What should I look for in a used Toyota Corolla estate?
Toyota has a reliability and customer satisfaction record that most companies would kill for, and in general the sturdy build quality with which most models left the line is still evident many years later.
Having said all that, a visit to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency website (www.vosa.gov.uk) shows that all is not rosy. There have been some serious concerns with the brakes, including the risk of the brake fluid leaking. Passenger airbags have given problems too and there is the chance that they may activate when turned off. Check the website and make sure that, if a recall was required, the work has been carried out.
While engines, gearboxes and interior trim enjoy a solid reputation, the Corolla estate can suffer a few annoying niggles such as condensation in the rear lights and squealing brakes. These glitches aside, this is a very reliable car.