I'm the original owner of a '93 Corolla. It has 170K miles on it now. I paid the car off over ten years ago. Since then, I've only replaced the transmission, water pump, front engine mount, beside regular items (brakes, tires, etc.) Also replaced inside door handle a couple years ago. (Dealer still had part in back stock.) In other words, since paying off car, I've spent about $50/month to maintain it. Pretty inexpensive to own/maintain.
Very reliable. Very comfortable for me. (I'm 5'10.5" 185 lbs.) I love the cruise control, and very low maintenance over the years.
Brakes are just ok, to me. I had them checked out recently and mechanic said they were operating ok, but they seem a little 'sluggish' to me. I can't remember how they were when the car was new, though. Maybe they were better? Overall though, the car still does the job.
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