Used Toyota Corolla Saloon 2002 - 2007 review

Category: Family car

Section: Advice for buyers

2002 - 2007 review
Toyota Corolla Saloon (01 - 07)
  • Toyota Corolla Saloon (01 - 07)
  • Toyota Corolla Saloon (01 - 07)
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Toyota Corolla saloon?

Toyota drivers seem to have little to complain about, according to What Car's JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey and other similar studies. Complaints that do exist centre on annoyances as opposed to major faults, things such as condensation in the rear lamp clusters and squealing brakes.

This Corolla has not been without its faults in other areas, but Toyota appears to have been quick to recognise and rectify them by issuing recalls. In 2002 there were recalls over brake concerns and possible gearbox damage. Front passenger airbag worries arose in 2004, more brake trouble in 2005 and further airbag concerns in 2006.

Full details are available at the Vehicle and Operator Safety Agency website at Just make sure the car you are considering has had the necessary work completed.

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