Review of used Toyota Corolla
When the AE90’s new Toyota Corolla line was introduced to the market in the late 1980s, the small car began a change that would see it transition from cheap and fun transport to an attractive car. much broader.
It took a few years before the transition was as complete as we see it today, but the small car was no longer scrapped by rusters on traditional mainstream six-cylinder models.
While they are still considered to be cars for hard cars or a second family for wives or children in the family, change is happening.
Compared to the previous version, the new AE90 series is wider, heavier, quieter and quieter. All the rings have a little tinny feel that gives small cars their cheap feeling.
The range of models Toyota offers with the AE90 series is huge with over 20 choices of four-door cars, five-door hatchbacks, five-door SECA lifts and wagons.
Most are made in Australia, but some, like SECA carriages and elevators, are imported from Japan.
The entry model is the SE, available as a sedan or hatch, and was powered by a 1.4-liter engine until the upgrade in 1991 when the 1.4 was replaced with a 1.6-liter carburetor. with greater power and torque.
It’s a fairly basic model with only remote releases for the boot / hatch cover and fuel fill cap, and a radio tape player for standard equipment.
You can have air conditioning, but it’s an additional option, and that’s not climate control.
CS is the next step in scope. It is also available as a sedan or hatch, with power from a 1.6-liter engine.
Like the SE, the list of standard equipment on the CS is limited. You have similar remote releases for the boot / hatch and fuel tank, but you can get power steering as well as air conditioning if you’re going to pay extra.
CS became CSi in the 1991 upgrade; The biggest change is under the bonnet where the engine is upgraded to a 1.6-liter fuel injection engine.
Beyond the model range is the CSX, which has a higher efficiency of 1.6-liter engine and comes with standard power steering, four-speaker stereo for radio-cassette, tachometer, center lock, bumper and body color. such as remote releases for the boot / hatch cover and fuel fill cap. As with other air-conditioner models is not required.
The CSX badge was removed in the 1991 update and from there it is called Ultima. It also has a 1.6-liter fuel injection engine.
Topping the range is the SX, available as a SECA forklift or forklift and powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder fuel injection engine imported from Japan.
Placing its position on the tree, the SX comes with much more standard equipment, including alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and control knob, tilt-adjustable steering column, electric door mirrors, wings front and rear windscreen, sport gear and four-wheel disc brakes.
Unfortunately, air conditioning is still an extra option, as does power steering.
Like other models in the range, the SX also got a new badge in the 1991 update when it became the GTi.
All horse-drawn versions of Corolla are imported from Japan and all have all-wheel drive.
Designed long before the advent of the digital age, the AE90 series has no features of today’s cars. No sat navigation, no Bluetooth to connect your iPhone or Android device and no touch screen.
Parking sensors behind, reversing cameras or park aids have been created, parking tends to be easier to touch.
It’s hard to believe, but there’s even a cup holder.
Nor can you have a sunroof; AE90 owners weren considered flush enough to justify offering one, even as an option.
Inside, the Corolla is basic but comfortable, the dash is streamlined and easy to use.
The driver and front passenger sit on the new seats with bigger cushions and more significant lateral thrust for better support.
The front and front legs are typical of a small class of vehicles, but sufficient for most adults.
Those in the back weren very lucky and had to endure limited legroom, especially with the revised front seats.
While the Corolla rated for five rear seats is really only suitable for children.
On the plus side, the boot is quite generous for a small car. It’s even more so in a convertible, with the 60/40 split folding rear seats that can take up more luggage.
All motors in the AE90 range are free double spinning units; All of them are gasoline engines (without diesel engines).
Most models powered by locally-made 1.4-liter or 1.6-liter engines have carburetors, while imported SX and wagons boast 1.6-liter engines with injection. fuel.
That changed in 1991 when the 1.4-liter engine was removed. SE then has a 1.6-liter carburetor engine and other models are upgraded to a 1.6-liter fuel injection engine.
A five-speed manual gearbox is standard when it comes out with a three-speed automatic option, but a more usable four-speed automatic has been introduced on all models except the SE. At 1991.
The AE90 is an easy car to drive, handle and park, but without electric power, the steering is a bit difficult, especially at slow speeds.
Performance, while unattractive, vibrant and energetic, and everything improved after switching to a fuel injection engine in 1991.
With front-wheel drive, the handling tends to be safe for the driver when pushed.
People have paid more attention to road noise in the AE90, but it is still quite high compared to a car today.
The electronic age in car design is no longer bright and the AE90 has no safety features.
There is no airbag, there is not even an option, and it doesn’t have ABS brakes, let alone Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Emergency Brake Assist, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control, which We expect to see even the most basic models available today.
Similarly, it is still too early for ISOFIX child car seat positions, which did not become legal in Australia until 2014.
The idea of buying one for a wife or child is not a bear to think.
ANCAP does not provide ratings for Corolla AE90, but it’s safe to say that it will meet even the basic requirements to qualify for a vehicle if it is tested today.
Any common problem
While the AE90 is a well-designed, well-built and reliable vehicle of its time, buying now is a risky proposition (without a warranty) and not recommended without watching. consider carefully.
With the earliest examples that have been on the road for more than 25 years, you have to expect even the best of them to be near the end of the vandal’s path and yard.
Some owners who responded to our call for comment told us that their cars were still running so strong they even thought they had taken over 200,000 km.
While that will give buyers a level of confidence to buy, that does not reduce the need to thoroughly inspect these cars before delivering any cash.
It is important to buy with conditions, low mileage and full service history.
There is no price limiting service when the AE90 appears, but servicing Corolla is simple and inexpensive. Some owners, though, ignore services for a variety of reasons, often financially, so if a car doesn’t have a reliable service profile it’s suspicious.
Toyota recommends Corolla maintenance every six months of 10,000 km and the need to maintain that habit has changed. If anything is even more important now, things that need attention due to wear and tear can be resolved before they become a problem.
AE90 engines use timing belts (not timing chains) to drive camshafts and need to change every 150,000 km.
It is also very important to check the automatic transmission. AE90s manufactured prior to arrival automatically fill with oil when they are manufactured and require no further inspection, AE90 transmissions need to be inspected and refilled as needed and they work best if they work best if They are served regularly.
Test drive an old car like the Corolla AE90 is more important than a newer car, there are many things that can be determined.
Look for smoke from the exhaust, can indicate engine wear, check for oil leaks, make sure the gearbox automatically changes gears smoothly and without hesitation, and listen for knocks and clicks. Ways in suspension and steering can indicate working bushes Matching CV.