Engineered for the ages
Engine replaced at 166000.
Fuel pump replaced at 166000.
Normal wear and tear items: ball joints, tires, fluids, wiper blades, light bulbs, etc.
Front struts are creaking and need to be replaced.
I received this free but badly neglected VE from an in-law, and proceeded to install a second hand engine and fuel pump myself.
After the coldest MN winter in 20 years, I have to give this little car some props. Many, many days of below zero weather parked outside and this car started up every time. Upgrading to 185 tires is a good decision.
Fantastically easy car to repair and work on, especially this base model with power nothing. The engine bay has plenty of room to reach everything (try changing spark plugs on a VW Jetta or changing the oil filter on a Honda Civic from the same time period).
Low beam and high beam are bright and well aimed.
Very good view from the driver's seat with small A-pillars.
Affordable replacement parts. Widely available at auto parts stores (note: use OEM Denso upstream oxygen sensor).
Fits easily into compact car parking spaces. Short wheel base and small turning radius.
Brakes are surprisingly good for having rear drums.
Functional layout of controls and dials without looking.
Timing chain and external water pump.
Does not attract attention.
VVT-i is a joke with auto trans.
Lack of right armrest.
Backseat is tight for anyone over 4 feet tall.
Gas mileage is not that great with the 3-speed auto. Getting around 25 MPG city with lots of stop lights.
Key copies are impossible to cut for some reason.
The best selling American passenger car in 2000 was the Ford Taurus. I don't see many Taurus on the roads or in parking lots, but I see plenty of these Corollas rolling around. I have no doubt that this car will be around another 6 years to become a "classic".
Simple does not mean less than!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2014