By 9 longyears on
1998 Toyota Corolla CE 4dr Sedan
my wife bought this car new 9 years and 214,000 miles ago. other than brakes and tires all parts are original with the exception of the starter, which we replaced last year. we are not gental car owners; its maybe been washed 4 times, we have driven 4 hours with two large dogs(over 200lbs) in the back seat (many times), and for the last two years abused by my daughter. it makes that energiser bunny look like a wuss. it's taken us from college to first jobs, from apartments to first home, through dating to marrige and kids. best built car ever.
33mpg in the boston sub-burbs, 37 since we moved to the counry. never ending reliability.
at 6'1" it't uncomfortable for me. paint was easy to scratch. the check engine light came on at 130000miles and no one(dealer, others) could shut it off.
That "little" check engine light is the KNOCK SENSOR, and to have that "little" check engine light to turn off, you have to DISMANTLE the entire ENGINE, because the knock sensor needs to be replaced, and it's located in the middle of the engine. I have the same problem. BUT --- the car runs just fine. SO: Great car, dependable, reliable and it dies hard. It just looks funky after almost 20 years of being on the road.