2006 Toyota Corolla CE/SE II 1.8 from North America
None it's new.
4 Years ago we test drove the new 03 Corolla's and loved them. Then we went out and got a brand new Cavalier. For 3 1/2 of those four years we regretted the decision. Well we just purchased an 06 Corolla CE with the SE II package which gives in addition to power locks and Air--A power moon-roof, and power windows and mags. It is metallic black and it has a manual shift. Sporty for a Corolla.
I am writing not because I have a big history with this car, but I am writing from the viewpoint of a recent purchaser.
I chose Toyota for the following reasons:
GM built a substandard automobile that I was unhappy with for 4 years. It was in the shop no less than 12 times in 20 months. At less than 80,000 km the dashboard literally shook going over bumps and the car creaked and rattled all the time. The seats put my legs to sleep.
GM was going to give me the world to get me back... I didn't want to get sucked in again.
In comparison to the Mazda 3 and Civic the Corolla lacked the pizazz, but seemed to be a better value. It offered more bang for the buck.
I am pleased with the purchase and hope I will enjoy many years of trouble free motoring and excellent resale.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd May, 2006
8th Oct 2007, 20:11
Update on this review. I wrote the above review. The car now has 43000 klm. on it. We have had no trouble with it whatsoever.
A month ago we were rear ended by an SUV doing about 50 kph. It did $7500 in damage. Amazingly the doors still opened and the car remains tight. The car is repaired, but today we traded it for a new Matrix. Toyota has another loyal customer.
7th Feb 2008, 15:38
We bought our 2006 Corolla Sport new and it now has almost 90,000 very hard run km's on it, it runs like a champ and we love it to death. The only thing we need more is cargo room, I was thinking of trading the Corolla for a Matrix so I ask you do you think you did the right thing by trading to the Matrix? Is the gas mileage the same? do you feel as comfortable in the Matrix as the Corolla? Thanks, Tim.
27th May 2010, 19:51
We did purchase the Matrix, but only kept it for one year. It had rattles in the rear during cold weather that drove me nuts. The gas mileage was a good 6-8 mpg less than the Corolla on the highway and it rode terrible. I do long highway commutes constantly. It was just a little too busy and harsh a ride for my liking.
We now have a Toyota Highlander. Much happier with it.