2010 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8 from Mexico


Terrible transmission and terrible engine


At 142,000 km the transmission was damaged and I had to change it completely.

At 173,000 km a connecting rod of the engine broke and damaged a piston and monoblock. I had to change the engine completely.

General Comments:

It is the most prestigious car in the world, but it has been one of my worst cars. Now it's only half a car.

The performance of the car is bad.

There are no lights on the board and I added a high flow air filter to increase the response.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th April, 2018

15th Apr 2018, 03:31

What happened to the transmission?

Please let us know.


15th Apr 2018, 14:02

A Toyota Corolla is "the most prestigious car in the world"?

Horrifying news to Rolls, Bugatti and Maybach owners everywhere... ;)

15th Apr 2018, 23:02

I think the original reviewer meant "most reliable" car in the world. Which the Corolla was at one point in the late 90s voted by many motoring magazines. I don't know if it still holds that title today.

16th Apr 2018, 04:04

Started skating and hitting the change from 3rd to 4th.

When I took it to my friend's workshop, some plates had a lot of wear; did not come in the repair kit.

It was cheaper to make the complete change than to do the repair.


16th Apr 2018, 04:08

I clarified that my comment is about the sedan.

Bugatti and Roll Royce are now sedans?

16th Apr 2018, 07:07

That’s subjective to the actual owner really. The review car obviously was held in high regard by its owner. My first used car was bought a year before I even had a driver's license. Even my parents didn’t even know about that buy til they got home. My dad wasn’t real happy on seeing it at first, but said I negotiated it well. At that time (age 15), to me it held that very title. 1950 Plymouth tagged and running price, $50.00, purchased in 1968. So a 50 for 50. Waxed it, detailed and cherished it. Sold in 1972 for $300.00 to my high school teacher. That was my prestigious Rolls Royce in my mind at the time. In reality though you are right.

16th Apr 2018, 13:54

A 2018 Rolls Royce (sedan) will run around $420,000 base profs before taxes. I would rather have a convertible version however.

16th Apr 2018, 15:02

No, not anymore, Toyota quality started to slip in the late nineties.

2010 Toyota Corolla S from North America


Headlights began to fog up on the inside with moisture, but the dealer replaced both front lamp housings, even after the warranty expired.

Replaced the electrical computer module for the steering system, also under warranty.

General Comments:

This has been a great car, even though I drive it less than 2,000 miles a year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2017

2010 Toyota Corolla VVTI 1.8 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Mechanically good, but lots of cheap plastics


The rear parcel shelf supporting lug has broken off for little or no apparent reason. Toyota stated that it was fair wear and tear, but I believe it is a design fault, in that the lug cannot support the weight that it would be reasonable for the lug to be carry. To repair the broken lug involves the replacement and fitting of a whole rear inner plastic component, involving up to $350. If this was considered or involved a matter of road safety, Toyota would recall and replace the faulty component, but it is easy to dismiss such a claim for non safety issues.

General Comments:

Generally good mechanically, but is let down by the over use of cheap plastic components that are easily scratched and are under engineered.

Also suffers badly from road noise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th July, 2013

18th Jul 2013, 21:36

I totally agree with you. Reliability is good, but it's been long enough that they have been in the market - they could surely improve on the material quality and road noise. I have a 2012 Rav4.

The Honda Accord has done well, being Japanese, but Toyota has lot of work to do on sound proofing and material quality.

19th Jul 2013, 15:09

I did a lot of work on my friend's 2009 Corolla before he finally traded it for a much better built 2013, Ford Focus. The Corolla was a very cheap, extremely poorly built car. I'd never recommend the Corolla or any Japanese car to anyone looking for a reliable, quality built car.