Not yet, five years have passed since I bought it, now it is showing some faults in its throttle body.
Its airbag didn't work whenever it was hit badly.
This car is amazingly fast in its category, I have never yet drove a car like this in its class.
The acceleration is very high, i-e 0-100 kph in 10 sec, when it was new, still after running 257000 km, its acceleration is quite reasonable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st July, 2005
2000 Toyota Corolla Ascent 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Sadly our last
A fairly loud rattle would occur from the suspension at the front left side. Numerous calls to Toyota with promises of been called back, 4 years and 2 more cars later, no one called. Toyota even knew about it. Other than that the car was excellent, if it wasn't for the annoying rattle the car would still be owned, we just had to get rid of it.
We've owned 4 Toyota's in a row and this is our last, after being treated like they didn't care Toyota has lost our business (not that they'll notice it in sales)
The car performed well, it could take to the hill's in 5th gear and could do 120kmh with ease.
Never got to notice how the car steered, the noise was fairly distracting.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd July, 2005
26th Jan 2007, 20:38
It's a pity that you had this experience. Toyota Corolla's have been generally good in my experience. As for the company not contacting you, this type of customer service seems to be the norm rather than the exception with pretty much all car companies. Once they have your money they really don't care.
27th Jan 2007, 17:07
I wrote the original review, yes I still browse this site, but I do agree that, Corolla's and other Toyota's are in fact generally reliable vehicles and this particular example, not that it was unreliable, but just that problem and lack of care from the company was disappointing. My 3 previous cars consisted of 2 Camry's and a Corolla and they were excellent and after this 2000 Corolla went on to purchase a 02 Laser, but couldn't stay away from Toyota, purchasing an 04 Rav4 (we update cars regularly) which was perfect. Other Toyota's that have been in the family or still are include, 82 Corolla (owned for 16 years, 83 Tarago, 85 Land Cruiser, 02 Land Cruiser, 91 Camry, 95 Camry, 97 Corolla, 97 Camry, 04 Rav4, 92 Cressida and a Coaster bus, so ultimately the 00 Corolla was only 1 Toyota with a problem out of numerous perfect examples.
2000 Toyota Corolla from North America
Efficient "luxury" sedan
Obviously, maintenance is required. Besides, routine oil changes there were no major surprises, exept the seat-belt replacement at 50,000. That was taken care with no questions asked.
Consider the following:
The tires were replace at 40,000 because they looked a little too sun-dried to me.
At 65,000 I was dumb enough to purchase the Routine Maintenance Service at the Toyota Dealership. Go to a Tune and Lube place instead if you want a thorough inspection and service at a cheaper price! I paid over $400 for an air filter and oil change!
At 72,000, I went to a Tune and Lube shop. The serpentine belt was replace. The fuel injectors were cleaned.
At 74,000, my indoor light faded out. It is a cheap replacement.
Overall, this is a Good Quality vehicle.
I suppose it is not popular because of the model's many competitors.
The corolla is becoming a best kept secret.
The highway mileage is around 35mpg and I usually fill up a full tank every one and half weeks.
Seats are comfortable and the style is believable to be a pricier car if well-kept.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th June, 2005
2000 Toyota Corolla CE from North America
We will not buy a Toyota again
Needed to replace engine at 106,000 kilometers.
Brakes went at 70,000 kilometers.
Steering wheel is loose.
Water pump went at 50,000 kilometers.
Interior dash lights went at 80,000 kilometers.
We contact Toyota Canada to reimburse us for the cost of the new engine. They turned us down as we did not have a detailed maintenance log. They said "If it isn't in writing, it didn't happen". We were appalled by the callous attitude.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th April, 2005
25th Dec 2005, 21:38
Sad to hear about the problems you are having. However, the car is only as reliable as how well the owner takes care of it.
Where was the water pump replaced (Toyota or independent garage, any chance they replaced the timing belt as well while at it?). Exactly what caused the engine failure at that mileage (hydro lock, overheating, connecting rod failure, etc etc). Engines don't just DIE all of a sudden (especially the 1ZZ-FE Toyota ones), there must have been warning signs, or symptoms prior to failure.
Define when the brakes "went". Were they ever replaced prior to 70k, were there any signs of abnormal operation? Once again the brakes don't just GO all of a sudden, it takes time and a lot of symptoms are evident. What was the cause of the failure?
- Brake lines? (rust, cracks)
- Worn pads
- Seized sliders
- Master cylinder failure
What exactly is loose in the steering wheel, the whole assembly or the steering "feels" loose.
Loose steering is usually a sign of worn suspension components (bushings, ball joints, tie rods). Also, does the suspension make any noises while turning or driving in general? If so, that is most likely the cause of the loose steering feel.
What exactly went wrong with dash lights? Did the fuse burn out, was there a short, did someone mess around with wiring? (custom alarm, audio, starter, many things could be the culprit).
As for Toyota reimbursing you for the engine, I totally understand the decline in the reimbursement. If the maintenance log is incomplete, or the maintenance was not done at a Toyota dealer, it is a VERY plausible excuse to decline reimbursement for the following reasons.
1. Repairs could have been done to vital engine parts by a non qualified mechanic, which causes improper operation and usually failure
2. If the car was not serviced as recommended (proper maintenance, and all recommended procedures done on time), the longevity of the engine and overall vehicle is affected dramatically.
3. If nothing is in writing, there is no way for Toyota to know what repairs were done and what was the cause (which goes to show that most likely it was done in an unknown and non-reputable garage).
HOWEVER if all the maintenance and repairs were done with Toyota (water pump, brakes, electrical) then that's a whole different story, and Toyota is just making up excuses, which I don't think is the case.
Don't take this review personally, I am sorry to hear about the problems you are/were having with the car. However in order to have a fair review about the car's reliability, the owner's treatment and maintenance of the car are very vital to the way it will perform, and by the sounds of your review, the car was not properly maintained.