2005 Toyota Corolla Hatch 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
Toyota's philosophy of "even though it's good, why not try to improve it" should be re- termed "if it ain't broken... Leave it alone!"
I am very disappointed with aspects of my latest Corolla.
To replace a rear brake or indicator light, requires one to dislodge the light holder from the top to bottom, then extract a festoon type of bulb through a ridiculously small entry portal with the smallest of hands of a midget! What an improvement! (my son's similar car had a festoon globe fall into the lens itself - requiring an hour's work to remove half the boot fittings to remove the light fitting - to extract the bulb! Great Toyota!)
Then I needed to install a tow bar for a light trailer!
Wow. What an improvement in design. First I had to physically cut off a piece of the number bar tabs, then remove all the boot lining, followed by removal of the bumper bar itself, and then insert a tapped bracket for the front bolt hole fixer inside the chassis subframe. Great design work Toyota! - not... Why not machine a proper threaded hole as per the others? Derr!
Then there is the issue of the wiring for the tow bar! What a nightmare. With the crazy wiring colour and non-compatibility of standard stop/ tail light arrangements of most trailers, one requires a 'converter module' or Toyota loom. Great, except that in Australia they no longer stock the loom as it is "too old"!!!
And the 'converter module' items are nowhere to be found.
I can't believe that the trusted simplicity of Toyotas has been distorted to such lunacy!
Then there is the craziness of the "wiring loom" that was available for the same model Corolla, differs from the sedan to the hatch. Really brilliant!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th September, 2012
3rd Jun 2013, 04:46
All this so called "review" is about is how difficult it was to add a tow bar and wiring. You got frustrated with the vehicle by adding on an aftermarket accessory. Try adding something about reliability, what's it like to drive, fuel economy etc. Can't even believe this was allowed to be posted; it's not even a review.
15th Apr 2014, 18:00
No kidding. Who the hell tows with a Corolla anyway? It WASN'T designed with that in mind, so don't complain about the design! Buy a Tacoma!
9th Apr 2017, 05:37
What are you towing is best question. You cannot randomly blurt out a Tacoma. It may not be recommended either. People will put hitches on anything.