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Toyota Corolla (1997 - 2002)

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reviewed by Anonymous on 11 April 2019
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1.3 GS 3 door manual

reviewed by Toyota Red on 23 May 2010
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Overall rating
3
How it drives
4
Fuel economy
4
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
5
Cost of maintenance and repairs
4
How practical it is
3
How you rate the manufacturer
5
Overall reliability

Its reliability is exceeded only by its blandness. About as cheap as transport gets.

Not the sort of car you're likely to have noticed until you own one, then it dawns on you that the roads are full of them. And with good reason too, since they do not seem to suffer from much rust(an oft-repeated criticism of Japanese cars). Indeed I've yet to see a rustbucket example of this car, which is now up to thirteen years old.

The car is pretty slow, but it is fair to say that its reliability is remarkable. Ride quality is good, and the interior trim is drab but sensibly laid out.

In the 16,000 miles I've done since the car was bought, no non-routine maintenance work has been required. The total cost so far is as follows:

fuel 10.1 p/mile (46 mpg average @ 107p/litre average since bought)
maintenance 4.1 p/mile


The maintenance bill includes four tyres, a cambelt change, M.O.T. costs and all other filters/servicing items.

Economy is over 45 mpg if driven sedately, which it is easy to do, but will drop to sub-35 mpg if pushing it hard. Fuel costs/mpg are done from odometer and litres purchased since I've owned it.

The 3-door boot is pretty small, with a decent supermarket trip taking up most of the room, but four adults can easily fit inside. The GS equipment levels are fine for what most people are looking for, with A/C (not climate control though) included (The A/C produces a noticeable change in engine braking rate if it comes on while rolling in gear approaching a junction with no throttle input.)

Overall, a hugely satisfying car to own due to its reliability. It is a decent small runabout, and can go further too(although it is no mile-muncher) and I expect to own it for a long time yet.

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