We were looking for a new vehicle in
1999. My wife suggested the corolla
because her sister had a 1997 model.
We looked at Ford, Chevys and Chyslers,
but decided on the corolla. We only
drive approximately 7500 miles per year
and have had zero problems with the car,
except for a dead battery. Just one
minor crash into a wall, but it held up
well. (The wife did it.)
The gas mileage of course. Man, I
dislike those large gas-sucking SUV's.
Some say the back seat needs to be
larger, but I have never had a problem
with it. So I would say, none.
There's nothing fun or flashy about
this car... but it holds up so well you
don't care about that. I had the
original brakes replaced at 115,000
miles and there was still plenty left
on them. This car has been through hot
and cold weather and never a problem.
If you want reliability, get this car.
Reliability, gas milage.
Toyota really stripped down the VE
model to the bone. It came without a
lot of accessories that would have been
The Corolla has generally been a strong car. It's
smooth, refined and suprisingly quick. The fuel
economy is outstanding, over 37 mpg on the
highway with an automatic. The interior is
comfortable, although rear legroom is an issue.
The feature list is . . . odd. This is probably due to
the practice of adding packages, but my wife often
chides me for having a car with power doors and
windows, cruise, a/c, alarm and keyless entry, but
no tachometer or power mirrors.
The cruise control stalk occasionally brushes my
knee during low speed turns, but this isn't
dangerous. Taller drivers may encounter this
Excellent build quality. The interior is simple, yet
not as spartan as that of a Civic. Ample power,
safety and intuitive controls. The driver can operate
most essential controls without removing a hand
from the steering wheel.
One potentially serious problem: some 1999
Corollas may have problems with fuel injectors.
Two failed on my car, and without my service
contract, this would have led to a pricey fix. I don't
believe that this is a common issue, but Toyota is
aware of the problem.