I got this car brand new in June of 1994. This June will my 17th year with it! It has been a good car. I have replaced the water pump, starter, and blower (for the heater/AC). I am about to roll 180,000 miles on it. This car has been up and down the I-5 corridor from Seattle to Tiajuana. Burns about a quart of oil every 1000 miles, but I know this and keep up on it. It is beginning to look its age, but it is obviously paid for and is cheap on insurance. It was a gift from my beloved grandfather who has since passed on, and I can't imagine getting rid of it. Still run real well and I don't see any reason to replace it yet. You can bet it will be another Toyata when I do.
This little car is so far a great answer to rising gas prices. I bought it used in 02/2005 with some 103K miles. As expected I have to replace some parts, but still he stands tall in fuel economy, reliability, always takes me anywhere I need to go. I drive some 30 miles daily to my work. Still remember that I used to fill the tank with some $18.00 a week (yeah), true believe it or not. This year for example I had to replace the starter, yeah it had the original starter from Toyota, it lasted some 13 years.This car was built to last, it's tough. Not to mention it's durability it's old school (from 1994, comparing to today's new cars). He is still a good car.
This car was picked because of ratings in Consumer Reports at the time. It has more than lived up to its reputation. It got my wife back and forth to college for two years on a 135 mile round trip commute. Now it gets her around in town. In 8 years, after 100,000 miles, we've never had a major problem with it.
This car was a big disappointment. After having good luck with a 91 2 door Tercel (dependable, high mileage 150k+, and awesome gas mileage), I found this car didn't live up to its older brother. I purchased the car with 60k miles. The car had a rough ride, was very cramped, and the gas mileage wasn't very impressive 26-30 mpg as opposed to the 35-40 mpg in my 91 Tercel. Wouldn't buy another one. Had a 96 corolla that got much better mileage and was a whole lot more comfortable.
I bought mine used at 60K and found it quickly going through oil. It started out needing a quart about every 1500 miles and eventually degraded to every 400. On the recommend on my mechanic (he thinks it has a cracked ring) I switched to 20-50w oil returned to 800 miles. It is NOT comfortable, NOT roomy (I'm 6-3) and NOT fun to drive. It is a pig on hills and you can forget about trying to pass anyone on a two-lane road. But it has always gotten me where I need to go and may continue to putt on for who knows how long. It now has 134K miles and I am giving it away to our church.