2008 Toyota Corolla User Reviews

2008 Toyota Corolla Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 40 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 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" 23 reviews
"power" 16 reviews
"ride" 13 reviews
"reliable car" 8 reviews
"brakes" 6 reviews
CONS
"power" 6 reviews
"small power" 4 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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Mohamed writes:
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+ Its smooth, very smooth and quiet, in fact most of the time I cant tell whether the engine is running or not, luckily the LED on the start button gives indication :D

+ The keyless entry option is very nice, its there on other cars, but as part of the package of the corolla, it gives a nice addition.

+ It feels well refined overall.

+ The 2 tone interior (sand beige and black) looks very good, the in dash 6 mp3 changer is very good, also the controls of the MF steering wheel are well placed and intuitive, more intuitive than Porsche actually.

+ The one I drove had the manual tranny, it's very good and smooth.

+The suspension soaks up the bumps, potholes and all the irregularities on the road well, without sacrificing high speed stability, I think its a good compromise between stiffness and softness.

+ Dunno whether standard on all models or an option, but the auto dimming interior mirror is very useful.

+ The auto climate control is good, with its controls well laid out.

+ Has a trip computer.

+ The dash is well laid out too.


+ Good brakes, the ABS threshold is good too.

Cons

- Doesnt give good steering or shifting feedback, you really need to keep an eye on the RPM or you'll miss your shifts.

- The steering seems like its more comfort oriented than sporty, its not as sharp as the C4's steering nor handles as good, also as stated in the previous point, lacks good feedback.

- Only the driver's window has a one-touch operation, all other 3 dont, really annoying.

- Cant shut the windows from outside, also annoying.

- The side mirrors do not dim with the interior one, and they are large and badly designed IMHO.

- Not as much fun as the C4.

- Not very roomy inside, our 2005 Hyundai Elantra is much roomier.

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Good City Commuter, Not Very Sporty — After having driven the Corolla all the way to the north coast about 250 KM from my place, I can say it's good enough, not my cup of tea though; VERY good city cruiser, especially in our lovely Egyptian roads, if you're looking for more comfort its a good choice. If you're sports cars oriented (like me :D) you wont be able to live with it for long, you'd better look somewhere else.

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JSDStudent writes:
2008 Toyota Corolla LE Review
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5

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The car is extremely reliable and cost effective transportation.

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The Corolla is a bit cramped for very tall people.

JSDStudent
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Excellent! — I like the ability to go anywhere for very little money in gas or maintainance bills. Cost to own is very low, especially for how comfortable and quiet this car is. The car is legendary Toyota quality and backs it up every day!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ryan3171 writes:
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Standard transmission is smooth and easy to use. It also gives you more power over the automatic. Roomy trunk and back seats fold down.

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Overpriced, no standard side/curtain airbags, no traction/stability control, noisy, unstable on corners and highway driving, AC isn't as cold as needed

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Disappointing — The first thing I noticed was how little you get for your money when you buy a Corolla. On the test drive, the car was very noisy especially on the highway and the steering/handling was terrible. It's very unstable and in my opinion its unsafe. In addition to that the engine rattled somewhat like a diesel.

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Akhil writes:
2008 Toyota Corolla S Review
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Light weight due to Indian subcontinental specifications, adequate power, good brakes, comfortable ride and reasonably good handling.

Cons

Bland design and interiors, snappy brakes, build quality issues, tyre wear out rate and  panel gaps.

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Value For Money, Efficient, Fun To Drive, But Not Really Sporty. — Performance - Above average, not exactly meant for spirited driving though. Build Quality - Poor material quality, average workmanship. Appearance - Looks good overall but slightly dated, detailing better is better on the latest model. Cost Of Ownership - Good gas mileage, cheap to maintain. Fun Factor - This car isn't meant for outright performance driving, but its quite a good drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Katie writes:
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color

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its not german engineering

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The Toyota Corolla Not All Its Cracked Up To Be — Performance-acceleration (really jumpy, not good for stop and go traffic, uses a lot of gas to accelerate) braking (seems fine but also brand new so brakes are brand new) handling (okay but I owned a german car before so handling doesn't even compare) Build Quality-repairs (none just brought it in for the check up) squeaks/rattles (none that I notice) Appearance-interior (sleek but also kind of pointy and straight edges, seats are not that comfy and have limited mobility, back seats are squished, and air doesn't go to the back very well) exterior (My is the aqua green color I love the color choices and its a cute little car compared to the Honda civic counterpart) Cost Ownership (good gas mileage and maintenance you just have to bring it to the toyota dealership)

