"Bought this car from my sister at 118,000 miles or so back in 2007...she was the original owner. She had only ever done very basic minimal maintenance on the car (Firestone)and the only thing I have done over the last 9 years and 200k other than original maintenance is - back struts - one wheal bearing - replaced power steering hose (did it myself in 45 min.) -door handles x8 (all 4 inside and 4 outside...did all myself) all adding up to about $1500 over 9 years and 200k! The only reason I cant give all 10's is the little nonessentials do begin to breakdown overtime...but thats a small price to pay for a car that I will use for 20+ years!"
"I've driven many card models including: cadillacs (least safe due to limited visibility out the rear), Mercedes, fords, chevy's, and dodges. This is the only car I haven't totaled. Bought it with 150k, I've put over 100,000 miles on it so far and hope to get to 300000 by early 2018. Here are a few items of note.
First: Timing chains aren't forever, they need to be replaced after 200k miles.
The worst: The interior door knobs always break. But it's a cheap fix, $10 for all 4 including shipping on ebay.
The best thing though is if you find yourself a neighborhood mechanic, this car can be maintained super cheap. Used parts can be found anywhere.
I need to keep an eye on the oil level and top it off every 1000 miles or so, but this car really does run better than it did when I first got it 5 years ago with no signs of quitting!"
Cons: "Bad year for oil consumption. Dated design."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Currently nursing my 2001 S model with 5 speed as the engine is worn out and using increasing amounts of oil. Car is increasingly smoking when pulling away from a stop light, particularly if facing downhill.
Positives: Very reliable. Dash is perfect! Power windows work perfect, Seats have no rips. Heat and defrost work fine. This car plows through heavy rain storms at 70 mph with confidence. I made a set of $300 Costco tires last 85,000 miles. Have never changed the rear brake pads but then again, although I drive 70mph on the freeway, I stop very gently on all other roads. Les Schwab recently said pads have life left in them! Love driving this beater in my very affluent neighborhood filled with the latest expensive cars - nobody will park next to me.
Negatives: Requires about 2 quarts of oil/month. Downshift into third gear is notchy and requires a slight pause and gentle nudge - becomes instinctive. Clear coat paint is GONE leaving my formerly shiny black car a dull black with giant rings of white almost like salt left on a surface after seawater has evaporated. Paint on plastic rear bumper cover can literally be washed off leaving whitish primer showing. Passenger power window switch fell down into armrest. Factory radio is terrible and can't hold any FM stations. Headliner is beginning to come undone at rear window. Plastic headlights yellowed and clouded. Low beams are awful. High beams are amazing. Fan motor has developed an annoying high-pitched whine on higher settings. Ticking sound in dash concurrent with high beam indicator light slightly flashing - alleviated by turning on headlights. Very odd and seemingly random. Check engine light has been on for 80K miles for phantom emissions that no mechanic can seem to fix so I ignore it.
Buy new interior door handles on Ebay for $11. I replaced a rear one my kids broke 4 years ago and it was a simple 5 minute fix with a screwdriver. I used only Mobil 1 synthetic oil and Toyota filter but still ended up with massive oil consumption. Don't bother using nice oil - just get the cheapest at Walmart. Will be dumping this $750 car soon and will not buy another Corolla as the design is dated and technology/materials has moved on."
"Many miles but still reliable & drives well. Four new tires, good sound system. Passed inspection in June. Needs paint job,small dent repair and interior cosmetic work. Perfect first car for teenager."
"Bought this auto from a dealer as a demo. Had about 4K miles on the odometer. Has the been the best lasting/running car that I have ever owned. It has been towed just once when my wife tried to decapitate herself by hitting a semi truck from behind. Wife fine car repaired.
I am 6'5"/300 and have plenty of head room though due to leg room it is not a good long distance car for me. I have owned this vehicle for just short of sixteen year now and am retiring it for a more comfortable model as I am retiring.
Aside from expected maintenance, I've replaced two starters, one alternator, three driver side door handles(interior) one door handle(exterior). Replaced struts, annoyingly four serpentine idler arms after 110,000 miles. The replacement idlers are not Toyota's and aren't holding up.
The Corolla has been a great car for me. It has saved me thousands of dollars over its life. I am very happy."
Pros: "easy to drive for newbies, easy on the pocket."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have had cars and SUV's which were better looking and with more status but you can't beat the Toyota corolla in reliability and cost efficiency. It has never let me stranded due to any mechanical issues. It's like an old B-17 no matter what, it will always bring you home."