by decator on Feb 28, 2014 Vehicle: 2001 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
We bought this car new in May 2001, we now have 135K miles on it and still love it! The only issues we have had to deal with was replacing the clutch at 95K (driver fault) and simple maintenance. The front brake pads lasted until 120K (I check them regularly). I still average about 31mpg when its all city driving and 36 when I commute on the highway. We could afford a new car, but I will drive this one until it's last mile, and would not hesitate to buy another. With that said it is not perfect and there are drawbacks like interior size, road noise, etc.. But I am a believer that those are little things while reliability and affordability are the things that are harder to come by.
by iadara on Jun 15, 2013 Vehicle: 2001 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
I just recently purchased my '01 Corolla S automatic for way under blue book with 116K miles on it and couldn't be happier.
The handling, turn radius and overall feel of the car is so much more luxurious than that of my 1986 Corolla that I traded in years ago with 281K miles on it.
Weird thing though was as soon as I got into the vehicle, it felt like I was sitting back in my 1986 model. Toyota has pretty much kept all the dials and switches in the same place, except for the radio, so I didn't have to "learn" anything new.
Love the sunroof, the engine is super quiet and even though the exterior is typical Toyota boring, the interior is very nice.
I'm happy with it.
by asad9 on Feb 16, 2013 Vehicle: 2001 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
bought it from a used dealer, 137k in 2009. 4yrs later its at 230k. Good on gas, no break downs, just needs gas and oil change. Manage your fluids. Toronto (401 and VP) to niagra on probably 6-7 gas. Friends tell me its ugly, but i tell them there ugly!
by gorzo55 on Jan 21, 2013 Vehicle: 2001 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
I bought my 2001 Corolla used in 2003 with 40k miles.
It now has 120k miles and is still my primary car.
No engine problems that others have reported.
My catalytic converter was replaced at 115k though.
I've done by the book maintenance and have had no major problems.
The only big repairs I've had were break issues that were my fault from overly aggressive city driving.
I'm not sure about what others have said about burning oil...I haven't noticed it but I know little about cars.
This car gets better gas mileage than the current Corolla models.
I once drove from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis on one tank.
by tcle2001 on Aug 30, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
I purchased a used LE in 2001 with 17k miles.
I now have 170k miles on the odometer.
The cost of ownership for this vehicle has been good despite my car suffering from many of the woes documented by others.
The major concern is the engine.
Despite by the book maintenance my engine expired at 146k miles.
Premature piston ring wear leads to piston slap and eventually a broken wrist pin.
I also have the continuous CEL.
A note to other owners, if your fuel economy deteriorates, change the mass air flow sensor.
It is a cheap and easy fix.
I also had the broken door handle and the sagging headliner.
At the end of the day it is cheap tranportation.
by brad_peterson on Jul 28, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Toyota Corolla CE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
We're scrapping the car today.
It made it to 90k miles.
It has the following problems:
* The motor (1ZZFE) was built with a design flaw, but Toyota kept using it.
Hundreds of people on the internet have reported the same thing.
It burns oil until it hits a point where every 100 miles it burns 1 quart of oil.
The engine went bad and needed a replacement starting at 50k miles
* The catalytic converter is dead.
* The rotors are bad and braking feels choppy.
* The driver door handle simply broke off when I tried to open the door.
* The clutch went bad at 50k miles.
* Some smaller issues like a leak somewhere that mechanics couldn't find, causing repeated engine lights and EVAP codes.
For the 2001 Toyota Corolla, the midgrade CE trim replaces entry-level VE, top-line LE replaces midgrade CE and a sporty new CE-based S model debuts. Front and rear lighting is restyled, and the fascia up front is tweaked and now includes a chrome-ringed grille. An internal trunk release has been added, along with a push-button fresh/recirculate control for the ventilation system. Two new colors replace an equal number of shades that are fading away.