2002 Toyota Corolla T-Sport 1.8 from Romania
Perfect for me
Nothing so far.
Just a bang when I start and drive. Read about it and it seems it's from ABS although is nothing serious.
I have to replace the rocker bolts (known as "lift" bolts) as preventive action (these can break and go in oil bay). According to Toyota they need replacement after 100.000 km (there is a TSB for this). There are 2 bolts and the cost is less than 1 Eur / piece.
Sure, it's loud, but after all it's a sports car (noisy just above 140kmh when it has 4.000 rpm in 6th gear).
Seats are excellent. Plenty of comfort for long distances and very good side support.
Dashboard is very ergonomic and everything is at hand.
Handling is very good, but there is a bit of body roll. Lowering the springs and installing a stiff bar will improve that a lot.
They could have installed an MP3 player, but it's just a CD player.
You have to rev it to get the thrill. After 6.200 rpm you have a smile on your face.
Acceleration is very good for this price. Yamaha engine is more like a bike engine so, high revs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th April, 2007
I've changed the lock pins at Toyota service and they told me they noticed that the 2 lobes from intake camshaft are worn. I've checked and they were quite worn. I've changed the camshaft, Toyota covered 50% of the part price. Also they gave me warranty 6 months for the work and 2 years for the part. The car had 107.000 km. Now it has 110.000 km and no problems. Anyway I'm gonna go again for a check-up.