2005 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Supreme reliability

Faults:

Nothing apart from the usual consumables.

General Comments:

If my 'Rolla wasn't pinched by a local low life, I'd still have it. Received the car in excellent condition and put on another 80,000km without a single problem. It didn't even develop a single rattle or bit of loose trim. Absolutely everything worked perfectly all the time. Easy to work on, and parts are cheap and easy to find.

As a driving experience it wasn't particularly exciting, but it had enough zing to get out of its own way and overtake safely. Interior was well made and stood up to the rigors of unsympathetic children. It wasn't quite as fuel efficient as I hoped, but still good on the whole at under 10L/100km in urban day-to-day traffic. About 7.5L/100km on the highway.

The downsides were few, but I was disappointed that the car only had a single airbag and no ABS, when other makes of a similar era were better equipped. The bullet-proof reliability made up for this and I never locked up the brakes anyway because it stopped well. I fitted quality tyres, which helped. Seats weren't great for me on long trips and there was no cruise control. A great little car that felt like it would have done an easy 300,000km+.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2017

2005 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8 from North America

Summary:

Excellent hard worker, and roomy compared to a Civic

Faults:

Paint. Some of the worst paint I've ever seen on a car. Leprosy by 2011. I recommend heavy UV wax.

General Comments:

Other than the paint, the car is a great and dependable vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2017

2005 Toyota Corolla CE from North America

Summary:

Reliable and fuel efficient

Faults:

Regular stuff (front brakes* once, battery once, tires once).

Door to storage compartment under stereo broke off (known issue).

* This base model 5-speed sat in the used car parking lot for 2 years (I walked by it daily with the dog), so the brake rotors were shot soon after I got it. Remember, I live on an island surrounded by salt water with humid winters (add salt spray from cars driving by this dealership).

Summary - for all intents and purposes, I could say that nothing has gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

Most reliable car I have owned.

Performs better than I would expect an entry-level economical fuel-sipper to.

One flaw: driver's seat gets really uncomfortable after about 4 hours of driving (I'm 6'1").

Overall, very satisfied.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2014

16th Apr 2017, 02:57

The 5-speed manual Corollas are borderline speedy - enjoy :)

2005 Toyota Corolla GL 1.8 VVTi from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Efficient, well-built and an enjoyable drive

Faults:

CD player doesn't work.

Intermittent clutch smell.

Blown headlight bulb.

General Comments:

As a city car, the Corolla is hard to beat. Even the entry-level GL has the 100 kW (135 BHP) engine, pulling a mere 1100 kg, which makes for ample get-up and go.

The gearshift is clunky but precise, and the hydraulic clutch is silky smooth.

Steering is nicely weighted and geared, all-disc brakes are fine, but the ABS is a little over-sensitive. Ride quality is very good, for a light car with conventional strut/torsion beam suspension.

Only major negatives are poor rearward visibility, and a lack of traction in the wet.

On the open road, it's not quite so accomplished. The low gearing makes it feel a little buzzy at 100 kph, although it smooths out by 120. Economy very good, 38.5 MPG (7.5 l/100Km), without trying too hard to be economical. Overtaking is not a problem, plenty of grunt.

Pressing on through the twisties, the steering loads up dramatically, and handling is nowhere as composed as, say, a good Euro hatch. It does its best to dissuade pushing hard.

General comments: Plain inside, but nice dash and white-faced dials. Column stalks have a smooth, quality feel. Seats themselves are comfortable, but the driving position is not tailored to taller people. Rear-seat folding is excellent; just as well, because the boot is smaller than you might expect (only 270 litres). Build quality excellent; looking closely in, around and under, there is nothing remotely dodgy about the design and build. There's even a cabin filter for the ventilation system.

Minimal maintenance, thanks to chain-driven cams, hydraulic lifters, no distributor. Combined with excellent fuel economy, and proven reliability, running costs are low.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2013