2004 Toyota Corolla Reviews

2004 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8 gas from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.8 gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 kilometres
Most recent distance183500 kilometres
Previous carDodge 600

Summary:

Best car I ever owned!

Faults:

The original tires were only good for about 50,000km. The replacement tires lasted twice that long.

I had a noisy wheel bearing at 126,000. The Toyota dealer told me it was my tires, so I had it fixed elsewhere.

The brake pads were replaced once, then all brakes were redone at 162,000. I did that myself.

Most maintenance was done by the Toyota dealer.

Overall, I could not have asked for better reliability.

General Comments:

My fuel mileage averaged almost exactly 40mpg (UK gallons) over the time I had it.

I towed a 4X8 utility trailer, which I used for home use.

I had a roof rack I used for canoes and a rooftop cargo box I used occasionally for extra cargo space.

In the winter I carried chains, and they came in handy a few times.

It served as a multipurpose vehicle for me. It was very economical and very reliable. I really could not have asked more from it.

It was written off when someone rear ended me at a stoplight. It was not badly damaged, but with the cost of repairs, the age and the mileage, it was not considered worth fixing. The insurance company paid me out for the car.

At the point of write off there were no outstanding issues. The car was running like new and showing very little aging. The interior was still nice and the paint was holding up well.

It never had any squeaks or rattles, ever.

I bought the car originally from a car rental company. When it was written off, I went back to the same company and bought a 2009 Mazda 3 sedan. I bought the Mazda because it is a more sporty handling car, and it came in RED.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2011

2004 Toyota Corolla GL 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired41206 kilometres
Most recent distance83800 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Absolutely great car

Faults:

Absolutely NOTHING, the car is fabulous, great to drive, comfortable, very reliable, and has a pretty good amount of power.

My friend has an 02 Astra, which is the rival, and he has had a few problems with leaky radiator and broken air con. Have also found his car uncomfortable.

Overall, would recommend this Corolla to anyone. Even like it better than the new one!

General Comments:

Same as above really.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2011

2004 Toyota Corolla ZZE Conquest Seca 1.8L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Astra

Summary:

Everything I want in a car and nothing that I don't

Faults:

Number plate started to rattle.

Battery went flat in the remote.

General Comments:

The biggest problem I have with this car is that because it requires so little effort from me to maintain, I keep forgetting to keep the tires inflated and check the oil.

Every time I check the oil it's still full, but I'm sure one day it won't be.

I have had this car for four years. I just drive it, and it keeps doing what it's supposed to do.

The only maintenance that's ever been done is the scheduled maintenance and tires.

My previous car was a Holden Astra, which was always getting repaired.

It's taking me a while to get used to having a car that just keeps going.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2010

10th Feb 2011, 20:09

My 04 Corolla's plate at the rear rattles as well. Solution - stuck some sponge up behind the plate and has worked great (provided you don't slam the boot too hard, cos it falls out).

2004 Toyota Corolla Sportivo 1.8 VVTLi from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 VVTLi Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser

Summary:

If standard isn't an option, buy a Sportivo

Faults:

Steering wheel showed signs of wear.

Rear left tyre shows signs of uneven wear, possibly camber adjustment.

General Comments:

The first thing you notice about this car is how elegant it looks. It only comes in a hatch and is only offered in premium colours. My 2004 'Rolla is a Dark Blue Metallic Mica, which in my opinion is the best colour. The other things you notice are the 16 inch alloys, the lowered riding height due to the sports suspension, the modest but beefy looking body kit with Sportivo badging, and the stainless steel exhaust tip, which is hooked up to 2 inch piping, all factory standard.

When getting into the vehicle you are welcomed with black leather and more metallic finish panels than you can point a stick at. You also notice that you can't see the dash until you turn the vehicle on, as it is a back lit display in red, which adds to the sporty feel. My only quibble is why they didn't make the centre console the same colour, this is in a distinctive green.

The ride is firm and grips well. You feel most of the bumps on the road as the suspension has been tuned to almost racing specs. Unfortunately, too much body roll dampens the feel of a true sports car. The chairs are comfortable, but lack enough 'hold' to keep you firmly in your seat around sharp bends at acceleration. The leather is premium quality.

With 6 gears to choose from, you're always welcome with smooth gear changes and a lot of rev range. The Sportivo is powered by the same engine used in some Lotus' and the Celica. Toyota's 1800cc 4 cylinder 16 valve with VVTi with lift. Sounds great doesn't it. All we need to know is that when you take her past 5600rpm, she gets up and she rev's her little heart out to 8200rpm, producing 141kw. Which is an amazing feat for such a small engine. Why they stopped offering these engines in the Corolla I don't know, they really are amazing engines.

The Corolla Sportivo has become somewhat of a cult vehicle, like the early Celica's and Hilux. It uses less than 9 litres per 100km and produces more power than a standard 1.8. It's comfortable, safe, economical and very easy to the eye.

Buy one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2010

28th Sep 2010, 10:43

I agree, although I would say when standard is the best option, as this little beast is ready to race straight out of the box. Discontinuance of engine is due to emission laws I believe.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 26 reviews