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Toyota Corolla (2002–2007)

Last updated 14 February 2017

Comfortable, well equipped and dependable. Huge range of body styles and refined, economical engines. Rated highly by owners.
Not the most accomplished ride. VVT-i engines can suffer bore liner problem and guzzle oil after 40k miles.
Updated 9 January 2017

R/2016/236: Driver’s side airbag inflator may rupture: It has been identified that in the subject vehicles, there is a possibility the container of the inflator of the driver’s side may rupture....

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Think Corolla and you think reliable but characterless. The 5-door version looks like a Chinese die-cast model of a Skoda Fabia done from memory. And your first impressions confirm your prejudices. Light controls. Over-light steering. Short gearing. Dashboard flat as a coal face. Nothing to get even mildly excited about.

Then you take it out for a second time and find Dr Jekyll blurring into Mr Hyde.

Toyota Corolla 1.6 T Spirit 2002 Road Test

Toyota Corolla Verso D-4D 2004 Road Test

Owners' reviews

good, economical , generally reliable car
Gearbox bearing problem
Generally reliable motor but look out for gearbox bearing issues!

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