2003 Toyota Corolla User Reviews

2003 Toyota Corolla Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 27 reviews
"power" 14 reviews
"ride" 12 reviews
"handling" 12 reviews
"reliable car" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 10 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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5

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Great city car.

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Automatic transmission.

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Great Little City Car For Everyday Driving. — Great little car. Absolutely no problems with it in over 2 years. Love the engine, quiet and yet powerful. Only problem is the automatic transmission, which has a mind of its own on when to shift, and does it when you don't want it too. Not a big car, so not great for families, but for a couple, perfect. Excellent for city because it is compact, yet full of space, more than enough for any big shopping trips short of refrigerators or washing machines.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kelly writes:
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Great Mileage, good interior space, white background of odometer

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The rearview mirror gets hit when I put my visor down

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2003 Toyota Corolla — The Toyota Corolla has been the best I have ever owned. With the high price of gas these days, the great gas mileage is a definite plus. My family will usually opt to take my car on longer trips to save money and great interior space. One of my favorite features is the white background on the dashboard panel with the odometer, makes it easy to see. The Corolla has been very low maintenance compared to my previous car (Ford Contour). I purchased an extra warranty which I was able to cash in this year when it was not used. I believe in synthetic oil and premium gasoline. I would definitely recommend this car to friends.

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Matthew writes:
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Point A-B

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Mine needed a lot of work for some crapolla reson.

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Trash It Before You Loose That Great Resale Value — Good car for the money but mine has had a lot of mechanical problems, then again i drive it HARD!!!. LOL! It has the most boring interior in any car I've ever driven and a plain exterior.it rattles a lot for some reason. If you change the oil in this car then it will run although this car has the desirability of an old shoe. Ive put so much money in this car I could have bought another one. My Corolla gets about 25 average MPG thats funny considering my moms Lincoln gets 24 average MPG and has a V8. I'll never recommend a Toyota Corolla to any of my friends unless they didnt have a car and need a car for cheap. Fun? Its a Corolla. I just answered that.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jeffbrinegar writes:
2003 Toyota Corolla LE Review
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I just jump in a go and don't worry about going anywhere with over 200K miles on car.

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The dealer wants to charge big money for repairs that may not be needed. My engine light came on and I had it checked at the dealer and they wanted to change the catalytic converter and O2 sensors and charge almost $2K. I bought the sensors and changed them myself and that fixed the engine light being on.

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Boring Reliability (to Quote Click And Clack) — We love this car. It's the first car we have bought new and I try to maintain it well so it will last as long as possible. I'm hoping for at least 300 thousand miles before I buy another one.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Reliable, good gas mileage, economically priced until discovered by the masses

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Lightweight; takes gusts of wind poorly, slides on wet pavement

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Love My Knock-around 2003 Corrola S — I bought my Corolla after researching for a used vehicle that got good reviews, gets good gas mileage for my trips upstate and seems to be reliable. I bought it to carry bicycles and a kayak and for general knock-about usage. It has not disappointed me.

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RE writes:
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4

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Handles well, cheap to own

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"Sticky" accelerator pedal, rough engine, heavy steering, huge brake pedal dead-zone, noisy interior

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Decent Family Sedan On A Budget — If you are looking for a cheap car with few frills and no refinement, the E120 Toyota Corolla may be your cup of tea. It isn't mine. This compact sedan seems to have the pretensions of being an upscale car: Sleek modern styling, faux wood trim, and an interior that coddles you in a cocoon of comfort. But the illusion dissipates the moment you turn the key in the ignition. The engine starts with an quiet clatter. As the car accelerates, the quiet clatter becomes a much louder clatter. Acceleration is underwhelming until about 4000 rpm where the torque finally kicks in. Which is slightly unfortunate because by 3500 rpm your eardrums will have already shattered. The accelerator pedal is another problem. It takes a noticeable amount of effort to start it moving along its unusually short travel, but offers little resistance once "unstuck" (physicists: there is a clear difference between its static and dynamic friction). Because of this, speed regulation is a bit of a chore. In fact, so is steering. Control is direct and precise, but this comes at the expense of weight. There is a bit of power assist, but not as much as most people are accustomed to in modern cars. When it comes time to slow down, your foot will go halfway to the floor before you feel anything at all After that the brakes respond quite smoothly, but there is no excuse for such a massive control dead-zone. Despite the problems, there are some compelling reasons you might want this car. First, it is incredibly cheap. When you purchase an E120 Corolla, you are getting a car that looks decent inside and out for very little money. Secondly, the car handles competently, and has acceptable acceleration and braking for a car in its class. The build quality is excellent, and I can guarantee it will rarely need repairs if you treat it right. On my example the only thing that ever went wrong is a hubcap that fell off. Thirdly, the gas mileage is amazing at 32 city, 38 highway (my own figures). On the other hand, this is not an exciting car, and doesn't feel unique in any way. You may also be turned off by the ride, which is noisy and bumpy at any speed. I would recommend this car to anyone who doesn’t mind the lack of refinement and wants a small practical car that will probably last forever.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kim writes:
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It could have used a little more power but for 4 cylinders did just fine. All in all good car for the price.

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That the cat design sucked!

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Too Bad The Cat Was An Issue — This little car surprised me- had a lot more room than it appeared to have. It was of good quality, no cheap interior. Comfortable, great gas mileage and easy to zip around in tight spaces. Low maintenance other than the cat issues. Nice thick brakes that seemed to last forever!

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Mohammad writes:
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ECONOMY

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acceleration its not good

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Good — GOOD FOR ECONOMY •Performance good- acceleration bad, braking not bad, handling good good Quality - has it dosnt needed repairs .squeaks/rattles Appearance - both interior and exterior styling Cost of Ownership good maintenance Back Seats good Reliability very good Fuel Economy very good

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dependable

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Poor radio and controls

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2003 Toyota Corolla Ce — It handals well but sometime is hesitant while accelerating. It never needed major service but it rattles while accelerating and some dash bulbs don't always work. The interior is very plain. The simulated wood is nice. The radio is of poor quality. The high pitch sound of the horn embarrasses me. The gas mileage is ok but I would expect more from a 1.7L I4. The car is ok to drive but not a thrill.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fuel Economy.

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Too light.

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Basic Economy Car — Best for day to day movement. Spares are available. All type of maintenance is easier and any mechanic can do the work. Best resale value. But too light and too much basic. Brakes are not that much reliable. Handling is easier though.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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