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2005 Toyota Corolla Consumer Reviews

4.2
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A good value car

by from New Hampshire on October 22, 2011

We got this in 2008 when my grandad died. So far it's been really good to us. Regular maintenence and inspection is the only thing this car's ever been in the shop for. It occasionally won't start rig...
We got this in 2008 when my grandad died. So far it's been really good to us. Regular maintenence and inspection is the only thing this car's ever been in the shop for. It occasionally won't start right away in the cold, but we've never had to turn the key more than once. It's also pretty zippy for a 1.8 liter four-banger. The transmission shifts so smoothly that unless I look at the RPM meter and pay very close attention to how I feel. I will notice it shifting when I'm paying attention, but I never notice when I'm not. I drove it a few times, and this car handles pretty good. The steering is a little loose, but still is good for a compact car. It's not very well designed for any height either. I have to pull the seat almost all the way forward to see well enough (I'm 5'2). The A-pillar is in my face and blocks my view on left hand turns, as well as both of my parents. But other than that, it's pretty good. The trunk's a little high, but with the seat raised, it's okay. The ride is very smooth. And quiet. Barely hear the engine. And the seats are really comfortable. They contour well, and provide good support but are still soft. But the plastics inside aren't exactly top notch. It scratches a little too easy, and we have a few gouges in the door panels (although my dad used it for work for a while). And the center console top, which is fabric, for some reason collects a lot of lint very quick. But that's about it, cosmetically. The trunk is huuuuugggeee for a car it's size. we have no problem going to bj's and stocking up and fitting it into the trunk. But the rear cupholder barely holds cups, and is about to break off. But we're getting a center console for it anyway. Now for the mechanics- again, no problems. Gets about 27 miles per gallon. Aesthetically, it's a good looking car. My mom likes it, and I love it. The interior is unique but simple. And the gauge cluster looks really good. Oh, and my mom hit a pole at about 12 mph when parking. Only a paint chip on the front bumper. that's it. Overall, this is a great car. It's reliable and comfortable. And fits a family of four perfectly.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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2005 Corolla S fills the bill!

by from Morgan Hill, Ca on January 28, 2011

I've got 120K on this car that I purchased new and I just gave it its first tuneup! I asked the mechanic to put new brake pads on but he said they are still at 50%. Unbelievable. This car gets 35-36 m...
I've got 120K on this car that I purchased new and I just gave it its first tuneup! I asked the mechanic to put new brake pads on but he said they are still at 50%. Unbelievable. This car gets 35-36 mpg year around. Is it sexy, no. Is it luxurious, no. But it gets the job done with no hassles or surprises. All I do is change the oil every 5K. That's it. I kinda want it to start having problems so I can get something different to drive but the d... thing wont cooperate. I have a stick so maybe some people who have had other issues had autos. A vehicle with an engine this small and this light should have a stick. If you don't know how to use one there is no better car to learn with. I can't believe how much they hold their value.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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Still great on 5th birthday

by from Moore, Idaho on March 22, 2010

I bought this car new early in 2005. It now has 38,000 miles with no problems, and no replacements or repairs of major parts. It has had regular oil changes and general mainenance by a conscientious m...
I bought this car new early in 2005. It now has 38,000 miles with no problems, and no replacements or repairs of major parts. It has had regular oil changes and general mainenance by a conscientious mechanic. It continues to get great gas mileage--from 39mpg up to 48, depending upon roads and conditions. It starts reliably in cold weather--down to minus 20F on occasion, and the highway ride is more like a much larger car, smoothe and relatively quiet. It handled very well in ice and snow after appropriate tire replacement of the initial cheap ones. The standard shift has so far shown no clutch problems, but I'm also almost the sole driver and was "raised" on a standard shift, so don't tend to do things that wear them out rapidly. I'm a small person, so the interior fits me just fine. My son, an occasional driver finds it a bit squashy, but he's a big guy. Some of the interior beading around the doors is coming loose, and the exterior rubber shield for the fog light wells didn't last much beyond the dealership lot. The paint around the grill is chipping a bit. Considering I must drive on 3 miles of gravel before reaching a paved road, this was expected. One minor annoyance has been that the interior heats up whenever the sun is out, more than other cars I've had, no matter what the outside temperature is. Therefore, most of the time, I have to drive with the air conditioning on. But I can't find anything worse than that to complain about. Overall, after five years, I continue to love this car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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XRS

