2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.7-liter 4-cylinder gasoline from North America


I should have bought the 100k mile extended warranty


Car was delivered with faulty windshield seal. It took over a month and four tries to get the windshield sealed correctly. This was warranty work.

Serpentine belt had to be replaced after two years. This was warranty work.

Battery had to be replaced after three years. This was NOT covered by warranty.

Headlight switch had to be replaced after three years. This was NOT covered by warranty.

Catalytic converter and oxygen sensor need to be replaced now. This is NOT covered by warranty, and no aftermarket catalytic converters are available. The PART ALONE, from Toyota, costs $1300.

There's a suspicious bearing noise that seems to be coming from my alternator. The alternator is still putting out the proper current, so I'm ignoring it for now...

General Comments:

Gas mileage has been excellent. Until the recent emissions problems, I was getting up to 43 mph for highway driving and 30/40 for mixed.

I'm at 92,500 miles, and I'm on the original brakes. And they're still good - I've had them checked.

The clutch still feels like it did the day I drove it home.

The car maneuvers well and is comfortable for day-to-day commuting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th December, 2005

8th Jun 2006, 12:44

I am a bit confused because the review is for a 2002 corolla, but in another part of the review it says that the model year is 2003. Which is it?

10th Apr 2007, 07:04

The catalytic converter most DEFINITELY should have been covered by a warranty. This is federally mandated on this emissions control device... even if the vehicle didn't come with any sort of powertrain warranty whatsoever, your dealership would have been obliged to replace the part on your 2-3 year old car for free.

If they didn't I'd file a complaint with the fta, and start looking for a new dealership.

2003 Toyota Corolla S from North America


The Corolla is a friendly, reliable, sturdy little-big car


Nothing! Not one darned thing! The "Check Engine" light came on once and it was because I had left the gas cap open.

General Comments:

This is my favorite car ever and after I drive this one into the ground, I'll buy another.

It's very cute, the dashboard is very conveniently designed.

It's pretty good on gas.

It's small, but not too small. Pretty room inside for such a small car.

I love love love my Corolla!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2005

2003 Toyota Corolla Sportivo 1.8 VVTL-i from Australia and New Zealand


Don't get a Corolla. Add on $10,000 and get yourself a Mazda 6 Luxury Sports


Well it had to be taken it to the dealers to fix the handbrake because you had to pull it right up to the top for it to work, yet it still failed to work properly.

The sound system (which is a 6- stack 260watt system) had eaten all six of my cd's and we had to take it to them so they could dismantle it and get my cds out.

The leather on the seats has began to crease and open. it is not bad at the moment, but you would expect this to happen after ten years not eight months. It looks as if it will crack open and get much worse.

General Comments:

Besides the Cd eating stereo, non-responsive handbrake and the tearing leather, the car has been good.

Mine is silver, but I recommend people not to get silver. Get black, it looks better in black. When in silver you can see the lines of the body which make it look cheap. get black to eliminate those lines and to make it look way more sportier.

If you do get one because the body kit looks good, make sure you get the full thing. When getting a basic sportivo it has front and side skirts which fool you to believing they are body kits. They are not, they are simply kits nailed on the front and sides to look real. If fake skirts pretending to be kits turn you on about the car, then don't forget to get a rear kit, it don't come basic with the car. instead it has mud-flaps at the rear and no kit. GET A REAR KIT, it will look much better. Make sure, if you decide to get one, get it with a genuine sportivo one.

These cars when transformed from a Corolla Ascent to a Corolla Sportivo go through many changes, one change it lacks in is its height. Ascents and Sportivos are the same height. Because of the side body kits being on the car it does make the car look a bit like a very big Mitsubishi Nimbus. Make sure you lower it. At least 3 ich. When done properly it will not void your warranty though will up the premium on your insurrance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2005

17th Sep 2005, 23:14

Yes I agree with this review truely. I own a 2003 Corrolla Levin. I should have got a mazda six. Corrollas don't handle well. Levin and Sportivo are over priced.

6th Aug 2007, 02:19

Add on $10,000? That's a whole different market. Not everyone who spends thirty grand has another ten to spare! I am very happy with my Sportivo. A bit gutless at low revs, but insane fun when it's screaming past 5000rpm. As for the comment saying that Corollas don't handle well - have you driven a Sportivo? There's a BIG difference!

1st Aug 2008, 22:42

Yes add "another" $200k and get a 911. No worries.

26th Nov 2008, 06:33

Sportivo's are nice cars, especially with the YAMAHA designed 147kw VVTL-i engine, same as Celical ZR, is very zippy.

Theres nothing wrong with a different designer, just sounds weird being made out of a Hi-Fi/Motorbike/Outboard laboratory...

The car is great except the very hard sports clutch and the high CO2 emissions, which was the main reason of being discontinued.

I was about to buy an '03 Corolla Sportivo, but then decided not to. No reason whatsoever.

6th May 2010, 04:05

Leather - Ever heard of re-conditioning? All leather will do this. Get up and clean your leather.

Accents have 15 inch rims and the Sportivo have 16 inch rims with sports suspension. Hmmm...

All of the comments given were opinions based on aesthetic parts of the car. Easily rectified by some simple modifications or simply order one with the full options. You get what you pay for.

Get a Sportivo if you want a Sportivo; the extra 10k will get you a supercharger and tid-bits put on by a local performance shop. What a ride that would be!!!

28th Sep 2010, 10:34

When I get mine I'll review it on performance rather than appearance.