1997 Toyota Corolla DX 1.8L I4 from North America
It's a Toyota... and as expected, will be reliable
Haven't owned it long enough to have anything *new* to go wrong.
I just bought this car from someone that did 100% of nothing to fix the car; they just drove it. I drove it home, and was amazed it had just as good of git as my 2.2L 1992 Camry LE. Looking over this car compared to other similar cars, it is in great shape, besides some problems that should have been fixed long ago.
Here are the problems I bought the car with, and am fixing:
- All 3 instrument bulbs were blown out; just standard 194 bulbs with a blue/green rubber cover to color them. The cost of repair was free, did it myself; 6 screws and about 10 minutes with bulbs I had on hand from past cars.
- Rear strut blown out. Cost of repair will be around $200 parts for both sides of quick install mounts (complete assembly). Fronts are still good (for now LOL).
- Brakes are bad, front only works and pulls to the right. The drum brakes are likely not adjusted up, but since the drums are rusted pretty bad and there is a bit of a pulse in the brakes, I chose to replace them all around. Front pads were $36 each, rear pads were $24 each, rotors were around $30 each, drums were $24 each, and the hardware kit was under $5. Total cost was about $233 for parts.
It also needs front tires and an alignment, but that is normal, besides the fact it was in a fender bender in the past, and no one did anything to fix it...
Once everything is fixed, I expect this car to be problem free for 50k miles or more, since all major issues have been covered. Purchase price: $700, cost of repair ~$500 in parts, self installed. The car should be valued around $1500-2000 when finished.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th February, 2012