My corolla was bought 4 years ago used, and I was surprised that it was still running just like new. I bought it for around 2-3 grand with a new radio inside. The car was mainly bought because it features 29-35 mpg and was a gas saving car. After some various repairs because the original owner left it slightly messed up it looked like a new car. It has four doors which I liked about this car. Mainly, because it annoys me when there's only two doors and it becomes an annoying hassle to fit more than two people in and out of the car. The cars ac can cool or heat up the whole car in a few minutes which is also nice. The trunk is also more spacious than I thought it thought it would be. Its big enough to fit a decent sized stereo in the back and have enough room for a basketball and groceries. I would only recommend this car to people who only have a little money to spare and for first time driver though.
Sadly, there are also many down sides to cars this old. Cars like my corolla are still years old and parts will break down and after driving for a while I noticed that parts of the car were starting to break down. The glue on the car was starting to come off and crack. Then the door wouldn't unlock unless it was done manually. Both cup holders in the front and middle of the car are broken. It seems like an extremely cheap car when you're inside of it and outside of it. Its design isn't that bad, but most corollas on the road this old are all usually in bad condition. Cars like these are also usually considered cheap.
Now I'm going to basically list up my opinions of this car.
Starts up fast
Cheaper than most
Parts will undoubtedly break unless used with a lot of caution
Inside the car everything seems to be made of cheap plastic
Will scrape sometimes when going up a curb with only 3-4 people inside
I bought a 1988 Toyota Corolla GTI about 3 years ago for £1600, it was my first car. It was owned by my boss when i worked at Halfords, and he had treated it to a few goodys. * 15" TSW Stealths * Scorpion Stainless exhaust * JR Induction kit * Jamex Sports suspension kit. As soon as i saw it, i fell in love with it. Its been a pleasure to own, and i have had no real problems. A couple of minor issues, but most parts are readily available from mail order scrap dealers. Its got 152,000 miles on it at the moment, and is still going strong. Its performance is excellent, and it will eat most hot hatches for breakfast. It handles great too, and seems to stick to the road. The styling is still not that dated either. Its 14 years old, and still turns heads. The insurance was painful at first, as a new driver I paid £1300 TPF&T. It was worth it though. The only complaint i have, is that the corollas after looked so boring. I have recently bought a Fiat Bravo 1.8 16v, so the Corolla has gotta go. I am gonna miss it, but have sold it to one of my mates for £500, so at least i know its going to a good home. The new Corolla T-sport looks nice, its got the performance too. A bit costly at the moment, but maybe in a few years time :o)
I bought a second hand Corolla, with low mileage about ten years ago. It was a pleasure to drive and looked very stylish. Never had a bit of trouble with it. The only negative thing about owning a Toyota is that now I cant't change to another make. After about five years with the Corolla I thought I would have a change but was only happy with Toyota models. I bought a 1994, year old Carina E, which I am still driving. Again no trouble mechanically but not as charismatic as my old Corolla.