1996 Toyota Corolla consumer reviews

$12,728–$13,228 MSRP range
side view of 1996 Corolla Toyota
100% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.7
  • Interior 3.9
  • Performance 3.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 3.6
  • Reliability 4.9
Explore the 1996 Toyota Corolla
5.0

The Best $15,000 Investment I Ever Made

I bought my 1996 Toyota Corolla DX in May, 1997 from the Toyota dealer in Boulder, CO. It had 1,300 miles on it. When I purchased it, I had the center console and front bug installed. I paid $15,000 cash. Today this wonderful, reliable car has logged 300,800 miles, going strong, never a mechanical problem- ever. I just drove it on a 700-mile road trip. I am the original and only owner. In the 26 years since buying this car, I have also owned a Dodge Ram van and Subaru Outback. They are fine for the long haul but no way do they match little "Red Snapper" for running short hauls around town. I love this car!

4.0

Amazing 1996 Corolla auto

With 180,000 K on the clock, this vehicle is running well. Had some work carried out earlier this year.. new front engine mounts, new air con compressor, new rear brake drum seals and am auto trans service. Only item needing attention on recent service was a blown brake light bulb. It is reliable, economical, more than adequate performance once the motor isxwarmed up. This was my mother's car, and now that she is not allowed to hold a drivers licence, I have adopted it and am keeping up with the maintenance. A terrific car and a keeper

5.0

My first car and still have it 13 years later!

Love my corolla. It?s been a great vehicle! Toyota?s last forever and I always recommend Toyota?s to anyone looking for reliability! Great gas mileage too!

5.0

Most Reliable, Low-Maintenance Car

This car was built to last. I can't believe I'm still able to drive an over twenty year old car without issues. I've never had any mechanical issues. It goes pretty fast and is very gas efficient.

5.0

This car will flat take you where you need to go

Its a great car. Reliability is amazing. Drives and runs great with little over 200 thousand miles. Would recommend this car to anyone looking for reliability.

4.0

Unmatched reliability

1996 Toyota Corolla - base model, 1.6l 4cyl, 3spd auto. 251,200 miles, still running great and getting over 25mpg. It's not pretty anymore, but never fails to start and get me where I need to go. I have no plans to get rid of it until it is a complete death trap- lol.

4.0

Good car! Good price!

I brought it for my 17 year old son. Perfect for him. Very reliable. Outstanding for a first car and humble beginnings!

4.0

High mileage review

I know these are reliable cars over all, but I find it interesting these things (in this year rating) have a known transmission problem, (5 speed manual) and nowhere here in the bluebook ratings is it mentioned. (except for now). At 210,000 miles the car lost 4th gear, skipping 4th wasn't that big a deal, but then fairly quickly 3rd went out, followed by 5th, and then 2nd. Nearly 2000.00 to fix acording to the local trany place. Looks like I'll tow it within a couple blocks of a dealership and drive it into the lot using its last gear (1st) and trade it in... yes, for another corolla, but a newer one!

4.0

Still Running Strong

My wife and I bought this car with 35,000 miles in '99 and boy does it not owe us a dime. 270,000 miles! The distributor cap cracked at about 200,000 and we replaced the valve cover gasket at about 240,000. The A/C is still as cold as the day we bought it...Come on 300K! Thank you 'Yota!

5.0

my first car purchase

Purchased when I was 18, I was naturally unaware of the amount of maintenance required for a car owner, however this car needed very little. I drove the Corolla for 6 years with very few oil changes and very little maintenance required.