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Jonathan writes:
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Build very well, good steering feel, solid A to B car

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Boring styling, some cheap plastics, body roll is bad, thus handling suffers

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An Above Average Corolla — The Toyota Corolla is normally billed as the most boring car you could buy. In some ways that is true, its never been an outstanding car and whatever it does well will be defeated next year since it only does well in categories like fuel economy, reliability, etc. Now this version of the Corolla, the 2003-2008 version, has been largely ignored by most auto enthusiasts. I don't feel that this particular car is deserving of the most boring title, I believe that's better suited to the Corolla that replaced this one. To drive, this Corolla made do with only 128 hp so it wasn't exactly that fast. Handling...it wasn't too good since the Corolla had quite a lot of body roll due to its soft suspension. However this Corolla does have proper steering feel something Toyota has not done well with lately especially with the new one. There are moments where you could have some mild fun, although the XRS is the one to get if this is your thing. The interior in this car is nicely coloured and styled modestly. The plastics on this car range from quite cheap to decent, I don't think they're as bad as certain cars. Although the lack of much metal is one thing this Corolla doesn't address. Build quality from Cambridge Ontario has been very good. Despite seeing several trashed Corollas with 60,000 kms, none have fallen apart or lost any pieces. I actually consider this car a better car than the one that replaces it. Its a shame this version has to live with the most boring exterior designs in the auto industry.

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Kevin writes:
2008 Toyota Corolla S Review
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TOYOTA!, Gas Mileage, appearance

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less HP than competors, XRS is gone

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Great Looking Sedan Would Rate This Car A 9 Out Of 10 — The 2008 Toyota Corolla S is a very nice looking car it drives really good and accelerates well and the engine noise is okay and it's really quiet inside the car while it's idling, gets pretty noisy when accelerating on the highway and when it going at high speeds (50+mph) the only thing that bothers me is the noise it makes inside the cabin when driving on bumpy roads (maybe it's because the S model's interior is made with plastic and that's why it's so bad. my friend's '03 LE does not make any noises)

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connorrhans13 writes:
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It's very reliable.  It has some zip to it.  Looks great, but could look better. Great MPG.

Cons

It doesn't really have any cons to it.  It's a great car.

connorrhans13
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Awesome Sport Looking Car That's Reliable, Great Mpg, Great First Car — I need to spice it up. I need to put some sweet rims on it. Possibly a full body kit. Possibly a spoiler wing. Wish it was faster. Can't complain about the gas mileage though. It would be cool to spice the car up, but Asian people have put such a stereotype on tricking out your car, that I'm kind of scared to do it. I feel like I will get a lot of crap from people. But it will look cool. It won't surprise me if people expect me to be an Asian driving the car.

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snicklefritz writes:
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Economy, roomy trunk, good ride for a small car, very comfortable on trips, interior layout very functional, fun to drive.

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Shouldn't have sold it.

snicklefritz
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Fun, Reliable And Functional Toyota — I bought the car new in 08 and only had to replace front brakes and one set of tires in the 5+ years I owned. For a small, 4 cylinder car it had plenty of power and had big car comfort in my opinion. I sold it to the sister of my son's girlfriend, so it's kinda still in the family. Corollas are great, reliable little cars!

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BigShow3182 writes:
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Great Gas Mileage 26 city/37 hwy
Very stylish for an economy car
Great handling, low maintenence

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Im a big guy so its a little cramped,

BigShow3182
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Great Little Car With Plenty Of Power!! — I love this little car, its fast, great gas mileage, and very smooth handeling. It has alot of room also for a little sport/economy car. This is the perfect car for driving around and especially for traveling. Dont let the brand of car fool you, it has some power, it has that get up and go.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2013 Toyota Corolla Reviews

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2012 Toyota Corolla Reviews

It Is A Nice Family Car. By Ömer

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2011 Toyota Corolla Reviews

Best In Price Range By DavidH25

The 2011 is the last model year the Corolla has with the 1.8Liter 1ZZ FE, an engine with a near perfect blend of power and economy. The 2012 went to the 2ZR FE and gets less economy than the 2011, 34/... Read More

Great Value By patsyflo22

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2010 Toyota Corolla Reviews

10 Corolla By Poli79

This is a decent car. I've owned 2. Good MPG. Good price for the size car. I would absolutely purchase another one. I highly recommend for someone wanting good gas mileage at a good price. Handles gre... Read More

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