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.

General Comments:

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

1997 Toyota Corolla CE 1.6 liter 4 cylinder from North America


Excellent car, excellent value


My only real complaint about this car in 13 years was lack of acceleration power: Not much pick up and go, it was pretty gutless even new, forget passing on a hill.

At about 10 years old, the roof headliner fell down like the adhesive holding it to the roof failed; it was held up only along the edges and under the dome light. I never bothered to get it fixed.

I hated the dealership (they're since out of business), but I would buy another Toyota from a different dealership.

The car, as manufactured, has cost almost nothing to maintain or operate. Most parts lasted well beyond expected lifetime. Never a major or costly problem.

General Comments:

I have loved this car! My car was totaled in an accident or I would still be driving it. I was planning to drive it beyond 200K miles! I am seriously heartbroken to have lost this car.

This car was very comfortable as a driver and passenger.

Easy to drive, easy to park, easy to parallel park, could U-turn in small spaces.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2010

1997 Toyota Corolla 1.8L DOHC from North America


Old reliable


Always rumbles like a monster truck. Have replaced front bearings numerous times, but sound remains persistent. Reliable for over 100k miles, so I have no problems with it now.

Interior is worn badly.

General Comments:

This car is quite reliable. I've kept it maintained performing all major maintenance (timing belt, etc.) as well as oil changes every 3k-4k.

It's relatively inexpensive to run and maintain.

Good fuel mileage (I get 26 mpg in the summer, noticeably less in the winter).

Rides pretty loudly ever since I purchased it. Have learned to live with it however.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2010

21st Apr 2010, 21:27

26 MPG? That's all you can get out of your Corolla? You should be getting MPG in the high 30's easily. Even in city driving you should expect MPG in the low 30's. If you can only manage to get 26 MPG then something is either wrong with your car or your driving style.