This has been the most reliable car I have ever owned - it is now at 268,000 miles and still going strong. It has never broken down, although I have had to replace a few things on it - it just has never left me stranded. Although the automatic transmission robs a bit of the power, it consistently gets around 28-30 mpg in town and mid to high-30's on the road. I have serviced it regularly (3,000-mi oil changes, trans services, coolant flushes, brakes, etc.) and I plan on keeping it until it passes the 300,000-mile mark. I do my own servicing, and not everything is easy to do, but not impossible. Kudos, Toyota, to making such a high-quality vehicle!
Excellent Reliability!! High quality interior, excellent fit- and-finish, great fuel economy
5-speed manual transmission would be a better choice with only 1.6L and 101 horsepower.
I bought my Gold DX in 1990 & it has 292,000 on it today (23MAY06). I just put new tires on it & plan to run the wheels off it (well past 300,000). It is worth very little to anyone else, but it has been the best car I've ever owned.
I drove this car for a year and the
head gasket blew. It was after we had
the engine cleaned so it would pass
inspection. It ended up having a
cracked head, that had some carbon
buildup in it. The radiator fluid ended
up going through the head and out the
exhaust. We put some head gasket block
in it and it worked for a total of 2
weeks. We put a new radiator in it and
then the problem resurfaced. Today i
ended up driving it to the junk yard
with a bunch of white smoke coming out
of it. I ended up getting 50 bucks for
The sunroof's rust holes that made rain
come onto my head when it rained.
Dont buy a car from Canada, and
everything could be fixed!!!
I purchased this car when it was 2
years old. It had 6800 miles on it.
Other than normal maintenance, oil,
filter, grease, lube, brakes, tune up
and timing belt it has been an
economical dependable car to run. This
vehicle has 158,000 miles on it now.
Recently I had to replace the water
pump and valve gaskets. It has never
let me down. I had a 77 Corolla that I
drove for 15 years with a total of
206,000 miles when I sold it for $600.
Driving this car in winter conditions
has been my pleasure. I fit it with
studded snows on all fours. The drive
is stable and secure in most every day
I bought her off the street for
$1000.I put $1400 worth of
repairs,parts in her up front,,Ive put
on 60000 miles since and all Ive
replaced are the tires (once),and the
speedometer cable.Shes got great pull
uphill (Automatic),I live in mountains
of Western North Carolina,
My first car with a working A/C,and it
STILL works.Front Wheel Drive is
nice.Easy to Tune up,change oil.
Only thing I can think of,,Stereo
System upgrade,limited room makes that
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