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Toyota Corolla Hatchback 1.4 D-4D Colour Collection 5d (2005/55)

Toyota Corolla Hatchback 1.4 D-4D Colour Collection 5d (2005/55) - Owner Review

Economy, reliability, quality; large flexible boot.

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Review submitted by
Roger Vine on

Toyota Corolla Hatchback (02-06)


5 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I once heard a maketing exec saying their premium 4x4 was aimed at dull middle aged blokes who want to seem exciting. Maybe the Corolla is some kind of inverse of that.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Family see it as an appliance; friends don't care; the neighbour owns two supercharged V8 Jags - enough said!

Would you buy this car again and why?
Superb reliability, build quality and practicality.

What are you likely to buy next?
A convertible as a fun second car (the Corolla isn't fun).

Buying experience

4 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?
October 2005

Did you get a good deal and why?
Seemed like a bargain for the spec'.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Which magazine recomendation; test drive.

What was the dealer like?
Friendly, helpful.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Quiet, smooth, refined in all situations. Easy, pleasant and comfortable to drive. Handling is good, but perhaps a bit bland.

What's it like to park?

Living with it

5 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
One blown lightbulb in 6 years/80,000 miles. Absolutely nothing else (tempting fate now).

What's most practical about your car?
Economy, reliability, quality; large flexible boot.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Aircon still icy after all these years (no top ups reqd so far).

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