2003 TOYOTA COROLLA

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193,077 Miles
36,666
Miles above average

Vehicle Details

Mileage: 193077
Color: SILVER
Body Style: Sedan
Trim Level: LE
Transmission: Automatic
Engine Type: 4 Cyl
Drive Train: FWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: Toledo, OH
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Option & Equipment

Keyless Entry
15 Inch Wheels
Steel Wheels
Cloth Seats
Independent Suspension

Recalls & Defects

VIN JTDBR32E930025900 may have been recalled. Check full report for more information

AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL

On January 9, 2018, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) notified NHTSA that they are recalling 14,585 model year 2010-2012 Yaris vehicles ever registered in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. As of January 30, 2018, Toyota is additionally recalling 3,347 model year 2010 Pontiac Vibe vehicles located in states listed above. Also included in this recall filing is 98,194 model year 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix vehicles, located throughout the U.S., that previously received a “like-for-like” interim air bag inflator replacement. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.


Information about Dealer

Knowledgeable and Excellent Customer Service!

5
Brandi on 10/01/2016

Customer Service: 5.0 Quality Of Work: 5.0 Friendliness: 5.0 Pricing: 5.0 Overall Experience: 5.0

We went into Jim White Lexus to look at one vehicle after doing some online research and after a test drive decided to change our search to something very fuel efficient. Normally this would mean days of added research and time I just don't have to figure out what would best suit our family's needs. However, the salesman and the manager were incredibly helpful and we were able to narrow down our search quickly with some guidance. We never felt rushed, even when we were there at closing time. So professional and kind from start to finish, I am very happy to have stopped in--I have something that meets my needs perfectly and was able to still have my weekend to enjoy the family instead of going back and forth to other dealerships or haggling on price. Seriously the best price in town, combined with fantastic customer service! I would highly recommend stopping in, even if you are not looking for a Lexus, they have so many great vehicles.

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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.6
  Based on 438 reviews

60+YEARS OF OWNERSHIP

4
WILLIE Ward on 11/08/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating:

Of all cars (11) Chevolet Coupe, Caprice Classic, pickup)----- Ford-(pickup, Crown Victoria)----- Mercury(Grand Marque)------Pontiac (Executive)------Corvette----- 3 Toyota 1 DX & 2 LE, this 2003 Toyota is the best car I have owned.

Yes. It seems like will run forever

5
Lei on 07/26/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating:

220,000 miles on it. Never maintenance, every 20,000 miles for one oil change, normal wheel bearings and brakes replacement at 200,000 miles. Never have problem.

Toyota Corolla is a little "workhorse"!

5
Jp on 02/16/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 5

What an all around great compact that will last 300,000 miles +.

An okay car.

2
Rose Milton on 08/28/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating:

I recently bought this car. I've already had to replace the timing chain and catalytic converter. This car does have great gas mileage, 30 miles per gallon. It has comfy seats and is higher off the ground than other sedans of this era. However the paint is peeling off and the engine is horrible. If you want a commuter car that gets good gas mileage and don't mind having repairs this is the car for you.

It seems like it's going to run forever.

5
Cliff on 07/13/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 4

This car is a beast that just wants to keep going. 202,000 and I just had a number of wear & tear repairs but I think it's at the half life point roughly. Weather doesn't phase it and the rust is very minimal for a car I don't garage or baby in any way. Superb investment so glad I bought it new.

Best car ever!

4.9
bonnieallen on 04/27/2015

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this car brand new off the lot and 12 years, and 250,000 miles later, still running like new! Very very minimal maintenance required for this car! i have barely done oil changes and only other repairs were replacing sway bar, a sensor that went at about 180k, and thats it! Even mechanics have told me that this is one of the best cars that toyota has put out and i very much believe that.

biggest pos ever

1
ryguy6 on 09/03/2014

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

This has been the worst car I have ever owned I got it with 116k on it and it has nothing but break every few months since I got it power steering g rack and pinion tie rods tires starter the trunk broke fuses 3 batterys not to mention it gets terrible gas mileage my 95 astro got better mileage it has the turn radius of 1 ton dually cummins and sounds like crap the trannys almost blew up and it bounces around past 65 to were I won't go on the freeway with It I drive my 95 civic over it all the time not to mention how it accelerated full throttle at an intersection by its self and almost killed my family toyota needs to take responsibility for there crap cars I wouldn't recommend toyota.

#1 hands down

3.6
bmatte on 01/03/2014

Performance: 2 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

bought this car last year. had 64,000 mi on it. now has 72- not one issue yet, and im 28 w/ 5 speeding tickets.. so its needles to say that i run these things too the ground.. very impressed!!

is this the longest rotor on the road?

4.6
madsy on 02/26/2013

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought new in December 2002. Today (Feb 2013) the car is now 517,000 km. @ 420,000 km the strut was replaced. the right one started to leak. the other one is still ok but replaced as well as they needed to be replaced at the same time. @ 425,000 km. the front and rear wheel bearing on the driver's side were replaced. @ 475,000 km. the starter was replaced. @ 517,000 km. the sway bar link was replaced. others are just the normal maintenance like battery, oil changes, serpentine belt, transmission oil changes, air filter, cabin filters. The car drives like the day I drove it out of the dealership. The rest of the car is original...including the rotor. the car just starts and go in all weather

Best car i have had

4.6
toyota1987 on 01/09/2013

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had this car a long time without issues. the only thing i have replaced since i bought it was a starter. My car just hit 200,200 miles!!!

Corolla does it again

4.3
cuwee on 07/14/2012

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned my 2003 Corolla LE since it was brand new. It has been amazing car since day, today with 135k miles. I grew up with a 1992 Corolla that my mom owned and loved until the rust ate through it.

Rock Solid

4
ragged1234 on 04/17/2012

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Ten years ago I bought my 2003 Corolla LE brand new, and it has been rock solid in terms of reliability. In the ten years I've owned this car (115,000 miles) I have had only one repair that was not usual wear-and-tear (air conditioner went out). Everything else has stood the test of time. So I give this car a 5 in terms of value, build quality, and reliability. As for performance, comfort, and fun to drive, the Corolla is admittedly not top-of-the-line (you're not going to win races with this thing or feel like you're sitting in a recliner), and gas mileage by today's standards isn't spectacular. But, I trust this thing just as much today as I did the day I bought it and that says something.

was good until after a year

3.1
kevin1001 on 10/28/2011

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

i had the car for a year with 80,000 mile on it and everything was excellent for the first year. after the year past, my mpg just tanked on me and i was only getting 12 mpg. it got loud when i am driving on the highway, the rear speakers had static sounds. the brakes just sucked with the crappy ABS in it. then i got into my accident. the passenger seat belt didn't lock when my passenger side got hit, the airbag blew. then when they went back the seat belt lock. good car, but not good in accidents.

Not As Dependable As Is Widely Believed

3.8
dethark on 06/09/2011

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

Purchased my Corolla in March 2002. At this time (June 2011) there are 49800 miles on it. Here is every problem I've ever had with it over 9 years in chronological order: - steering wheel was slightly out of alignment, tilting to the left a bit; Toyota straightened it under warranty - AC cut out while I took a 600 mile road trip; only happened once, didn't need to fix it - squealing started off and on from the engine/belt; had belt replaced but squealing continued; sources online say it's a belt tensioner problem; happens inconsistently; haven't fixed it yet - crackling distortion began from rear speakers - rear wheel bearings needed replacing, $1260 for parts + labor

Wheel Bearings

4
michele on 10/22/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

My brother talked me into buying a Toyota and I do love it. However, I had to replace the drivers side wheel bearing in July of last year, no problem - I expect to have to pay for this type of maintenance. I had about 110,000 miles on it. A year later and 25,000 miles later - the same wheel bearing goes. I explain to the dealer that it doesn't make sense that I have to replace it yet again. The other one has never been replaced. They simply said its normal wear and tear because of the amount of miles I have put on it. We even called Toyota directly and we are waiting for some answers. Hopefully they will make it right. I was sold on Toyota, but may not be now. Will depend on how they respond.

I love this car

4.1
Jerry on 09/29/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I put about 10,000 miles a year on this car with no major problems, keep the oil changed and do the maintenance on required basis and this car will last forever.

Awesome

4.9
abcde on 08/15/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought the car new in 2002 and now have 98,000 miles on it. It required front brake pads due to squealing brakes at 25,000 miles and was done free. Have performed routine maintenance - battery 60,000 miles, tires 60,000 miles, brakes 85,000 miles. After the brakes at 85,000 there was a persistent squeal and the car needed 2 more trips back to the dealer. Was given a free loaner car for the 2 returns and it was handled very professionally. Other than that I routinely get 34-35 mpg with about 65% highway driving. The car is actually fun to drive and I am always the first "out of the blocks". Minimal road noise at cruising speed and very smooth highway manners.

Rock Solid and efficient

4.3
Liquorman on 06/18/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Had my car for almost 7 years now and I can say it has been great. Yeah, it's not a BMW, but its a easy drive, fuel efficient and has good room for the size. I recently upgraded to a high end VW Passat wagon, and even though it is classier I miss my Toyotas efficiency (wife drives it now).

Excellent reliability

5
ITSME on 05/03/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am the original owner of this car, I used to drive 1000 miles + per month in this car for about 2 years. I have not had one thing need maintenance, it is even on the original AC coolant. The only problems have been from other people dinging my car. Everything in the car still works great, just needs a tune up to improve power. With regular oil services and tire rotations, I have never had this car in any shop at all. Great purchase for reliability.

Great Car - decided to keep driving it

4.9
Happy Camper on 04/23/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased my !st Corolla in 1989 (a 1984 for 3K with 45k miles on it) That car lasted me for 7 years with no problems. It finally died in 1996. I would have been happy if it lasted 3 years. Then I owned a Honda Accord from 1996 to 2004. I can not remember the problems but I was not nearly as satisfied with my Honda. I went back to the Toyota Corolla in 2004 and have been happy ever since. I purchased the car used with 12k miles. It now has 123k and I have not had a single problem. Just routine maintenance, replaced tires, oil, transmission fluid, batteries. I just love the great gas mileage. With gas at 3.00/gal, I fill it up for about 25 and go almost all week.

Thought it was reliable

2.9
SteveMA on 02/08/2010

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

I had no trouble with this car and felt it was highly reliable, like the Toyota reputation suggested. I bought the car new and always took car of the maintenance. Then at 59,000 miles, the transmission completely failed. No warning, no symptoms, just stop at a light and when the light turned green, the car would not move. Turned it off and turned it back on, and when I put the car in drive, the car made a horrible grinding sound. Called Toyota and they would do nothing for me. 6/60000 miles was the warranty. Guess they had it figured out just right. I'll never buy a Toyota again.

Not as good gas mileage

4
Beau on 01/26/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I traded in my Jeep Cherokee for better gas mileage only to find that I'm getting between 19 and 23 miles per gal. around the city on my 2003 corolla 1.8. By the way it is an automatic transmission.

Worst Car Ever

2
brokenwings on 01/06/2010

Performance: 1 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

This has been the worst car I've ever owned. I've had to replace the rear hubs ($1200+), the catalytic converter ($200) and the air conditioner. The interior of the car has completely come apart and the hub caps have all fallen off. I've owned cars that were way older and never had problems like I have with my Corolla. DO NOT BUY ONE!!!

Good amigo car

4.4
gpjr on 10/20/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I've put 217k on my car, I commute to my job I do the maintenance on this vehicle myself, iridium plugs, serpentine belt, oil changes ac relay at 153k $90 at the dealers. I was a mechanic in the service, so not a problem, tires at 50k intervals, I put aftermarket rims on it after I lost a few hubcaps on the road, this vehicle has been a great investment and good amigo.

Good Commuter Car

4.3
08LasVenturas on 10/04/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

I'm not a Toyota person at all but family members of mine own it & i drive it all the time. It gets excellent gas mileage and is very reliable. The ride is smooth and fun, it would make a good car to learn to drive in. The design is bland (as are all toyotas) but the interior quality is top-notch and after 6 years its in amazing shape inside and out. The inside is also roomy and comfortable but there aren't many cup holders. But overall, I think it;s a great car for the money and would recommend it for someone who just needs a cheap, reliable car to get from point A to B.

Very efficient investment!!

4.6
Buckadies on 06/13/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Purchased with 150K miles three years ago and currently pushing 165K trouble-free miles. Other than regular maintenance, this car is a well oiled machine that leads its way to water...good to go!!

Disappointment

3.5
dan kramar on 05/18/2009

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

Having bought Toyota in the past and knowing of corolla reliability and fuel economy we purchased ours used from a dealer with 60000kms on it. I drive all highway. It has cost us a transmission rebuild (it's a manual) for differential bearings and now tranny won't shift into fourth all the time. Wheel bearings go quickly and car is so loud from wheel/bearing noise you have to yell to be heard. I'm done with Toyota.

Serious Car problem

4.5
Toyota corolla s on 03/03/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I had my car only 6 months. It was a very clean and nice looking vehicle when I purchased it. I haven't had any problems with my car until the cruise control malfunction.

Nice Car!!

4.4
Mik on 02/05/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have 186,000 miles on my Corolla and the only thing that has gone wrong is the headlight bulbs burned out at about 100,000 miles. That was a $10 dollar fix I did myself. I give it regular maintenance and it runs like a champ. Great gas mileage and EXTREMELY reliable. Again, 186,000 trouble free miles!!! That is no joke.

Corolla will last forever

4.9
MG on 09/07/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my Corolla 5 years ago and in that time I put 225000 km on it. I have not once had a problem with it. With the 5-speed it is fun to drive and super reliable! Unfortunately I got in an accident with it and it was written-off. Now it's so hard to find a second-hand Corolla with low KMs.

Gas Relief! -- The Sequel

4.8
opie on 08/01/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After owning this car for 5.5 years and 105000 miles, I can proudly say that I have had absolutely no problems with this car! I have changed the serpentine belt, brakes and tires and that is it. It even has the original battery. Absolutely flawless reliability. I will never buy any other brand! And yes, I can still get 40+ miles per gallon on the highway. Thanks Toyota -- you made a believer out of me!

2003 Toyota Corolla LE

4.3
brian on 07/26/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is one of the best cars in the world for the price and more. I love my Corolla. Turns on a dime, great gas mileage avg 25-27 mpg at speeds of 80-90 all the time. Over 6 yrs ownership, and oil changes and tire rotations are your only maintenance items needed. Excellent ride, great interior, lots extras, @ 74,000 miles it still feels new, with new tires and struts, this will feel like a brand new car. Everyone that drives in my car, complements it in one way or another. Compare it to any car out there and it can compete. Better reliability than a BMW or Mercedes for half the money.

Great value for the money!

4.9
terrib on 07/26/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought my '03 Corolla used with 87,000 miles on it. I am a Home Health nurse and needed an inexpensive, reliable car with good gas mileage and a roomy trunk. This Corolla has met all my needs and then some. I have fallen in love with this car. I spend hours a day in it, minimum 500-600 miles a week in all kinds of conditions and weather and this car has not let me down yet. I now have 123,000 miles on it and plan to drive it another 120,000 +. No mechanical issues. I have only performed maintenance: replaced filters, tires, brakes, spark plugs, as well as oil changes every 3000 miles and transmission service. One small problem,have blown a fuse twice from using plug in to charge laptop computer.

Hockey dad

3.8
james on 07/17/2008

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

Good reliable, well made compact car that gets very good fuel economy. A couple of things that bother me having taken so many long trips: the seats are not very good and I use a cushion to make things more comfortable. The brakes are average at best and you have to plan your stops. The car is really not that quiet on the highway but it is an economy car. The engine works well but the last year is making a droning sound that we thought was coming from the front end or tires. I changed the tires and had the front end checked, but not luck. The body is starting to show signs of rust on the hood of all places. You clearly need winter tires for traction in the snow because the car is so light.

Great, reliable car

5
nfonnesb on 07/04/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had this vehicle for over five years and haven't had one problem with it. It is snappy off the line and gets great gas mileage (32-34 mpg around town and 36-38 mpg on the highway). I would recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a safe, reliable car with good gas mileage.

Miss my great Corolla

5
hurt and disgusted on 06/30/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I loved this car, meant to keep it many more years, until a drunk driver totaled it and left me without it. It was great on fuel economy, mostly highway driving, a great 35 to 37 mpg. It was comfortable and easy to handle, excellent braking. Reliability was excellent, nothing wrong in the 5 yrs I owned it. Now trying to find another comparable is turning into a nightmare, as prices have been hiked up for these great cars, and no 2003 or 04 models out there with low mileage.

I love my Toyota

5
EV on 06/19/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have 165000 and the only problem I had was the ac relay went out at 75000 ($200 at the dealer ). Everything on the car still works. I would not hesitate to purchase a Corolla..... FYI 5 spd

Great car

4.5
Keven on 05/26/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Loved this car. Bought it brand new. There was no other compact sedan as stylish as this at the time. Car felt much more expensive than it actually was. I totalled the car less than a year after having it. Ran head on into a telephone pole due to road conditions. Airbag deployed, I was completely fine. From inside the vehicle you would have never known it was wrecked (except the airbag and cracked windshield). Very solid!

Corolla Not What it Once Was

3.8
Chris on 04/18/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

I bought my 2003 Corolla new in June 2002, and it has been plagued with quality issues from the start - a major surprise as I thought Toyota was known for its reliability. Some of these issues are minor but annoying (my center console door broke after a few months and won't close, and my dashboard fuses have blown twice). However, the engine started leaking at 40,000 miles, a $400 fix. Most disappointingly, I had to completely replace the power steering rack at 80,000 miles for $1100. Also, the serpentine belt needed replacing at 50,000 miles ($200) and now, at 90,000 miles, I'm told it needs replacing again. I won't buy another Toyota

Best Compact Car

4.8
Robt Cobb on 02/02/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have 103000 miles on my 03 LE Corolla. This LE will last 400,000 miles just by changing the trans fluid every 10,000 ml, oil at 3,000 ml, spark-plugs at 10-15 months. Tires when worn. The higher wheel base keeps the car from scarping the curb. You can also repair (or find mechanics to repair this car) very cheaply! With premium or high octane gas I get 34cty/40hwy. And I drive at speeds of 70+mph! The speakers are fine but I hate the lame radio/DVD which is too hard to swap out and the space doesn't accommodate any of the popular MP3 players! The larger headlights are a welcomed improvement. The higher door and head room is a great improvement for my bike and computer stuff.

