2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8 from North America
The most efficient, reliable compact sedan on the market
'Catalysts' or something to that effect needed to be replaced at about 120k miles.
I purchased this car new in 2001, commuting almost 90 miles a day round trip.
I averaged approximately 39 MPG back then, and I'm still getting that now, 11 years later.
For a 4 cylinder 1.8 automatic, it has a tremendous pick up, and I was amazed at how quick it accelerates, even at high speeds (65 - 70); when you hit the gas pedal, this car MOVES.
I've read 'complaints' about the Corolla having a 'soft suspension', but that's not a negative. This is what gives this smaller car such a smooth ride, and allows you to feel like you're in a bigger car, just floating over the bumps.
It starts right up every time you turn the key, even in the frigid New England winter, and it plows through the snow like a tank.
In the 11 1/2 years that I've owned it, I only had to replace the brakes, and I had to have a repair done to the catalyst, or something to that effect.
It wasn't the catalytic converter, but it had something to do with the emissions parts - a $1400 repair by a trusted mechanic my family has been dealing with for years.
I figure it's one major repair in 11 years - much better than a monthly car payment that would amount to much more than that, and certainly much better than the Chrysler PT Cruiser we bought brand new 6 months after the Toyota, that has had 4 recalls and at least a $400 to $800 repair every year since the warranty ran out.
Bottom line - the 2001 Corolla LE I bought was simply one of the best purchases I've ever made.
It starts and runs every day, sees me safely and smoothly through my commute, plows its way through the snow, and still gets an average of 39 MPG.
What's not to like?
I'd buy it again in a New York minute.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2012