I considered purchasing a used 2008 Corolla S model until I discovered no ABS. I was surprised that ABS was optional for the Corolla that year which was a deal breaker for me. This would be a great vehicle for a no-snow climate. It rode nicely, handled well and was comfortable. But, it was also plain Jane.
If you came here looking for reliability, fuel economy, and low maintenance cost, you found the right car. I purchased this car new 9 years ago. It now has 145,000 miles on it. It drives and feels exactly like it did when new. I have never had a mechanical problem of any kind with this car. What has worn on me is the slow acceleration, the road and engine noise at higher speeds, and, because it is a manual, the shifting. It only has 126 HP and you will notice that it feels anemic. But that's the trade-off for the fuel economy. The engine really seems to be straining at anything much over 65 mph. That's a problem when you are traveling on interstates where the average speed can be 80+. It is not fun to drive so if that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere.