"I bought this car new in July 1995 and am still driving it. It's reliable, gets good gas mileage, has good cargo space, yet is the size of the Corolla sedan. I had trouble with is at 22,900 miles and 44,000 miles, when the clutch went out. Toyota replaced the clutches and I have not had a problem in the last 70,000 miles.
Other repairs have been minor. The most serious was a new alternator a few years ago. The exhaust system is original.
Toyota discontinued the Corolla wagon in 1996. I wish they would bring it back. I'd buy another one. However, as well as this one is lasting, it will be a few years before I need another car.
Two weeks ago a stranger in a parking lot asked if I wanted to sell the car and offered to pay cash. I did not even consider it. I love my car!"
"I'm so thankful for its superior construction and reliability over the past 13 years I've owned this 1994 Corolla. I had to buy rust treatment in a bottle 2 years ago, but it chemically bonded with the rust along the bottom and behind the rear wheel well."
"Car is easy to maintain and generally no parts needed. I did have to replace the fuel pump twice in two years though. Gas miliage is about 30 miles to the gallon. At 60mph the rpm's are up. It would get better gas miliage with an extra gear, no doubt. I own an automatic transmission. Car has great starting pickup but doesn't have alot at 52mph when pumching. You can put in 2nd gear manually and get the performance. Top speed is 105 mph. Car does perform well on the thru-ways at 70mph. Car is excellant in snow with good snow tires. Currently using "Winter Force" tires, car is a monster in snow! Overall rating this is a good decent, dependable car for the money."
Cons: "Exterior paint clearcoat wearing off in places."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This has beent the best care I've every owned. I've had to put very little money into it except for routine maintenance. The only thing that is not holding up so well is the exterior paint. The clearcoat has worn off,and the paint has gotten very dull in those areas. Other than that it's great."
"I've owned this car for a year and a half. The last owner really drove it hard so it's cost me about 5 grand on regular maintenance stuff like struts (replaced all 4 struts, strut mounts, coils), stabilizer bar links, tires, breaks, windshield, etc. But I haven't had to do anything out of the ordinary. The car has great agility and maneuverability, it's small and fits almost anywhere. Also most of the parts I find to be pretty inexpensive. Because of the year of the car there tends to be rust spots (any old car would be the same) so I used an orbital sander to sand all the paint down and used spray cans (Tremclad) to repaint the car orange at a cost of $200. Paint has held through a Canadian winter with no chips or rust. Auto paint would have cost me $2500 and now I have a sweet orange car with HID lights and a cold air intake. Cons: 2 crummy cup holders in the front, none in the rear, no biggie."
Pros: "Fun little car, great on Gas, low maintenance cost"
Cons: "A little small, a little too low to ground for us"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The Corolla has been in the family from day 1! Since 1995 it has taught 3 teenagers how to drive a standard; has been driven by everyone in the family and has seen the entire country just about!
Best two wheel drive car I have ever driven in snow and still after 16 years will still achieve 35 mpg's on average.
A little loud now on the interstate around 70 mph, but still the most reliable vehicle!
Very much worth the money.
Low repair cost and low frequency of repairs which is a plus!"
"My brother inlaw gave me this over 4 yrs ago .He said it may only last 4 months .It lasted over 4yrs and he gave me it with 160000 miles on it minor repairs. I now have 262,000 miles.It is great on gas and very reliable.Last night a motorcycle hit me. I may have to say good bye to my poor toyota Very shook up. I love Him! will buy another."
Pros: "good gas mileage, reliable, easy to care for"
Cons: "little things break easily"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned this car now for over 11 years, and it has been reliable, safe, and sturdy the whole time. Never had any engine or brake trouble, and it gets pretty good gas mileage for its age. The only problems it has (and most Toyotas for that matter) is the "little" things break. The trunk is stuck, the plastic stuff is broken, and the speakers have gotten bad. Minor stuff - otherwise, definitely a recommended buy!"
"I bought this car new in 1994. It only had to be towed once in 184,000 miles, because of a dead battery. It has been an outstanding car here in new England. It still gets over 32 MPG, loves to be driven hard, and is the third best car I ever owned. Sadlly, it has now reached the end of its life. it needs full exhaust ( original ) , brakes, and timing belt. The hardware is starting to go, as children can be tough on a car.
Remarkable that this car has the original clutch, and the engine and transmission are strong as ever.
If you can get hold of one of these cars, my advice is to buy it, and run it to the ground."