by from Wausau, WI on October 27, 2010

The XRS is by far the top of the corolla family. Between the 6 speed manual transmission to the sport tuned suspension, brakes and the VVTL-i engine you couldnt ask for anymore out of a corolla. Its f...
The XRS is by far the top of the corolla family. Between the 6 speed manual transmission to the sport tuned suspension, brakes and the VVTL-i engine you couldnt ask for anymore out of a corolla. Its fast, handles like its on rails and gets amazing gas mileage 34+mpg. Best car purchase I've ever made, no regrets!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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solid value

by from Philadelphia, PA on November 21, 2011

Toyota Corolla S is peppy and handles well, but fuel consumption is a little disappointing. The heater and air conditioner work well. I would recommend this model.
Toyota Corolla S is peppy and handles well, but fuel consumption is a little disappointing. The heater and air conditioner work well. I would recommend this model.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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Traded my Lincoln for Corolla, and I'm Glad

by from Seattle, WA on June 9, 2006

At current gasoline prices, I was spending upwards of $50/week to commute in my '94 Town Car, in addition to ever-climbing maintenance expenses. It was time to find a better solution. After evaluati...
At current gasoline prices, I was spending upwards of $50/week to commute in my '94 Town Car, in addition to ever-climbing maintenance expenses. It was time to find a better solution. After evaluating Hyundai, Ford and Nissan products, the clear choice was Corolla. Simply put it provides the best value for my money. Mileage is already great at 32 MPG, and will likely improve as the car gets some miles under its belt. My weekly gas bill is now around $25-30. As to comfort: well, it's obviously no town car in the interior. But, I'm a 6-footer, and I have plenty of legroom. The LE trim level even has some additional appearance items that keep the car away from the bare-bones level. The seats are well designed and comfortable. The biggest surprise: the road feel and ride are actually superior to my old Lincoln. Time will tell on the reliability question. But I selected Corolla based on its historical reliability record, which is better than the majority of the cars on the road. I don't anticipate any ugly surprises.
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Absolutely love them, I have 2!!

by from State College, PA on July 24, 2012

Great cars, fuel efficient, fun to drive. Perhaps not the most power car I have owned, but power enough.
Great cars, fuel efficient, fun to drive. Perhaps not the most power car I have owned, but power enough.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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bought a new car to avoid problems which proved ok

by from MD on July 3, 2009

trouble free all the driving experience fuel economy most likly is the good thing.easy service any where and well known in the market place.quite when driving across the windy climate.best styling out...
trouble free all the driving experience fuel economy most likly is the good thing.easy service any where and well known in the market place.quite when driving across the windy climate.best styling outer and interior felt more spacious and accomodating.engine compartment for daily check points are found easy to locate.very comfortable to travel long distance.there are much more could be said about this car---toyota corolla.In my opinion this is a most reliable and affordable vehicle to own
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Uses car for Work

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Poor quality haunts me

by from Illinois on July 3, 2007

Toyota quality takes a hit with this lemon. I have had it back to the shop at least 8 times for: 1. defective sunroof shade; 2. replaced water pump; 3. Air conditioner that quit working; 4. interior t...
Toyota quality takes a hit with this lemon. I have had it back to the shop at least 8 times for: 1. defective sunroof shade; 2. replaced water pump; 3. Air conditioner that quit working; 4. interior trim pieces loose; 5. rattling and squeaking that even the dealershp admits is excessive. So much for Toyota quality. The car is a comfortable ride, but it has been way too problematic for my liking.
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Does not recommend this car

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Great for Commuting

by from St. Louis MO on October 1, 2012

I have owned a 2005 Corolla since new. It has over 100,000 miles on it, and has continued to run strong with recommended maintenance and few other repairs needed. The 5-speed manual gets great mileage...
I have owned a 2005 Corolla since new. It has over 100,000 miles on it, and has continued to run strong with recommended maintenance and few other repairs needed. The 5-speed manual gets great mileage, a combined 37 mpg average on my commute (70% highway). On some long highway trips I have calculated 42 mpg. It's cheap, simple and gets me where I need to be without any problems!
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Purchased a used car

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