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Beater by Skycar from California on 05/05/2012. Trim: 2001 Toyota Corolla CE, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: This is a great used commuter car for college students. Most of the cabin mechanics are manual on a 3 speed automatic CE so there is less worry on what could brake. The car takes abuse very well. As long as you maintain the car and put the money into it you should get the 32mpg highway and hope it lasts to 125,000mi. Excellent for parking towers with cramped spaces and tight turning radius U-turn streets. Car will get to you from A to B. Car can be driven at 80mph with stability. Braking capacity is decent but the braking distance is standard.
Cons: Never meant to be driven above 70mph. Not for long journeys. NO acceleration. Mediocre handling. Trunk door hinge hinders space. No creature comfort or rear leg room for new purc price. Check engine light has come on few times. Definitely oil burning engine every 1500 miles after 50K. Interior roof fabric collapsing, door trim interior and exterior peeling after 5 years. 60K as of mid 2012.
Overall review: It really depends on the condition and quality of workmanship you get with that particular unit. It turns out the unit I am using has numerous common problems and I have personally verified this is not unique. The dealer also admits the cosmetic damage over time could have been Toyota's fault but will not assist me in raising the claim to headquarters or fixing the problem at a lesser cost. The vehicle is good for an abuse driven commute so long as you can put oil in the engine, don't mind the appearance, and understand the reliability drops to zero right as the odometer rolls over 100,000. Overall, the quality is not there, the specifications are not there, and the reliability is questionable. This is a car. Not a Toyota.
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Worst Car Ever by neal2zod on 05/28/2008. Trim: 2001 Toyota Corolla CE, Owned 8 years.
Pros: Contrary to what others are saying, I thought this car looked really nice off the lot - nice, shiny, and sleek. That is, until the paint started coming off.
Cons: My cons are...EVERYTHING ELSE. First, the piston rings are known to go bad on '98-'02 Corollas. Go ahead and do a search on it. This means you'll be leaking oil, gunking up your engine, and spending $2000 on repairs around 70K. I was lucky and made it to 100K before mine gave up on me. Gas mileage started out ok (never got above 30mpg like other people here!) - I could get about 300 miles per fillup, towards the end I was at 230 (and having to fill up on oil every week)The upholestery starts hanging down from the ceiling and the exterior paint job starts chipping and cracking after a few years. LOUD and bumpy on the highway. No power - have to FLOOR it to get any acceleration.
Overall review: Oh, did i mention it was expensive? I didn't mind paying $15K for a bare minimum car (no power ANYTHING, no CD, no cruise control, no light in the trunk/glove compartment???) b/c i thought it would be reliable and last forever - and the thing lasted me 7 years and 100K. Thanks toyota.
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The Perfect Car for me by An MSN Autos Consumer on 07/10/2011. Trim: 2001 Toyota Corolla S, Owned 1 year.
Pros: I have owned this car for a year. I bought it with low mileage (61k). It runs great and is excellent on gas. Easy to drive and handle.
Cons: Rubber trim around one of the windows is coming off in places.
Overall review: The perfect car for me.
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Great Commuter Car by downsb from KY on 04/07/2010. Trim: 2001 Toyota Corolla LE, Owned 5 years.
Pros: This car is VERY reliable, never have to worry about it not starting up. Everything that's had issues on it has been less than $1,000 in repairs over the span of 4.5 years. I've been pretty rough on it and have done several upgrades (aftermarket muffler, air intake, shocks and struts, sway bar, sound system...etc) and it's continued to be a reliable form of transportation.
Cons: Many of these vehicles eat oil, allegedly from Toyota's engine supplier not honing the cylinder walls down and thus having the pistons perform the honing action causes the pistons to become smaller and the gap between the cylinder walls and pistons to be greater-causing oil to be burnt. Mass Airflow Sensor went out on me-only place that could actually pinpoint this as the cause of my problems was the dealership (EXPENSIVE!). Acceleration is just NOT there, and when going up larger grades the engine is very obviously bogged down and over-worked.
Overall review: Good visibility, great reliability, good gas mileage (have gotten as high as 41mpg-and it's an automatic-, and other family members with this same year, make, model, and trim have gotten as high as well), low-maintenance, takes abuse well. Trim on the inside is cheap and interior door trim (around the edges of the inside of the door) are peeling on every car like this that I know, outside window seal peeling as well, however paint has held up extremely well. This vehicle is not engaging to drive-not 'fun'. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants a good commuter car, or as a great first car.
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Can you say Lemon by Frustrated in Cincinnati on 06/29/2007. Trim: 2001 Toyota Corolla CE, Owned 3 years.
Pros: The car is a nice performer overall.
Cons: I purchased the car used from a Toyota dealership. They serviced the car before I purchased. I immediately had the transmission fluid changed. The car burned oil from day one. At first it needed a quart every 500 miles. Now at 110,000 it is burning a quart every 250 miles. Had regular oil changes etc. Oh, the transmission went out at 90,000.
Overall review: Lemon
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