2008 Toyota Corolla D4D Advanced 2.0L turbo diesel from South Africa
Excellent value for money. This car definitely meets the average motorist's needs
Only changed the headlight bulbs.
The clutch on the diesels I was told is hard, and is the norm with these cars.
There was also a noise from the gearbox when you release the clutch pedal; it was diagnosed as a pilot bearing. The dealer was very accommodating, and changed the bearings in the gearbox, and fitted in a new clutch and dual mass flywheel. It's still a little hard, especially when in traffic, but I was told this is normal because it's a diesel.
It's my first diesel, it's a Corolla D4D, and I'm enjoying it. I like the power band when the turbo kicks in from 1800 RPM, and before you know it, you must worry about the speed traps. You can cruise at 160kms with this car and not even feel it.
This car is very spacious and comfortable for both the driver and passengers, and it has all the interior bells and whistles, leather seats, speedo, and a nice sound system. It's a luxury sedan with good performance and excellent fuel consumption.
The handling is pretty decent with the 205/55/16 tyres as standard. The braking is good as well (EBD).
The fuel consumption is brilliant; on the open road (highway) you can average 6.0L/100k.
I did a trip where I had to travel 1100km to my destination, and I managed 1050km on a full tank. I think I would have got more if there weren't so many hills and curvy roads.
Very pleased, and I think Toyota did well with this one, especially now with the high fuel prices.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th November, 2012