"39,000 miles, ony interior problems so far- drawer door keeps opening, central console door cracked. Mileage about 29mpg in the city, 31mpg on the highway. I plan to change tires this month, they are already bald. The sunroof misses wind deflector, so it's very noisy inside when the sunroof is open. Nice, smooth and responsive ride, a lot of interior space."
"Got a new 06 Corrolla in 2005 and gas mileage has been amazing. Have had no technical problems to speak of and I am at 61,000 miles. However the original stock tires were not all that great and made the car feel unstable at times. Put on new goodyears and it really has enhanced the entire performance of the car. Also the CD player does not like the last 10 min on CDs that are more than 70 min long. When it gets to the final 10 minutes of the disc skipping and clicking can be heard. My advice is this is a great buy but without non stock tires car feels unstable at times. Maybe a new stereo as well."
"Combined city and highway miles for my '03 is
Not a lot of room inside if your a big person.
2003 model has glued down vinyl on top of door panels just above arm rest which will bubble up from lack of glue and the effects of the hot sun.
2004 models have molded plastic on door panel tops which doesn't peel.
When you turn the defroster knob to on in the 2004 model, the air recirculating button pops out to let outside air into the car. This is bad if you are behind a truck hauling pigs or cattle!
The 2003 model does not allow outside air in, in the defrost mode.
All in all the cars are very dependable. Last Toyota I sold had 285,000 miles on it!"
"I always like having something a little different. The XRS model is just that. Only approx. 5,000 were made in 2005. Most all people think it's a regular Corolla with not much power. I have surprised MANY drivers on the streets! This thing will move when you wind it out. The seats are supportive.
The ride is a little hard, but, it does handle well. The steering is too light.. needs more feel. Fit, finish, dependability--- all Toyota!
I get between 28 and 31 mpg. on city streets. More than I expected. Inside info. that Toyota won't tell you. The 91 octane fuel requirement is NOT a requirement. It's for the engine to put out the best performance. 89 octane will run fine and NOT hurt this engine. The computer will adjust to the octane. This is from the Toyota technical representative. If you do some reading, it says, "for optimal performance 91 octane is advised."
Great value for the money."
"The body frame and paint are very fragile and not sturdy. It chips and dents very easily. Also Can use minor improvements on having a larger sun visor and having a shorter setting for the window wiper blades."
"I have the S model, decent 6 speaker/6 cd system, simple but nice styling inside and out. I average 28-30 mpg hwy, not the 41 hwy advertised. I am 6'3" and after 6 months I have just about outgrown this car. For someone shorter and lighter this car would be awesome. No power, but what do you expect from a Corolla. The paint has chipped in a few places and dealer blamed it on rocks and not cheap paint. I have had 2 "no-start conditions", but started up both times immediately afterwards. I would reccomend this car to someone smaller than I, cant beat the value. Nothing fancy, just a good commuter car. The front passenger's legroom and recline position disappear with an infant car seat in the rear, so something to think about if you have a newborn."
"Purchased it new in April 05 and the only work this car has ever needed was an O2 sensor at 44K and I had to reattach the side door molding on both drivers side doors around 60K. If you don't listen to the radio you may think this car is a touch noisy at highway speeds but I love the tunes so I don't even notice. This car has never stranded me A/C still throws ice cubes at me and has been a champion. It has 81K now and it's not even broken in yet. Still get 34-36 mpg and for its size and engine the acceleration is comparable to anything in its price range. Everything still works and it still rides and looks like the day I bought it. Furthermore Toyota dealer service is so much better than GM. The only way I will get rid of this car is if someone pries the keys out of my cold dead hands."
"We had a 2005 Corolla with manual transmission. It got good mileage, had plenty of power, very responsive but rolled when my wife braked on a dirt road. The engine died locking up front drive wheels, causing it to go into skid and roll. I was disappointed in its stability in a slow speed skid.
We replaced it with 2006 Corolla with automatic. Fuel economy is disappointing compared to manual, also has less power. But at least wheels wont lock up when engine dies.
We like the ruggedness and value. It holds up to driving on rough roads, it if will remain in an upright position!
Could be better... should have anti-lock brakes standard, could have more comfortable seats, and should not roll over in a slow speed skid."
"I've owned my Corolla S for two years, and purchased it brand new. I have owned three Chevrolets in the past, and their qualities were OK, but I say with confidence that Toyota REALLY knows how to build a great car. I am able to travel from Rochester, NY to Columbus, OH (400 miles) on 10 gallons of gas. The 6 speaker stereo system sounds beautiful. The trunk is huge - two large suitcases along with more cargo can fit. The seats are very comfortable. It has that smooth, quiet ride and feel. It's a hot looking car with the smoked headlight lenses, 15 inch alloys, and rear spoiler. This car depreciates much slower than the average domestic car. Some Corolla owners have been able to comfortably get at least 200,000 miles on one engine. The Corolla may not fit everyone's needs, especially if they have a large family or own a boat or RV. But the Corolla S has FUN written all over it. I honestly cherish my Corolla S and keep a tight grip on it, especially during these days of high fuel prices."
"My 05 corolla should pay for itself in 6 years with gas savings at 37mpg average versus my old 98 altima at 24mpg average. I also think the corolla looks better and has a better ride. The resale value is much better on toyotas vs. nissans."
"In this price range & size vehicle, I find it to be very comfortable, quiet & reliable as were my previous Toyota's. I am exstatic with the gas mileage (35-41 mpg), and it has a fair amount of power if you are willing to step on the throttle and wind it up to 4500 RPM's or so. over all a great car fun to drive. also fairly roomy in front."
