model year, make, and model of car have interference design engines or not.
500 dollars are enough to replace both engine and transmission with Japanese low-miles parts, at least here in California... timing belt replacement cost not nearly as much.
I disagree with you on the '96 Corolla not having enough legroom. I'm 5'11" and I find it extremely comfortable. The man I bought it from was over 6 feet tall, and even he said it felt perfectly comfortable.