How good is a Toyota Corolla 07

Used car check Toyota Corolla (E12)

Body and technology

What is stronger The schadenfreude, because German premium brands are lagging behind in terms of reliability? Or admiration for engineers from the Far East, whose vehicles apparently never fail? At the top of the reliability statistics for decades: the Toyota Corolla. The series introduced in the last few days of 2001 with the internal code E12 is no exception.

However, it can also be observed at Toyota that the number and frequency of errors increase with the increasingly complex technology. The best example of this is the modern diesel in the Corolla. Its common-rail injection can, just like its European competitors, leak, and diesel then escapes from the high-pressure lines. Damage to the high-pressure pump is extremely rare, but not impossible even with Toyota.

The clutch, on the other hand, tends to suffer from operating errors. In the case of diesels, the powerful torque heats up when the clutch disc is left dragging for a long time; in the case of the 1.4-liter gasoline engine, it is the high revs. In the case of the small-displacement model, however, they are indispensable for moving off quickly so as not to slow down the traffic.

Engine and drive

Back to diesel: Occasionally there are defective exhaust gas recirculation valves, which leads to jerky idling or even stalling of the engine. And at higher mileages, the oil consumption rises sharply, whereby in addition to wear on pistons and cylinders, the turbocharger is also a possible cause. Blown cylinder head gaskets, on the other hand, are often the result of loss of cooling water.

The engine compartment of the Corolla is also one of the preferred playgrounds for martens. However, malfunctions on the chassis are an absolute rarity. The suspensions of the front wishbones and the rear axle are of the very stable type, but they are also responsible for the somewhat uneven rolling of the Corolla. The rare damage in the per mille range only affects the supporting joints, whereas the tie rods have so far not been known to have any wear.

At most, we are watching the development of damage to the brakes with concern: during the first general inspection three years after initial registration, three out of a thousand Corolla suffer from insufficient braking action on the front axle. It doesn't sound like much, but it is 50 percent above the average for all vehicles. The numbers are similar for the handbrake, it works unevenly in eleven out of a thousand Corolla - the cause is usually brake lining wear in the drum brakes. On the other hand, oil loss on the drive hardly plays a role at TÜV and Co., here the Japanese show the Germans again how it's done. And for that they have our secret admiration.

History, weaknesses, costs

Model history:12/01 Introduction of the current series to replace the E11, which has been built since 1997. ABS and four airbags as standard, two diesels with 90 and 110 hp, three petrol engines with 97, 110 and 192 hp. Hatchback with three or five doors, four-door notchback and five-door station wagon. Minivan Verso continues to be built • 5/03 Head airbags and sidebags at the rear, 116 hp diesel replaces 110 hp model, complies with Euro 4 • 4/04 Corolla Verso new. 110 or 129 hp petrol engine, 116 hp diesel engine • 2/05 Corolla 1.8 VVTL-I Compressor, 224 hp.

Weak points: • The battery is the most frequent cause of the rare start-up problems, is probably neglected due to its high reliability. • The Braking system makes an overburdened impression when driving hard, occasionally excessively rusting brake discs and dirty drum brakes. • The Exhaust system Doesn't last forever, the rear muffler of the petrol models usually just about survives the three-year guarantee. • The Build quality is good, but problems with carpet, seats and paintwork are also recorded in the How To Cars suggestion box. • The electronics usually works without any problems, we are only aware of a small number of ESP failures due to defective control units.

Repair costs: Prices including wages and VAT using the example of the Toyota Corolla 1.6 Sol, 81 kW / 110 PS, built in 2003. Toyota can weigh the alternator and starter motor in gold, and sheet metal parts also cost money. Only the - short-lived - exhaust is cheap and quick to install.

Conclusion and model recommendation

Conclusion by Siegfried Rother, Gutacher TÜV Süd: "The current-generation Toyota Corolla is also one of those cars with which you can go to the general inspection without any worries. 83.8 percent pass the general inspection without complaint, and only 3.5 percent have to come back because of significant defects. Most often There are errors in the lighting. Statistically, however, the foot and hand brakes are the two main flaws of the Corolla. "

Recommended model: Toyota Corolla 1.6 Sol (81 kW / 110 PS)Tax / Emission Class:108 euros per year / 4 euros • Test consumption: 8.9 liters. Factory specification: 7.0 liters (super) • Insurance: Fully comprehensive insurance (17/500 euros SB): 624 euros. Partial coverage (15/150 euros SB): 126 euros. Liability (15): 704 euros (based on Ontos annual tariffs for regional class Berlin, 100 percent) • Inspection: 15,000 kilometers. Cost: around 150 to 400 euros • Loss of value: Three-year-olds lose around 35 percent of the new price (dealer sales price), then an annual loss of 800 euros.