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1989 Toyota Corolla LEReview
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It Just Won't Die! —

I bought my beaten up 1989 Corolla, a 5spd LE model sedan with a carbeurated 4-AF engine, for $300. The previous owner seemed to think it was on its last legs, and gave it until maybe the end of the summer. It had cooked front brakes, an exhaust leak, and would surge unexpectedly. I figured for $300, it would be the perfect summer car. I took it home and started throwing parts at it. I got new brake pads for $35, changed the oil, and changed the fuel filter. I then realized that the surging was due to poor contact on the plug wires, so I installed new plugs ($20) and a new distributor cap & wire assembly ($110). A couple months later, I had the exhaust leak patched up at an exhaust shop for $80. My total cost at this point, including purchasing the vehicle, is about $550, which I figured would be acceptable for a car that was only to last the summer. That was in May. It is now December, and that Corolla simply won't die. I have taken it with me up to northern BC, and when the weather started turning I installed a cheap battery heater and coolant heater. If it's been plugged in, it starts first crank in 30 below (although I left it unplugged for a week once and the battery froze - oops). After throwing a set of snow tires under it, it handles like a dream even in the rough unplowed roads here. Thursday, I'll be driving it back down to Vancouver. This thing is a testament to the indestructability Toyota is known for.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Indestructable
Cheap
Easy to fix
5spd transmission shifts easily

Cons: Getting up in the years
Ugly as sin

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1989 Toyota Corolla DXReview
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Great Oldie For Conservative Drivers, Requires Only A Little Care To Stay In Top Condition! — I have a manual transmission in my little Corolla, and out of all the manuals I've driven, it is by far the easiest and most tolerant, so it's a great 'learner' car. The acceleration is slow but smooth. The car can't really go above 75mph, but it handles great -- can make a quick lane change, u-turn, etc very quickly in a small amount of space. And since it's so light, well-maintained brakes work great (smooth and relatively fast braking). The gas mileage is fantastic -- if I'm driving conservatively without many passengers or cargo, it regularly gets 34+ in the city, up to 40 highway driving. Repairs are infrequent--just the normal by-mileage maintenance. The boxy appearance is acceptable because the car looks compact (instead of clunky, like an old Oldsmobile or something). It's not the prettiest car ever, but it's sturdy. The previous owner of my car got t-boned by an SUV going 40 and the passenger didn't even get scratched--the door merely got dented in!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Sturdy, needs little maintenance, small turning radius, compact, light, handles well

Cons: Nowadays, hard to find replacement parts; not for the fast driver

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1989 Toyota Corolla DXReview
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Bmw 523 Stays In The Drivway All Weekends. — I have my old Toyota DX Estate for about 7 years now. I purchased it as a second car for running about and making various trips to our local re-cycling centre in Trim. This car is a 1.8 Diesel, it does not have any toys at all ( unlike my every-day BMW 523 SEi) but what it does have is total reliability and economy to run. With diesel prices rocketing here in Ireland and the price of cars up and down, this little car is slowly becoming me day to day car. The BMW sits in my driveway more and more. My Corolla does need a few jobs done on it now..clutch and a brake upgrade, plus some small bodywork jobs...is it worth it.? YES...and in time the BWM will be sold..nice car yes..practical..sometimes..but becoming too costly to own and run wth road tax here in Ireland hitting €1500/yr with new rules coming in. Watch that space..

Owner for 7 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:3,000

Pros: Total reliability...even with 190k..simple to own and maintain

Cons: ehhhhhhhhh...could do with power steering...MAYBE

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1989 Toyota Corolla DXReview
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Never Regretted Buying This, It Has Lasted All These Years. — A great car, 4 out of 5 only because of the boxy exterior and power. I bought this used in 1999 and drove it until 2006, now I'm giving it to my son who will soon have his license. Everything about the car is still perfect, just needs some exhaust system work (rust and corrosion), a new battery and starter. The interior is roomy and comfortable, plus icy A/C and pretty good speakers. I get high mileage, around 30 mpg city, which is incredible considering the year of the car. A bit of rust on the outside, not very noticeable. Automatic trans., has a bit of trouble going up big hills but that isnt much of a problem where I live. A perfect car for someone who just needs to get around town and take a long trip every now and then. Handles very well, easy driving but fun.