Why Corolla is The Most Reliable

4.9
Robt-Cobb on 01/22/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have 103000 miles on my 03 LE Corolla. This LE will last 400,000 miles just by changing the trans fluid every 10,000 ml, oil at 3,000 ml, spark-plugs at 10-15 months. Tires when worn. The higher wheel base keeps the car from scraping the curb. You can also repair (or find mechanics to repair this car) very cheaply! With premium or high octane gas I get 34cty/40hwy. And I drive at speeds of 70+ mph! The speakers are fine but I hate the lame radio/DVD which is too hard to swap out! And the space doesn't accommodate any of the popular MP3 players! The larger headlights are a welcomed improvement. And the higher door and head room is a great improvement for my bike and computer stuff.

Excellent ride

4.8
44racing on 11/20/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Car seems to handle great, and rides smooth for a small car. Has a fast 4 cylinder motor with enough torque and horsepower to get up to speed in heavy traffic. A great buy for the long commuter or college student who needs a dependable cost efficient ride.

A quick review

4.5
We on 11/17/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A nice little car. The angle from the seat to the gas pedal seems a bit awkward and has a tendency to hurt my right knee after driving for more than 30 minutes or so. I may just be used to sitting higher in pickup trucks. The car has plenty of power and rides nicely.

Major problems with my car

2.9
Brandy on 10/28/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 4

Added on the 100,000 mi warranty and expected for features that had gone out to be fixed - not so. Had air conditioner problems from the time of purchase, has been worked on several times. I have learned to tap a box underneath the glovebox to get the air conditioner started at times. Power locks started going out at 40,000 mi. Eventually they all went out after the warranty expired and now I can't manually lock my doors on the driver's side. To get the power locks fixed will cost $2000-3000. Have replaced Toyota hub caps several times for about $80 dollars a piece. Plugged in a bottle warmer into the cigarette lighter, radio, dashboard features, and cigarette lighter fuse blew out.

CE 5spd

4.5
bri on 10/14/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this used in Sept. 05 with 50K on it and now have over 114K on it. I haven't had a single issue with it. It's not flashy, but with the 5spd it's fairly peppy and fun to drive. Surprisingly roomy and easy riding on the highway. 36/38 mpg in the winter 40/42 in the summer, pretty much all highway miles.

Excellent Car

5
ssiffermann on 06/15/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have driven many makes and models and this is by far my favorite! Easy to drive, lots of go, good on gas, easy to park. I highly recommend this car.

What a great car for the value!

4.3
Reliable Car - Great on 06/06/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had this car since 2002, I have 103,000 miles on it and I have had NO engine or other problems except in the beginning which the dealer fixed asap since it was just off their lot so no problems. Great space and room!

Happy So Far

4.9
Frugal Buyer on 05/30/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After my first full tank of gas, my mileage was 36.79 mpg (20% city, 80% hwy, w/ac; also, I bought used at 50k). Very happy. Handles well. More than adequate acceleration. Replaced a 92 Camry that I got 266k out of. Thanks Toyota.

2003 Toyota Corolla review

3.8
Mike D. on 05/13/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

My Toyota Corolla LE has been an above average vehicle, but it has had several problems. The keyless entry stopped working around 60,000 miles and the trunk latch busted around 70,000 miles. Then at 80,118 miles my catalytic converter had to be replaced at a cost of $1400. The emissions warranty expired at 80,000 miles and Toyota refused to help me with the cost. I expected a better vehicle and better customer service from Toyota. Overall it has been an above average car, but the quality issues and the service issues must be improved.

A "haywagon" ride

4.3
Albert Bacter on 02/23/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Exceptional reliability. A joy to drive, with 'distance' gas milage in the low 30's m/g. This model gives a very bumpy ride, as if the tires were grossly over- inflated. With 15" wheels, it is a ppor ride. The tires (Firestone) this model came with were "ride-ranked" the lowest of 32 others that would fit the wheel (by tirerack)

College Student

4.8
Mike on 01/25/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this 2003 Carolla used from a dealership in upstate NY. It had 72,000 miles on it and since I have been driving it i've put on 3,000 more miles and it sounds like new. I bought it as a Toyota Certified Used Vehicle also which makes me feel more comfortable.

Why we own two of them!

5
sstv on 01/21/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my corolla after driving my son around in his for 3 months (broken leg). It was so easy to handle and to park.

A great second car.

4.4
Joe Z on 01/19/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I turn on the ignation and it starts at once,never a failure so far.Great gas milage.Installed new tires at 43000 miles. Not so good features: A hard ride and could be less noisy.Over all, a great value.

Good Car

4.8
George Mcfly on 01/15/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Good commuter car, holds 4 people with not trouble.

A baby Lexus?

4.8
Larry on 01/10/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my second Corolla. The first was a 1998. As good as the 1998 Corolla was the 2003 was like night and day - fantastic. The car is solid, reliable, handles very well and has a good pick up. The charted overall mileage since 8-02 is slightly below 28.5 mpg. The car has a good sound system. The layout is user friendly. The car has held its value over the years far better, I would say, than anything American in that price range.

I love Lola!

4.1
Katherine on 12/21/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Lola, my Corolla, has been an awesome car. No maintenance issues at all. I drive her 60+ miles per day and only fill up every 5 days. Glad I went for the LE, it feels like a much fancier car than I paid for! Plenty of room for passengers and cargo. Love the dashboard look, too. And it's got plenty of get up and go for my needs so far.

Sold on Toyota

4.5
Sold on Toyota on 12/18/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We bought the first year of the current generation of Corollas, which isn't always a good idea. It is our first Toyota, and it won't be our last. In just under four years, we have had NO problems with the Corolla, except replacing the tires after just 20,000 miles. It holds four family members (two teenagers, not children) and all our luggage on our non-camping vacations. Unlike one of the other reviewers, our paint looks great. We may never buy anything but a Toyota again.

corolla

5
ken Irvin on 09/06/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Easy to drive,surprising power at passing speeds. Got 43 mpg on interstate.All round great car,not as plush as I would like but 1/3 the price of big gas guzzler. Will buy another one some day,,expect to get at least 250,000 miles out of this one. Have had no maintenance isuues,,oil changed every 3000 miles. Very impressed w/the quality of construction,,able to close the doors w/the push of a finger. Braking is excellent with short stopping distances. I can find no flaws in this car.

LOOKING FORWARD TO 150K

5
Jeff F on 08/21/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am enjoying the heck out out my Corolla. I had to tap the gas gauge to make sure it was working I just got over 400 miles to a tank. Wow. I have the S model with manual transmission fun to drive.

Excellent

4.6
tp13fox on 08/10/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Pros: If you are looking for a 1st New Car to buy or lease, I recommend the Corolla. The MPG can't be beat both on Highway and city. It has excellent carrying capacity which is surprising for a car this size. For a 4 cyl it is fast and lightweight which all contribute to fuel economy. Cons: Some people like the low-rider look with low fenders which the sport model features. Downside is it easily scratched on concrete parking blocks or dips especially exitting elevated parking.

Love It!!!!!

5
LaShanda on 07/29/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I absolutely love my car. To me there are no drawbacks. It gets great mileage, looks good and is comfortable for me to drive and for others to ride.

Saving the Planet

5
Bryan on 06/12/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought the car used earlier this year. No problems with it at all so far. Drives so nice and quiet on the expressway, even more quiet than luxury cars that I have driven. I am 6'2 and the car has more than enough head room for me. It feels great to drive a car that gets 40mpg on the highway when there is so much drama about gas prices.

My Corolla

5
Doug on 05/25/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We have driven this car for three years with zero problems. The gas mileage is great 30-35 mpg around town. Couldn't ask for a beter car in its class.

Saving on gas big-time!

4.6
Jon S. on 05/24/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Let's talk about gas savings first. If you trade your current car that gets 25 mpg overall, and you drive the Corolla at 35 mpg @20,000 miles a year, you will save $700 per year (based on $3 a gallon gas). Multiply that amount by the number of years you plan to keep the car, and it's hard to say no. Second, compare roominess of the 2003 or newer Corolla to any mid-size vehicle, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the amount of available space (including the roomy trunk)! Next, look at a consumer reports buying guide for reliability, safety, and resale value. Still not convinced to dump your gas hog? Take a Corolla for a test drive, and see for yourself, before gas prices spike again.

Rattle, Squeak, Rattle, Squeak

4.1
Nate1981 on 05/09/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Wow, I have owned 3 Toyotas now and I cannot believe this one got past them. I bought this '03 Corolla in '05 with 40,000 miles on it. Only 5,000 miles after the sale the car began rattling in the dash. Then came the driver's door, and now the passenger door. This car rattles so bad it rivals my 1999 Oldsmobile that I traded in with 110,000 miles. Other than that the car is super great on gas. My best rating was 47 MPG on a trip to Wisconsin. I average 33 MPG city/highway (mostly highway). The car is super agile and can cut through traffic with ease. The brakes are very strong & the suspension is great! If only it had more power. Oh well, it's great for an economy car!

Luv the car and the MPG

4.9
Votsy on 04/24/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I run my corolla 90+ miles daily to and from work. During basketball season it gets me to all my games very reliably. Great car, Great MPG.

corolla 2003 Mi personal point of view

4.5
Jose Olaizola on 04/17/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I like to drive my corolla, it's fun to drive and very attractive, mine is red wine, corolla 2003 with sunroof, its a comfortable car. I need more stability in curve The tires 185-65-15 are very high, much better 16 wheels, with stability rear bar and rear brake disc with abs, no drums. brakes are weak.

2003 corolla

3.9
MITCH on 02/27/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

Having the car x 3 years, I can safely say that it has: fairly comfortable ride, I'm spoiled with the gas mileage, great room for 5 (3 kids), and rock-of-gibralter reliability. Changing the tires to Michelins helped the handling on my mountain roads. Now if it only looked like a Mazda...

Great low cost speed

4.9
Gene on 02/21/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Even with a lead foot you get 30+ MPG. It handles like it's on rails, and will beat any car in its class of the line.

let me down

2.8
mike on 01/01/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

Mileage went from ok to poor in only 5-6000 miles. Corolla started at 34mpg first tank to 27-28mpg after 5-6k miles. I have always gotten better milage than stated except for these cars. The sheet-metal on the car is too thin. It dents when you wash it. The trunk's side-walls are not 2-ply. I had a cardbord box dent out the side when driving around a corner. The padding on the seats is sub-standard. When getting in you feel the tube steel in the side bolsters. I am less than 200lbs. Toyota= D-!

A High-Profile Car

4.4
Roo-N on 12/19/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Pros - fuel economy, mechanical reliability, overall Toyota quality, peppy, sits higher than most economy cars therefore good visibility Cons - the light weight and higher profile translates to wind intolerance, side rear-view blinds spots are dangerous, interior construction leaves a bit to be desired with squeaks and rattles, horn is pathethic.

typical toyota=reliable

4.3
Suwanna on 12/13/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I use this car to commute but i live in sf and in traffic or breezing on the freeway this car fits the bill. Gas mileage is awesome and trunk space is big enough to hold all my gear. This is my first Toyota and the reputation of it being a great reliable car is accurate. 3 years on the road and zero problems. Oil changes every 5000 miles and i'm on my way again. They are ubiquitous on the road but there is a reason for this. If you need to commute or you just don't want to think about your car... this is the car for you.

Great reliable car!

4.8
Chris on 12/04/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great reliable car, especially a car for your first. Great fuel economy of the manual transmission (which I have) of highway of 40 mpg. It is comfortable. Have had no problems with it. I have S model, so it looks nice with sport package.

Great Car

4.8
jonbond on 09/23/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We got this car based on the reputation, gas MPG and based on the looks!! rep of Corollas is outstanding and it looked so much better than any other small car out there at the time. This car has held up to it's rep of being a GREAT reliable car!!! This car looks good and drives well and gets even better gas mpg with the manual tranny that we chose. We average with city/hwy as we always drive both during the week anywhere from 29 to 37 depending on how fast we drive that week! The AC is always on since we do live in Texas. HIGHLY recommend this car!!!!

Amazing car-economical and stylish

5
great car on 09/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my first new car. I have owned it for 3 years and I really liked it. No mechanical problems to speak of and it is very economical from insurance standpoint as well as gas mileage. I highly recommend this car.

Sugar, Spice, & Everything Nice!

5
A.Y. on 09/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My experience with the Toyota Corolla has been wonderful. I love the comfort level, it is a smooth ride. The best fuel economy out of all cars that I have ever had (I have had 4 cars including this one.)! I love the interior room. The wood paneling is okay... it looks real, but when I purchased it I thought it looked a little cheesy, but I don't pay attention to it anymore. Overall, I love this car! I wish the extras were standards. I have the moonroof which helps circulate the air when I am not using the A/C. Lots of storage. Great cupholders in front and back. Love the trunk. Plenty of space in the trunk. I love the design of this car. It handles nicely around curves,and slopes

Definitely a car to consider

5
Julie on 08/18/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have no complaints about my awesome 2003 corolla S. I've had the car for a little over 2 years, and have had to do no maintenance but change the oil. The exterior is very well made. I've even had a falcon fly into the hood of my car, and you can't even notice the tiny dent in the hood! All around excellent car!

Proud to Own, but...

3.6
KC on 08/13/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

While I am proud to this car, I find that it lacks a few horses. Overall, it is responsive throughout the band but you're pushing the limits close when needing umph to pass. Seats are comfy and ergonomics are good other than the stereo being a bit out of reach. Handles well for a front wheel drive vehicle but not a tight turning radius though. Great fuel efficiency-perfect for today's market. Needs some rims and a shark fin antenna to be completely stylish. Only one weird anomaly- the throttle stuck on me ~4500 rpm once. Really scary and dealership mechanics can't identify the problem. What can I say though Toyota's done well with this car. I am pleased!

Nice little car with electrical problems

4.4
Ben on 07/14/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a great second car - great gas mileage, sporty looks, and comfortably holds four adults. The only problems I have had have been electrical. Within two months of having the car, the daytime running lights would not turn off. I had to return to the dealership three times to finally have it fixed correctly. About a year after having the car, I noticed that when the lights were on and I hit the automatic door locks, the horn would honk. On one occasion while driving with the lights on, I hit a large bump in the road and the horn started honking one solid sound. I had to pull over and turn off the lights to stop the sound. I love this car, but there are some electrical problems.

Great Value

3.8
Nancy on 07/11/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

Overall, I have been happy with my Corolla. The gas mileage is just fantastic. I have had a few minor quality problems such as the seal around the doors coming loose. It handles well in the snow, but it is a little shaky in windy conditions.

Eh.

3.3
Kathleen on 04/18/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought the Corolla in April of 2003 to replace my 1997 Geo Prizm. Mechanically, you can't complain about the Corolla. It is a sold contruction and quality materials. As a Toyota, you know it will run forever. And the gas mileage is unbeatable. On the flip side, though, this car is way too tall for its wheelbase. The first time I drove it on a windy day I was unable to stay in my lane. I did not feel safe in the car, which ultimately led me to get rid of it. The engine is kind of pokey, too. I had to floor it getting on the highway. Toyota would be wise to give a bigger engine option and stabilize the car.

Amazing Vehicle

5
Joe C. on 02/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Since purchasing my Corolla, I have had no complaints at all. The build quality is fantastic, and the engine has a surprising amount of pep. It blows away all of the other economy cars I've driven. I'm totally satisfied. (Note that I was the primary driver for two years prior to my purchase of this vehicle, so my review covers the entire lifetime of the vehicle)

20000 mile check-up

5
usaret98 on 12/25/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Love my car 110%. Gas mileage is excellent. Averaging 30 mpg and hit 41 mpg on first long haul. This is with the AUTO transmission. No maintanence problems. Sound system excellent. The tires slip easily in the rain. Excellent rear seat legroom

nice little car

4
bigdave on 12/15/2004

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

had this car about a 1.5yr. low milage for time. great gas milage !! no problems. nice solid feel. quiet. nice detailed interior and design. sharp looking exterior with nice ground effects. really not that quick. expected that with auto and small 1.8. developing a small rattle sound from back right rear door area at times. yeah and i still cannot get comfortable in drivers seat. this was noted in a major consumers mag. other than this and the rattle, excellent car.

Great car!!

4.8
Lenny on 12/07/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Owned a Jetta before. This Corolla is a beauty!! Not much to complain, except for that dashboard gap above the radio/CD, occassional dashboard rattling noise & occasional brake noise when backing up in the morning. Other than that, it's a terrific car!!!

Great Car...No Regrets

4.5
Yasmine on 10/19/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I'm inlove with my Corolla. I've had it for 18 months and I've had no problems; just regular maitenance. I would definitely buy this car again.

03 Corolla, Great Little Car

4.8
ski46 on 10/12/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my first Toyota and I am very impressed. I have driven Honda's for many years and just wanted a change. The gas mileage is terrific, usually about 38-39 highway and 30 around town with the automatic transmission. It's quiet, roomy and very well put together. Also there is no timing belt to change like on the Honda's and a stainless steel exhaust system. These 2 items alone represent a considerable savings.

good commute car!!!!!!!!

4.1
mimi1 on 10/11/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

i bought my 2003 corolla two years ago. i already put almost 50,000 miles on it!!! it's a great commuter car for the budget-minded. it gets awesome gas mileage and is mechanically refined. the only problems that i've had is that the interior dashboard is flooded with annoying buzzes and rattles. also, mediocre handling. i highly suggest anti-lock breaks. i regret not getting them.

Great car

5
vueltador on 10/04/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I had a used 89' Corrolla and loved it so much that I bought a new one in 2003. I have never had a single problem with it, it gets great mileage, and it's fun to drive.

Gas Relief!

4.9
opie on 09/15/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Outstanding fuel economy! It's not unusual to get 40+ mpg even while running A/C. Even though the car is small, it has very good manners on the highway, and is remarkably comfortable, even after a long drive. It's always nice and quiet without feeling too many bumps. I do alot of highway driving and I am still surprised by its comfort on the road! One more thing that is quite incredible...it starts every time you turn the key!!! Fantastic reliability!

Great buy

5
Monique125717 on 09/10/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

So far so good, I feel pretty comfortable driving in my toyota. I've done a lot of research on these cars and so far I've heard nothing but good things. This is my first buy and I'm very pleased

Reliable corolla

4.3
bcalvin on 08/06/2004

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought the 2003 corolla S when it first came out. I have had 0 trouble with the car and love it. Gets great gas milage and you can even get a supercharger for the 03-04 model. I have drove it from california to new mexico back and forth 2 times and ran into 0 issues. The only minor problem i had was orange peal on the side of the body and the alloy wheels would started to rust.

