2002 Toyota Corolla GLE 1.6i from South Africa
Reilable but annoyingly boring
The engine light came on the day I got this car. After inspection by the dealer, the oxygen sensor had to be replaced. Total cost of R1400.
I've had to replace 3 keys already. This is the first one of the RunX shape Corollas that came out, and the casing of the keys are simply made from cheap substandard plastic. Don't bother to get a replacement key from the dealers; it's way too expensive. I discovered a few places that can cut and code keys at a third of the price the dealers will quote.
The factory fitted integrated radio/CD is rubbish. Reception is bad and Toyota refuse to investigate the problem, even though it's a Toyota product.
The rear view mirror started vibrating so badly while driving that it almost made me car sick. Again Toyota refused to have a look at it, and insisted on replacing it with a new one, quoting me R1600. I took it off, replaced the mounting and the problem is solved.
I had a break in where the small window in the left rear door was smashed and the bigger window was simply forced down. The alarm wasn't triggered as it is not equipped with a motion sensor.
I'm never looking forward to servicing the car, because for some reason I always experienced bad service at the dealers.
Front seats lack lumbar support, especially for taller people. Not very comfortable after 300km.
On the plus side, I get excellent fuel economy thanks to the VVTI engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th March, 2014