Pros: Cold A/C, roomy, good mileage

Cons: Old exterior, rust attacks, hard time on big (really big) hills

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1989 Toyota Corolla DXReview
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Indestructible — This was my 1st car in high school, and a well deserved one. For someone with a lead foot, and a knack for playing Ridge Racer back in 95, this Corolla was the perfect automobile for driver training. I can't imagine the amount of abuse I put this car through, but it just keeps on going. I don't think the engine oil or transmission fluid were ever changed after the first 30k miles. This car was never serviced, and its alignment completely out of whack (steering wheel was 90 degrees off), but the car drove perfectly. It always started out with no problem, and never died on me. The upholstery on the roof was secured with staples out of a staple gun, and you can see the hood prop was broken, so we had use a breaker bar. Other than that, perfect car.

Pros: Utterly indestructible no matter how abuse you incur onto it.

Cons: Can't think of any, the ultimate and perfect daily driver.

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1989 Toyota Corolla GTS CoupeReview
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If You Find A Chance To Buy An Almost Rust Free Or Rust Free Gts, Get On It Asap, It Wont Let U Down — I love the HIGH reving 4age engine, the sleek body lines, its pretty quick, but lacks top end performance. It rarely ever needs fixing, but when stuff does break, its really easy and cheap to fix, for the most part. Exterior styling is awesome, the "body kit" trim the GTS model has really ties the body to gether, the interior is eh, the driver seat is awesome, fully adjustable. The shifter is vary easy to shift with, and the e-brake is easy to grab hold of. It also lacks in how well it is for gas mileage, its actually terrible, but that could be my heavy driving?... haha And the fun factor of this thing is a 15/10 star, its small, has a 5spd. and a decent engine.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: two door, five speed, quick, reliable, sleek, awesome .

Cons: gas mileage, tire consumption, back seat is tiny, no leg room back there.

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1989 Toyota Corolla DXReview
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Own One And Love It — I purchased this car from a family member for $100. It had 144,219 miles on it, and the usual things (shocks, tires, brakes, belts, exhaust) were worn out. So I fixed those and replaced the audio system/speakers, and transformed it into a great little car. I had some parts fail in the differential portion of the transmission (FWD), so had the whole thing overhauled. Also replaced the a leaky distributor. It has been very reliable and smooth running. I put serious money in it, but I got it cheap. It's at 180K+ miles now, and I expect it to run well for many more years. It's also great for a young driver.

Owner for 3 years, 4 months

Miles Driven per Year:11,425

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1989 Toyota Corolla DXReview
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Best Money I Have Spent All Year! — I have had my corolla for a year and drive it daily in NYC. It is the perfect size for parking in tight spots. I recently had the all the body work restored and car repainted to its original color. I always get smiles from the parking lot attendants and heads turn because the car looks so clean for a daily driver. It starts up fast in the winter and the heater blast so much heat. In the summer I get an "ice cream headache" because the air conditioner gets too cold! I have all the repairs done at the manhattan dealership and very reasonalble to maintain.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Easy to park, Lots of headroom for guys over 6ft tall

Cons: Acceleration on to highways is slow.

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1989 Toyota CorollaReview
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Great Corolla — The performance of this car is quite good for what is it at this age, you can get it up to 180km/h and still stable but braking could be a bit better, It is a very fun driving car best as fast town car, i love the appearance its a 20 years old car but doesn't really look old. the interior is very nice as this model is a SE limited so there 4 power window, power mirror, defog, heater/aircon, power steering and allot more. i drive this car like there's no tomorrow and it still hold up no problem.

Pros: Great built quality, have alot of accessory good driving position.

Cons: brake could be a bit better and they are getting old so there a bit of rust problem

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1989 Toyota Corolla LEReview
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Total Reliability — I have owned this Car for 8 years...bought it from a trader for €350. It has not cost be a cent apart from oil changes (Synthetic) and general service items..brakes...discs etc. I also own a 3 yr old 523i BMW which is more work based..but my trusty old Corolla Diesel Estate 1989 will never be sold..in actual fact I am going to give it a face lift in 2008...total respray..new wheels..and a few more little mods..you cant beat 55mpg with fuel prices hitting €1.25/ltr on the pumps...

Owner for 8 years, 9 months

Miles Driven per Year:6,000

Pros: Total reliability

Cons: None

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