I am on my 4th Corolla. My 99 was bought in 2009, and is still going strong at 240,000 miles.
One of my lower ratings is because of all the plastic parts inside, but this is something I see with many cars, not just Toyotas. I've had door handles snap off, as well as pieces of the moldings. Cupholders eventually snapped off too but I replaced. So I'd like to see stronger parts, and if I had my way, no plastic at all....The most major repair I did was replacing the catalytic converter. The dealer wanted thousands to do this, but I found a local repair shop who did it for much less, back in 2010, and I've had no problems since. I've replaced brakes and struts, and of course buy new tires periodically. I do city driving so stop-and-go traffic, hence, the toll it takes on my brakes. Other things I've replaced are things that simply give out with age. My main concern is the engine and transmission and those are rock solid. When my car is running, people often can't even hear that it's running! Even at it's old age, I get about 25 mpg.
A couple of expensive repairs did occur. The power window stopped working on my driver side which entailed the purchase of a new motor for the door. Pricey. The other day, another door handle snapped off. Mechanic tried to put on new one, only to find the interior mechanism had to be replaced. I've also done exhaust work but once done, no more problems. No issues with undercarriage like U-joints or anything like that. All my Corollas have gone over 200,000 miles and I'm staying with this brand. I'm buying my next one nearly-new and since I take excellent care of my cars, and am not rough at all with the interior, I don't expect issues with things ripping and breaking. I love these cars, and when 99s appear on used lots in my area, they are often scooped up within a few days, if the price is right and car is clean.
I'm happy with Corolla I got, because is very reliable, no ifs and buts about it. Also is excellent in gas mileage department, especially for the size of the car. I'm a tall guy, and I fit inside, just enough to be happy with it. A little smaller, and it would be a different opinion, and I'm 6"1.
Another thing I didn't know about this car, is, that is very cheap to fix too, for an import. Easy access to all car parts, and also it has an amazingly big trunk.
What can I say, except that I will try to upgrade the year of it, and that I recommend it , to all people, and more to ones that do a lot of driving to work every day.
High mileage out of a gas tank. Sharp turning.
I would like to have the steering wheel tilt feature and more selections for the wiper's delayed speeds.
This 1999 corolla is absolutely amazing. More reliable than any Honda I've owned. 200,000 miles, I've put on 40k of them in 2 years and only have done oil changes. The car is way more comfortable than civic or integra of same year, ride is smooth and power is sufficient.
Super reliable, never have to fix it (except the inside door handles, but those are easy and cheap!)
Inside door handles is the ONLY part of the car that breaks
I bought this car last year with 200 000 km on it for 900 bucks.
Changed the 4 shocks(didn't have to but back end sagged a bit) and changed the oil.
Doesn't burn oil still and now has 240 000.
I have never seen a car so reliable. car handles great, even better that my accord.
Once a honda man, now a toyota man.
I'll keep it until i fall through the floor.
Well, I owned a 99 corolla from new until 2005 when I sold it for 4 grand. At that point it had a little over 315K miles on it, didn't burn oil, no lights, and everything that was in it worked.
I had to replace oil every 3k miles, but that is about it. It handled better then a civic, got better mpg, and was faster off the line, not to mention cheaper to insure.
I would love to get my hands on a 99 corolla with a blown motor with the options I had in mine, it is a perfect candidate for a 2zz swap.
I have owned over 18 cars in my life, and nothing on the planet will take a beating like a Toyota. Not Honda, and nothing American can come close.
true stick shift
Window regulators did not work correctly and would require you to hold the glass to get it to close correctly. (Recalled about 2 years after I sold it)