The 2003 Toyota Corolla has been the car that I have been driving for about 3 years now. I bought this car used with 52,000 miles on it 3 years ago for about $9,000. I own the automatic transmission SE edition. The car has standard equipment that includes air conditioning, power steering, power windows, power door locks, tilt wheel, AM/FM stereo, single compact disc player and dual front airbags. The optional equipment on the Corolla I own includes cruise control and ABS on 4 wheels. After having this car for 3 years and putting about 40,000 miles on it, I can honestly say that I love this car.
Before this car, I owned an older model Chrysler Sebring Lxi. On that car, I always made sure to have routine maintenance done on it. I still ended up with numerous mechanical problems with the Sebring. It got to the point where the repairs would have cost more the than car was worth, so I decided that I needed to start looking for a new vehicle. A friend of mine owned a Toyota Camry and had always sung its praises every time we had talked about our cars. Her excitement for her Toyota was what had gotten me interested in becoming a Toyota owner myself. I am an avid consumer review reader and was researching the best value for your money when it came to the brand Toyota. All over the web, I kept seeing the same thing over and over. The Toyota Corolla got excellent reviews in value and reliability. This was exactly what I was looking for. I went to my local Toyota dealer and test drove a few Corollas’ and ultimately decided on my gold 2003 Corolla SE.
In my 3 years of driving the Corolla, I can honestly say that I have had no major mechanical issues with the car. The only thing I have had to spend money on was a new set of tires that only cost about $400 for all 4 tires, and a new belt. I do have routine maintenance done on the car including oil changes, tire rotations, and fluid replacements. To this day, the car runs like it is new. I get about 28 mpg city driving and usually around 36 mpg highway. The fuel economy on this car is absolutely fantastic. I honestly feel like I never put gas in the car! I know I do, but it is just amazing compared to my gas guzzling Sebring.
What I love most about this car though is definitely the smooth ride. This little car can take a pot hole like a champ, and with me being the not so perfect driver that I am, this car disguises my own rough driving skills. The interior of the car is very roomy and some of my taller friends fit in the backseat perfectly. It does not have tons of storage space, but that does not concern me because the most I ever haul is shopping bags. I also love the controls on the car. Everything is large and easy to find and the radio and compact disc player are very reachable. With a full car of people, my Corolla rides as if I am driving by myself. Although it does not have the jazziest exterior, this car has been so reliable, and to me that is worth owning one altogether. It starts on the coldest of days in the Cleveland winter, and handles in the snow pretty decently for being such a small car.
After owning the Toyota Corolla, I can now classify myself as a “Toyota Owner Forever.” This car is superbly manufactured and you really do get the best value for your money in a Toyota. If I continue with my routine maintenance, I can easily put another 100,000 miles on this car. With recent Toyota recalls concerning the acceleration pedal, I was a little hesitant about Toyota. After seeing all Toyota has done to fix the problem and ensure consumers that they have taken care of all of the issues, I still completely whole heartedly stand by the brand. If you have ever owned a Toyota you know how great and reliable these cars truly are. After this car is on its last limb, (who knows when that will be because it runs so great with 90K on it), I will absolutely be purchasing another Corolla. It is the perfect little vehicle that always gets you where you want to go with no hassles. If you are looking for value and reliability in a car, buy a Toyota Corolla.