2003 Toyota Corolla Reviews - Page 8 of 10

2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5428 miles
Most recent distance27004 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

I love my car!

Faults:

There's a rattling noise that comes from somewhere in the dash, but it's easy to tune out and it's not constant.

The cover for one of the center dash compartments came half off, but it was covered by my warranty.

The window rattles a bit if I'm driving on the highway with it down a couple inches, but I don't know- that may be how it is with all cars. I've never owned anything other than a Corolla.

These are the only problems I've had as of yet. I love driving my car!

The seats are so comfortable, and it's a good thing, since I drive 100+ miles a day 5 days a week.

It's also incredibly roomy and the trunk space is more than adequate.

My favorite part of the car is how well it handles accelerating around turns.

The only minor problem is that on the highway you can't tell when you're speeding since the ride is so smooth. Sure, that's where cruise control comes in handy, but I've got a lead foot and it feels great to fly past all the other cars. Sometimes I'll think I'm going 75 mph and I'm going 90-95mph.

What sucks is that since I drive on the highway so much, the front end of my car is all chipped up. All the other cars and trucks kick up a lot of rocks and pebbles, and I tend to follow a bit close. But that's my own fault.

The car's also got a great sound system.

The two thing I wish the car had is a sunroof and the ability to open the trunk with the key-less entry.

General Comments:

It's an awesome, reliable car.

It's very comfortable with 6 way seat adjustment.

It was a pretty good deal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2004

17th Apr 2005, 10:49

If you wish to protect the front end of your Corolla, there is a product out there I think it is called InvisiBra. It's a thin clear layer of adhesive polymer that works like a regular leather bra, but is pretty much invisible. This will protect your paint from the chips you get on the road, but the layer must be replaced periodically.

2003 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

There's no better automatic-equipped small car anywhere for any price!

Faults:

Weatherstripping around driver's door starting to wear from entry and exit...no way to avoid rubbing against it! Headlights could be better, but re-aiming them should help.

General Comments:

This is, without question, the finest small car on the market and arguably one of the world's finest cars, period. Fit and finish on this California-built car are up to Lexus standards. Even the interior oozes quality, with a cavernous back seat to boot. The new-for-2003 version doesn't leave you feeling like you've just bought a rental car. In fact, it looks and drives much like my dad's 2000 Avalon. Viewed head-on, it's a dead ringer for an Avalon. Those looking for a seat-of-your-pants driving experience are better off looking at a Focus SVT, Jetta or Neon R/T. As nice as this car is, the driving experience is a bit sterile, substituting quick reflexes for a more neutral, user-friendly feel. The Chrysler K-car-style rear axle beam certainly doesn't cry "performance." But for longevity, quality and resale value, the Corolla simply cannot be beat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2004

19th May 2004, 08:08

The floor in the back has the hump. With the Honda civic you get a flat floor in the back and roomier feel.

4th Nov 2004, 17:25

I have an 03 Corolla, no hump. There are however a nice set of rear cupholders. Best car ever, 43,000 miles in 4 years and not a single problem.

27th Jul 2011, 03:49

The best thing of these Corollas is the suspension. The bad thing is the engine noise. The worst thing is the automatic transmission. I have never found such an unpleasant transmission. It's old for the 90's! In acceleration, the car is extremely noisy, but very sluggish.

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