My 2003 Corolla S

3.9
Babygyrl0021 on 06/19/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my 2003 Corolla S a little over a year ago from Lustine in Woodbridge VA(do not recommend anyone going there.My experience buying this car was absolutely horrible)I will never buy a car from them again!! Anyway,other than that I've only had a few minor issues with my car.Within the first few months the screws on the driver side visor came loose.Also the dash rattles.The brake pedal squeeks.The driver side automatic windows clicked when rolling down.I have taken it to Lustine several times to fix these problems and they still havent fixed a few things.Guess that has to do with the dealership.

A superior vehicle

4.8
keithb on 06/16/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After owning the vehicle for just over a year, it has met or exceeded all expectations. No problems and just a great all 'round car- offers no logical reason to buy something more expensive. Engine is strong through the rev range and works exceptionally well with the automatic transmission. Handling is very good as is ride and noise control- although there can be a bit of wind noise on the highway. Lots of interior space and quite comfortable. Gas mileage reached 41 mpg -hwy. Car is far superior to my '97 Protege. Even after driving the well reviewed Mazda 3, I feel it still has an edge in many areas.

ELEGANT LOOKING W/O POWER

4.9
cpoled on 06/12/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Don't get me wrong,I love my Corolla.I had owned a '99 Corolla.When I based my first opinion of my current car, it was against that car. I've had the car for nearly two years. The gas mileage is excellent.The car is smooth in high speeds. On tight turns, the feel is uneasy,like it's leaning away from the turn.I would have liked a little brighter headlights at night.On a lightless country road, the changing from regular headlights to high beams is annnoying.(especially with oncoming traffic) A more powerful engine would have been better.

VERY good car!

4.9
Chorus1 on 04/23/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Have had three Toyotas, with no problem at all. This is a GREAT car, and being in Northern CA in the valley, I need air conditioning! Feel that the power is VERY good, it handles extremely well. I'm STILL finding out things about this car that I had no idea it could do!

Great Car except for one Thing

4.6
rk_man99 on 04/13/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I think that this car is very good. I think that is great for the driving that is done in the city.

I'm glad we have it.

4.9
XZOUP on 04/13/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We own a dodge ram 1500, that gets about 11 miles to the gallon. Our toyota corolla le is a life saver.

Good Basic Car

3.6
eddtinker on 04/08/2004

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Good gas milage,reliability,not impressed with fit of dash above radio,I have two 2003's and the tightness of fit is poor on both.Overall the cars do what their designed to do,and do it cheaply.

Great First Car

4.9
First Car Owner on 03/28/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I couldn't really ask for more in a first new car. At almost 10,000 miles I have yet to have a single problem...knock on wood! I get many positive comments from people on the exterior looks. The interior white gauges on black interior is beautiful. The interior is very spacious, especially the back seat. Much more comfortable interior than the Civic or Jetta. Have had inconsistant mileage, as only real complaint, varying from low 20's to upper 30's depending on weather here in upstate New York.

The Perfect Car

5
Raptor on 03/18/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My Corolla is just about the perfect car. Ride/comfort/costs are just outstanding.

2003 Toyota Corolla CE

4.9
Tigga454 on 03/16/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have always owned American made cars my whole life. I bought my Corolla almost 10 months ago, and I still love to drive it. I drive almost 100 miles a day and the car is so comfortable and handles great. I will never buy another American car again.

Poor, Poor Corolla

2.8
vallet1 on 03/02/2004

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought a 2003 LE in May 2003 and sold in Feb. 2004. This was one of the worst car buying/ownership experiences of my life. First, the dealership (Planet Toyota) used the "old fashioned" tactics to sell the car-- you know the "let me see what my manager says..." deal. Secondly, the car is not fun to drive, rides poorly, looks like every other car and is not very comfortable. Lastly, the people at Toyota Financial are very unfriendly, rude and elitest--they really need to humble themselves. Luckily I was able to sell it for a good price. I would NEVER buy anything Toyota again. You should look at anything else--DON'T BUY A TOYOTA!

1+ year review

4.5
1+ year later on 03/02/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my third Corolla and was a replacement for my 97 Camry (crashed, RIP). The acceleration is good and better than my old Camry. I have been getting anywhere from 28.5 to 31 MPG with mostly freeway driving. I did get almost 42 MPG on a long roadtrip from Calif. to Washington state and back. Hopefully, I will get the same kind of durability like my other two Corollas (over 240K miles).

Excellent Car!

4.8
peawiddle on 02/26/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My biggest issue is the squeeking from the rear of the interior. Driving the car is wonderful and it handles alot better than my old one. It looks great too!

Pretty Nice

3.9
Sandi X on 02/18/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

I just got this car used with 6,726 miles on it for 13.6k which I think was a lot, but the dealer said it was a demo car so no one owned before me. I like the fact that it runs so smooth and picks up speed..sometimes a little too much. I don't even realize it sometimes and I'm going 60mph on a residential street. I wish I had power doors and locks, but the CD player is pretty good. I also get that rotten egg smell at times which I think is very unpleasant and Toyota needs to fix that problem. Everyone I know likes it and says it has more power than they thought. I had a 1989 Honda Accord before and I loved it, but I think Toyota is pretty good too.

I Love My Toyota

4.9
jimleona on 02/15/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

At 6'2" and 220 lbs, I needed a car I could easily get into after back surgery. I was even able to sit in the rear seat with comfort. The Sporty, European look (without the Americanized sports trim) is cleaner. What will a rear air foil, etc., really accomplish ??? The engine is very quick and merges with ease during highway driving. And... this little beauty handles like it's on rails, in part, due to the front and rear anti- sway bars. Economy... It gets 34 mpg, city. I Love It!

Great car!

4.9
smilingdaisies on 02/06/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned the 03 Corolla Sport for about 1.5 years. We have put about 20,000 miles on the car. Overall, I really like this car. I love the style and the ride. I marked a 9 for fuel economy because I don't think we ever get the listed mileage - but when does that every happen? I gave it lower marks on interior design and comfort because of the position of the steering wheel. I feel like I am sitting too close to the wheel, but if I move further back, I can't reach the pedals. The other thing that I don't like is the ground effects make it impossible to change your own oil.

I don't know

4.3
JS Lee on 02/05/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Very reliable car, wish get better gas mileage. I don't get the milesge as stated on adverticed window.

Best Car Owned thus far

4.6
Missy B. on 01/23/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I found this car to be easier to get in an out of, roomier, quieter and all around more comfortable than my friend's 1998 model. Lots more 'cubby space' too; self maintenance like oil changes and brakes are quick and easy; handling respondes with how the car is being driven, the tighter and faster a turn the tighter the steering becomes; independant 4 wheel suspension makes for a very smooth ride over bumps and poor roads, and doesn't fell like you're driving you're mother's buick; the sporty look comes packed with a powerful sound system, alloy rims (NOT rim covers) and sharp looking black interior.

Steering wheel from hell

3.5
Bioman on 01/08/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 5

Love the car except for only one item. Poor steering wheel placement. My knees hit the wheel if I have to break as it does not adjust out to the driver. It is also a very small steering wheel. What was Toyota thinking about? I bought the car as I was in love with the fuel economy and reliability. Now I am not sure it was worth it.

The best car i've owned...yet!

5
Sal D on 12/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My first car was 2002 Pontiac Firebird..and I must truely admit, no problems, but when I got this car instead of it (the corolla) it was like nothing i've ever experienced. The car felt as one, as though indestructible, the mileage was another impressive incentive on the car, and the design, well I don't think those ground effects could look any better. If they continue increasing the looks of this car, i'll get one every 3 years, hands down on that one! Go TOYOTA!

One word: Wow.

5
caitie on 12/23/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car. I test drove over 20 cars when searching, and I wanted to try the corolla before choosing (I was choosing between a jetta and focus at the time). I got in it, and drove it (it's a manual) like I had been driving it for years. I bought it that night. I was very impressed.

TOYOTA COROLLA S

4.9
POOPNOGGIN on 12/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I COMMUTE 50 MILES ROUND TRIP EVERY DAY, THIS VEHICLE IS AN EXCELLENT DAILY DRIVER. THE GAS MILEAGE AVERAGES ABOUT 33MPG, I ADMIT I HAVE A HEAVY RIGHT FOOT.

Reliability with no comfort!

3.9
ODonnell on 11/30/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought the Corolla merely on name and reliability... For me it was a mistake! I get 34 around and around 38- 40 on hway. Now, for the cons... The engine is quite spunky, but merging onto highways is nearly impossible and not without heavy lagging. The shocks and struts are terrible. I feel every bump in the car. The seats are extremely uncomfortable for any person over 5'0" and 130 lbs. I weigh 200 and am 6' tall. Never comfortable. Radio design is not natural and hard to reach. Cruise control should be part of steering wheel, not an extra lever easily debunked. Overall, great looking and gets good mileage, but uncomfortable and lacks stability...

2003 Corolla

4.6
DinkyDor on 11/16/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I went from a Ford Taurus to the Corolla and I absolutely love it. Comfort is great and the gas mileage is even better. I recommend this car for anyone who does a lot of driving.

Great Car But.....

4
john7 on 11/12/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

This is absolutely great and fun car to drive! Exterior is beautifully designed especially with the sports package... A trip from LA back to Bay Area was effortless. Nice Audio system... However, the car visted the dealership for more than three times in the first year. The rubber molding on the top of the car shrunk and flooded the car ceiling. The celling and side pillar had to be replaced as algae started growing in the car!!! Rear seatbelt for the right rear passenger always disappeared into the bottom of the car. Battery had to be replaced once. Lots of blindspots especially in left front and rear right. Lousy sunshade design.

Best in Class

5
EntsPal on 11/05/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Purchased this vehicle for son going off to college. Found a car coming off a business lease with only 5K and a great price. Final decision was between Elantra and Corolla. Corolla design in and out and features won me over - although it was a tough choice!

Dissapointing Quality

2.5
kjonim on 10/30/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

Very dissaponting quality of interior parts. 14 days spent since Purchase date. Do not buy cars made in California. Interior buzzes will drive u crazy. Recently right front door developed new ratteles and buzzes. This is my 4th toyota and definitly the last one.Toyota quality definitly took a nose dive. I also own Mitsubishi which has no such quality issues.

great little car

4.6
pbrunn on 10/29/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Our 2004 corolla s is a good looking fun to drive car. It handles well, has very good gas mileage, and suprising exceleration.

I am glad I got rid of my honda accord..

5
Letitia Fyfield on 10/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I was having trouble with my honda accord and I got tired of putting money into this car and I am so glad that the dealership talked me into getting a corolla because this is the best car that I have driven I love the color and the body style of the car and it is built like that of the camary and I heard people say that this corolla is a baby camary

2003 Corolla S

3.1
gmoney on 10/25/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

After 6 months of ownership, I have to say that I am not completely pleased with my 2003 Corolla S. First of all, the gas mileage rating of 31 city/39 highway is greatly over stated. To date, I have averaged only 29mpg. I drive about 60% highway. Also, the drivers seat is very uncomfortable as many others have stated. In addition, the dash buzzes very loudly in 3 different areas. And to buyers of the S version, be prepared to replace the front end ground effects often.

great car, bumpy ride

4.3
Catherine Lewis on 10/24/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Car looks clean & neat, styling sort of dull Handles well Disappointed in rde, very bumpy

A GREAT LITTLE VEHICLE

5
jos wain on 10/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

GREAT TO DRIVE GAS ENCONOMY

My Corrolla

5
Daunch on 10/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my corrolla ~ It is comfortable and roomy for myself, husband and two kids! We also have enough room for the stroller and stuff you have to drag around when you have kids in the trunk.

A great car at a great price

4.8
pkim on 09/27/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a great car. It is reliable, comfortable, affordable, and gets great gas milage. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants a compact car at a compact price!

toyota corolla sport is the best

5
northernpatiot on 09/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this corolla because I got into an accident with my 2000 corolla. Although my old corolla had only 50,000 miles on it, I had to have the 2003 model because it was so nice. I love my car and I love to drive it everywhere. Now that it had 22,000 miles on it I just can't stop. What can i say I love my car.

Corolla S 1.8L 5-spd.

4.6
MPD on 09/24/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had this car for 4 months, and have no major complaints. Its got a very smooth ride, but could use some more oomph when accelerating from 20 mph on a highway entrance ramp to go to 60 mph. I've consistantly been getting 40-44 mph. I do miss my '91 Mazda 626 2.2L 5-speed, especially its acceleration. I do realize I'm dropping down a bit in engine size. All-in all I'm very satisied with my new Toyota!

Love Our Corolla

4.9
smokejumper1967 on 09/21/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We had had our Corolla now for 3 months and have used it for three long trips of over 400 miles. The mileage was great at about 36+ miles per gallon at upward average speeds of between 70-80 mph. It is very zippy and has a good burst of energy to pass slower vehicles. A true value and worth the money.

Wonderful experience

4.5
wowa1999 on 09/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I would recommend this car to everyone. It would benefit from some minor improvements (see below) and I wish it came as wagon. Very good driving experience. Also the car attract attention.

Good

5
SirFragsMore on 09/17/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Buy it quick before they run out, then you have to go out and find one. :(

JB's review

4.9
CJBUENO on 09/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Can't complain about this car

Toyota - Complaints

4.6
B.Bishop on 09/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Last winter I got an average of 33mpg gas consumption, even going down to 27mpg a couple of times, - ALL highway driving! We did a test on it using cruise control set at 110 and 100 km and got much better mileage...as much as 49-52 mpg. However, we find that it vacillates even with settings at 100- 110 km and will sometimes give only 33mpg. We live in an area without high summer temperatures, and rarely use the air conditioning. It seems that if it creeps up even for only a few minutes to 120 the mileage is adversely affected. (And yes, I am using the correct figures for conversion of km and L to miles and gallons!)

Could you ask for anything more?

5
tferguso on 09/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Toyota has come up with a winner. STYLE, LOTS OF ROOM, Great gas milage and quiet. The lines of the car have moved closer to Camry then ever before. The whole family loves to drive this car. My wife is 5'4 and I'm over 6 feet and it is comfortable for both. The trunk space and rear seats have been stretched to the limits and provide ample space for any family.

Dust Eclipses in a 4-door

5
Paul_Can on 09/05/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Not only does the Corolla S look awesome, but you can dust just about any 4 banger on the road with this 1.8L 5 speed. I've dusted Mitsubishi's, Hondas and even SUV's left and right in a car that gets almost 40 MPG combined. The inside is perfect, the outside is perfect, I can't say enough about the best selling car of all time!

Can't ask for more for the $$$

5
Joe Manny on 09/01/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've owned my 2003 CE for 1.5 years now, and have been extremely pleased with my purchase. The interior comfort is superior to other cars in its class, gas mileage is excellent, and handling is fantastic.

Paint is a problem

3.9
heinybeerbelly on 08/31/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

The paint on the corrola is easily damaged. I got hit by an egg the second week I had it .I Washed the egg off as soon as I came home. There was already chips off the paint on the passenger door by the handle from the egg. I remember as a teenager My AMC pacer got hit by eggs and I did not wash them off till a few days later and nothing happened to that paint!Luckily it drives, runs and looks much better than the Pacer! The only other problem I have is when I run the AC it fogs up my windshield on humid days. It goes well on he highway. The gas mileage is great especially on the highway.The added size gives it a nice overall comfort.

Reliable

4.5
Contay on 08/25/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

This is my first Toyota(2003 Corolla S) and the main reason I purchased it was due to Toyota's reliability. My last car was a 1994 Nissan Altima and after only 170000km I had two blown trannys. Here's hoping Toyota

BEST CAR EVER!

5
NnK on 08/17/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I Think you should buy a Corolla S! It the best car, nice engine and nice interior! You should just go out there and buy it!

We love our new Corolla!

4.9
sugakimsuga on 08/14/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We love our new Corolla S, but it's a little slow on the pick up. We were told that it could be the fact that we just moved from Florida to Colorado and the computer needs to adjust. And when we first bought the car we didn't know to keep it under a certain mph for the first hundred miles. I know it's only a 4 cyl, but we have old cars beating us uphill! It't gotten a little better, but we're only gonna give it another few weeks before we bring it into the shop. Does anyone else have this problem?

Really Love My CorellaS

5
YoMoma324 on 08/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had my car for 2 months and I really Love it. I would recomend ir to anyone who is looking for a new car in this price range. One of the things not list above is the room in the trunk. It is a perfect car for me.

corolla

5
amndancer on 08/13/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

So far my car has been wonderful, as was my last Corolla. The Corollas are very reliable and economical cars. I would reccomend this car to anyone.

A Compromise

4
carsal67 on 08/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is a compromise. It performs well generally, but lacks the engineering and careful design of a more expensive car, such as the old Volvo I owned previously. I've had two problems fixed under warranty. The trunk remote cable was replaced (wouldn't work), and a half- shaft seal was replaced after I noticed a transmission oil leak. Fuel economy is not that impressive for a small car. On balance, it's a decent car for the price, with enough space for a small family, good highway performance, and a nice range of standard features.

Great smaller car!

5
allipaw on 08/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the first brand-new car I've owned. I love it. I've taken it to the store, on the 25-mile trip to work, and on a 1,000 mile road trip, and everything in between. I wanted a car that would allow an adult to sit comfortably in the back seat. I'm 5'9" and I had to sit partially sideways in the back of the Civic I test drove. Not so with the Corolla. Two adults, both taller than me, sat comfortably in the back of my Corolla on a round trip of several hundred miles!

Excellent Car

5
Tylercom87 on 08/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought a new 2004 Impulse Red CE and I am very happy with my decision. The exterior styling is great. The interior is luxurious compared to the Honda Civic. If you compare the interior and exterior dimensions to those of the Honda, the Corolla takes it across the board. The car feels as fast as our 2001 Honda Accord dual exhaust V6. Brisk acceleration without going above 3,000 rpm. It cruises at 70 mph at a low 2,300 rpm. I mainly bought it for the way it looks as compared to the other 10 or so cars in it's class. It also has the lowest ADVERTISED mileage. Build quality and paint is really good.

Typical...I love Toyota

5
txdave on 08/08/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had the car for 1.5 years...it's been trouble free! (as expected from Toyota). This is the 3rd Toyota for me. My last one, 1987 Tercel wagon, was trouble free to the end...I got 260,000 miles out of it!!! Anyway..I LOVE my new Corolla! Keep up the good work, Toyota...maybe one day...American car makers will wake up.

best buy for your buck

4.6
eq on 08/03/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have very little if any complaints about my corolla. The ride is very smooth, and the design i far more improved over the previous corollas. The only issue that I have is that the engine is not the quietest in the world, and the gas mileage on the auto. version is nowhere near their alleged 38mpg. Other than this the car is wonderful and I hope to enjoy it for many years to come.

