Bought brand new in 2003. Only thing I ever had to do was routine maintenance. No mysterious problems, or any problems with this car. I owned this car for 11 years and drove a lot! I put almost 200k miles on it and it drove perfect until the day I traded it in! Of course if you're looking for something to drive well in weather this car is not for you. It does not do well with snow and ice (slides a lot) but I would not expect it to as it is a basic car and doesn't have awd or 4wd. If you are looking for something very affordable and reliable Toyota Corolla is the way to go. Just don't take it out in the snow or ice!
My 2004 Toyota Corolla had 180,000 miles on it and still ran perfectly smooth. I have no complaints at all about the car. I was in a horrible head-on collision last week in my Corolla and walked away with minor bruises! Even the police officers at the scene commented on what a good job the car did protecting me. I couldn't be happier with my little car and I miss it already. I highly recommend one if you need a Dependable small car that gets decent gas mileage and won't leave you stranded. It averaged 28 miles to the gallon, and it never needed any major repairs.
My first battery change was after 8 years. The local Costco mechanic was astounded. Other than a master fuse nothing ever needed to be fixed or replaced. Changed oil on time, rotated tires, exchanged fluids and put 110K miles in 10 years of ownership. This car easily had another 100-150K miles left in her. Alas, an uninsured motorist distracted by texting slammed into me from behind at a red light and the car was totaled. Mary a nick nor a bruise on me. I shed a few tears at the loss of a fantastic vehicle.
My family of five at one time had 5 Toyota's. We love them all. The maintenance and reliability are superior to any other brands. We currently have two corollas and will drive them into the ground. Great cars for teenagers.