1990 Toyota Corolla SR5, 5 speed, red
with grey interior. Bought used, 2
years old with 22,000km. Twelve years
later and now at 236,000km, this
vehicle has never let me down. I had
the body repaired and new paint job in
2000 and it has held up very well.
Sporty looks, reliability, fuel economy.
Retractable headlights failed just
after my extended warranty ran out
(1996). They are too expensive to
fix. Air conditioning stopped working
in about 1997.
I couldn't kill this car if I wanted
to. At 170,000 miles, it isn't showing
any signs of stopping. A tune-up every
year or two, change the oil, add gas
and drive. I would recommend this car
to anyone who values reliability and
fuel economy but doesn't want to give
up a sporty look.
The best thing about the car is it's
consistent performance. It seems the
older it gets, the better the gas
mileage gets. 12 years old and it's
getting 30 miles to the gallon.