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Used Toyota Corolla Estate 1997 - 2004 review

(1997 - 2004)
Toyota Corolla Estate (97 - 04)
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What used Toyota Corolla estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Toyota Corolla estate?

To cut a long story short, the newer the car, the better its fuel economy will be - although the post-2000 face-lifted versions are pricier. For example, the early 1.3-litre achieved 40mpg and the later 1.4 matched that, while providing increased power and performance.

After February 2000, the VVT-i 1.6-litre provided 39mpg compared with just 34mpg for the previous version. And, the 2.0 D-4D gave 47mpg compared with the 42mpg of the earlier 2.0- and 1.9-litre diesels.

For all that, though, remember you need to do your sums before opting for a D-4D. It'll be more expensive than petrol versions to buy and you need to do a reasonably high mileage to make up for the extra it costs in lower fuel bills.

Insurance ranges from a reasonable group 6 to 9, and independent Toyota garages are no more expensive to pay per hour than their Ford, Fiat and Nissan counterparts, so this is not an expensive car to run.