Review of used Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is now in its 50th year in Australia and has consistently been the big player during that time, even more so over the past few years when it was completely number one.
Corolla was produced in Melbourne until 1999 and imported complete unit from Japan ever since. Australian engineers have made significant improvements to suit our conditions. Although the cars are no longer being made here, Australia continues to provide technical information to Japan and is sure Corollas worldwide will be better off for this.
Australian-made Corollas have been in development for many years so we’ll focus on Japanese-made models in this old car feature. However, there are still many good models before 2000, and although their build quality is not quite as good as those made in Japan, you may also be interested in them.
The conservative Corollas is sometimes criticized by discerning connoisseurs, but it is suitable for fair buyers who prefer a less prominent shape. In any case, the all-new model of November 2012 went in a neat direction between conservative and sleek. It has been the best-selling car in Australia for most of its time, so the designers have clearly made it a perfect fit.
Most Corollas are four-door sedans and five-door hatchbacks. A scooter was sold until the model change in April 2007. Although the scooter was a practical machine and had good load capacity, it was never particularly popular among buyers. prefer the masculine feel of compact SUVs over sensible scooters.
The Toyota Corolla has room for a decent rear seat and a good-sized boot, large enough to be considered a family car if the child is underage.
The engine is a 4-cylinder, 1.8 liter capacity. The manual transmission was a five-speed transmission until a brand new model in May 2007 when a six-speed transmission was installed. One exception is the Celica-engine Sportivo with a six-speed gearbox close to each other.
The automatic transmission was a four-speed unit until 2012 Corolla and an efficient CVT were introduced. Performance from the old four-speed is probably low, so take it for a test drive to see if you’re all right.
The first Corolla Sportivo was introduced in March 2001 – and disappeared from import list before the end of the year. It has styling changes and a semi-excellent suspension, but no longer engine performance.
Much better is the Sportivo from May 2003 until 2006, it uses a variant of the hot 1.8-liter Toyota Celica engine. There’s plenty of power at the high end, going up to 141kW at top, but the torque at low is noticeably lacking so driving can be annoying unless you’re a sports enthusiast.
The 2001 Toyota Corolla Sport l had a turbo engine with a lot of squeak, but it was expensive and didn’t sell well, so it was relatively rare. Since it’s something out of the ordinary, it could turn out to be a low-end classic in the years to come and maybe even increase in value. There are no promises, though.
The Corolla makes it easy for amateurs good at work. We recommend that you have a seminar notebook by your side. Anything that affects safety should be left to a professional.
Parts and service are available through one of the largest, most extensive dealer networks in Australia. Some outback stores may not offer less popular ingredients to the Corolla but can typically ship them within a few business days.
Insurance premiums are generally low on all but turbocharged and complete Sportivo models.
What are you looking for
Check for signs of panel damage or repair for a previous collision. The most noticeable are the ripples on the bodywork, best visible by looking at the front of the car in good lighting; Note that paint colors do not match exactly; Look for small stains of paint on areas such as glass, badges, and rubbing strips that have not been painted.
Carefully examine the interior and trunk of the car for signs of excessive damage or wear due to heavy family transport.
The engine will start within seconds and go into a quiet idle state within seconds. Listen for the rattle from it as it starts and check the oil lamp quickly turns off.
Look for smoke from the exhaust when the engine accelerates sharply after idling for a minute or more.
Make sure that the brakes do not pull the vehicle aside when they are subjected to a strong impact and that the ABS, if equipped, functions correctly. A beat through the brake pedal when braking will tell you all the ABS is in action.