It even autocrosses well
By Corolla DriveR on
2001 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car new. it now has 113,000 miles and I plan to keep it till it has about 300,000. never any mechanical problems. the original brake pads were still good when I replaced them at 100,000 miles for grippier pads for autocross. I won the regional H stock championship for 2005 in this car. not a great amount of power in the motor but it handles well. much more power than the 99 civic I traded for it. under normal use, these cars just dont break. I do have the 5 spd manual and normally get 37-42 mpg combined city/hwy. runs like a champ.
smooth manual tranny
once you replace the factory struts it transforms the car into a much better driver. install better factory struts and tires when new.