I have 103000 miles on my 03 LE Corolla. This LE will last 400,000 miles just by changing the trans fluid every 10,000 ml, oil at 3,000 ml, spark-plugs at 10-15 months. Tires when worn. The higher wheel base keeps the car from scarping the curb. You can also repair (or find mechanics to repair this car) very cheaply! With premium or high octane gas I get 34cty/40hwy. And I drive at speeds of 70+mph! The speakers are fine but I hate the lame radio/DVD which is too hard to swap out and the space doesn't accommodate any of the popular MP3 players! The larger headlights are a welcomed improvement. The higher door and head room is a great improvement for my bike and computer stuff.
Fun to drive? Whatever that means! ie; the car drives predictably, has very quick acceleration. Brakes are ok, not great. Love the rear view mirror's-under lamps. Love the faux wood finish. Love the larger tires -195/60. R15, and can fit up-to a 16 inch tire. Love the dashboard's white background.
The dealer put poor quality Arizonian tires on. Get Pirelli tires. Use better paint! The paint chips easily and is cheap, compared to other cars. Needs a telescopic steering wheel. The 8-spoke Toyota hub caps are chintzy, as one of my center "Taurus-Decal" fell off. No day running lights!