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| || ||1989 Toyota Corolla Review, Ray, From Louisville, KY|
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Corolla DX, 5 Speed Manual
| ||Model||Corolla DX, 5 Speed Manual|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car?||Crash worthiness compared to today's standard (watch out for the idiots driving the SUV's).|
| ||General comments?||I bought this car new in 1989 and now it has 240,000 miles and still runs very well. In all of the miles, I have not had one major engine repair. I change the oil every 3000 to 5000 miles and I never drive it agressively unless absoulutely necessary to enter an interstate. The largest maintenance expenditure has been a recent new clutch (the first replacement (yes, my ORIGINAL clutch lasted 220,000 miles)).Maintenance problems (very few)* I have had the exhaust system replaced 2 times.* There is a minor electrical problem with the wipers. When the wiper control is selected to the off position while the wipers are in the up traveling stroke, they will stop in that position and not retract into their "stored position". However, if you select off on the down stroke, they will return to the proper "stored" position. This, of course, is minor. I haven't even attempted to have it fixed. * I have replaced the climate controll fan switch 3 times. They seem to like to get a short an burn out. Has anyone else had this problem?No, the car is not a hot rod. You cannot really expect it to be for this class. Although, the 1.6l 16 valve engine is strong enough to safely accelerate you in an out of traffic. This car is not a slalom machine either but even though handling is a bit sloppy in emergency avoidance manuevers, it is safe, predictable, and controllable.I would easily buy a new Corolla if I were in the market for this class of car. My next car, Audi A4 (I hope).|
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