The following problems were all fixed under warranty:
The plastic knock strip on the side came loose.
The ignition key developed poor contacts at 50,000 miles.
The windscreen wiper spindles wore out at 70,000 miles.
The front brake disks were heavily scored at 60,000 miles. These were replaced under warranty, but we paid for the replacement pads. I was surprised that Toyota volunteered to pay for the disks as I would regard this as a wear and tear item.
This car is used for a small business and is sometimes used to ferry cats and dogs about. We had a Toyota designed dog gate fitted to the back which was expensive (£100) but has proven to be much better than standard universal fit items. The interior has been distressed by the animals to some extent, but has worn very well in general.
Overall the car has been used on poor quality rural roads, often heavily pot-holed, but in spite of that it has stood up very well and has no squeaks or rattles at all.
The paintwork is quite heavily chipped, particularly on the bonnet, but there are no signs of rust.
The equipment levels on this car are very good with power steering, active brakes, remote central locking, front electric windows, air conditioning and a trip computer all as standard. We added a CD player to the standard radio/cassette, but this is a little cumbersome to use.
The ride and handling are an improvement on previous Corolla models, but it still feels more detached than other cars of this class (e.g. Focus or Astra).
The engine is one of the best of it's size I have come across. There is a very strong torque band between 1800 to 5000 rpm and this makes it feel much more powerful than it's cylinder capacity would indicate. In fact, I have driven this back-to-back with 1.6 litre versions of the Focus, Astra and Nissan Pulsar (Almera) and it feels more responsive and powerful than those models.
The fuel consumption is generally very good and the official figures of 42 mpg (imperial) are easily achievable with up to 50 mpg possible with gentle use. This figure does drop if it is used in stop-start traffic or on particularly poor rural roads and it also drops if driven too aggressively - it can be fast or efficient, but not both at the same time.
The interior is fairly comfortable, but is not very spacious. The driver's seat can be a problem for tall drivers and if the front seats are fully back the rear bench is only suitable for children. The rear bench is also restricted by head space.
On the one long journey we used this on (800 round trip) it proved to be surprisingly comfortable.
The boot is large for a car of this class although it is long rather than deep.
Overall the car is very well made and mechanically excellent, but it's general design is rather old fashioned - more a good alternative to the old Ford Escort rather than the Focus. The car is UK made and it does not seem to have suffered in quality from it's move from Japan.