We bought this awful green-coloured 1993 RV Toyota Corolla from Brian Hilton Toyota in Gosford back in February 1994. It was an ex-demo car with 3000km on the clock at the time. It was first registered on the 30th of December 1993, perhaps to boost sales figures for the month?
They certainly were not a cheap car when new - $28,000 and this was not the top of the range 'Ultima' model. Just look at the value-packed models you get today for a lot less money.
It was sold to me as 'Sporty' (not). I was trading in a Corolla GTi for this? The car has now done almost 390,000 trouble-free kilometres.
It has been very reliable. Apart from regular servicing (the oil has been changed every 5000km since new), the only items that have failed have been split CV boots about 15 years ago, the radiator 6 years ago, the high-power Fujitsu radio/cassette player 3 years ago and water pump 2 years ago.
The aircon still works okay and we still have the original stainless steel exhaust with no rust.
The twin cam 1.8-litre EFI with 4-speed auto has been powerful enough. It's quite smart off the line, but nothing startling. The fuel economy average is about 400 kilometres per tank, which becomes worse around town. It's much better on a run. The ride and handling were never impressive - it's far too soft and rolls a lot in corners.
Technology? There's none I can think of; no ABS, airbags, electric windows, cruise control etc. It does have central locking and Bluetooth with the new radio. The Corolla is a practical car for two adults and two children, and is regularly used as Mum's taxi.
The kids have learnt to drive in it over the years. It easily sits at 110-120km/h on the freeway and it has now started to get appreciative looks, due to the car's age and good condition.
The threat for the past four years has been that when it goes wrong, we will get rid of it! The problem is that it just keeps going and any repairs have been reasonably priced. So Toyota, how do you expect to sell new cars when you make your older models as reliable as this?