2003 Toyota Corolla Reviews - Page 6 of 10

2003 Toyota Corolla T3 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

Hugely recommended quality car

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

The first thing I noticed about this car was how quiet it is, I mean seriously quiet, you can barely hear the engine and there is no wind or road noise to speak of.

The dashboard is very well designed and made of very high quality materials, if I had one gripe I think the seats are a touch too firm, but they are superbly supportive and have an infinitely adjustable ratchet system to get super comfy.

ABS with EBD, numerous airbags plus a very high quality CD player come as standard as do electric windows, mirrors, air con, fuel computer etc...

Another surprise was the ride and handling, which are simply superb, especially in bad weather it is unflustered by strong winds, heavy rain and shrugs off flooded motorways as though there is no water at all. You can chuck it into corners and the steering weights up nicely and the car offers loads of grip, it really is a sorted chassis. I can take bends at a much higher speed than I could in my 200SX, it really inspires confidence.

Performance wise its not going to set your world alight, but you get used to it, I guess it has 0-60 of about 11secs, but a lot of usable power through the rev range. The fuel consumption is nothing short of spectacular, around town I get around 36-56mpg and on the open road anything from 48-60mpg, it makes me wonder why buy a diesel Corolla, aside from the extra torque it isn't that much better on fuel plus it sounds like a tractor at idle.

I have read a few reviews mentioning niggles with UK built Corolla's, mine is Japanese built and really is perfect, I think its worth stipulating a Japanese built one when you go to the dealer, they usually have a selection in stock.

All in all I can't recommend this car enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2004

4th Apr 2007, 17:31

Sorry to hear about your complaints about the creature comforts with your Corolla, but rest assured, you will have a lot more mechanical issues with your VolksWagen as time goes by. My wife has a 1997 Golf K2 that ran flawlessly up until the 150,000KM mark, and now it has hesitation, stalling, Catalytic converter failure, (replaced, with no difference in performance)...We have spent $2000 on this piece of German crap with no improvements. We have taken it to 3 mechanics, and they have advised us to trade it in "while it looks good." IMO, I will take reliabilty over Prussian (in) efficiency every time. I am German by birth, so I am not biased in any way. NO WONDER WE LOST THE WAR!!! I will only buy Toyota, and thank god, my wife now thinks the same way....a little late, but hope for the future!

2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8 1ZZ VTTi from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 1ZZ VTTi Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance34200 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Great economy car

Faults:

Nothing mechanically has gone wrong with the car so far.

Around 28,000 miles a filter had to be changed behind the glove box. It was a filter for the air conditioner.

The car has been tapped on the rear bumper from other drivers in my apartment complex and the paint flakes off very easy. My mother was also involved in an accident and hit in the front and a majority of the paint was chipping off.

General Comments:

Definately a car that is easy to drive. The steering is very predictable. The controls are easily accessible for the driver.

The engine compartment is very "roomy" with plenty of space to fit your hands.

The trunk has a good amount of space for items.

The stereo system is great for a stock system.

Problems I've seen with the car are the visibility of the windows in the car. They are somewhat high and small. The rear headrests can intrude vision when backing up at times also. I almost backed up into a Civic in a parking lot because the headrest block my whole vision of it.

The rear seats are also quite small and can be cramped for taller people.

The driving pedal doesn't have much of a range to control the throttle.

I also received free oil changes from Toyota, but its pointless as it normally takes 2+ weeks to make an appointment to get it.

Overall it's a great economy car and will fit the needs people will usually need in this car class. Awesome gas mileage also! I average 26 miles a gallon.

Would definitely suggest an new XRS for those who are more interested in tunning and performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2004

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 37 reviews