I bought my 2006 Corolla CE new, and after 10 years of ownership I still love it. The paint has faded somewhat, it desperately needs a wax job. I still get average 38 mpg, I drive mostly 13-40 miles when I go out. I only have 72,xxx miles on it. I usually drive on trips about 300 miles one way.I do not like that it gets buffeted by winds on the highway. It's unnerving, but since I am aware of it I compensate. I have never had any mechanical problems with it. I did snap a corner of one of the little cargo doors on the dash: my fault as I always put my (old, heavy) cell phone on the door of it. But.... I am currently looking at the 2015 Camry Hybrid, new at a dealership. But, I keep wondering if I should hold onto this reliable, steady workhorse of mine. I regularly drive an 81 mile trip to the coast, and I love how my Corolla can pass on a 2-lane with such ease: it has great acceleration. The trunk is huge! I wish I had opted for cruise control, but this car is easy to hold steady on long trips. The thing that have me considering a new car is the technology available now: Bluetooth (dump my Jabra unit); Navagation package (dump my TomTom); back-up camera (save my neck); amd of course cruise control. I have also read that the Camry is very quiet inside..... 72,000+ miles of road trips has given me a lot of noisy ride-time! I will be test-driving a few cars today, and then I will think on it, and decide. FWIW, I kept my 1985 Toyota truck for almost 20 years.....
With minimal care these Corolla's easily reach 200,000 plus miles My third and forth Corolla's are in the driveway a 2004 and a 2015 both 5 speeds CE models. The 2004 has 179,000 miles on it now and the 2015 has less then 10,000. Maintenance has been done faithfully by me according to Toyota's schedule. The only additional money spent on repairs has been as follows: 1 AC clutch relay, 1 set of rear axle bearings, I have put a new water pump and alternator brushes in at 160,000 didn't fail I just do my own preventive maintenance. Total extra cost was less then $100 dollars. The plastic like others say are failing on unimportant things. However the economy , reliability, and performance are the same as the day it was new. The front end is still tight, the clutch grabs like the day it was new and it starts first time every time six or more times a day seven days a week since November 2003. Thank you Toyota. To be fair the rear axle bearing failed because I used the car as a pickup truck and hauled 1000 lbs of tile from store to home. I fix my own stuff so it was just was a lesson learned.
I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla model S that I bought brand new. This is, without a doubt, the best and most reliable vehicle I've ever purchased. I've paid two or three times as much for vehicles that don't last anywhere near as long, and cost way more to maintain.
Drive it first. The noise level is pretty high. That said, things that matter more to me are this car's strong suits. The gas mileage is phenomenal. It is STILL getting 32 or so mpg, and we drive back roads more than highways. It's got a lot of miles, but just goes and goes and goes. We do maintain the oil changes religiously. We were told not to bother tuning it up as long as the mileage is so good, so we'll do one when/if that starts to fall. We did replace the belt (there's only one for everything). It didn't cost that much. We've kept good tires on it. If you care for it, it'll care for you.
Our Corolla is sitting in the driveway with the hood up,AGAIN.Won't start ,new fuel pump not working (this is the third pump in less than 130,000 miles)Relay,pump, ECU?Mechanic getting balder.Dvd quit working,engine light always on/off/on.Airbag light on.Dealer has us on a list to replace recalled airbag(it's been several months now,no word)Dealership deaf,no help.ECU indicated transmission problems,mechanic says transmission is OKAY,ECU faulty.Dealership says our car only on recall for the airbag.Moisture in right front headlamp.Some plastic interior parts broken.My wife says NO MORE TOYOTAS.