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Toyota Corolla Hatchback 1.6 VVT-i T3 5d (02) (2003/53) - Owner Review

Reliability and smooth ride without a roll

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Review submitted by
Julie Caughey on

Toyota Corolla Hatchback (02-06)


4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I like something dependable but with a bit of go about it and a bit of syle - practicality rules

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
My husband thinks it is ok for me but would never drive anyting other than BMW (snob!). My dad likes it cos he knows I am safe. The kids like it because they don't feel sick in it (unlike in Dad's car - hee hee)

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes and no. My daughter really wants a "high up car" and I must admit I find that appealling too. But it would have to be environmentally friendly, so looking at options for when I change car in a year or so.

What are you likely to buy next?
Not sure. Toyota Rav4 possibly. Toyota Corolla Verso - if the reviews improve.

Buying experience

5 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
February 2007

Did you get a good deal and why?
I think I got a good deal, the car was well priced compared to Parker's valuations.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
I had had a company car for 3 years and the lease expired and could not be renewed. I wanted a reliable car.

What was the dealer like?
Very professional. I saw the car on the internet and called about it but it had been sold. 2 weeks later I got a call from the dealer to say that the sale had fallen through and would I be interested. I was impressed that the dealer had my number and that sense to give it a go.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Speedy enough for a family car and handles really well. Good over speed bumps.

What's it like to park?
Not too bad. Visibility is a bit of an issue.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Not a thing has gone wrong with it (touch wood!)

What's most practical about your car?
Reliability and smooth ride without a roll

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Hmmm difficult one... it's not big on gadgets.. no, sorry can't think of one!

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