1st Mar 2007, 18:35

Well, I've yet to see one of these "magical" Corollas that has supposedly made it to 200,000 miles. No one I know has ever gotten 100,000 out of one without having some really major problems, and I know of half a dozen people who bought brand new Corollas and had engine failures before 36,000 miles.

13th Mar 2007, 21:25

I owned a 94 corolla and sold it at 163xxx miles for $3200 couple years back. I have 2 (two) sets of brake replaced, 3 sets of tires, starter, thermostat, timing belt, water pump, regular oil change, cd player and bunch of wipers.

That's all.

Go justify the quality of corolla.

14th Mar 2007, 04:44

I guess Corollas actually are magical, because they do in fact easily get 200-300,000 miles on them, some reviews I've read here, the car seems to be headed for more mileage than that.

14th Mar 2007, 15:52

But you just said your buddy got a Chevy Aveo and it's been great. Way to contradict yourself again. So, are you driving this car as well as your room-mates Focus? Maybe you're the one who beats the crap out of your friends' cars, and then you both sit around shrugging your shoulders about why his cars are so unreliable. Maybe it's time to buy your own car and quit mooching off your friends.

16th Mar 2007, 12:12

I don't own a Corolla. I have a 2006 Camry LE V-6 that has convinced me NEVER to buy another Toyota. This car has been in the shop an average of once a month since I bought it (new). The service is much worse than Ford (my previous car) and the bad transmission still is not fixed. If I can find someone stupid enough to buy my Camry for what I owe on it, and there seem to be plenty of those folks on this site, I'm going to buy another Ford. My last Ford had less problems in 100,000 miles than this Toyota had in the first month of use.

16th Mar 2007, 15:24

I'd think the build quality of the Corolla would be even worse than the troublesome Camry, as it is a cheaper car. I think commenter 12:12 will be much happier with the more reliable domestic.

9th Apr 2007, 21:15

Corolla is the ONLY car I personally know of in which half a dozen blew their engines before the warranty was out. An engine should last 36,000 miles in ANY CAR. The only car that has ever left us stranded on the road was a Corolla with 11,000 miles on it.

10th Apr 2007, 10:56

My Focus never blew an engine, but it did leave me endlessly stranded in the three hellish years I owned it. Funny how you can't even start the engine when the ignition lock simply disintegrates.

11th Apr 2007, 17:31

Our 2001 Focus never had a problem and was never in the shop for ANYTHING. It was a great economy car that drove and handled like a sports car.

16th Aug 2007, 04:19

I have a 2003 Toyota Matrix with 5 speed transmission. The tranny went out at 125,000 km's...That's about 75,000 miles. Hmmmm... maybe the engine will go to 300,000 miles, but if I need a new tranny every 75 at 3000 dollars a pop it will cost me 12000 which is almost the cost of a new car!

18th Aug 2007, 20:04

The Corolla I'm replacing with a newer model had 276,000 miles.

13th Dec 2007, 13:24

I am just thinking whether I should choose Corolla or VW Golf. From what you guys are saying here, I conclude I'd better go to VW. Thanks.

22nd Mar 2008, 19:02

Don't buy VW bad service.

16th Jul 2008, 13:56

I bought my Corolla brand new in '89. I had to replace the alternator after over 100k, put tires/brakes/battery/rotors on it, when needed. I did a new timing belt at 100k... and I got 220,000 miles on it. I lived in the Syracuse, NY area and the salt ate the body out of it. I'd still have it today if I was in a more southern climate... I see that same make and model all the time... NOW that I live in the DC area...

21st Jul 2008, 22:20

My 2006 Corolla hasn't been Toyota like. I have owned many Toyotas and I've worked in a tire shop for 15 tears. I do get a lot of feedback on all the makes and models.

After reading this, I agree with a lot, but also disagree with a lot posted.

First, my Corolla will be my last Toyota period, I have owned it 2 years and had the front struts replaced, the serpentine tensioner and two belts replaced, the water pump replaced and my fuel economy is far from the government ratings.

Now for the domestic cars; they keep coming in with a consistent amount of complaints, GM (Daewoo), CHRY, and Ford are getting better, but not the answer if one wants reliability.

HONDA, trust me... Honda is not in partnership with anyone, they make all their own parts, THEY don't SOURCE OUT anything like Toyota and all the domestics. The Koreans are making very reliable vehicles with a ton of standard options, dollar wise the best value even over Honda.

And if you are thinking Euro vechicles, they drive the nicest, handle awesome and use very little cheap plastics, but the reliability and replacement parts are not desirable.

Be aware of Toyota, I'm trading mine in as soon as the warranty is up, and my next one will be a Nissan, Honda, and yes Hyundai...

23rd Jul 2008, 11:38

Interesting. Our Ford went 320,000+ miles (no major issues), our Chrysler went 240,000+ miles with no problems and our Buick has 270,000+ miles with no problems. How is that NOT reliable??

Import owners are guilty of both believing and perpetuating the myth that domestics are not reliable. The current highest rated car in the world in reliability is a Ford, not an import. A third of the "World's 10 Best" are GM, and the Cadillac CTS and Chevy Malibu are "Car of the Year" and "American Car of the Year" respectively.

4th Sep 2008, 22:17

Quality has seriously gone down hill, beware before purchasing these now.

27th Sep 2008, 19:17

My 2006 automatic corrola is jerking forward hard to second gear. I didn't notice this when I bought it (used) a few months ago. Any idea what it is... emergency to fix?

15th Nov 2008, 11:56

I find this thread interesting because I'm thinking of replacing my 2001 Volkswagen diesel Beetle with some 2005 or 2006 Toyota Corolla. I drive 50,000 miles per year, so gas mileage and car reliability matter a lot. I have always driven VW diesel cars since 1984. My latest results are with a 93 Golf: gave it to my son after running it 300,000 miles (500,000km) : no engine or transmission problem ever.

My Beetle has 420,000km (about 260,000 miles) and motor - transmission A-1. However diesel costs 20% more than regular gasoline, so a Corolla may be cheaper to ride even if gas mileage is lower. 2006 Corolla boasts over 45 miles per US gallon highway driving whereas a 2001 diesel consistently gives me 50 miles per gallon. Does anybody really get 45 miles per gallon consistently? And is 300,000 miles out of a Corolla (recent models - not 1998) true, or just lucky and rare results? If anyone can confirm.