A quality family car - but not the same quality as previous Corollas
Wipers stopped working during heavy rain on the motorway!
I bought this car as a replacement for my Almera which had a small boot. The Corolla boot is massive for the size of the car.
I've had several Corollas before and they are good cars. However, this is the first high-miler which might have something to do with the following :
Ride/handling quality poor at low speeds and don't inspire confidence at high speeds.
Seats uncomfortable - no support for thighs or back.
Build quality not as good as 'Jap' corollas. The AA guy who came to fix my wipers said that these cars use a lot of British parts, and are nowhere as reliable as the earlier ones.
Spec was fantastic - esr, air con, ABS, cd player etc etc faultless.
Engine and Gearbox unbelievably smooth and quiet. Performance and economy also very impressive.
However, boring to drive compared to the Almera - cannot drive it in a spirited manner at all.
Anyway, I do miss this car - gone back to an Almera now. But I'm on the lookout for a facelift (plus new suspension, seats etc) model which came out from a W reg - this should be the best of all worlds.
Corollas are expensive to buy used. My advice is to go for the best you can afford - and don't buy one which more than 25,000 per annum on the clock.
It's an A-B transport car, and a damn good one at that. But not one that you'll jump into to go for a quick spin for the hell of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th December, 2002