I have a 2001 Toyota Corolla and have owned it 17 years now. I have never had one single problem with it. I bought this car because of Toyota’s reliable reputation, it was a very nice-looking car back in 2001, and due to its compact size. I had owned a couple of Toyotas in the past and knew that they were good and reliable cars.
The things I like about this car are its simplicity and how it has everything I need. The outside is nice, clean and has a sporty look. Despite the car's age and not having all the modern gadgets of today, there is not much to dislike about this car.
The car drives fantastically, it is smooth and extremely fuel-efficient for its time. It has a combined figure of 8.4L/100km. The engine is a 1.8-litre that has enough power to get you from A to B, despite the four-speed transmission that can be a bit sluggish when getting to speed.
The safety features on this car are not extensive, but it does have two airbags for the front passengers, although nothing for the rear passengers. Servicing on this car is due every 12 months or 10,000km, and it is very cheap to maintain and service. The only things I have ever had to do on this car are basic maintenance such as the servicing due to the log book, changing the battery or changing the tyres.
There is enough space in this car to fit two adults in the back seats, and the boot is of decent size – enough to fit a weekend away's luggage or a week's worth of shopping. Put the back seats down and you can easily fit a large item for IKEA or Bunnings.
Overall, this car is a little beaut. It is a good reliable car that won’t have any problems, or that you won’t have to fork out much money for over the period of time that you will own it. I would definitely recommend it to a learner or P-plater.