1997 Toyota Corolla CSi 1.6 inline 4 from Australia and New Zealand
Very little! The headlight relay was blown when I bought the car; I got a replacement for free from the wreckers.
It's a wonderful car! Australian made, perky and handles very much like a Morris Mini, a brick on wheels.
I have a 1959 Jaguar, and the Corolla's ride is incredibly firm in comparison, but still more than acceptable for long drives on Australia's poorly kept country roads.
It's not what one would call powerful, but it's a light car so it doesn't need to be. The manual gearbox is notchy and not particularly pleasant when it's cold, but when it has warmed up it does the job fine.
The build quality is good, surpassing my previous, significantly newer Australian made Ford. It's also remarkably quiet, despite relatively high RPM at cruising speed. It will happily cruise at 120 - 130 km/h, but that's not technically allowed so it rarely goes above 110. It is very cheap to run, and is bulletproof reliable, although it prefers high-quality oils over the cheap stuff, which it tended to burn despite being the correct viscosity.
Overall, a wonderful car that's fun, cheerful and not as boring as you might expect. I really want to keep it so it can join the high-mileage club!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th November, 2016