2004 Toyota Corolla GL 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand


Absolutely great car


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


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


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


If standard isn't an option, buy a Sportivo


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.