The Time of My Life

4.9
flwrbabe on 08/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Being in the automotive finance industry, I was faced with many options. When I decided to look for a car, I was looking at several factors. Price, options and reliability. The Toyota Corolla met all 3 criteria and had so much more. With 3 models to choose from, they offered something for the student on a budget, the sports car enthusiast, and the person looking for a nice luxurious feel. Comparing the Corolla to other vehicles in the same category, it offered more standard features and even bested them in some areas. The Corolla offers more trunk space, better mileage, and much more. This is a purchase you won’t regret.

Poor Paint Quality :(

3.6
gringo on 08/02/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Buyers beware. Paint quality on white cars is extremely poor. Paint is so thin and sealed poorly that it actually stains even though waxed! Chips way to easily. It scares me to think what this car will look like in a year. I cannot talk to other colors but I can assure you that you will have paint problems within months of buying a white Corolla.

I like my Toyota

4.5
Pat Thetic on 07/31/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had a good 7 months with my Toyota. The only problem I have had is bird droppings on the red paint has left dark spots. I have washed it many times and as of yet have not been able to get rid of the stains.

Very Happy!

5
NatNic on 07/28/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Did a lot of research for my first car and the new style Corolla won! I ended up being the winner in the end though. Only problems have been with some interior things... My friends can't drive it because they're too tall (seat doesn't back up enough); I broke off a compartment door on the center panel within the first month - dealer replaced with no problems though. I added cruise control after market - it's not the prettiest thing sticking out my steering wheel but it works!

Owned a 1999 Corolla

4.8
cpoled on 07/27/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

A mini Camry.Not a whole lot of power but on the highway can scoot. A higher (seat position)and smoother ride than older Corollas.(Used to feel just about every pebble and crack)But not with car. A solidly built car that is gas conscious. I can park just about anywhere.Fun to drive.I LOVE this car.

CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS

5
JOHNNY NEWELL on 07/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT OUR 2003 TOYOTA COROLLA LE. SO FAR NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. THE CAR GETS GREAT GAS MILAGE, HAS A COMFORTABLE, QUIET RIDE AND MY WIFE AND I LOVE THE NEW STYLING. FROM THE TIME THE 2003 COROLLA CAME OUT I WANTED ONE, SO IN AUGUST 2002 I BOUGHT ONE AND I DON'T REGRET IT AT ALL.

Better than the rest

4.6
steven davis on 07/26/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Compared to sentra and civic,The Corolla wins hands down.Bigger more powerful engine,Roomier,Larger stance and tires.Timing chain opposed to civics belt is why I purchased it.A freind has a sentra he popped his hood We compared engines My corolla engine was simple to look at.His sentra was a mess of hoses and wires.We couldnt even find the oil filter!

Great Car, Great Price

4.5
Sunflower on 07/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my Corolla about four months ago. I love it. It handles well and I love the gas mileage. I think you'll love this Corolla too. The design is more sporty , so you and the car look great. I've a had a few road trips with a total of four passengers, and we were all quite comfortable. Stop your search, the Corolla is waiting for you.

MY Toyota

4.9
mndyhywrd on 07/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A fun and affordable car. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a sporty, compact car. Very smooth and quiet ride; Corolla S has a fabulous sound system.

03 Corolla Gets Less than EPA Mileage

2.8
gloriairolon on 07/18/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 4

I never get the EPA numbers Toyota says I should. It is always 4 or 5 mpg less. It rides like a truck. The seat position is cramped, low and uncomfortable, esp. if you sit in it for more than a few minutes. The dealer can't seem to fix the rattle in the front dash, even after four trys, and says Toyota is working to fix the problem. No luck to date.

Good Car

4.8
angiepooh on 07/17/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

the exterior is made well, I was hit from behind while I was stoped. The person was going about 15 mile per hour and I only got the smallest ding in my car, you can hardly see it.

GREAT CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5
cutecar on 07/13/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is a wonderful buy. It is priced great. It gets great gas mileage. I recently go into a serious wreck with it, and the car held up pretty well. The features are excellent.

Buy the corolla it rocks

4.8
sethers on 07/13/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my corolla, my first car, the last day of May this year. It was in my price range and had all the options that I wanted, with a few that came with the car that weren't my choice. (Options: side-airbags, upgraded stereo system, anti-lock brakes, and I'm sure other things as well.) The gas mileage is fantastic I get approx. 30-35 mpg and that's with road and highway driving as well as in Philadelphia where it truely is stop and go. It's really peppy and loves to go fast but doesn't have a problem going slow either, the ride is supurbly smooth with a great sound system. A definite first car buy. (2003-Corolla LE Black) GO out and get one today!

A new definition of excellence

5
ruthkin on 07/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Excellent in every way-- best car I ever owned.

No Problems

5
metaxaide on 07/05/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Replaced my 99 Corolla LE which was a great car. This car is much improved and has been completely trouble free. I routinely get 30-32 around town and 38-41 on the highway. It has a smooth ride and handles well in snow and ice conditions.

lousy tires and poor brakes

4.1
hamisch on 07/05/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The positive points of this car are; reliability, fuel economy-I get 30-32 MPG in mixed city/highway driving, interior room and handling. The negative aspects are; The OEM tires made by Firestone,they are by far the worst tires I have ever owned. After about 3 or 4 thousand miles driving on a wet highway was like driving on ice. I had them replaced at 16,000 miles-the lowest mileage that I have ever replaced tires at in my life and I have been driving for 28 years! The other problem is that the brakes seem to be undersized,the car should have better braking capacity. The last point is that the front roof pillars limit visibility a great deal.

i love the car but stuff fell off?

4.6
phtass on 07/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Good car all around and fun to drive good family car and you can fit a lil more into that car than one might think!

A Lot For The Money

4.9
Richard B on 06/28/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We love this car. Zero defects upon delivery. Great gas mileage. It's very quiet and rides extremely well for a vehicle in this class. Has a very roomy interior, even for larger people. Smooth 5 spd gearbox makes it easy and fun to drive. Not bothered as much by wind as some others commented. Also, absolutely no sign of rotten egg smell. Overall, a winner!

AWESOME CAR

5
antelii on 06/28/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Toyota really knows how to make cars. I´ve owned ford, chevrolet, dodge, mitsubishi and chrysler, and nothing better than a toyota. Te design is nice because is sporty and has a lot of elegance. I´m really happy with this car and i recomend it for anyone who is looking for build quality, reliability and confidence.

I love the new Corolla!

5
soccergurl on 06/27/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I never liked Corollas until I saw the new 2003 models. I love my sporty S model and often think it resembles a Lexus when I see it in a parking lot! Oh... and it practically has the same engine as a Celica GT...but at a much lower price.

worth the purchase

4.8
beachcomber on 06/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

a great "city" car and it's also good on the Sunday drive. This car won't break the bank. I've got very nice compliments from friends and co- workers. Toyota's new design makes this a stylish break out for a younger driver. It's the type of vehicle that won't have you wondering "what's gonna happen now".

the best choice you can make

5
loyal on 06/21/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I was very careful in making this purchase and thank god edmunds was there to help. I owned a ford (fixed or repaired daily) 00' focus before this and it is a motorcycle compared to this car. The dealer was fair in the price and what can i say, when you shut the door, it's a quiet, comfortable ride with a zoom zoom that beat out the noisy mazda's i test drove. And on top of that it also beats the small honda civic by far for it's class. Buy it, the money is well worth it and the car will give you the peace of mind your looking for. Well built, nice body style with the ground effects and fog lights, and you get what you pay for.

Great Car for the money

5
jacknimble on 06/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a great car for the money. Mine is a 5-speed LE with leather, and I cannot believe how much car $15k can buy. obviously, its a small car, but you do not feel you are in an economy car. I was looking for a car at a certain price point, but I would have bought the car on its merits alone.

Billy

4.9
Guille on 06/18/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Excellent performance,, value for money.

cute, fun car

4.3
alexp on 06/14/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Nice car. What I would expect from a car for $15K. Sports package (name only), not really sporty except for looks. Engine options and handing options would be nice for this S package. Fun to drive. Engine even has a little kick to it.

Nice little car.

4.9
zeusjuice on 06/12/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I totalled my precious 1997 Geo Prizm Lsi in April and bought the 2003 Corolla LE shortly thereafter. I have been happy with the car in the two months I've owned it. I have to agree with most of the comments in previous reviews. The comments made about it in the wind are all valid, it does seem to be affected a lot by a strong gust. However, so do a lot of other cars out there. A bigger engine option would be nice without having to go to the ugly Matrix. So far I've gotten the sticker gas mileage or better, which is nice. Overall, I am very satisfied with the car. If you want a small car that is inexpensive but doesn't feel cheap, try Corolla.

Great car - needs better tires.

4.9
acm015 on 06/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Really great car very roomy fun and fast only thing needed are better tires right from the factory - i often spin them even when gently taking of and when i step on it they scream for a few seconds.

03 Corolla LE for me

4.8
jtb on 06/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

From reviewing the corolla and civic, the corolla wins. Test drove both; both a good cars. The corolla, however, has a better warranty and, in my opinion, and better reputation. similar crash tests, etc... This is a communter vehicle that takes me about 100 miles per day. It's a peppy little car with great gas mileage. Nice creature comforts. I would buy it again; no regrets on the decision.

A Lexus in Toyota clothing

5
CPMiller on 06/08/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

All I can say is what a car. It has all the things it needs to suceed.

Great Car

5
Tomato6 on 06/06/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This Car is amazing. It has a great sound system, reliable and good on gas. The car is fun to drive and everything is great about it.

Quick, Fun & Comfortable

5
smithhayward on 06/06/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had it for just over 6 months and driving 100 miles a day can put some wear on a person. This car makes the time fly. Whether on a side road or the highway, this car has the necessary pickup to get you going when you need it, and a smooth ride when just crusin' along. Interior is superb. Recently rear-ended, I rented a 2002 Honda Accord for two weeks, and boy did that solidify my decision. The interior quality of the Corolla is TOP NOTCH. Soft seats worthy of a 10 hour drive, seating position that accomodates a 6'+ driver and gauges and controls all in the right places. Roomy inside for all passengers, and a huge truck top it all off.

corolla s

5
Jeffferret on 06/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I do many long drives, including through LA. I have found this car to be very confortable throughout the trip and has plenty of passing power on the freeway. The gas mileage is also incredible for these trips. Even traffic is not hard(espeically for a 5 speed).

Great Car

4.8
Jim12345 on 05/31/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had this car for nine months and made two cross country trips - it is great. Gas mileage is outstanding and it will run with the crowd at speed on the interstate with no problem at all. Car was perfect at delivery and zero problems. I could wish that the materials in the interior were a little better, but for the price I don't think it can be beat. It is probably the best overall quality car I've had, including some which were much more expensive.

A luxury car in disguise!

4.9
Copacetic on 05/28/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My car was special ordered with the leather package, side airbags, ABS, 6 speaker stereo system. It was built in 6 wks in Canada and delivered in record time. It feels like a luxury car and I am thrilled with it! If the badging were removed you would never guess that you are sitting in a Corolla. I do not smell the rotten egg smell that everyone complains about. The ride is very smooth and I get about 37 mpg. This car is a terrific value for the money and handles well.

Corolla

5
Pawel89pl on 05/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The new corolla is totaly redisinged and more horse power. With the new body also the body kit and 15inch alloy rims wat else could u ask for.

great car value!!!

4.8
LA camchick on 05/24/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car's styling is the first great feature. It is now designed to resemble as said before, a baby Lexus. I've had the car for 1 month, and so far I've had no regrets. I got the car for a great value due to additional rebates. and now i feel like i see so many sister silver corollas everywhere! You will not regret buying this; it is so NOT a little economy car. i haven't noticed the sulfer egg smell others speak of. (my car was manufactured in 3.03) the steering wheel does feel a bit far away (but i have shorter arms) but it seems that even taller drivers are stating this! the stereo system isn't all that great (can't handle much bass), but is fine/OK.

Phil's 2003 Corolla

4.3
Philip in CA on 05/17/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 5

I now have 17,600 miles on the car (8 months). Fuel mileage took a spike up after 12,000 accumulated. If I keep the speed between 60-70 mph, I can get 41 mpg fairly often. The automatic transmission has a "grade logic" feature that senses when you have crested a hill and are gaining speed down the other side with the throttle closed. The transmission will downshift to 3rd to assist braking when certain conditions have been met. Passing performance is quite good... so long as you have the engine above 3,500 rpm.

Easy choice

4.5
Daviddgc on 05/16/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great value. very roomy for a small car, great fuel economy and I feel comfortable with toyotas reliability! I have always had problems with timing belts in previous cars, it's just my luck. The new corolla has a timing chain!!!!! I give this little car a solid 10. The only negative would be, traveling over 80mph in high wind, it's a little skidish but the pro's outway the cons by leaps and bounds. I have read others complaining about the sulfur smell of the new car......It fades away in a few days, this is normal for almost every car!

Loud and missing key options

3.4
dtskiles on 05/15/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I rented on for a week from Hertz. I was among the first people to drive the car as it had less than 1000 miles. First complaint is engine noise. Trying to accelerate to keep up with just Tallahassee traffic was enough to drown out the radio. Second complaint is power locks. This model had keyless, wood trim and a CD player. I could not, for the life of me, find automatic locks inside the car. Either they're so unituitive I couldn't find them, or they don't include power locks with keyless entry. If the car has power windows, then power locks should be standard. All in all - get the Civic.

Best car for money

5
Bushnell on 05/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car reigns. It's really like a mini-Lexus. The doors shut with a muffled thud, the leather seats are comfortable, and the dash is assembled with airtight spacing between panels. I didn't like the S model side panels and rear spoiler. But the LE looks like a mini-Camry and drives like a mini-Lexus. Road/wind noise is really really low for a car in this class. Great ride. Most of my friends can't believe this is a Corolla. And they can't believe I got all features, ABS, leather, power moonroof, cruise control, power everything for $16K + tax.

love my new corolla

5
amber on 05/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am so thrilled with my new corolla. I just bought it recently and I am happy, because I got what I paid for. The car was very inexpensive and it is very reliable. It has a lot of inside space and is very comfortable to sit in. It is definetley better than the Honda that I used to own. I suggest that a lot more people buy a Corolla.

Disappointing Mileage with Poor Tires

3.8
ez050152 on 05/09/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

To the reputation of Corolla, 03 CE is close to a disgrace. Quite a few owners report low gas mileage. My car can only run 23 mpg given 60/40 city/hwy, way less than Toyota advertises. And I have kept it below 2500 rpm most of the time, rarely above 3000. Another disappointment is its poor tire grip of Goodyear. It feels like a panic stop, even although you are stepping on the brake for a while before the red light. One improvement is the roomier interior compared to the old model, while some knobs are hard to reach from the driver's seat.

Bought it without a test drive

4.6
Mhoerman on 05/06/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

We just bought our 03 Corolla CE w/ automatic. We bought it without a test drive. Even though we could have gotten a comparable Civic for $500 less, this is our car. It drives great, performs well, and has 12 features that my last new car (a 1990 Civic didn't have). After test driving the Focus, which was very spare, noisy and drove like it already had 100k on the odometer, this car is tops.

Happier every day with my purchase!

5
jp999999 on 05/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car has been great to own so far. It has plenty of room and is very comfortable. I am averaging about 37 mpg and am waiting to see how it does on an extended trip. It seems like a scaled down camry and i have no complaints so far. I expect to feel the same at 120K miles...!

NORMAL CAR OWNER

5
LARRY BUTLER on 05/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I LOVE MY CAR IT HAS BEEN IN 2 ACCIDENTS AND I HAVE NO DAMAGE. I WAS REAR ENDED TWICE AND I HAVE A MINOR NECK INJURY FROM THE FIRST WRECK, BUT MY CAR HAS NO DAMAGE. IT WAS INSPECTED AND THEY ADVISED NO DAMAGE. NOT EVEN A SCRATCH...

Not Your Mom and Dad's Corolla

5
BlueSmoke18 on 05/01/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just bought my Corolla last week. Rides like a charm- very comfortable and plush; makes me feel like I'm driving a Lexus(actually the same platform as the Lexus IS300, only with a 4 cylinder engine). Toyota has done a great job with their restyling of this car. Performance, feel and design are head and shoulders above the similar Nissan Sentra and Mazda Protege. Reasonably priced and reliable as it gets, you cannot go wrong with the Corolla.

Love my baby Lexus

4.8
BabyLex on 04/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought a 03 Corolla for my wife in January. Love that car so much, I bought one for me in March. Build quality is excellent, it's quiet, smooth, refined. The engine is peppy, I'm getting 28MPG in the city and it's not even broken in yet. Not enough can be said about it's exterior styling...I turn heads everywhere I go, people are shocked to learn it's a base model Toyota. The steering is precise, the brakes are excellent, and there is a ton of trunk space. I'm not that tall, but there's plenty of leg room, both front and back. The dash and controls are well laid out, very logical. Overall I am SUPER happy with these cars!

Excellent Vehicle!!!

5
regwaw on 04/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my vehicle it is just excellent! The seats are comfortable, its all just so perfect. I used to always buy ford's until my corolla, now i'll never want a ford again. The only flaw that i have found in this vehicle is its lack of power compared to the weight of the vehicle.

refined ride

5
97203 on 04/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just traded in my '97 Toyota Corolla for an '03 Corolla S, and I am completely amazed. It's very quiet at highway speeds, well at every speed. It's very refined, and the gas mileage just makes me smile. The interior room is very deceptive when looking at the car from the outside, it's huge inside. The stock audio system (6spkAM/FM/CD) is okay. Overall this is a lot of car for the money, and with Toyota's reputation there was no other choice for me.

Excellent

5
Emmily on 04/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my car it is great I have bought other cars befor and none of them are as good as my Toyota Corolla. This car is also very affordable, it has been my life saver in the past.

Impressive

5
ILuvUMan on 04/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My wife wanted the car and in $14k range (after bargaining them down) who was going to argue, especially after owning Accura and Accords before? Am Totally Impressed.

I've been converted...

5
KSJayhawk on 04/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I had a lot of time to buy a car, and I'm loyal to Japan, Honda in particular because I'd had an '88 Civic that was frugally equipped but loads of fun to drive and extremely reliable. Disappointed with some Honda test drives, I looked more closely at Subaru and Toyota, and noticed that the ever- conservative Corolla was redesigned and affordable for me. Did lots of research, which led to a test drive and purchase. I'm not easily impressed, but this car has impressed me, and of all the cars I test drove, it was the only one I felt really comfortable in.

