by Bostondann on Apr 9, 2008 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I purchased a pre-owned 2002 Corolla when my 1994 Tercel final gave up the ghost. This is perhaps the ultimate commuter car - reliable, steady, easy to drive, fuel efficient, and unnoticed by speed traps. The five-speed instead of automatic transmission makes a big difference in traffic and bad weather. BTW - I'm 5'6" and find the cabin very comfortable!
by Nate on Apr 18, 2006 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
The Corolla is essentially a commuter's car for one or two passengers. Commuters want reliability, economy and a comfortable ride. The Corolla delivers in spades. Looks and rear seat knee room are not as important to us commuters. The only weakness is roominess for drivers who are taller that 5'10". Otherwise, you can't go wrong with a Corolla. The ride and handling dramatically improved when I installed Yokohama TRZ tires.
by Love my corolla on Oct 3, 2005 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
What I love about my Corolla: Great gas mileage; cheap car payment; minimal repairs; she always starts; Toyota service has been mostly great What I don't love about my Corolla: She's hopeless going up hills on the highway; merging on the highway can be scary b/c her pickup is slow; I've had problems turning the key in the ignition (just turn harder); my check engine light came on after a couple years (carbon filter replaced under warrantee); not enough leg room in the backseat (I am 5'11'')
by Basic Commuter on Jun 3, 2004 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Owned the LE three years now, and just
change oil and add gas occasionally!
My roads are secondary, usually, so I
can normally get 40 to 44 MPG (55
MPH). I researched before buying, and
know I made the right choice. The
ONLY complaint is that the car needs
either a six-speed, or more HP. Even
a seasoned manual transmission driver
(all my life) can still kill the
engine at times. It just does not
have a low enough first gear! I am 55
years old and this will be my last
commuter, it is built that well. Just
keep clean oil in it, and pay
attention to coolant change-outs. You
will not be disappointed.
by tallguy66 on May 7, 2004 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I got this car to travel weekly
between my home near New Orleans and
my new job in Texas, 326 miles each
way on the weekends. Am getting 39
miles at 70 mpg on highway, no
problems at all. I am very tall and
need seat to go back farther, other
than that am fully satisfied. My last
four vehicles have been Toyotas, super
dependable, never in shop.
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