2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8 from North America
Ask me what things have not gone wrong with the car?
You are a poor student, and everybody advises you to buy a reliable car that is low cost. You will have enough time for more fancy ones.
You borrow money, and work hard to be able to pay for the Corolla you bought.
Everything starts from the 2nd week, and after 2 years you have paid $2200 on repair/parts.
Your stupid friends have bought crappy (!) GM, Ford and VW old cars from junk yards. The difference is that you ask them all the time to drop you at the shop to see what's happening with your car or pick you on their way to the party, as your well build Toyota does not run.
I still should feel smart that I picked a Japanese 3 y.o. car over those crappy ones my friend drive. No?!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st April, 2011
21st Apr 2011, 20:23
I drive old $500 Chevys and Fords, and they work great for me.
The old cars are more reliable, solid, and easier to fix.
I have had many of my friends buy newer, more expensive cars, and then ask to borrow my beat up old Chevy van to get to work while their car was in the shop.
This happens to me all the time, but I have never had to borrow a friend's Honda or Toyota because my Chevy didn't work. Even with 350k, it starts every time!
Not to say Toyota and Honda didn't used to make good cars, they made great ones in the 80's and 90's, but the newer ones are just junk! Toyota engine blocks crack all the time and they burn oil, while Honda has awful transmission problems time after time.
My advice is sell it and pick up a budget beater just like your friends. Unless you care about status or impressing others with a newer car, the Corolla is useless.
Even if your $500 car has a few problems, the Corolla repairs will be more expensive to offset the difference in gas mileage savings.
It's more economical to pay cash upfront than make monthly payments on a car.
Every student should avoid having to make monthly car payments! I was a student once, and used to ride a bicycle back then! Good luck with your car.