Awesome little car!

4.6
wellingtoncowboy on 04/25/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We bought this car for my wife to drive to work because of her long commute. The great gas mileage is what caught our attention as well as the body style of the "S" model. We purchased the 5 speed and were pleasantly surprised by it's power. It's not a sports car by any means but it has good acceleration and reasonable handeling for a car in this price range. It is also very roomy and well built. I'm 6'4" and have plenty of room in any seat. I would recommend this car highly to anyone looking looking for a good all around small sedan. Buy the 5 speed and you will be very satisfied with this little jewel.

Just your average Corolla

3.9
Toyota Man on 04/24/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The car blows around on the highway when there is wind. You have to keep 2 hands on the wheel. I have the sunroof on my LE and when you pull back the cover it rattles. Good gas milage, good pick up for a Corolla.

Wanna love it but I don't....

4.5
corolladude on 04/24/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Problems galore since I got it a year ago...suspension brackets replaced, interior panels replaced due to noises. Currently, front dash buzzes and rattles, instrumentation panel buzzes, car lurches forward when at a stoplight, weird horn like noise when reversing, rust spot forming on roof! Ridiculous for this to happen to a toyota! I wanna sell it already...

Just your average Corolla

3.9
toyota man on 04/24/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The car blows around on the highway when there is wind. You have to keep 2 hands on the wheel. I have the sunroof on my LE and when you pull back the cover it rattles. Good gas milage, good pick up for a Corolla.

Best buy for my money

4.9
audit26 on 04/23/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I compared several cars before I decided on the corolla. I got more for my money than I would have with the other ones I was considering. I had a 99 Monte Carlo and selling realestate it was hard for my clients to get in and out of the back seat and the gas mileage was another issue not a fuel efficent car. Now I have both fuel efficent car, plus style.

Watch the wind.

4.3
Davkuy on 04/22/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned a Toyota in the past, and felt comfortable buying another, after having owned a 99 Neon. I bought a stylish looking 03 Corolla, and was not disapointed... Until I drove it home. I commute 164 miles a day round trip on a highway that is quite windy year round. I hit a wind gust of about 35 and it blew me a lane over. Holding onto the wheel (which could be a foot closer to the driver) was a white knucled affair. Ordinarily this wouldnt be a problem, but putting 50000 miles a year on it, I need it to feel right. Unfortunately I had to return it and get my old car back. The car is just too tall for its wheelbase.

My Corolla

5
Somzavox on 04/21/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my car! It is my first new car, and it is great! It has tons of room inside (enough to fit 6 people...if they squeeze in the back!) It rides smooth and is the cutest car ever!

1500 mile check-up

4.8
mgriffie98 on 04/21/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just had my first 1500 mile oil change. Love the car so far. Milage is low yet for every day driving, 28 mpg. The only thing I hate is the steering wheel is to far away and the arm rest is too short. I'm 6'1"

toyota refuses to fix rotten egg smell

3.5
tga on 04/21/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

how can toyota disregard the rotten egg smell when so many customers have complained? what should be a fun, economical car is an embarrassment; buyer beware

Best everyday car

4.9
DTM on 04/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It's comfy and has low fuel requirement. It's cheap and yet reliable. It's also beautiful! What is strange though is that it feels like you're driving a bigger car while in it. I don't need more when I go to work or need to go from point A to point B. The 2003 Corolla also has this "solid" feel to it. The dashboard is very well laid out and easy to use! Friends compliment me on how much space and comfort they have while sitting in the rear seats. Great value overall! Great to go to work and great to go golfing on weekends!

Best Compact Car of the Era

4.9
Venkata on 04/18/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Best Compact Car of the Era. Very simple and affordable

Rotten Egg Smell Doesn't go away

3.9
Neal Patwari on 04/17/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

To the reviewer who said that the rotten egg smell would go away after 5000 miles - no, I'm sorry to say, it doesn't. This smell now stinks up my car every single time I drive it, 15000 miles later. I'm very disappointed that Toyota continues to deny the problem even though consumers have been complaining for years. Although I'm otherwise happy with my vehicle, they might as well sell the car with dead fish in them, as good as it smells.

A Very Sweet Ride

5
Xeos131 on 04/16/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Before I actually purchased my Corolla, I did extensive research on every car in it's class. Let me tell you, I made the right choice. This was my first car, and I wanted it to be a car that would be economic yet sporty, and fun yet safe, not to mention reliable. So far, my cute Corolla S hasn't disappointed me yet. It has gotten head turn after head turn, and all my friends love it. If you are thinking about getting this car, do it! None of its classmates come close, in my opinion, at least.

Great ride

4.9
jonll2 on 04/14/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My 94 Corolla just died with 250,000 miles. This new model needs a bit more power. And the driver side sunvisor is to long and it hits my rear view mirror. Other than that the car is great and fun to drive. Oh yeah the tires it came with needs to be upgreaded. It came with Firestone.

Exactly what I was looking for!

5
rockdaddy on 04/08/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I set out looking for a new car that had four doors, looked sporty, was great to drive, was going to be reliable, economical, and affordable. After driving a couple of the other contenders I finally arrived to test drive the Corrolla S. What a drive! Toyota made a really great car here. I feel like I'm driving a car that I should have paid a lot more for.

PAINT CHIPS AND RUST AFTER 4 MONTHS

3.5
tanya1130 on 04/04/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought my corolla in Nov 2002 and after 4 months i have noticed about a hundred paint chips all over my hood and along the sides of my car... This is my second toyota to date and i have never in my life seen such a disaster.. The dealer says it is normal wear and tear... Is anyone else having this problem??? Oh ya, and now i am noticing rusting spots... Tanya -MA

The Perfect Car

5
Shireesh Thanneru on 04/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my Corolla ten days back and I already have more than one thousand miles on it! It is very fun to drive. Got all the options on the S model, including the leather seats.

a LOT of car for 17K

5
Rudy_from_Boston on 04/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought a 2003 Corolla for the same reasons most folks do -- basic, reliable transportation at a budget price. When the car finally arrived (about 5 weeks after date of purchase), I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that I loved the way it looked and drove (hadn't bothered to test- drive the car because I owned a Corolla previously). With 130 HP, 125 ft/lb torque, and a manual transmission, the engine is a LOT peppier than my old Corolla (100 HP, AT). The surprisingly roomy interior, super-comfy seats, CD player, and sunroof all make for a very pleasant driving experience. I couldn't be happier with this car!

perfect

5
DXMARINE4EVER on 04/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This was a great buy. I am in love with my car and will drive it anywhere and everywhere. I have had no problems at all and I have no complaints. If your in southern california, go to LONG BEACH TOYOTA on the PCH and for repairs, go to Chevron in Seal beach. GREAT PEOPLE and IMMPECABLE service. They make you feel like a king/queen.

Great gas mileage???

4.3
Insac on 03/31/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I shoulda kept my 1999 solara. V-6, silky smooth, quiet, comfortable. I got 25-28 mpg! This new corolla I have has gotten 29 mpg these first 4 tanks! (all highway miles...no traffic) I shoulda gone for the plush comfort rather than thinking I'd save gas!

Not too shabby

4.5
lauren on 03/29/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is my first sedan, and I am impressed. I really like driving it and after almost a year absolutely nothing has gone worng. It's fun to drive, but could go a little faster on an incline. The gas mileage could be better but it's acceptable. Overrall, I love my car, but I definitely get the egg smell at times, too.

Getting My Money's Worth - 03 Corolla CE

4.6
DBinMidW on 03/28/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had the car for a month, put about 1,500 miles on it, and getting 38 mpg. The 5 speed is peppy with good acceleration when needed. Rides smooth at all speeds and handles decently in the snow for a car its size. Interior heating is quick, and AC seems to work well without sacrificing engine performance. Adequate leg/foot room for average adult in rear seat. This is obviously a well thought out car, and a great value considering Toyota reliability. I chose the CE over the LE - the extra "features" on the LE seem insignificant with no real added performance or value for the money.

The egg wasn't rotten after all.

5
Poetesca on 03/27/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased my Corolla 7 months ago, and have constantly experienced the rotten egg smell a few other reviewers have also complained of. After some persistance, I finally got an explanation: they coat the catalytic converter with sulfer, which makes that awful odor while the car is being broken in (the manger I spoke with said this lasted for about 5,000 miles). I did research and it makes sense, and now although I'm not thrilled with the smell the car emits once in a while, I couldn't be happier with the car, itself. It's cute, classy, fun to drive, and has some really convenient and fun features.

Sulfur Smell

3.4
pauldp79 on 03/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

Be wary of a sulfuric release inside the car. No one yet knows if this is harmful, but many new 2003 Corolla owners are reporting a "sewage" or "rotten egg" smell that is coming through the ventilation system. This an occur regularly, but there is no definitive pattern. It is beyond annoying.. please search Edmunds' corolla message boards for "smell". In these cars, the mileage is also affected by whatever is going on with the engine.

Not getting the gas mileage expected!!!

4.6
dwarrior on 03/25/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my new car (it's my first new one, last was a '89 929). However, I am concerned that after 700 miles, I am still not getting anywhere near the gas mileage stated. A full tank barely takes me 225 miles!!! Is anyone else experiencing this? I use Shell gas 87 octane. I don't drive that much, maybe three or four trips a day totalling 20- 30 miles. Could it be too much stop and start? At the dealership, the service rep told me it can take up to 900 miles to really break in the gas mileage. Please help!

Great Car!

4.8
BATgirl on 03/25/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my new Corolla LE. The car drives wonderfully – smooth, solid and reasonably quiet. The styling is great – looks like a baby Lexus. It is so roomy inside. The mileage is incredible; I have calculated that I have gotten over 35 mpg in mixed driving. I had been car shopping for well over a year, test driven all sorts of cars, seriously considered “treating myself” to a much higher priced car. I did my homework and I am so happy that I went with the Corolla LE – a GREAT car for the money (or more). I would much rather have my money in the bank – and the Corolla will help keep it there!

Corolla S

4.8
Kirt on 03/24/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The vehicle is very solid and very responsive

The best economy car out there

5
Matrix on 03/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought it a few months after it came out. It has power! The interior is very roomy for an economy car. I'm 5'9 and I have plenty of room. On cold sunny days I go for rides because I love this car so much and it takes forever to go through a tank of gas. The LE model is gorgeous with wood interior and plush feeling seats. I adore this car and am truly grateful it updated this car. It doesn't drive, look, or feel like an economy car except for my insurance rates, my car payments, and my gas usage!

Rotten Egg deal

4
Connelly on 03/16/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I am so upset with Toyota. My car has this rotten egg smell that is unbearable. I'm so embarrassed that I have to tell everyone who comes into my car that they will smell a rotten egg odor at least one time during our ride. Why should I have to do this? I've gotten in touch with the dealer, No results. I called 1-800-GoToyota who contacted me to the regional office no results. I called the Toyota Headquarters again and now I have to go to arbitration in order to get this resolved. I really thought by buying a TOYOTA I was getting a great car and great service. What a joke.

Fun loving, Sports Sedan

4.9
Paul3thomas on 03/15/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car. The interior is unique. It speaks toyota. The build, te power and strength of the vehicle is great. It is Fun to drive too.

perfect for me

4.9
TRD on 03/11/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Test driving cars finally ended when I decided to go over to a Toyota dealer. I shopped for cars for a long time, but I am very satisfied with what I bought. Only complaint is that the car sits way too high! I will drop the car an inch or two. Everything else is great. I am a college student and I need a car that's reliable and fast on the side. It has been easy to mod the car up.

Love My Car

5
beanie on 03/06/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my first car and I can't be more pleased. I get about 400 miles per gallon. I have driven about 22000 miles and have had NO mechanical problems. The car is a blast to drive and I love how small it is on the outside and how roomy it is on the inside. I have hauled large pieces of furniture with no problem because there is so much room. Having a standard transmission gives the car a little more kick as far as pick-up. I would recommend this car to anyone who does a lot of driving and likes the sporty look.

Good car but....

4.5
Melle on 03/05/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Have had the car fo 10 mths. There is an extremely annoying rattling sound originating from the drivers side dash, also car slips forward sometimes when at a complete stop-very odd, almost as if some one has rear ended you. Also ? that there may be an issue w/ catalytic converter, awful egg smell. Dealer ran emmisions test and said it was fine, however, after some digging on the web found that hundreds (and hundreds) of people all over tyhe US w/ 2003 model report same problem. Mysteriously we all get the same response from dealer. I know there is multiple reasons that may explain the smell, have tried all suggestions from dealer none of which have worked.

Whatcha got?

4.4
search66 on 03/05/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

When looking into the economy, commuter car that is fun to drive and under $17, 000 our options are limited. My choices were between the Honda Civic, Mazda Protege, Nissan Sentra and the Toyota Corolla. To make a long story short, the Toyota was the best overall value. From the quality to the peppy performance, I was impressed. The price (under $15k) was amazing, and it is the first time I left a dealership without buyers remorse.

Very nice car

5
sujh99 on 03/05/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just owned this car for two weeks, I like everything of this car, powerful, roomy, quiet. I felt it's much better than Civic.

more comfort please

4.8
more comfort please on 03/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

the car feels like a tank...thats how solid it is. only problem with this car is the driver comfort (which is a big concern). i am average height (5'10"), and there needs to be more leg room under the dash. the seat is all the way back, and i still feel like i need about 5 more inches. that creates another problem, because when you push the seat back all the way, you are now too far away from the steering wheel. this car needs a telescoping wheel, but considering how far the tilt wheel travels (about 2 inches... why bother), the telescope would probably move the same distance, and you would be charged another $200 for the option.

A disaster!

1.8
Tre on 02/25/2003

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 2

It was a VERY bad decision on my part to buy this car. For the 11 months I've had the car, it has been one problem after the other; failed driver power window actuator, stinky rotten egg smell most of the time, HAZARDEOUS to drive on a windy day, squirmy emergency braking, erratic idle, lousy fuel consumption in the winter, numerous rattles and a body that dings too easily. My 2001 Corolla was way better, but it's too late to lament now.. I'm selling this car once I've driven it for 2 years to at least pay the interest on the car loan.

Nice car with some minor quirks

4.1
syau on 02/24/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Corolla is very roomy with a hugh trunk. The interior is the best part of the car, it looks expensive. However, I can not get a comfortable driving position. I am 6 feet tall, if I push the seat back far enough for my legs, the steering wheel is too far away. The suspension could use a little more refinement. The car seems to get affected by cross wind quite a bit. Sometime the car kind of float on the highway. The best gas mileage we seen was 32 at a highway only trip. Our average in mixed driving is around 29. This is not bad, but I expect a little better considering the advertised 30city/38highway.

What a great car!!

5
Marie Louise on 02/21/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I researched my Corolla before purchasing it.It is the best car ever!! I don't have to get gas very often, it lasts for 3weeks!!I am totally in love with my car!It is so fun to drive and it is very comfy!It is a ver smooth ride, and it is adorable!I don't know why there were people complaining about a bumpy ride?It is smooth to me. I love my car!

Sharp Vehicle

4.5
Bryme1999 on 02/21/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

We just purchased this vehicle and the first night we drove it home, the check engine light came on. The dealer is ordering parts to replace some malfunctioning computer chips. I was disappointed to have problems with a new car so soon. But I'm banking on the Toyota reliability and hoping for the best. The dealership has been very cooperative and fair. We purchased the car because the S model looks sharp in white and is very economical with gas. We need a dependable vehicle since we put so much mileage on annually.

Nice ride

4.6
klund on 02/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my Corolla in 11/02. I previously had a Saturn and was unimpressed by the service and the car. I love the look and only qualms are the awkward position of the driver seat with the steering wheel and dash. I have to reach to push the buttons and I am a short person. The car's quiet and smooth though jerky on windt days. Gas mileage is disspointing. City driving:27mpg, and highway:33. Still waiting for the tank to run with a 40mpg avg. The car is a great deal, good quality, I feel very safe and am proud of my car!

good car

4.8
bconn on 02/19/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my third corrolla. Excellent car with hardly any repairs. Only get 30 mpg. 2003 corolla is much improved.

great car in need of minor adjustments

4.9
allboutme0280 on 02/19/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

i have had a great time with my new corolla. it is a great car. it looks like the much more expensive sister car the lexus is 300 but substantially less expensive.overall i would recommend this car to consumers.

I Love It

5
cmwoosley on 02/18/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I test drove several small to mid-size vehicles before purchasing this one. I previously owned a 1999 Mitsubishi Galant. Boy I really missed the boat with that one. The Corolla drive and ride much smoother and there is a noticeable difference in quality. If I had to do it over again, I'd have bought a Toyota in 1999.

Not too shabby

4.5
karatekid099 on 02/17/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My dad got this car for me for about 1k under invoice, which makes this car an absolute steal. Got the sport plus package, adding good looks. Performance isn't spectacular but it is suitable for everyday use. The interior appealed to me much more than the Sentra did to me. Overall, it's not too shabby.

Good quality car.

4.1
Jay123 on 02/14/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

After 10 months of driving I have very few complaints and that's a major plus because I am hard to please and very critical of anything I purchase that cost several thousand dollars. I expect perfection and the 2003 Corolla almost delivers.

Corolla

5
sarkin on 02/10/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car-no complaints-smmoth ride. One friend says it feels like she's cruising in a limo!

Very nice and comfortable

4.6
Waterman on 02/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I went looking for a small high mpg auto, drove them all and the 2003 corolla had by far the best ride and oh so quiet plus 40 mpg and very responsive.

Not a bad car

4.4
Wdroster on 02/09/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Got a good deal on the 03 LE,$14,889 w/o tax title and license. I like everything so far except for a couple things. The gas mileage is way off. I'm getting around 30 highway, not the 38 it claims. Also, it lets out a sulfur smell (rotten eggs) from time to time. Other than that, it's been a good car.

Superb Value + Style

5
jrose on 02/08/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Outperforms every car in its class. I selected the 5-speed manual transmission, and am very pleased with the car's responsiveness and the engine's zip. The exterior and interior design border on luxurious...not bad, for under 15k. Truly a wonderful car for its price range.

This is the greatest car

5
kerrysuz on 02/05/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Before I bought this car, I was approaching 200,000 miles in my Nissan Sentra. But it was beginning to fail, so I took the plunge and bought the Corolla just after it appeared in dealerships, a year ago (Feb. 2002). I have 21,000 miles on it and it's been absolutely reliable. We drove it from Boston to New Orleans last May and I had no problems. It's very comfortable. The heat is on and hot in now time flat. The A/C was a dream during last summer. And there is SO much storage space for all of my little knick knacks. I think I love that the best.

