I'm also a Corolla owner and I agree with your review. The handling is bad and it's noisy too. The same thing also happened in the 2009 Corolla.
I agree with the bad things said about those 08 Corollas. THEY ARE OVERRATED for being $19,000! That's a waste of money! I drive an 08 Corolla for my delivery. It's a company owned car. This car is strong, yes. The gas mileage is about 32 mpg. BUT what I hate about these. They are BORING LOOKING! They are TOO typical looking! HATE IT! (The 09s look a little better.) The wheels and hub caps are from Pic N Save. And the instrument panel, the background light of it HAS to be on, or else you can't see the speed at all! Plus of course this car rides really bad! Too NOISY! Feel & hear every bump!
A friend of mine owns an '08 Corolla, and having ridden in it myself, I think it's a very nice vehicle. I think it has an excellent ride actually, it felt very smooth, even down her bumpy, dirt driveway that is about a mile long, that she traveled at about 25 MPH on. I felt the bumps of course, but they were much better absorbed than even my car, which is an '08 Civic. Her Corolla has a little over 60,000 miles on it now, and to the best of my knowledge hasn't had a single problem.
Just do a internet search of Toyota recalls and you will see just how dangerous and poorly engineered these vehicles are!
All I know is that I purchased my 2008 Corolla in late 2007. Since then, I have put 101,575 miles on the car with zero problems. I purchased the Toyota extra care, which is a warranty that covers the car up to 100,000 miles. I wish that I hadn't done that, because I never had to use it. My only complaint in the beginning was about the tires, which I had to replace after 30,000 miles. After 3 Corollas and 2 two Tacomas, I remain faithful to Toyota.
I replaced my 11 year old Saturn in May of 2008 with an 08 Corolla, thinking I'd "upgrade" for better quality.
In February of 2009 at about 20,000kms, less than a year later, the service engine light came on. I had noticed that it's a little sluggish in lower gear, especially when going through a parking lot. So I immediately called the shop, they said it could be because of our temperature variation lately; the day it came on, it was a balmy 10 degrees; considering the time of year it was a gorgeous sunny day. Then they asked if I'd just put gas in, because if you don't close the tank well enough, it can come on... I responded that I hadn't in-fact I was at about 1/4 of tank and needed too (ps my 11 year Saturn was better on gas). So no that was not it... so I brought it in, they couldn't figure it out by then, so they reset it and sent me on my merry way. The VERY next day it came on again.
Needless to say I was back and forth about 4 times... finally said figure it out before handing me the keys back. So they took it for test drives, putting about 100 kms on... finally got the error message to 'trip' and thought it was the dash cluster. So I brought it in, they replaced the dash cluster & sent me on my way... not telling me that by doing this it replaced my odometer as well. My dash looked odd, but couldn't place it... UNTIL on my way home from the deal... the same day they said it was 'fixed' the light came back on again. Well I left a rather exasperated message for the shop manager, they said to bring it back YET AGAIN. I said they'd better get it right or keep the darn thing.
I dropped it off first thing the next morning, they couldn't figure it out... soooo they had to order a special computer to analyze my car, would take about 3 days, but would call when it came in. They couldn't tell me if by driving it for 3 days anything would be damaged (oh great :-( ), so as it was all warrantied up the waaaazooo, I took it home and drove.
I waited the 3 days... they came & went by day 5 I called them... oh yes the machine was in... I waited for them to say drop it off ASAP... they didn't... so I said I would anyway, and again didn't want it back till it was REALLY fixed this time... and oh ya, the odometer was 0, can you fix that too.
So... after all this... they still couldn't figure it out... so they kept my car over the weekend - no courtesy car. So I did what I could with family help. Monday morning came... no call.. by the afternoon still nothing... so again I called them. Oh yes, they had my car...fixed? uhm... maybe...
By this time I was not happy with the service, never mind the level of "fixed" they figured was good enough.
So... I finally go to pick up... they had to replace my whole computer, oh and by the way, had they done this check before, they wouldn't have had to replace my dash cluster & therefore my odometer. Great for low mileage but... how if I wanted to sell it, how do I explain such low mileage?!?!?!?! Not their problem.
Did I mention they didn't wash my car either?
Overall, it's a car, it's not bad, but the service was appalling, and I'm still concerned about the quality. When the recalls came out, I checked to ensure mine wasn't on it... it hasn't... yet... but there is a clicking noise when I brake after backing up then going forward, which according to the shop is 'normal'. They've 'oiled the calipers & all, but it'll come back'... oh joy.
Have I said how much I miss my Saturn? It's true... I do!
"Have I said how much I miss my Saturn? It's true... I do!"
This doesn't surprise me at all. One of my God sons bought a new Saturn in 1998. He put just under 200,000 miles on it without a single problem. His brother bought a 2004 Corolla and it has spent more time in the shop than on the road. He is now buying a Ford Fusion. He wants to actually DRIVE a car, rather than sitting in a service department waiting room, reading magazines.