This car was bought new in 2002 and has only done 20,000 miles to date. It has always been very reliable, but has always had a few bad points.
When the engine is started from cold it screams at over 2000rpm until it warms up. Toyota said they could do nothing about this because it would mean writing a whole new engine management programme. This cannot be good for engine wear.
The alloy wheels were changed under warranty because they were badly corroded. The paintwork on Toyotas is not as hardy as it used to be and is prone to stone chipping.
Misting has been a major problem from new. Whenever it rains, or the weather is cold and damp, you cannot see where you are going unless you switch both the heater and the aircon on together, which seems a bit stupid. Toyota have never been able to sort the misting problem out.
The interior has a few niggling rattles but nothing too serious. We have owned Toyotas for 30 years, but the quality seems to have diminished greatly since the cars have been made in the UK.
I have had this car from new. It was the last silver one in the country! It's only 3 months old but it does every thing is says on the tin. It has bomb-proof reliability, a good dealership and it's a car that is a joy to drive. There's plenty of go in the engine, too.
I would definitely recommend one. This is my second Toyota and I will definitely buy another one next time. It'll be the Auris next time.
I have had my car from new and it has been main dealer serviced throughout. It was my dream, top of the range, new car and all in all it has been disappointing. Fuel economy is dreadfully disappointing even when driving with economy in mind. 33 round town and only a little more on a long motorway journey. Very rarely over 40. As I had a fantastic Vauxhall Belmont some time ago that returned over 50 even when towing a trailer, it is very disappointing that Toyota claim better fuel figures for this car. However, by far the worst thing is the amount of discs and brake pads it gets through. The last lot only lasted 16000 miles. It went in recently for its service, MOT etc and the bill was £700 as it needed discs front and rear. Then to add insult to injury, the noise we had been hearing turned out to be the bearings in the gear box which cost another £600 to replace. The car has only done 53,000 miles for goodness sake! Main dealer have always been brilliant but I think this car is expensive and over rated. I bought a Toyota because everybody told me how reliable they were. However, it costs a fortune to maintain. We will be changing it shortly and sadly it won't be for another Toyota. So, I seem to have similar problems to Darren Yates who wrote his review. Is the gearbox bearings and brakes a problem that is showing up in a batch of cars? The dealer told me they had never had this problem with a Corolla before.
I have had my corolla for 2 months, and i enjoy driving it everyday. Its cheap to run, feels good inside, and looks classy from the outside. I like the smooth finish of it - a standout from all the other small cars with a fussy design. I bought it in black and have to say it looks very smart. It has lag free power for a small car, but road noise can get a bit intrusive at high speeds, but turn up the music, cruise the bend and this wont be a problem at all. It feels safe and solid when driving it - and doesnt shake or shudder. It is fairly roomy, but i do find the boot a little small. Overall thought, i couldn't have asked for any better.
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