Excellent car I really like it!!!

5
KoDy on 02/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Excellent car I really like it!!!

Serious crosswind problem

4
cchi on 01/31/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I tested the new 2003 Corolla several times during the windy condition. The transmission is smooth, turning is accurate, acceleration is good, and gas mileage is excellent for a small call with lots of interior space. But do not drive it over 65 MPH in northeastern states during the winter time. The car can change one line at strong crosswind. I don't recommend to drive this car when passing a truck, raining day, or wintery condition. It's just unsafe. Like the previous model, the body is too wide and the tires are too narrow cause the car unstable in high speed.

Great Car

4.5
D Izz on 01/26/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Looked around, this has to be the best economy car around right now.

All around great car.

5
Tammy Glaze on 01/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We like this one so much we're thinking about buying a second Corolla. Great gas miliage, good handling, it has it all!

Hopeful but doubting...

3.9
alien1297 on 01/24/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

Minor flaws of this car eventually led to a major disappointment.The air button broke and when it was repaired by Toyota, the dash became scratched since it is made from poor quality plastic.The car is ALL over the road on mildly windy days and I am in dire need of ABS that were unobtainable at my time of purchase on any Corolla model in my area. My worst gripe is the foul smell of rotten eggs that has been blowing out of my interior air vents everytime I turn on the heat. This smelly problem has been happenning since 1000 miles. Lastly, my brakes slip constantly at red lights and brief stops. Numberous attempts for redemption by Toyota have failed.

Best Cost to Fun Car

5
Al Williams on 01/23/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Before buying, I drove a 2003 Civic LX. This car was not only faster(not by much) but was quieter and gets better gas mileage. The fit & finish shows the usual Toyota quality & has a suprising ammount of cabin room & rather large trunk. Also, dealers are willing to sell $500 over invoice without any hassle. You can't find that kind of deal with the Civic!!

The Best Ever!

4.6
CoRrOlLaSgUrL on 01/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought the car in august of 2002, I have never had a problem with it, It drives great & looks great! Where ever i go i have heads turning!

Without a doubt, the best compact sedan

5
aragornbeagles on 01/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We bought this car in 3/02, and have been in love since! It is stylish, roomy, so easy to get in and out of! The best redesign that Toyota has done in years! If I could choose one thing to change, it would be to make Cruise Control standard on the CE model.

Looove It!

4.5
Miss Brown on 01/21/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I traded in my 1999 Solara for the Corolla S and this is the cutest car I've ever owned. It has terrific gas mileage (I commute 80 miles a day) and the body is so sporty. I see other people driving it and I think, "Gosh that's a cute car" and it's mine! I get so many comlements on it; it is definitly a head turner. Just so that I'd feel better about the downgrade, I got leather seats and it looks sharp!

Spoiled in my Sport

5
jkil on 01/21/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I previously owned a 1991 Honda Civic DX. I thought I would be a loyal Honda owner. Boy, was I wrong! I test drove the Honda Civic, Accord and CRV. There was no comparison to the 2003 Toyota Corolla Sport! It is supposed to be modeled after the Camry. It has a lot of "fun features" for a lower price. As the sales associate said, "More bang for the buck".

Great car!!

5
Nickie on 01/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just bought the Corolla LE - it is wonderful! It drives and feels just like luxury car. It has great pep and styling. The interior is huge for a compact car, a lot bigger that the 2002 model.

EXCELLENT CAR

5
VAIL on 01/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I drove this car early this summer and loved the feel of the car. It remind me of the 1998 camry for feel and confort. Excellent car and add toyota reliability.

Transmission issues

3.5
Lynette Morris on 01/19/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2

When Toyota redesigned this vechile they did a great job. I had a Camry and when it died I drove the 2002 Corolla and hated it, but fell in love with the 2003. Like everyone else there are alot of rattles and shakes in this car, but mainly I have had major transmission problems. I have an automatic and sometimes it will not shift up in gears. It rev's at 3000 RPM's and I have to put it in reverse to correct it. I've had it at Toyota 4 times and they said they can not find the problem until the Engine light comes on. I am literally afraid to drive it. Toyota designed a great car but their service has downgraded big time.

As good as Civic

5
harri0438 on 01/05/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

good fuel mileage,tight build quality, handling is soso.

2003 Corolla LE; NEEDS WORK.

3.5
Nafa on 01/03/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

Vehicle developed a noise in the front end after 2 months of ownership. Suspension creaks when passengers enter/exit the vehicle. Hydraulic brake moan is extremely loud when stopped at intersections. Front end sounds like it's going to fall out. For the next 4 weeks the dealership made various attempts to get the noise out to no avail. Traded the car off after 4 months of ownership for a Honda.

great car

4.9
kk on 12/30/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

love it - it is a great car and perfect look and size for me - a girl

Nothing better for the price.

5
fixbeep on 12/29/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my first Toyota and I am very glad I bought this car. It is quiet, nice radio, good intruments layout and great driving comfort.

Great Small Car

4.9
bing22 on 12/23/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I recently purchased a 2003 Corolla CE, and so far I love this car. It feels solid, the ride is excellent and gas mileage is superb. The interior ergonomics are second to none. The controls are easy to reach and laid out well. The high seating position gives the driver a good field of vision. The engine is peppy and has enough power for the average driver. The exterior design is not cutting edge but it is modern. The car handles well except in high winds. But if you have driven an SUV the wind issue won't be a big deal. the ride is smooth and quiet. I would recommend the 2003 Corolla to anyone that wants a high quality inexpensive compact car.

Hello Toyota

5
judsaba on 12/21/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My Toyota Corolla is by far the best car I have ever owned. From every standoint, the engineers at Toyota have excelled in giving the buyer of the Corolla an excellent value for his money After a week of ownership, I have yet to find a fault with the car and I am quite happy with my new 2003 Toyota CE

Gotta love it

4.5
Toyzrme on 12/19/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

After testing it came to the Civic vs Corolla. Close call, but the Corolla had a more substantial feel to it. I also like the enterior of my LE better as it has a european quality to it. Good mileage, 33 to 40 on the highway. Excellent ride on highway for car class. Rougher on bumps than I would like. Acceleration is ok with the 4 speed auto. A little noisier when accelerating than the Prizm cousin it replaced. great sound system with the top of the line speaker option. Had a squeek in dash , but it has gone away. Could be the plastic Pretty good driver, but not sporty. If you are looking for a solid, dependable car consider the Corolla.

great japanese car!

5
my_toyota on 12/13/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It's really powerful on it's class for 130hp than other japanese cars. nice interior and exterior, rally-feel suspension and dashboard. the car come with front and rear stabilizer bars and it is very good on cornering but only for dry condition. it is extreamly dangerous on wet condition because the car come with firestone tire. my car was having a short distance skid when i step on the brake on wet condition on the second day after i got the car. i'll upgrade the tire to either yokohama or turanza and 16-inch alloy wheel rather than 15- inch since the car got no ABS.

A great vehicle!

5
FrozenYooper on 12/12/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My wife and I recently purchased this car and we have had nothing but good things happen. We previously owned a Plymouth Breeze, and by far the Corolla has better handling, a roomier interior, and is very reliable. It is not the flashiest car around, but it will get you from point A to point B without any hassles. We have no regrets in buying this car!!!

Money well spent

4.5
love2drive on 12/09/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

As a single parent and college student, I just wanted a car that would take me from A to B safely and worry free. I got more than I bargained for. The dash and front panel are made with quality material. This car can really get around. I do 99% city driving in Manhattan and sometimes the Bronx – I put this car to the test against serious automobiles. It handles very well in traffic that demands maneuverability. It could afford better shock absorption, faster pick-up and a quieter engine. But considering the price, the car drives like a dream. Plus, My daughter loves the space in the back.

WONDERFUL!

5
em on 12/09/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I would have to say the carolla has come a long way! I was soo impressed by the look and feel of this car that I was sold almost immediately. The power of this 4-cylinder especially impressed me. Coming from a V6 on a 1994 car, I was a little worried that a 4-cylinder would drag. Not so, this little car packs a punch. I would recommend the sporty beauty to anyone looking for a reliable car with a glamorous look.

oh what a feeling!!!

5
trent+krista on 12/07/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

we just bought our first brand new car since we got married,and we love it. it is very comfortable and the styling is very modern. great job toyota!

Toyota dealers needs work

4.3
Colin Drew on 12/05/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

The dealer is the cars biggest downfall. So far they have told me that the CE model is not avaible with ABS, cass/cd player, side airbags, and cruse control, even though it is listed as options. Toyota will not make the CE with the advertised options. You have to move up to the LE or S model to get these options. The only problem that has occured is a recall on the Power train axle assembly, and the head lights turn on at night after car has been parked for several hours. Toyota said it is a broken light senser on daylight running lights. I am waiting on a trunk mat that was listed on sticker but not with the car.

Great Car

5
TGuy on 12/02/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is one the best cars I have ever owned. You get so much for your money. This was a much better car than anything else I looked at.

Toyota Tacama Truck/Extra cab

3.6
Ronald Samfeld on 11/24/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Good Value. Well built. Has served me well. Gas Mileage, so,so. I like the extra cab, reclining seats.

The Corolla-S Is Built Like An Accura!!

4.9
Jim Mueller on 11/22/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I got a great deal on a Silver '03 Corolla-s loaded with automatic, Sunroof, alloy wheels, spoiler, etc etc. The Corolla has incredibley high build quality. This is great car that rides, handles, and looks fantastic. It's reall my wife's car but we both love it!!

forget civic

5
motown on 11/20/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The new design on the corolla puts it head and shoulders above other cars in its class. From the rear it resembles the near luxury lexus is300's. The drive and handling are excellent for an economy vehicle. The reliability of Toyota vehicles has never been in doubt...what sets the toyota apart from the second best car in its class (in my opinion) the honda civic, is that 2003 corolla's standard features would cost several thousand dollars

This vehicle could be better built.

4.3
C Foltz on 11/20/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned this vehicle for a little over a month now. On 2 seperate occasions I had to put the vehicle into the body shop to repair the doors due to dents received from vehicles parking next to me. It's probably due to the vehicle being so low to the ground. The body side moldings do not protect the vehicle. What the vehicle needs is dent resistant panels on the doors like the saturn vehicle has. ( I did not know this until afterI bought this vehicle. I am sorry I did not buy a saturn ).

A Love/Hate Relationship

4
atarsh on 11/18/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 3

I love the design of it, inside and out. I find that the engine is lively but sometimes it does its own thing when I want it to do another. I am also very uncomfortable with the handling, especially at highway speeds. The steering is not great and when the wind is high, the car is all over the road. I have had a lot of quality issues with it, unfortunately. I have had several parts fixed repeatedly, or replaced. I am somewhat dissappointed in this new iteration. I love the looks of it but I am not sure that the quality Toyota is known for is apparent in my car. I love it, however, regardless of its faults.

Not Perfect

3.9
D Nguyen on 11/15/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

The handling of the car in wonderful, making it joy to drive, especially if you got the sunroof option like I did. The styling is refreshing and makes the car standout in the crowd. The downside is the road noise at higher speeds is more pronounced. My psg. side arm rest is pulling loose from the door already. (American workmenship?) Plus the recall,7 days after i bought the car, for loose bolts. I did buy one of the very first cars to hit the market. Maybe in the rush certain Q.C. was over looked. Hopefully they have been corrected.

2003 'ROLLA

4.9
Big Babu on 11/09/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Best compact car out!

Traded Civic for New Corolla

5
WCT on 11/08/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I traded my Honda 2001 EX for a new Corolla S. I have been a big fan of Toyota - owned another Corolla and a MR2. So far I have been real pleased with the switch from the Honda Civic. The Honda was a good car but I liked the body style and interior design of the new Corolla. The Corolla S is a manual and loaded with all factory installed options: sunroof, all power with keyless entry, cruise control, side airbags, upgraded stereo, upgraded wheels, rear spoiler and ABS. Real nice car. Would definitely recommend.

great car!

4.4
ciscobob on 11/03/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just wanted to comment on 2 issues that I have seen mentioned. Driver visor interfering with rear view mirror. At first I was wondering how Toyota could have overlooked this, but after playing with the mirror's articulated mounting adjustment, you will find that It is very easy to readjust so that it is out of the visor's way. Brakes slip when completely stopped. I believe that this is due to the AC cycling on and off. It can be a disconcerting experience as it feels like someone has bumped you from behind. I don't have a solution to this one.

AWESOME CAR!!!

5
judge_a on 11/01/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is awesome! i love it!!!

AwW! what? Too fast?

5
BurnOUt on 10/29/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

OK! to make one thing clear, this is the best corolla ever! period! For one thing the entire ride is nice, when i first borrowed it from my sister and drove around the block, people was turning heads. I love the Corolla i only with they came out with a V6 or a VVTL-i for the sport version. I wish they did so bad cause i hate honda! Why do they think honda equals speed? they didn't say then when i corollaed 'em out!

Worst Car Ever

2.4
marv on 10/29/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

Nothing but trouble! Six check engine lights due to emissions failures. Transmission replaced at 2000 miles.Interior and exterior pieces falling off this is a lemon Very disappointing considering Toyotas reliability in the past on this vehicle big disappointment considering the high standards one normally expects from a Toyota!!!!

Corolla S

5
peaches on 10/23/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a great car. Fun to drive, looks are great, and great gas mileage.

great 3rd toyota

5
sbrunelle on 10/21/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The best car I've ever owned. How do they get 130hp from 1.8L? I had to take the premium sound, cruise and Winter Pkg. 100 watt stereo sounds great! Let NHSTA know about the visor hitting the rear view mirror, though. I did.

Toyot at its best

5
Edgar on 10/19/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car! It has everything I would want from a compact at agreat price (mine was 13,000) w/ air and CD, and all the basic needs. Much more creative and innovative design than the concervative Civc, and great fun to drive!

class but poor execution

4
ronj on 10/18/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 3

Looks good; fun to drive. Yet there seems to have been a rush to go from the interior design to the finished product. I have never had a new car with so many rattles. The CD unit rattles in the dashboard. The plastic "window" in front of the odometer rattles. The worst is a constant metal rattling above the front passenger window. I have had this back to the dealer 3 times, and they have disassembled the door frame but have not been able to stop the constant rattling. Without this problem I would be a very satisfied customer, but it continues to be daily frustrating!

not bad

4.9
duckburp on 10/17/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Well, just destroyed my faithful '93 camry w/247k miles, and seeing as repairs are too much, the corolla has come into the pic. we were given a 2003 ce for rental, the wife loves it, i have to admit that i am actually giving it some thought, doubtless staying w/toyota. during the week that we have had it, we have definitely gotten comments for the looks, my sis (in her '97 camry) saw it and liked it more then hers. bigger/less boring than it's predecessors (much bigger than '80 corolla i had, though sr-5 model looked good in it's day). i might actually get this car over a new camry (i didn't really just say that)...

A first version and need improvement.

4
Biz on 10/16/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

In general, the car is great, nice looking, good handling, comfortable and a lot of room even in the back seat for the new generation giant kids. I own also a Volkswagen Jetta and I must confess that Toyota really impressed me with this new (Lexus made) Corolla 2003 it is finally reaching a step ahead its competitors. GOOD WORK!...

A first version and need improvement.

4
biz on 10/16/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

In general, the car is great, nice looking, good handling, comfortable and a lot of room even in the back seat for the new generation giant kids. I own also a Volkswagen Jetta and I must confess that Toyota really impressed me with this new (Lexus made) Corolla 2003 it is finally reaching a step ahead its competitors. GOOD WORK!...

Dealer - Factory - who did it?

3.8
Ed S. on 10/16/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Bought 03 Corolla new Aug. 8 - Aug. 26 noticed rust on quarter panel at trunk. Trunk was hitting L/H Qrt panel when closed & chipped paint. Aug. 29 toyota dealer (not one purch. from) inspected vehicle, said it had been repaired. Took 03 back to Team Toyota, Lithia Springs Ga. They had fact rep. look & he agreed car had been repaired. Toyota denies having anything done at factory or shipping. Dealer denies same. On Oct.3 took car to Team Toyota for defective Radio repl. During the radio repl. dash wash badly damaged by mechanic. Oct.16 and vehicle is still at dealer.

toyota corolla sport

4.6
johnc on 10/14/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

so far i've been extremely satisfied with this vehicle. this is my 5th. toyota in a row!!!!!!!!!!!

toyota corolla sport

4.6
JohnC on 10/14/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

so far i've been extremely satisfied with this vehicle. this is my 5th. toyota in a row!!!!!!!!!!!

2003 COROLLA LE

5
tato368 on 10/13/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

this car is very nice car......just that the LE should come standard wit sunroof and leather and navi system

AWESOME LOOKS AND FEEL

5
Kelly on 10/11/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

GREAT CAR GREAT CAR COMPANY WHAT MORE CAN ONE SAY......................... TOYOTA.. GET THE FEELING

Great Value at an affordible price!!

5
Darrin L. Haug on 10/11/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

GREAT VEHICLE AT A GREAT PRICE ..LOVE THE NEW RE-DESIGN S VERY SPORTY AND GETS ALOT OF ATTENTION.NOT TO MENTION TOYOTA'S SUPERIOR REPUTATION FOR DEPENDABILITY AND RELIABILITY..........OVER ALL A SURE BET!!

Piece of junk

1
jasinlee18 on 10/11/2002

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

Everything on the interior is made of soft plastic and broke within have it for 4 months. Cd player skips and sticks and holds cds captive. Brakes went to nothing in 3 months clutch went after 15,000 miles. And they swear this car is worth 18,000 dollars (the S).

THE BEST

5
DADDI on 10/11/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

AWESOME DESIGN AND AWESOME CAR MAKER GO GO TOYOTA

AWESOME LOOKS AND FEEL

5
KELLY on 10/11/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

GREAT CAR GREAT CAR COMPANY WHAT MORE CAN ONE SAY......................... TOYOTA.. GET THE FEELING

First Impressions - 2003 Corolla S

3.5
Neocount on 10/10/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 4

this is a day rental while my car is in repair, so only brief impressions here. I find a few glaring interior problems, such as the sun visors impact the rear view mirror when they're turned down, the controls for the electronic windows are poorly placed, and cause you to crack your elbow against the doorframe to utilize instead of being next to the steering wheel. And braking... hoo boy. Interested in what distance the 60-0 braking test would yield. I nearly collided with another vehicle because in comparison to a 2001 Elantra this Corolla DOES NOT STOP.

