2005 Toyota Corolla XRS 1.8L 2ZZ-GE 6-speed from North America


Powerful, economical, reliable, and comfortable!


Other than oil changes, tires, one set of brake rotors and pads, and other upkeep, I only had to do the thermostat at 83,000 miles.

General Comments:

The Corolla XRS is Toyotas entry into the sport compact league. It's a very fun car to drive, it doesn't force you into your seat with acceleration, but there's another set of valves that open up at 6,200 RPM's that feel like a small turbo charger, which is a pleasant surprise.

The ride and handling is wonderful, a wonderful blend. To those of you who have driven VWs and Audis, you will find the ride and handling similar.

You can easily have 4 people in the car in relative comfort. The trunk is of average size, if not a little larger, for a car in its class. I find the seats to be very comfortable. I'm 5'8", 170 lbs., and male. I can sit in this car for 3+ hours with no complaints on a road trip.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2009

6th Jun 2013, 16:15

I am now at 189.9K on this car, and it's a true pleasure to own. Since my last post, I have done less than $1000 worth of work to the car (front struts, a starter, and secondary air valve in the emissions system). It's still very reliable, and will continue to own it until it gets too expensive with repairs. I highly recommend this car, as well as the Lexus GS 400, which I also own (another Toyota product).

I change the oil with synthetic every 5k miles, and keep up with other routine maintenance. A very easy car to own!

2005 Toyota Corolla T Spirit 1.6 vvti from UK and Ireland


As they say, the car in front is a Toyota


Nothing at all; just had a major service and just needed 2 tyres and front pads; great news.

The only thing that doesn't work is the boot light for some reason. Tried a bulb, but not that.

General Comments:

Excellent car, very well specified with electric roof and climate control, electric windows all round, plus loads of other things; just fantastic.

It will always give me around 40 - 42 mpg, so quite cheap to run, and I'm no slow driver by any means.

If you want a solid reliable car, you can't go wrong with one of these. Totally top marks to Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2009

2005 Toyota Corolla GL 1.5 petrol from Trinidad and Tobago


Low cost of ownership and pleasing to drive



General Comments:

The more I drive this car, the more I am in love with it.

I use only synthetic oil in this car, and it performs extremely well with potent acceleration and a smooth pull throughout the range.

The engine is extremely smooth and quiet, and after 3 years there has been no detectable increase in vibration. Sometimes I still have to check the tachometer to see if the engine is running.

It is also extremely good on fuel economy and suitable for anyone on a budget.

The only thing a person may complain about this car is that it is probably too high and the cornering could be improved. However this would come as a compromise to the ride quality.

Steering in car parks and tight spaces is a breeze with the electric steering.

Thus far I have had no problems with this car, and it does not seem to be deteriorating in any aspect.

Quality, reliability and fun to drive in a low cost package.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2009

2005 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8L from North America


Very reliable and inexpensive to own


Nothing Really. A few little quirks such as noisy front brakes and a couple of weird dash rattles.

General Comments:

Reliable & cheap vehicle to operate.

Excellent fuel economy.

Very roomy for this class of vehicle.

Very good acceleration for this class of vehicle.

Driver's seat becomes uncomfortable after long trips.

Should have purchased a Corolla earlier instead of my former piece of crap Cavalier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2008

6th Aug 2008, 21:50

Why the poor mark for dealer service?