I think Toyota still makes good cars, but I just got one of the few that was poorly built
The car had rattling noise at 3000 miles caused by bolt that came loose in door panel. Air fuel sensor seized into exhaust manifold at 5397 miles. Air fuel sensor seized into exhaust manifold at 5419 miles. During test drive check engine light re-lit again for another malfunctioning sensor.
This was an OK car until recently. But it seems as though it was poorly built as things are beginning to fall apart and malfunction on it. Since everything is still under warranty, it hasn't cost me anything extra yet. Beyond that it still does get excellent gas mileage and the dealer has definitely tried to get the car back working again. However, after I got my first check engine light at 5397 miles, it hasn't gone off. Everytime they fix something, something else breaks. So, it has been in the shop for the past week as new things break or break again. This is definitely something that I didn't expect from Toyota as my old Ford never had any of these issues.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 11th April, 2007
12th Apr 2007, 08:36
Isn't brand perception powerful?
Had these problems occurred on a Chevy, the title would read:
"GM cars are junk. I'm going back to Toyota/Honda."
But since we all perceive Toyotas/Hondas to be perfect, when these problems occur on a Toyota, we just assume it's a fluke.
12th Apr 2007, 17:28
Yes, why judge GM on forty years of horrible cars when you can judge the ones that are made now or in the future. After all, that elusive quality must be there somewhere, sometime, right?
Please. There is a reason Toyota is soon to become the #1 automaker on the planet.
2006 Toyota Corolla CE 5-speed 1.8L VVT from North America
38 MPG, most reliable, least owner $
No Problems. This car was PERFECT until the transporter from port to dealer dinged the edge of the hood chipping the paint to the metal. Made by the UAW in California like ALL US Corollas, this car has a high-tech metallic paint job with free clear coat (don't pay the dealer for it, the factory does them all except white cars which get extra coats). It replaces a big Chrysler LHS and I'm 6'1" 250LB, but very comfortable in my Corolla. This small car has grown up, comparable to an older Camry. The CE 5-speed is the HIGHEST MILEAGE non-hybrid, gas car sold in 2006 at 41 HWY. I've averaged 37-38 in easy suburban driving during first 2,500 miles. I expect to own this car for over a decade and not have to repair anything. New for 2006 are roller bearing shifter, rear shelf integrated brake light, and other minor improvements to the 2003 redesign.
I researched my next car purchase carefully in Fall 2005 as US gas prices headed toward $3/gallon. My 1994 Chrysler LHS cost me $6,000 in repairs over 15,000 miles. Corollas are the most common car model in the world (parts will be plentiful and cheap) with one of the best repair records ever. Simple, reliable, economical and fully equipped base CE for under $15,000 it was my top choice based on total expected cost of ownership. If you can afford the gas, a base Mazda 3i manual sits and drives exactly like my 3-Series BMW... a real hoot to drive for about the same price. Otherwise, the sloppy handling, but nicer looking Corolla is hard to beat. For $1,000 less you can get a Kia copy with PW & locks. Or just add the CE upgrade kit for $550. No other options are worthwhile. Order yours, don't accept a dealer configured one with useless extras.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th February, 2007
2006 Toyota Corolla GLi 1.3 from Pakistan
Never buy Toyota cars otherwise you will waste your money
Engine block of the car break up during warranty period.
Toyota engineers could not found the actual problem even they did not give me a claim.
A taxi or motor bike is always better than Toyota cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th February, 2007
19th Feb 2007, 07:52
Unbelievable. Hard to believe.
19th Feb 2007, 13:13
This is not at all hard to believe. This is the 5th Corolla I have heard of (including one a neighbor of mine had) that literally fell apart before 36,000 miles. Toyota has dropped way down in quality (FAR below the domestics) as is evidenced by the landslide of major problems voiced by Tundra, Camry, Highlander and Corolla owners.