Great Experience So Far

5
mlk on 10/10/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Well, I was deciding between an 02 Civic, 03 Corolla. I preferred the aesthetic look of the Corolla over the Civic. Also, in the research I had done, I would have paid the same or more for the Civic. I was able to negiotiate ~$700 off the MSRP for the CE model. The car drives great and I feel has more than ample acceleration for a car in its class. Manual transimission shifts very smoothly. Braking (I don't have ABS) and steering are very responsive. I'm getting 32 miles per gallon. I'm very happy with the car and if the quality is as good as Toyota's reputation, then I will be very happy.

A Poor Man's Lexus

4.8
Violentmochi on 10/10/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I was skeptical when my friend told me to log on-line to see it, cause of the old body style, but I have to admit, it looks PHAT! I immediatly sold my old car and picked up one of these bad boys at the Toyota dealership. I didn't get the sunroof, but got all the other options. It drives great and looks like a Lexus IS300!! Installed a TV/DVD in the car and I'm set for the road. Drives great!

corolla review heh original huh?

5
futurecorollaracer on 10/09/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

okay i just got my 2003 corolla about a week ago. i absolutely love driving it!!! it has good pickup as well as it rides very smoothly!!! the interior is pretty cool too. overall, it think it is a good and reliable car

Love the car

5
bmxer on 10/08/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I'm getting 38+ mpg with style.

pros and cons

4.8
Tags on 10/07/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car. excellent fuel economy. Has a better looking exterior and interior design then any car in its class, and some of the higher classes too. excellent reliability. great car for its class.

Corolla 03

5
Billy on 10/07/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought the car 6 weeks ago, better than I thought it would be. I got a great deal at $15,100 with options. I also own a 01 Honda civic. I give the Corolla the edge in ride and comfort.

I Love My Corolla

5
Mrs. Coldone on 10/07/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We bought a 2003 after two years with an 01. What a difference. I really liked my 5spd 01, but the 03 is roomier, and the seats are so much higher! A plus when you are over 30!!! I have driven an array of cars and the Corolla line is my favorite. They are dependable, fun to drive, look good, and just an overall great car. Price is a little higher, but they look good longer. I definetely recommend the Corolla's.

I love my silver S

5
Brian O' on 10/04/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It is quick, nimble, easy to drive, and just an overall great looking & driving car. I havent had a single problem with the car only the dealership (on my first oil change they broke the plug and oil leaked all over my new garage floor but caused no damage to the car itself). I think this is a great looking car and I get compliments about it all the time. If you are looking for a nice looking, reliable, dependible, funcional, and just all around great car check one of these out I love it and so will you!

Great CAR!

5
Jierong on 10/02/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car is very nice... I like the noise of the engine cept there was a rattle noyse over the dashboard... but I took it back to the dealer and they fix it in a few hours.

Awesome Car

5
Speedykiwi on 10/01/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

There isn't much to say other than Toyota is the best and the 2002 Corolla is just part of it's great family of cars.

I made the right choice !!!

5
Link X 2 on 09/30/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I went from a Honda CR-V to the 2003 Corolla, all though my CR-v was a great car, that I thought I would miss, the Corolla has replaced it wonderfully, It is very economical, comfortable, and i think Very cute, It seems like they built it just for me , it fits like a glove, I was very impressed ! I feel like I made the right choice for me..thanks..Toyota!!

Great Car

4.5
mhs on 09/28/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

We bought a 2003 silver LE with side airbags and anti-lock brakes in June 2002 direct from factory after waiting ~6-weeks. We paid about ~$17500 including everything. We had compared it to the Civic but the Corolla is much better. It has a smoother ride and much less wind/engine noise inside. After driving for ~ 4500 miles now we constantly get between 37 - 42 mile/gallon fuel economy which is great! Pick-up is just fine and does not cause any problems. At first I wasnt too impressed with the exterior styling but I have gotten used to it.

2003 TOYOTA COROLLA

5
rleojeda on 09/27/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

AWESOME CAR.THE BEST IN IT'S CLASS

Firestone Tire Recall is Toyota's Fault

2.8
Mark Lawson on 09/23/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

I was angered to learn today that Toyota installed defective Firestone tires on my new 2003 Corolla LE. I have already filed a complaint with the NHTSA because I must buy replacement tires at my own expense since Toyota insists that I must accept only Firestone replacement tires. This is a load of horse manure. The line supervisors and managers in the Wilson, North Carolina, Firestone manufacturing plant responsible for the Ford/Toyota tire fiascos should be put in jail and never allowed to manufacture tires again. Didn't Toyota learn anything from the Firestone/Ford fiasco? Life is cheap.

03 Corolla LE disappointment

4.1
bbarbarajt on 09/22/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I know this car is well built but I am a little disappointed. Choice of hp would of been nice; I thought 130hp was enough but I wish I had more. I think the braking needs improvement; after getting the car home I noticed it has drum brakes in the rear ABS in the front. Rear disc brakes would be alot better. I still don't see the rear heat ducts.Maybe in time I will get use to it; if not I know I will still go for another Toyota (known for quality) like a Celica or a Camry.

Love the Car

4.9
corolla2003 on 09/20/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I got the new '03 for 16,300 - they had the car on the lot so I didn't feel the need to negotiate to the last dollar. It was worth every penny. Saves me a load of gas and has plenty of acceleration power. I would recommend this car to anyone who drives a lot (more than 20 miles a day) and to people who want a car that's manageable and never needs repairs (isn't that everybody??) Everyone go out and get a corolla~

White03 'Rolla

4.8
Rolla on 09/19/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just bout da car a week ago; got one with everything except moonroof for $16,200 before taxes (with $400 college grad discout). Great price for car with new sporty looks and reliability.

Undecided

4.1
giraffe lady on 09/18/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my 2003 Corolla LE in June of this year and still haven't decided if it was the right decision. The handling is very poor on the highway and on windy days. There is a problem in the delay of the acceleration of the gas pedal. Not enough leg room on the drivers side. I'm short and my knees almost touch the dash. Visor hits mirror even with moving it over. Poor visibility out rear view mirror due to the headrests. It may get great gas mileage and is very sharp looking, but I have to question the safety aspects of this vehicle with the confined space on the drivers side.

Previous '94 Owner

4.6
beep beep on 09/17/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I love the redisigned style. Compared to my old '94 Corolla, it's a really nice change. I'm pleased with the comfort and enjoy driving it. For anyone looking to buy, spend the extra money on the loaded S model, it's worth every penny and you won't be disapointed. As for the "fuzzies" collecting, keep a lint roller in the glove box. It's nice to have when you're a neat freak! Be carefull of the passenger side airbag. The left upper corner of mine is lifted. I brought it to their attention and they're going to replace it.

2003 Corolla - Car of the Future!!

5
Star-Blazer on 09/17/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

New body type with a bigger, more powerful engine. This car does superb on gas mileage with decent power on a 5 speed manual transmission. Very comfortable inside and quiet, handles well and CD/Stereo is a winner.

I love my new Corolla

4.9
christen125 on 09/16/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I almost bought a VW new beetle, but at the last minute decided on the Corolla. The LE has all the same options as the beetle and is thousands less. It took a while for the dealer to find an LE with all the options and color I wanted, but the moonroof and alloy rims are definately worth getting. My friends call it a little Lexus. My LE came with more features than my sister's 2002 camry. Finally, Toyota is making an inexpensive car that is just as classy as the avalon or camry!

Never again!

1.4
vader33 on 09/09/2002

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

Worst car I have ever purchased. Every bump in the road causes noise in the front end. Factory recall on front end parts, got them replaced, problem not fixed. Incompetent mechanics and/or bad car design? Only power is between 3500 and 4500 rpm's. Very unstable to drive on the highway at 75mph. Somebody wake me from this nightmare!! Do yourself a favor and buy a Honda!

Love my new Corolla!!

5
Bubs on 09/07/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car! Fun to drive, so cute, and I know it will be reliable...

Great looks with a cheap tag

4.6
allana0212 on 09/03/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car is good. It looks good in and out but the engine is kind of noisy compared to other new cars. The seats are comfortable though the fabric collects lints easily. With the engine, I believe it needs more power especially when you live in San Francisco. So far, I'm satisfied with this car...it looks expensive though its not. I got it at $16,998 (with tax, etc. $18,700 )... with power windows/locks, security system, 6 speakers, alloy wheels, rear spoiler, and floor mats (Combination D).

You've Come A Long Way Baby

4.9
CAbe on 09/01/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is so much fun to drive and it handles great. The seats are so comfortable and it really looks good. I am amazed at the power I get for a 4 cylinder. The only negative thing I can say it because it is a small car the ride isn't as smooth. I am really glad I purchased this car.

Love it!!!

5
AReganL on 09/01/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Much better than my '92 Jeep Cherokee. Only got about 12mpg city. The Corolla S gets awesome gas mileage, there's lots of leg room, and great styling both in and out. I was worried about the black interior at first thinking it would be hotter but I haven't noticed a difference. I always get compliments on it. I absolutely love it!!!

2003 Toyota Corolla 5 speed CE

4.9
Aimee on 08/28/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Well, Husband wrecked our 1996 Corolla; we loved that car, so why buy anything else but another Corolla. We were going to get either a used 2001 or '02 model but we test drove the '03 Corolla CE first and then an '02 and it couldn't compare. It was love at first drive pretty much. Corny, I know, but it truly is a good buy. Toyota is such a reliable car and I am just loving our White Corolla CE 5 Speed

Lukewarm feelings

4.8
bettyboop on 08/27/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

reply to SAMSUN79 I had identical problem with brakes slipping while waiting at red lights dealership stated they couldn't duplicate it. Also while Corolla CE is parked on a downward sloped driveway, the suspension creaks loudly when exiting vehicle & I only weigh 115lbs. dealership also couldn't duplicate this ...the hype has warn down a bit since FEB 2002

It Can't Be a Corolla; It Is!!

5
Misty Jewel on 08/24/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car caught my attention right away on the lot(it was already sold). The styling is great and it took me a while to believe it was a corolla. I did my research and it is definantly a better buy than civic. They are incredibly hard to get though. I waited a month to have one built because there were none available in the southwest. I got my corolla in the color moonshadow and it looks great. Lots of headroom and leg room is great for tall people. Great gas mileage and quality.

corolla

3.6
Jing CHAU on 08/22/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

Corolla is a very liable car. It is not powerful but saves a lot gasoline. For people don't mind that this car is not powerful, I recommend this car. I have had a corolla for almost 6 years and I only fixed this car only once (excepting changing oils)for power door lock.

Get Your Hands on a Toyota...

4.5
Kyle S on 08/21/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great bang for the buck

Lexus??? Pleeasseee....

3
h74l on 08/15/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

For those of you who thinks this cheap car drives like a Lexus? Ha! Go drive a lexus and then come back and compare, there's no comparison! This car attracks grooves in the road and starts swaying. It has no handling and is way too high off the ground to be stable. I drive a 2002 Nissan Sentra GXE now and it has 15'' alloy rims, rear spoiler, more torque, fog lights, 7 (SEVEN) speaker sound system (180 watts) w/ subwoofer, cruise control, in dash cd, AND keyless entry w/ panic/pop trunk...all for the price of $14,200!!! (it is also incredibly fuel efficient)

Do Not Waste Your Money!!!

1.6
dryoda on 08/14/2002

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 2

Worst car I ever bought. Impossible to get comfortable in drivers seat. Front end still makes noise even after parts from factory re-call were replaced. Dash rattles. Acceleration is pathetic. Takes 3 or 4 attempts to get car into reverse. Feels like grinding gears even with the clutch pegged to the floor. If you live in Tucson do not buy from Precision Toyota. You become a complete inconvience to them after the sale. Trust me, you get better customer service from McDonald's! On the highway, no stability, any slight wind tries to push the car off the road. The car sits as high off the ground as a two-wheel drive truck. I will be trading in this car ASAFP!

DRIVE IN STYLE

5
ZMAN on 08/14/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I do plenty of highway driving to and from work so I needed a car with GREAT gas mileage.This car (Corolla CE w/auto transmission)has been quite satisfying. I recently got 511 miles on a tank full of gas all highway!!! The car rides quiet and a great sounding cd player also.I sometimes forget when I get gas. I would recommend this car to anyone.I also use synthetic motor oil for better performance.

Great car for the money

5
hdi on 08/06/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car kicks butt for the money. It's pretty looking and inexpensive to both buy and to maintain. Forget about honda civic

Love the car

4.8
JB13 on 08/05/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I researched many cars for months before I went and bought my Corolla and I am glad I did. Although I have no power window and had power locks installed after market. The car is great to drive. I just wish they made this car in a V6 then I would consider getting another one next year when I trade this one in.

Great Car

5
Doreen on 08/02/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car. I find the handling great on the highway, very smooth ride. No outside noise. Enjoy listening to the CD player good sound system. Would recommend this car to anyone.

2003 Toyota Corolla - cute and fun!

4.8
Chancey on 07/31/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It caught my eye on the lot and after test driving it, I had to have it. It has great pick up for a small car, is comfortable to ride and drive and I had lots of heads turn when I first drove it.

Lexus it is not!!

2.6
GLEN on 07/31/2002

Performance: 2 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 4

I have had every type of car you can think of and have been trying to find a new car to replace my wife's Grand Am. We drove the Civic, Focus, Matrix,Protege,Sentra,and the corolla the Focus and the Protege were the only ones that held the road. The corola we drove buzzed terribly, rattles, the build quality was not there at all! On the highway at high speeds (75) was a very nervous feeling. I had a Camry in 93, when they carred about build quality, what happened Toyota. I think they only care about the Lexus line!

Lexus it is not!!

2.6
Glen on 07/31/2002

Performance: 2 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 4

I have had every type of car you can think of and have been trying to find a new car to replace my wife's Grand Am. We drove the Civic, Focus, Matrix,Protege,Sentra,and the corolla the Focus and the Protege were the only ones that held the road. The corola we drove buzzed terribly, rattles, the build quality was not there at all! On the highway at high speeds (75) was a very nervous feeling. I had a Camry in 93, when they carred about build quality, what happened Toyota. I think they only care about the Lexus line!

Beware sunroof installation

3.9
brian76 on 07/24/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Seats R bout as mushy as your Dad's old recliner.Warning: if U can wait for a Toyota-installed sunroof do it.Dealership told me the only way I could get 1 w/ the sunroof right away is to get it installed by the company they have a contract w/.They assured me quality would be just as good.(Sucker) The headliner near the rear window flaps in the breeze.I took it back to get fixed & it's a little tighter but totally different f/m headliners in the non-sunroof Corollas.Haven't seen a Corolla w/ Toyota-installed sunroof yet & really want 2 know if there R headliner issues in those.Just hoping the headliner won't be sagging in a few yrs like an '85 Lincoln.

Great car fun to drive

4.9
Kudos on 07/24/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A great car with the qualities of a Lexus I was looking at the lexus IS 300 and decided for the $20,000 price difference the Corolla had pretty much the same qualities and I know with this car it's lexus quality period. Thanks again Toyota for making a fun safe and fuel efficient car. By Andrew

Are you sure this is a Corolla?

4.8
Krissy on 07/24/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is our first NEW car and we LOVE it all! LOVE the great gas mileage; am filling up half as much as I used to with the same size Nissan. I thought the visor/rear mirror problem was a silly flaw also, but the rear view mirror is on a ball & socket joint and can be moved right quite easily - problem solved! The ONLY negative thing that we have dealt with on this model is that the 5spd doesn't come with a leather wrapped shift knob like the 4A - NOT FAIR! It's a vinyl that gets HOT in the sun. We have Toyota getting us a leather cover :) A few changes and minor improvements (which anyone should expect from a redesign) would make this car anyone's dream!

A great car

5
behhpp on 07/21/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

To keep it simple, this is a great car. I would buy another one.

Friends think I bought a Lexus!!!

5
snoopyjt on 07/18/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my car...took it recently on a long road 900 mile trip and only filled the tank twice! Everyone thinks I it looks like a Lexus or that I paid over 20,000 for it! I love the interior compartments and the look! The ride is smooth - I can go 80 miles without really feeling the ride....I am very happy with my purchase - the price was right also! The dealer was excellent in dealing with.! I would receommned this car to anyone!

2003 Toyota Corrolla ... great car

4.9
cia4life on 07/17/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I absolutley love this car. It's fun to drive. With a turbo on the way it will even be better!

CE with cruise

4.3
steve05401 on 07/16/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

hate to disagree with 14SC14, but if he/she bought their 2003 Corolla CE in the US, cruise is NOT standard. it is available as an OPTION, but it is NOT standard. check for yourself on Toyota's own website.

BEST IN CLASS

5
TONY on 07/15/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I PURCHASED THIS CAR IN FEBRUARY. I IMMEDIATELY STARTED ACCESSORIZING IT. TOYOTA JUST CAME OUT WITH 18" WHEELS AND TIRES FOR THE COROLLA. THIS CAR IS SHARP. I TURN HEADS EVERYWHERE I GO. EVERYONE THINKS I AM DRIVING A LEXUS. I BOUGHT IT AS A FAMILY CAR. I HAVE ALWAYS OWNED 2 DOOR SPORTS CARS, SO I WAS RELUCTANT TO GET A 4 DOOR. NOW, I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER. THIS VEHICLE IS A THRILL TO DRIVE. I LOVE THE REDESIGN. GOOD JOB TOYOTA.

Satisfied

4.3
Michael T. on 07/14/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

So far, this car has lived up to its billing. I am getting 33+ mpg and love having 4 doors. It is relatively comfortable and I like the styling.

Nice!!

4.3
shamgotti on 07/10/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I replaced a 1989 corolla with this 2003 corolla. I am very happy with this purchase. I test drove the 02 civic and the focus. The focus has great handling, but reliability and future resale value are very important to me, that's why the corolla won my dollars.

Great..but..

4.5
Samsun79 on 07/09/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Love the car, was going to get Civic, but I am so glad I didn't. Only thing is mine had/has a few issues. Air recirculation was broken from the start. My brakess slip slightly when I am at a comlete stop, and makes clink sound when going into reverse. Dealer cant duplicate so they won't look at it. Its minor but it bugs me. All in all, I love the car. And if you try to replace the rear speakers, get a pro to do it or get ready to do some major work.

It just wants to have fun!

5
Julie Foster on 07/06/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This was my first new car and I love every minute of it! It drives beautifully and rides extremely comfortably. It's the perfect sedan!