"Purchased brand new in 1994. I've had it for 17 years now and still very reliable at 173,000+ mileage. Only have had normal wear repairs. Have used it for work, errands, deliveries, home visits, pleasure drives . . . you name it! I have lent it to a couple of friends learning to drive as its compact size is very manageable to a new driver. Started using synthetic oil in it since it hit 100,000 miles. My mechanic told me his own Corolla is 850,000 miles and he still uses it to go to work. Impressive!"
"I have owned this car for 1 year now. I paid $3400 and I feel like I've allready gotten my moneys worth. I bought it with 89,000 and now have 107,000 miles on it. I drive it 300 miles a week and couldn't be happier with the gas mileage (33 mpg) and excellent reliability. It might not be the most stylish car but it has more cargo space than my wifes 2006 Ford Escape, which only gets 22 mpg on a good day. I'm happy to have made it a year with no real issues. I'm very curious to see how many miles I can put on it. Bring on 250,000!!"
"Model: 1996 DX Sedan
MPG: 35 (new), 31 (now)
Owned it for: 13+ years
I think the 1993-1997 series were the best corollas that Toyota has produced. Current models seem to have cheaper plastic interiors.
- Tires (twice)
- Timing belt (twice)
- Battery (twice)
- Brakes (once)
- Transmission Flush (twice)
- Coolant flush (twice)
- Cooling system Thermostat once. [stuck on open: Car ran cold!!!]
- Emission sensor once. [Engine light came on.]
- Starter replacements twice [starter seems fine. It seems as if the contacts get worn down fast. Replaced with rebuilt starters].
Other than the starter replacements, the others seem par for the course. Regular scheduled maintenance (5K intervals) seems to bring out items that may need replacement."
"Dealership wants to buy back my car for 110% KBB value (I'm sure because of the need for good, low cost, low maintenance, good gas mileage cars in this economy), but I want to reap the benefits for now. :)"
"I bought this 1995 Corolla Three years ago, with a 192,000 miles on it already. The condition was excellent, clean, and dependable. The only thing that Ive done to this car was a few oil changes, a timing belt, water pump, tune up. I love this car. Its very dependable. I drive 30 miles to and from work daily. Its never let me down. It now has 250,000 miles on it. The A/C blows cold. I never done nothing to the a/c and never has the previous owner. I'm the second owner. My goal is to drive this car to 300,000 or more. TOYOTA rocks!"
"I bought my 1997 manual Corolla in 2004 with about 75K on it, and it now has 132K and running like a top. Never a problem. Ever. I replaced some basic things like timing belt and water pump, tires, etc. But this thing NEVER broke down. Change the oil every 5K and it runs like a charm. Smooth ride, great little commuter, and has never disappointed me. Reminds me of my 81 corolla that went 14 years... This one is "basic basic" (no power anything, but steering), but who cares. Great little car that I love."
"At 330,000 miles, the list of original equipment still in the drivetrain is impressive; engine untouched- except timing belt, orig clutch, trans untouched, orig alt, orig water pump, orig exhaust- except e manifold for a crack. I could keep going about original equip. Yes it is tired and needs work, but I still need a few more out of it before I can start doing any serious engine work. I'm a DIYer with formal auto training and drive it daily for work. To say this car was a bargin is an under statement. I've owned it since nearly new (96 w/ 6k miles). Most of its life it has had synthetic engine and trans oils."
"This car is one of the best I have ever owned! It hasn't had a major problem since I have owned it! I bought it with 215,000 miles 3 years ago. It's rolling over 260,000 and still trucking! It's air conditioner went out, but that is what they made windows for! I bought it for $1600, at the time it was worth only $200 more. It has not even dropped in value! It's actually worth more now! Amazing value! If you can buy one, BUY IT!!! Well worth it!!!!!"
"The best car I have ever owned. Drove it all through college. Now I have a family and it's my husbands commuter car(gets 30mph). We're hoping it runs til our son is old enough to drive:) Only negative is the head lights(they don't light up the road very good)."
"The car has been ok. I bought it with 140k miles on it. I had to replace the timing belt(scheduled Maintanance) which was around $400, one of the drive axels($200), the alternator ($150) the drivers side window switch. I now have an issue with the steering wheel. Not sure how much that will cost. The speedometer and odometer also reads high which has been documented in the news. For a car with 170,000 miles I guess it's pretty good. I'm hoping the next 100k will be better. The car gets good gas mileage. I like it because it heats up and provides good heat on cold Minnesota days."