Cons: "It does not have the latest communication devices."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The Toyota Corolla LE that I have is a great car. It's comfortable on long trips, it maneuvers well, and it has gone through snow and ice better than my husband's Prius. I love the 5 speed manual transmission. It makes the car feel sporty without the priciness of a sports car.
It is now 11 years old and my husband and I are trying to figure whether to replace it or his 2006 Prius (which I also love). It seems the Corolla could last at least 20 years, if not many more. It's in excellent condition with only a couple of very minor car door dings from parking lots.
Maintenance has been done exclusively by Toyota until this year when I've been taking it to a closer trusted service place for routine maintenance. The tires, the battery and some belts are the only items that have needed to be replaced, so far."
"The Toyota Corolla S was my first car after high school and was and is still extremely reliable. As a working a student the vehicle was superb in getting me to and from work and school and also taking the occasional road trips (if my mileage did not already hint that) and super great on gas. As long as you take care of the car, the car will take care of you. The car was brand new when I first took out the loan and I have NEVER had a problem and to this day have NEVER had a problem. Even with minor traffic damages (like backing into another car; or another car slightly bumping into you while trying to make a right hand turn and you failed to signal) my car has done wonderful. 10 all the way around!"
Pros: "affordable price, great gas mileage, faithful car!"
Cons: "basic interior, slight road noise"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have a 2007 Toyota Corolla LE and this car has been SOOO faithful to me. I have been thinking about trading it in lately but honestly don't know if I want to part with it yet. It was my first car and I bought it used in 2008. Besides replacing brake pads, a cracked windshield, and hubcaps throughout the years, I have had absolutely NO problems with this car and have kept up on the maintenance (routine oil changes etc.) since I bought it. I recommend the corolla to anyone looking for a reliable car that is great on gas as well. :-)"
"very harsh ride but the car is reliable. had to replace mass flow sensor. transmission needs to be rebuilt to replace a sensor in order to pass a smog check
hubs/bearings may need replacement
no engine problems
did have a previous 94 corolla before this car and it had more miles on it without as much harsh ride
I owned a 83 toyota tercel with 200k miles on it and I don't remember a harsh ride"
Pros: "35 mi to gallon. Needs very little maintainence."
Cons: "May need new paint on trunk cover soon."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought the car when it had 1500 miles on it. It was considered "salvaged" because it was involved in a minor pile up where the front hood and rear bumper and trunk were damaged. There was NO ENGINE DAMAGE. All items were replaced with new trunk cover, hood and bumper and tires. They were replaced with factory replacements by an auto body shop. They sold it to me as a "salvaged" car. I have never had any problems with it, I have kept it in good repair and it has fabulous mileage and reliability. The only reason I want to sell is because I have 2 cars and I want to downsize to one, which is my Infinity SUV. I bought this car in Jan 2008 and I am the only owner/driver."
"I am a big fan of Toyota. There hasn't been a car from Toyota that has failed me. The engine, transmission, starter, alternator, and radiator are factory. I have currently 177,000 miles on it and it runs like a champ. The car is simple, it takes you from point a to point b for as long as any other car or longer. It will not thrill and it will not amaze. Dependable, efficient, and reliable that is why they have sold a bajillion of them."
Pros: "Cute, family car, fun, gas saver, affordable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought my 2005 Corolla for about 10k in 2008, and I still have it going strong at almost 100k miles. It is the best little car. Great gas mileage, comfy seats (actually, I've put rear-facing car seats in it - my child was rear facing until 18 months - to the poster below, I had no difficulties with space regarding rear facing car seats).
The trunk has a ton of space, the engine has a lot of pep. It's reliable, regular oil changes and scheduled preventative maintenance. I'm about to go in tomorrow for new brakes. Great little car."
"GREAT LITTLE CAR!! CORNERS & HANDLES GREAT, NICE COLD A/C VERY NECESSARY FOR DESERT SUMMERS. A LITTLE BIT OF A ROUGH RIDE BUT IT IS A ECONOMY CAR NOT A LUXURY MODEL!! THIS CAR HAS GOT ME THROUGH A LOT OF "PENNY PINCHING TIMES" LIKE SCHOOL WHEN GAS PRICES SHOT WAY UP. YOU CAN'T BEAT IT FOR THE PRICE & ECONOMY!! ;D"
Cons: "None that I can think of after 150,000 miles!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've had this car since 2007 and it has been the best investment of my life to this point. I went from having a very unreliable vehicle that required a lot of attention, money, and worry even when it was working correctly, to having a car that never required an ounce of extra energy. I've taken it in for all required, scheduled maintenance and I haven't spent another dime on anything else. Good gas mileage, better than expected handling in bad weather, and enough cargo space to take 4 very good packers on a 1,000 mile road trip."
"I bought this car used in 2008 with 27,000 miles on it, and ran it up to 144,000 though five years of highway rush hour traffic, country roads, city streets and several long trips. Through all of that the repair costs were minimal. The only real troublesome concern wat that the the AC was inconsistent in the last few years. It could have been fixed, but my brother-in-law mechanic devised an inexpensive work around for it. I believe it would have gone way past 200,000 miles with ease, if it had not been for a rush hour accident in which the front end was severely damaged and the air bags deployed. I came out uninjured, a testiment to the the safety conscious design. At ten years old I feared the worst when it came to insurance claims, however it had held it's value enough to produce a very, very fair pay out.
In looking for a "new" used car, I went first for another Corolla, but sadly did not like the later models as well, so I got a Ford Focus instead. But I would definately recommmed the 2003 version of the Corolla."