My Corolla S 5 sp

4.4
HossJWW on 07/06/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

Very disappointed with the engine. I can fell vibrations in the steering wheel and pedals above 4000 rpm. Never had any vehicle do this before. The interior is all coal bin black and the fabric collects "fuzzies." HVAC controls feel cheap. Ride is bouncy due to non-independent rear suspension.

Nice looks, bad personality.

3.6
tlbkcal on 07/04/2002

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 3

I saw the new Corolla and immediately fell in love with the new exterior. It looks like and looks even better than a Jetta. However, I test drove it, and that's where the loving ended and the fear began. The car has no handles and when I drove over a bridge with grooves, the car started to shake and waddle. I had to hold on to the steering wheel real tight to keep it in control. Also, the suspensions are horrible, the ride was extremely bumpy. I drove over the exact same road while test driving a Camry and felt nothing. But if you're more into looks, go with the Corolla, otherwise, it's just an overrate hot selling car.

Slight step backwards in quality

4.1
Marcalan on 07/04/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my second Corolla (first was a 1996 DX). In some respects, the 2003 LE lacks the quality of the 1996 model. The car is too high off the ground and seating position is too high as well. Turning corners aggresively feels insecure. Car tends to track gooves in the road. Some of the knobs and switches are cheap and flimsy (especially trunk and fuel filler cap release). Cheap looking, fake wood trim and chrome accents.

Great Car to drive

4.5
Suren on 07/02/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The PLush out look and neatly placed interior are unique in TOYOTA styling. Also incirporating all major features as Standard in pricing has made deciding the price more simpler and can easily be compared with other simillar vehicles. After taking a test drive one is convinced about the Toyota name backing its quality proucts

A Great Car

5
Mike5953 on 06/28/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is our 4th Corolla, and it shares the driveway with my '89 GT-S and my daughter's '88 DX, each with over 200K miles on their odometers. We traded in my wife's tired Camry for it, and she absolutely loves it. It's roomy, good- looking, easy on the pocketbook, and fun to drive.

CE with Cruise

5
14SC14 on 06/27/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am not quite sure where people are coming with notion about the CE not having cruise. I have the CE and it came with Cruise standard, along with other features. I love the car so far and would recommend it to anyone that asks.

the new corolla

5
durell brown on 06/24/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It's the best corolla yet.It it is faster,roomier,stylish,younger,nice and elegant.

Awesome Car!!!

4.6
J.T. on 06/22/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is fun to drive. It looks good and has a great feel to it. I just drove it on a 600 mile trip and it handled great. I noticed I had driven 140 miles and the needle was on 3/4 of a tank. Wow!

Corolla S looks nicer than a IS300

5
Kenshin on 06/17/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I recently crashed my 2003 S corolla, ouch! But am going to get another one with higher insurance to pay =(. Loved the car and the looks. Only problem is that strong winds on the freeway makes the car dance.

A DEPENDABLE CAR @ A BUDGET PRICE

5
B FAFEL on 06/16/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A DEPENDABLE SOLID CAR THAT DELIVERS GOOD HANDLING EXCELLANT FUEL ECONOMY IN A QUIET, STYLISH PACKAGE.GIVEN TOYOTA'S REPUTATION FOR BUILDING RELIABLE AUTOMOBILES, I WILL BE ENJOYING THIS CAR FOR MANY YEARS

Love my 2003

5
Tami on 06/16/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I traded in my 97 sentra for the 03 Corolla, I am very happy that I did. I went test driving the civics and almost bought one. I decided to stop by the toyota dealership before buying the civic, I am glad I did. The corolla has a lot more room than the 02 civic ex. I bought the le corolla, it has been great. I can't wait until the break in period is over so I can drive past 55!

Terrific car!

4.9
FC on 06/10/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a nice one among the leading sub-compacts on the market. Only the Civic comes close in the total package. The redesign looks great and MUCH better than the '02 model. The '03 looks just like the Lexus IS and the tailights are a nice touch! A few more improvements and there is not much to not like about the Corolla.

Bad car quality

2.1
jmei on 06/07/2002

Performance: 1 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 3

Poshed up version of same old car, except that it breaks now. Engine is potent if you want to push hard but handling is left far behind. Minor build quality flaws. Check Engine light comes on every so often for no apprarent reason.

I love this car!

5
Kathleen Dremann on 06/06/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my new Car!

corolla 2003

5
lincoln on 06/05/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

it`s my best buy ever

Driving Happy

5
Joe on 06/02/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

First Toyota (and small car) ever purchased, I am very surprised and pleased that an economy compact can have such quality and comfort. Astounding gas mileage, fine handling and ride. Without cruise I too often find myself doing 80. Looking forward to Toyota's reputation of building cars that are long lasting with few repair needs.

good car

3.8
pranjivan on 06/02/2002

Performance: 2 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

The interior and exterior has been improved to a great extent. However the engine is the same as a 2002 corolla. I would have loved it more if had some power in it. There's practically no difference between a CE and an LE except the power windows. Everything else is anyways optional. I think the car is a bit overpriced.

3800 miles in 6 weeks

4.9
Gippy on 06/01/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It was hard to find what we wanted in options. When we finally did it was like the gods were smiling on us because it was in a beatiful blue metalic color. Almost 40 miles to the gallon (no joke), great stereo, "french fry holder" to the left of the steering wheel, Very responsive cruise control. It is so quiet when running that I have tried to start it at red lights thinking the engine had stalled. I will never buy another american made car! I have had new cars by all three Big name makers and none of them compare to this Corrola.

Passed on the Civic, Great Decision!

5
windsurfer1 on 05/30/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I was a loyal Honda owner... family owns Civics and Accords, previous car was a Civic, etc. So naturally, I test drove Accords and Civics first when looking at a new, fuel efficient car. Stumbled on the Corolla and was surprised and excited. The Civic felt cheap and "plastic-y", the Corolla felt much more comfortable, had better fuel effieciency and acceleration, and looks sportier. I chose the Corolla and am so happy that I did! It's been nearly two months now and I am truly in love with my car!! I'd recommend it to any loyal Honda owner in a second.

totally in love!

4.9
lilcavey on 05/27/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am so in love with my new car! Not only is the Corolla totally redesigned for 2003, it is so much fun to drive! The performance of my vehicle so far has been great, especially in high volume traffic.

W0W

5
WayneMan on 05/26/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is an all new Corrola for sure. What a pleasant surprise and this is a whole lot of car for the money!

better than honda

4.9
formerhondaowner on 05/24/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We traded a 2000 Honda Civic which was fine and very reliable but tested the Corolla and fell in love with the ride, design inside and out and the size/safety features. It is bigger and seems to be better built than the Honda 2000 and 2002 models. Great car so far..only 2 weeks old.

Better than I thought

5
mrfoam on 05/24/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I had done extensive research, so I was ready for a fight at the dealership. Since I went through Costco's website, I got the car for $600 over dealer cost. The salesman actually quoted a lower price than I was expecting. I bought the car for my wife, but I find myself driving it all the time. The best surprise is the height. No longer do we have to pull ourselves out of the car (like with our 94 Corolla). There is also much more room in the back seat - it really does seat 5 people. I heard one salesman refer to this car as the "The Little Camry". Great Looking - Great Comfort - Great Gas Mileage

Corolla -S Rocks

5
brian m on 05/22/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have been driving a 92 Camry since 94, I drove it into the Dealer with 194k, I told them that since they only had 4 Corolla's on the lot that I would have to order mine, the dealer assured me that the were not in production anymore, so I settled on a Black Corolla S, it had all the options I wanted and more, except for the moon roof, wich the dealer promised me they could install and it would be exactly the same as the factory install, turns out it wasnt nothing like the factory install and after the 24 hour waiting period, I pressed the buttons and it didnt work, its under warranty so I guess they will be fixing it soon, at any rate, driving this car is extremly fun

2003 Corolla

5
paulz on 05/21/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The 2003 Toyota Corolla delivers great mileage and excellent quality. The LE model is fully featured, by far the best value for the money in its class. And it wasn't as expensive as advertised.

jimbobs

5
jimbobx2 on 05/16/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Very fun to drive. Nice ride for a small car.

What a sexy model

5
Arvind Bhanushali on 05/15/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am so happy to see that I made an excellent choice by buying Toyota Corolla, I was about to buy WV-Jetta, but nothing is like Corolla, to fun to drive, great take off, great vision. Looks great from behind.!!

Wish is car was better

3.3
George D on 05/14/2002

Performance: 2 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

The car is good looking. The visibility is a little on the poor side, we remover the rear head rest to inprove the vision out the rear window. The ride is not the best, it is rough and one feels every bump. If I had tested the ride a bit more, I would not have purchased the car. It rides like an old truck. There are also blind spots looking towards the passenger side. A driver must be extra careful. I reduced the tire pressure down from 30psi to 28 to try to help the ride. Not much gained.

I love this car!

4.8
bobby1425 on 05/09/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just traded my '99 ford escort se sport for the LE w/leather package. I never knew such a small car could be so refined, it feels like an avalon or ES300 on the inside. I have not been over 55 mph yet because of break in, but at 55 the interior is extremely quiet, especially for such a tall vehicle. The exterior is not the greatest, but if you value interior ambiance, performance, reliabiity, and resale value, this is your vehicle. If not, try a focus

Finally

4.9
NotoriousBUB on 05/06/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I searched and searched for a 5spd and was told I could have one in 2 weeks. Needless to say 34 days later my car arrived. It is everything I hoped it would be. We included some upgrades like custom sport leather interior (aftermarket) and the available cruise control and power package. And though I test drove every car on the market in this price range, the Corolla S puts them all to shame. Ford really needs to step up there build quality and Honda (Civic)though an excellent buy is certainly due for a makeover. The Corolla S 5spd If you can find one is a great DEAL.

First Toyota...won't be last.

4.4
RSS on 05/03/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Overall, THE nicest car I have ever owned. It looks and feels like a Lexus and drives as well as my father's 2000 Avalon. I would even go so far as to say that it is as quiet, refined and as outstanding to drive as a Cadillac! It's still in Toyota's bizarre "do not exceed 55 mph for the first 1000 miles" break-in period, so I can't really say much about its performance beyond the fact that it certainly seems willing enough...but my 5-speed Ford ZX2 will suck the headlights out of it. On the other hand, this Toyota will certainly hold its value better! It's a surprisingly large car to boot, and one doesn't feel the least bit penalized for not buying a Camry.

Very Nice

5
Ben Williams on 05/02/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

They really rebuilt the corolla s. It's an awesome sports package with the feel of a family car. Very impressed

Wispy little car, but how about a turbo!

3.8
bkcox on 05/01/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

You know, I truly love this new corolla. I never liked the Corolla model until the 2003 where there was a huge improvement in just about every area except the engine. The only thing I would love more would to have a turbo on this thing and some more horsepower. Think of the Subuaru Impreza WRX. 200+ horsepower out of a 4 cylinder engine and still good gas mileage. Please, please, please Toyota!

Just got it & lovin it

5
Tammie on 04/25/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I read EDMUND reviews before buying the 2003 Corolla and saw all the comments about the sun visor hitting the mirror. FYI - there is nothing wrong with the sun visor hitting the mirror. The mirror has 2 joints you can adjust. One attaches mirror to arm and arm to windshield. Move the arm of the mirror 1/4 inch to the right and you are good to go! Hope this helps!

My new Baby!

5
dacia on 04/25/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car. I just upgraded from a 2000 honda civic and I have ne regrets. It sit's much higher and is easier to get in and out of. I really need that since I just had knee surgery 6 months ago and it was so hard to get in and out of my civic. I love the new body style and it rides great.

what an improvement!

5
matt jones on 04/24/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

i am amazed at the new corolla! it really drives like a $20-25,000 car. very smooth on take off and quiet out on the highway. i think this car is a steal at $14-16,000. it looks great and the stereo is rich and clear. the manual transmission is really smooth and has good pep. i drove the sentra and the civic and while both were nice they really don't compare. why buy a camry?

CORONAS IN THE COROLLA

4.9
tim morton on 04/23/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

WHEN I FIRST SAW THE NEW COROLLA..I JUST HAD TO HAVE ONE..IT IS A SWEET LOOKING CAR AND EVERYWHERE I DRIVE PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT IT..THEY CANNOT BELIEVE IT IS A COROLLA AND THEY CANNOT BELIEVE THE PRICE. I DO WISH IT HAD MORE HORSEPOWER..I HAVE THE S MODEL AND I LOVE IT..WOULD NOT TRADE IT FOR THE WORLD, WELL MAYBE A NEW 350Z..

Amazing car

5
Whistler2 on 04/22/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a great car. The best in its class for sure. The other cars I tested (Civic, Protege, Sentra, Elantra, Focus) have nothing on this new Corolla. I highly reccomend it!

Awesome car

5
R&A Anderson on 04/21/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We choose this car after months of research,we made the best choice. It is mineral green which is not like most greens you see. It is more like a silver green. Nice and small on the out side, easy to park in the city but roomy inside and we had a moonroof installed that just topped it off. The only problem is only one of us can drive it at a time.

The best car of its class

5
Daniel B on 04/20/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

An excellent car. Driving is smooth, silent, sound isolation inside is perfect, steering is great, need to use a manual break bar while parked since it adjusts a rear breaks. Convenient features are great. Need to be careful on the freeway if windy -- do not exceed 80 mph -- may be unstable beacause of its design.

I love my car

4.9
kirsten Clark on 04/16/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Excellent deal for so little money. Its a great little car. Head on colision and I am alive and kicking! Great crash test reviews from me!

2003 LE versus 1993 LE

3.4
Cape Cod Driver on 04/12/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 4

I guess I am one of the few who think the interior fake wood trim is gaudy, and the high visibility dash is annoying. I would have considered the CE, but it is not available with cruise control - in spite of the Toyota brochure. Is Toyota is playing marketing games with pricing ? The LE does not come standard with Cruise, yet every LE in my area has Cruise from the factory. Possible gimmick to make the price appear to be less than $ 16,000 ? My 1993 Corolla LE came standard with more options that the 2003 !

COROLLA S

4.9
KEITH on 04/11/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

THE COROLLA IS GREAT THIS YEAR,,,THE NEW BODY IS REALLY NICE...I BOUGHT THE S HOOKED UP WITH RIMS AND SUNROOF THAT IS THE WAY TO GO POWER PACKAGE ALL THE ADD ONS YOU CAN GET IT CAME OUT TO $18,200 NOT BAD YOU WOULD THINK THE CAR WA WORTH ABOUT $30,000 WHEN YOU SEE IT .............SO IF YOU GO COROLLA GO WIT THE S MODEL....AND IF YOU HAVE EVER OWNED A COROLLA YOU GET WHAT YOU EXPECT AND MORE JUST TO BAD THE SEATS DON'T GO FURTHER BACK

Honda Convert: Corolla no longer boring.

5
Brian G on 04/10/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I too have been a Honda driver for over 10 years, and after considering the '02 Civic and the '02 Altima, but then found this '03 model that was the best value, size and design. (can you believe this is the once BORING Corolla?!!) It has a good price, great handling, great EPA MPG, great looks, bigger than a Civic, sits up higher, peppy/fun to drive. It's a Jetta, Lexus, and a Camry in one. The interior is simple, and comfortable, and has solid fit and finish. The flaws?: One major silly one... the driver side visor hits the mirror when you put it down (how did a designer miss this one!!!!?). Overall, this is probably the best value and fun in it's class.

Excellent Car!!

5
HollyK. on 04/07/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased my Corolla in March...Absolutely great car!! I love the sportiness and feel of the car. It has get up and go for a 4cy and has a comfortable ride. I feel like a got a great value for the money spent. Corolla definetly does "want to have fun"

Lexus Quality at a Toyota price

5
kris moyce on 04/03/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This new 2003 Corolla has all the room I need. It has a great ride, quick, great on gas and the fit and the best fit and finish I have ever seen on a car of this price point. I know it will last our 1989 went 531,000 before we gave it to the kid next door and he still drives it. Great job Toyota.

My Second Corolla

5
Dottie Mitchell on 04/03/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I now have 740 miles on my 2003 LE Corolla. I am very happy with the car. So far there have been no problems with anything on the car. It drives like a luxury car; has a great stereo system; handles beautifully and is a great choice for anyone with a family.

Great car

4.1
en on 04/03/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

We had our Corolla for 4 years now ( it's a 2000MY VE 5 speed ) and we put 65000km on it, it never let us down.There was never any problems with it, it still runs on original tires and brakes. I have a feeling that this car will run forever even after 4 years it feels as solid as new. However these cars lack the driving excitment mainly because of the the soft suspension, it makes the car dance on highway with strong winds and body roll is big.

Great Car

5
ESS9383 on 04/02/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I agree with Pete Novack, It does look like the IS 300 from some angles. The car handles well. One thing I did notice is wobbling going down the interstate. I looked at the trees, but they werent swaying at all to the wind. I guess that's aerodynamics, but I'm not sure. Overall this car is fantastic, and I've got a lot of compliments on it saying "That doesnt even look like a corolla". It's true it doesnt, but it does have the reliability the Corollas have always had.

what a super car!

5
ellen on 04/02/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have only had my new car less than a week,but I love it! It rides great,it is very roomy inside,easy access to all the controls. I love the sun roof and the alloy wheels make it look spectacular. I was torn between the corolla and the civic until I drove the new corolla. The civic was too small inside,i felt cramped when I was behind the wheel. Not that you will be sitting there often,but the back seat is so roomy, even for a man with long legs. I also like all the little compartments for your CD's or whatever. you also get two AC adapters. I would highly recommend this car.

Watch It!

5
Centurus on 04/01/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I researched for about 2 weeks and I decided on the Corolla CE. After getting to the dealership and finding out that you cannot get a CE with power windows I realized this car wasn't for me. So I started looking at the S. What a major up grade. But one major problem. Getting a manual in the Southeastern region without ordering is almost impossible. My dealer and I searched for one in my region. Which covers 4 states and it met with negative results. We spent 4 days looking for it mind you. I ended up getting a Auto with a crap load of features.

S class A nice surprise!

4.9
Avius on 04/01/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought the 2003 Corolla S thinking that it looked like the 2002. Boy, was I in for a pleasant surprise (lucky me). It actually looks like a sports car but it's not in that class. I got a good looking car (wasn't expecting much of that from the corolla) with great reliability at a low cost!

This Car Z Da Bomb

5
on 03/29/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

this car is fun and awesome, i think its the best corolla out so far and the nicest.

love it

5
sylvie on 03/28/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

love the vehicle