This has never been a car that had stood out to me and being a lover of toyota in general I believe there cars are by far the most reliable I have ever had and in theat list I have had Vauxhall, Ford, Nissan and Rover cars. My previous toyota softop MR2 had to be abandoned when I started a family and searched for a realiable family car which i believe I have found. Even though the engine in only a 1.6 it doesn't show and for years I have desired and automatic mainly because I am a lazy driver and this model has exceeded my expectations it is easy to drive, with anti lock breaks ideal to cope with recent british weather and resonably good mpg I can't complain. This model also comes with adaquate boot space and has room enought to fit 2 prams and the shopping. It obviously depends on the modification of each vehicle my main features are the anti lock breaks a/c and toyota's standard and precision is definetly shown smart reliable family car that still looks good.
I admit it, I am a car nut - always have been! But for the first time since passing my driving test ten years ago I have bought a sensible motor! Gone for me the days of the flashiest, fastest cheapo car I could find. A succession of smokey old bangers ended with a 1988 two-litre fuel-injected Sierra Sapphire(car-god rest her soul!). I know a mechanic who is always raving about how marvellous the entire Toyota breed is but especially the generations of Corolla (none of which he can speak unfavourably about). My 1999 Toyota Corolla 1.3 GS is the most fun I have had in anything under two-litre engined in a long time. It's not quite Mini-Cooper grin-inspiring but it really does feel good to drive. The body shape and styling is quite unique and I find a lot of people taking notice of the car as I drive along. It has done under 20,000 miles so you wouldn't expect anything to rattle yet and sure enough it doesn't! Nothing leaks, whistles or rattles.(Unlike a Citroen of about the same age and mileage that I had the sour wisdom to purchase many years ago!) The GS model was fitted out by Toyota with a handful of fun gadgets and a deal of security too. There is the fairly high specification Toyota branded "face-off" stereo, the engine immobiliser and audible alarm system (operated by remote central locking)plus passenger and driver airbags. Other gadgets include electric windows, electric tilt-and-slide sunroof, height-adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel plus air conditioning (which doesn't hammer the fuel consumption too badly). The dashboard is very deep which really gives the Corolla a "big-car" feel while driving. Small touches set Toyota apart too, like the clutch foot-rest which is so handy on motorway journeys yet sorely absent in many other makes of car. There are a variety of handy storage compartments making good use of the space where you would inst all a CD-Player instead of a blank wasteland as in many cars. And sad though it is, I love the drinks holder :-) and the fact that the light behind the dials is adjustable for those late-night motorway journeys. That's one things I would have missed from the Sierra! I'm still getting used to standard hatch-back items such as folding rear-seats, rear window-washers and the like, so I don't feel fully qualified to make comparisons. However, I am moving house in a few weeks so perhaps I will report back with a "how-many-boxes-I-squashed-in" analysis later! The suspension is pretty stiff so all the little road bumps do tend to be felt which is a slight disadvantage, however the superb roadholding and handling is such a marvellous experience that I have no doubt which I prefer. Where the Sierra was like driving a fast marshmallow, the Corolla is a veritable go-kart. I even drove it up to the Scottish Borders to give it a complete thrashing on the roads I grew up on and learned to drive on. At one point, in some twisty bends on a road I know like the back of my hand, a Golf GTI struggled to keep up. He had no problem catching me on the straight but the Corolla sings through a corner and I barely had to brake at all! I probably knew the roads a lot better than him too but I was still very impressed with the Toyota's superb performance and handling. Recently I was lucky enough to have a friend offer me his Ferrari at a track day at Donington Park. After eight laps, at racing speed and thereabouts, in a 360 Modena most other cars are a glum experience. Surprisingly, the Corolla still seemed a joy to drive and a pleasure to own as I ambled home at 70mph. (Honest officer!) If anyone is considering purchasing the 1.3 GS model (second now as the range has moved on) I can only thoroughly recommend it! Apart from the fun I am getting an average 45mpg! But you can't have mine :-) < br>
This has never been a car to excite, either in looks or performance, the former through uninspiring and only recently changed design, the latter largely because it has had a limited range of engine options in the last couple of generations. Indeed, in a world where 1.4 litres has been the standard mid-class for a long time, the aged 1.3-litre petrol unit that powered the bulk of Corollas produced for our market has made it uninteresting for those with what one might call a real interest in cars. A reputation also enhanced by the length of time the Corolla name has been rolling on the roads of the world. While there's no gainsaying that the product has long been consistently reliable, tough and ... well, inoffensive, it has never been the F1 fans' first choice. Well, that does not bother me in the slightest. This car is my little baby, it runs and runs and like its bigger predecessor - WhichCar top second hand car buy for much of the 1990s -, should last forever without breaking down and provide a solid second hand value when I come to sell. The car is cheap to insure (about £600 for 21yr old) - especially important for myself and everyone under 25 -, and although it has this reputation for driving like a long yawn (see mailings here and everywhere) - a reputation built up over the last two decades of dull but reliable toyotas -, I don't feel like i'm clambering into a disabled buggy when i get in this car, I don;t feel that way when I'm driving on the M25 - bar the car-park at junction 10 perhaps - and I don;t feel that way when I lock the car at night. Image is worth something, and thankfully this car has more than the escort, more than that I do not need. I'll be alive tonight, the corolla takes care of that.