2001 Toyota Corolla S 1.8 liter 4 cylinder from North America
Fuel tank door stuck.
Every knob, piece of plastic, and interior door handle broke at some point.
Piston ring blow by.
Head gasket failure; between this and the piston ring blow by, a whole new engine was needed at 225,000 miles.
Overall this is a good commuter car.
The automatic transmission is sluggish, and the car is a bit underpowered. It doesn't have the get up and go of American cars in its class. It also doesn't have the reliability issues of those American cars. The engine ran for 90,000 miles with 3 oil changes; the transmission was original to the car and ran great until the engine died.
The interior plastic was not good. I replaced all 4 door handles, had to get a new radio when all of the knobs broke or fell off, the glove box door handle broke off, the pulls for the trunk and gas tank... you guessed it, they broke off too.
If you need something to get you from A to B without spending money on anything but brakes and tires, it's a good choice. If you're looking for something fun, or to impress the ladies, I'd look elsewhere.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th December, 2014