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2005 Toyota Corolla

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OK for rental, would not buy.
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By RJBME
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2005 Toyota Corolla CE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Had this vehicle for three days as a rental in Denver, CO and it suited this purpose quite well. I guess as a commuter or grocery-getter, it would be a reasonable choice. The main problem is that this car is WAY underpowered (getting on the expressway is scarry business and having the pedal to the floor on hills was not uncommon) and not fun to drive at all. I've driven 1.0L in Europe that performed better. The driving dynamics seem awkward at best, likely due to the vague steering. The passenger comfort is decent for this class of car but overall, this car is mediocre at best. I would consider a Focus instead as it's more fun to drive and has the 2.3L.


Favorite Features

Interior storage and trunk space is very nice. Seating position for driver isn't too shabby either. Fit & finish as well as the smart passenger airbag is a nice touch for this class of auto. The exterior temp reading in the cluster is cool too.


Suggested Improvements

MORE POWER (is there *really* 130 hp in there?), exterior styling could be made much less bland and the body could be made to seem less tinny.


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Not So Hot
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By CJ
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2005 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This vehicle handles dangerously on the highway. Toyota chose to equip this vehicle with Goodyear Integrity tires, which arguably are some of the worst passenger car tires ever made. Torque steer is way out of line for such a small car. The Corolla gets blown all over the highway in strong winds, and is difficult to control. Persistent problems abound with the fuel system in the Corolla. Including no start conditions after the car sits 30 minutes. Impossible to make factory stereo iPod ready. Cheap, paper cone speakers produce horrid sound. This car simply fails to do anything well.


Favorite Features

Interior appearance.


Suggested Improvements

Utilize non-deathtrap tires, stereo, refined fuel system, better fit & finish to eliminate squeaks & rattles. Add stability control.


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Disappointed
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By wonderboy1
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2005 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

After I bought it, I already visited the dealer 4 times to repair. Interior is really a nightmare. A consol, side airbag molding, dashboard part, ceiling molding, and etc are shaky and coming out. Heat shield at bottom of a car makes noises, and tire pressure monitor warning light is not working at all. I think toyota never inspects their car before selling it. I am really disappointed.


Favorite Features

fuel milage


Suggested Improvements

sun visors, steering wheel is too far from the seat. better seats.


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2005 Toyota Corolla CE
1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By joe
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2005 Toyota Corolla CE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The car is too small to find a comfortable position. Made for very small people, the power is... there isn't any. The seals leak on the window. Very noisy ride. AC can't really keep the car cool enough inside. The sound system is poor quality. Low and hard seats leave a person hurting after a trip around town. Visibility is very poor to the rear of drivers side. Low clearance under car makes a small road hazard a very big problem. Cheap paint, chips easy. Handling on icy roads very good, but low clearance is again a big problem.


Favorite Features

The radio antenna on the top above the back window and the tail lights, the oil filter is up front, easy to get to when car is elevated, gas mileage gets 44 mpg on the highway.


Suggested Improvements

Better seats that can adjust better, better mirrors w/ built in convex. Higher ground clearance. Insulate body construction to deaden the road noise, better speakers for the radio.


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Grandma Car
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By jhy
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2005 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Too pricy. Engine is too noisy (leak of power). Cheap Goodyear tires (can't hold). Uncomfortable seats. Build quality is very poor. Nothing special. Toyota is now too lazy to be the best.


Favorite Features

may be gas mileage.


Suggested Improvements

quiet engine, comfortable seat, and better build quality. Econo car doesn't mean that it has to be poor quality.


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