Review: Toyota Corolla (1997 – 2002)


Reliable, efficient and satisfying to own if you want undemanding A to B transport. Huge range to choose from.

Bland and dull to drive. Reliability concerns over British-built Y2K Corollas. Sudden thirst for oil on 1.6s.

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11 July 2002

4,555 Corollas, VIN range SB1JM to SB1KZ recalled because some brake master cylinder reservoir cap air vents are blocked which can create a vacuum in the reservoir leading to increased pedal stroke.... Read more

20 May 2002

6,600 Corollas recalled because bolts joining rear brake and hub assemblies may loosen, in extreme cases leading to the wheel falling off. Read more

3 August 2000

Restyled at the front for 2000 with new 95 bhp 1.4 litre and 109 bhp 1.6 litre VVT-i engines, 90 bhp 1.9 HDI diesel and six-speed gearbox for 1.6SR. List prices cut to from £8,995 still with three... Read more

Toyota Corolla (1997 – 2002): At A Glance

What does a Toyota Corolla (1997 – 2002) cost?

List Price from £21,305
Buy new from £18,611
Contract hire from £203.02 per month
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Why is my Toyota Corolla burning oil?

I have a Toyota Corolla (year 2000 model) and it is burning too much oil after every 1500 miles. Is the engine ruined or is it a simple fix?
It will either be the piston rings or the valve stem oil seals. Rings aren't worth the huge expense of fixing. Valve stem oil seals would be about £300. Or you could try one of the STP treatments that might help, but can't be guaranteed to.
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