1988 Toyota Corolla FX from North America - Comments

12th Mar 2007, 17:00

Mine has 19k and still runs great only thing that's wrong is the side mirror is broken, no fm radio, poor paint job, not registered, and messy interior I only got mine for 300usd!!!

5th Dec 2007, 12:30

I bought my 1988 2DR FX Hatchback for $35 with 112,000 miles, running a little rough. Had a family friend take a look, cleaned out the Carb and it runs great now. I think I get around 25 MPG in town, about 30-35 MPG on the road. I love the car and for $35, you can't even buy a bike. Something this economical and dated has so much value and character.

28th Dec 2007, 22:48

I have a 88 Corolla Fx. It has 190,000 miles. I've always been happy with it, and I'm always looking for ways to make it run better. I've replaced the engine, carb, suspension, wheels, exhaust. I am always looking for parts and/or info on the FX. If anyone out there has more info on service manuals, and wiring diagrams please let me know. Info is very hard to come by, even through the dealer.

8th Jul 2008, 14:28

My 1988 Toyota Corolla FX (2door hatchback subcompact) has

238,000 miles on it. I am emotionally attached to this car---it has been with me from it's birth and is now 20 years old. It has seen me through roughly half of my life. I don't know what mileage it gets, but it is good! I will never abandon this car to another, but will drive it till it's natural death, even though I also have a 2005 Subaru Forrester (for appearances and the dog). The Subaru mileage is not that great.

Go Toyota. Mechanics tell me the engine can go forever.

19th May 2009, 00:46

Mine has about 188,000 miles. I've owned it for about 9 years. Still fun to drive.

20th Jul 2009, 14:27

Mine has 358900 km, it still runs great!

19th Aug 2009, 02:47

I just bought my 1988 Corolla FX about a month ago, and have already put 1200 miles on it. When I bought it, it had 38,800 miles and the interior matched the mileage and the car was looked over very well so I was happy. Had the oil changed and it runs perfect, I get around 35mph driving with the AC ON, yes the car has AC and it works pretty good.

If you want a good daily driver get one of these cars. Great car for someones first car too, slow and easy to drive.

5th Oct 2009, 01:58

I bought my 88 Corolla FX with 240,000 miles on it for 250 bucks. Just needed a jump and it made it home for me. Great little car.

18th Nov 2009, 19:28

My 88 Fx runs great... I'm in the process of replacing the brakes (master cylinder, booster, etc) 188,xxx miles, and with preventative maintenance, should see another 100,xxx+. GET THIS CAR.

5th Jan 2011, 00:39

My uncle "T" actually gave me an 88 white (new paint job by the way) Corolla FX Hatchback this past Christmas with 63,380 miles on her. Best gift I ever got! I call her my Lil' Japanese Tank. He switched her over to synthetic oil while in his possession... nice move if ya ask me. Very comfy seats that hold ya, even on long rides I must say n' I'm a big fella.

-P.S. No wonder why people were so happy during the 80's. ;)

6th Jan 2011, 19:05

I had a 1988 Toyota Corolla FX 1.6 carb, 5 speed. It was grey metallic, 15 inch chrome wheels, 225xxx miles, runs strong as hell. Traded it a couple of years ago for a Honda CRX. Biiiggg mistake on my part. Just got her back from my boy, who sold it back to me after he bought it back from the guy I traded with... now that I've got her, I will never let her go... Get a tiny glass pack and muff tip; while us carb dudes may not be that fast, we will be loud as hell to make up for it.

17th Dec 2012, 12:01

I love my '88 Corolla FX 2-door hatchback. It may look like a boxy little piece of junk, but it's still going strong at almost 300K miles, and still gets 25 to 30 MPG in city driving. Only real trouble is, I have the devil's own time trying to find parts when something needs replacing.

Recently the linkage connecting the windshield wiper motor to the blades broke (this is usually called the "wiper linkage" or "wiper relay rod"). I've looked around locally (here in Sacramento CA) and online, but no luck. Anybody know how to find a wiper linkage (or for that matter parts in general) for this wonderful old car? How do other owners deal with this problem?

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