Owned the car for 5 years. Only normal wear items replaced, brakes, tires, wipers, starter, tuneup. Engine leaks oil. Need to add a quart between oil changes. I suspect the car will die of rust and corossion before it wears out. Has 150, 000 miles. When working on it notice that plastic parts have become brittle and break easily.
Engine has a lot of pick-up & go (1.6)....handles winter weather. Have had it for over 2 years....only had to put a new starter in ....for $300. (Heard the iginition lock cylinder may go out on this yr model....but hasn't yet)
I bought a 93 Corolla Wagon DX (Automatic) with 115K on it. Drove it for 10 years. For some reason my car had a small oil leak which led to the need to add more oil than normal. Last few years car burned more oil than normal. I think this was related more to this individual car than Toyota in general. Motor shook quite a bit the last year and resulted in shearing off harmonic balance wheel. Regardless of the money put in I'd still say this car was a great second car purchase (with higher mileage).
I bought this car new in fall of 1993, the only thing I have done other than oil changes, is new brakes at 185000km new struts at 280000 The car is like new as i dont drive in the winter anymore need 4x4 on my driveway.
O and i changed the thermostat years ago along with starter.
Cheap on Gas
never cost me money
More power on base motor, and that has been done many years later.