1998 Toyota Corolla GS 3DR 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Clutch master cylinder leak; just topping it up for now, but will be done soon.
Driver's seat belt, when over extended, doesn't retract; mildly annoying.
Slight shaking on braking, due to worn front brake disks.
It's a better drive than my Lexus Ls400, if not as responsive as the Renault, and whilst a bit sluggish to get moving, cruises nicely at motorway speeds.
It's comfortable, and doesn't feel as small as it is.
Trim, seat, dash materials, trim and overall build is as good as my old Lexus, and light years better than my 2003 Renault Scenic.
Boot space is at a premium, and as the seat bases don't slide, and the seat backs are inclined, I have to have the rear seat backs unlatched, tilted forwards, so the dogs aren't pinned to the glass.
Feels a bit clunky until it warms up, which is probably the miles on it.
Very reliable so far, even in the sub zero weather we recently had, and I don't worry about it, unlike the Scenic.
Even the air con still works, as do the electric windows, remote central locking, sunroof, and alarm system.
Bargain for £550, especially as it had already had a new clutch and timing belt.
I admit it's a boring car, but it's 3 door, red, with funky Wolfrace alloys, and looks good in a generic way, and much, much better than the 5 door models.
I get 36 MPG (Imperial) at mostly motorway speeds, and find the handling safe and secure.
I can't think of another car I'd prefer sub £1000, that would be as good as this overall.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th December, 2010
Update: Now @ 117,000 miles (bought at 110,000), changed oil and filter; using Castrol Magnatec, and even (finally!) replaced the clutch master cylinder; which was an easy enough job, but did scratch my arms a bit.
I bought the Aisin clutch master cylinder for £56 and it's the same brand as fitted to the car from new.
Polished it a couple of times, and wash it regularly and it looks pretty good, although smelling decidedly doggy inside now. :)
Satisfying little car to own, the build quality is just so good!
Update: Now @ 121,000 miles. I had laid it up when the clutch wouldn't disengage, but my unreliable Volvo 940 meant I took Corolla for an MOT after sitting on the drive for 9 months, and it sailed through!!! Now back to being my daily driver, but I find I cannot get a comfy seating position, and it's a much noisier car to drive than the Volvo 940,. On the plus side, it's built better than the Volvo, is more reliable than the Volvo, has never broken down, and even the clutch fault was just because I hadn't adjusted the clutch pedal when I did the master cylinder.
Good commuter car.