2006 Toyota Corolla
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If you can get past the little things...

by from Euless, TX on April 10, 2010

I bought the 2006 Corolla S model used with about 25,000 miles on it. I was impressed with the torque in the manual transmission. This is a great car overall; plenty of room, plenty of power, and comf...
I bought the 2006 Corolla S model used with about 25,000 miles on it. I was impressed with the torque in the manual transmission. This is a great car overall; plenty of room, plenty of power, and comfortable. I did had trouble mastering the clutch, I guess because I had always driven GM vehicles before (I've never owned an automatic). I like all of the little compartments where you can store things. The problem is that there are a few little things that take some getting used to: 1) the hazard lights button is the same shape and just above the AC button, so you could hit it accidentally 2) the driver-side sun visor hits the rear-view mirror when you pull it down 3) the windshield wiper control works like a blinker, so it gets bumped a lot and is embarrassing 4) the pedals are too close together 5) you cannot turn off the headlights at all, ever, unless you kill the ignition 6) the AC vents are placed directly behind the steering wheel, so you cannot point them anywhere but directly on your hands (if you hold the wheel at 10 and 2) 7) if the passenger seat thinks there is someone not buckled up (ie. a case of beer) the ding ding becomes obnoxious, but it will stop eventually. But, like I said, great car overall.
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GREAT Quality. Reliable Car. No Problems.

by from Philadelphia, PA on September 22, 2010

Just to make it short. NO PROBLEMS. EVER. I bought it on November 2005. Done the scheduled maintenance as specified in the manual. The only small repairs were: 1) a new lightbulb (only the lightbulb, ...
Just to make it short. NO PROBLEMS. EVER. I bought it on November 2005. Done the scheduled maintenance as specified in the manual. The only small repairs were: 1) a new lightbulb (only the lightbulb, not the whole headlight) for the headlight and rearlights, 2) change brake pads, 3) change wiper blades, 4) got a new battery and, 5) new tires Now that I think about it, I am not sure if I should have mentioned those since are just regular wear and tear, nothing major. This car has been moved three times. One within the US and two times overseas. Great gas/mileage rate. Space is an issue however, you get what you paid for. Backseats can be folded forward to create trunk space but then (depending on which backseat is folded) only one or two people would seat. I am quite impressed with the quality of the car.
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Great value

by from Fort Worth, TX on January 3, 2012

I bought this car used with about 60,000 miles on it. I have only done the bare minumum; new brakes once, tires a couple of times, and oil when I find the time. It is now over 150,000 and has a couple...
I bought this car used with about 60,000 miles on it. I have only done the bare minumum; new brakes once, tires a couple of times, and oil when I find the time. It is now over 150,000 and has a couple things that have come a bit loose, but the engine and transmission run as good as ever. It isn't fast or pretty, but you will consistantly get about 35mpg and almost never have to worry about fixing it. Great commuter/economy car.
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Good for the money

by from Kansas City, Missouri on July 1, 2010

We were skeptical about buying a used car due to previous experiences. However, this car has been great. We are relieved every time we drive it because it gets good mileage, rides nice and has been re...
We were skeptical about buying a used car due to previous experiences. However, this car has been great. We are relieved every time we drive it because it gets good mileage, rides nice and has been reliable.
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Best car I've ever owned

by from Detroit, MI on March 21, 2016

I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla model S that I bought brand new. It's got over 350,000 miles on it now, and it runs like it's new. I won't be surprised if it doubles the current mileage. The only prob...
I have a 2006 Toyota Corolla model S that I bought brand new. It's got over 350,000 miles on it now, and it runs like it's new. I won't be surprised if it doubles the current mileage. The only problem I've ever had was the original manual transmission. It went out at around 250,000 miles. I replaced it with a new one, and it's back to being perfect now. I would recommend this vehicle to anybody.
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Best Value Ever!

by from West Lafayette, IN on March 1, 2010

I bought my car used, and within a week, the ECM started kicking up a fuss. Took it to Toyota to have it replaced for free under warranty and it drives all smooth again. It's my first car, and I love ...
I bought my car used, and within a week, the ECM started kicking up a fuss. Took it to Toyota to have it replaced for free under warranty and it drives all smooth again. It's my first car, and I love driving it around. I got it for an amazing price and it's totally worth the money.
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'06 Corolla LE (Awesome Car!)

by from Baltimore, MD on August 15, 2011

I bought this used w/29,000 miles. I chose this car because I needed a reliable 4-door to get me where I need to go in everyday life (work, school, movies, etc.) It has not disappointed. I could not b...
I bought this used w/29,000 miles. I chose this car because I needed a reliable 4-door to get me where I need to go in everyday life (work, school, movies, etc.) It has not disappointed. I could not be happier about my decision. I now have 87,000 miles. I have averaged 31.5 MPG in the 3.5 years I've owned the car. I have changed the oil regularly, changed the front and rear light bulbs a few times, replaced the ECU (Toyota recall, no cost), put a new set of tires, and replaced the front brakes. VERY minimal upkeep cost. My only complaints are minor. It is very loud at high speeds. On the highway, it is noticeable and I just turn the music up pretty loud. Also, when braking while going downhill, the engine automatically downshifts and sometimes the RPM/speed adjustment can be abrupt. The clock works sparingly. It's become a joke in my family that if you happen to be lucky enough to see the clock turn on, you should play the lottery or something. Again, nothing major. Overall, an outstanding car and a very pleased owner.
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Exactly what would i need

by from on August 5, 2010

I believe that any car is as good as it meet the user needs & expectations, for me what i need is a reliable comfortable car, can do what it have to do without any problems, i don?t need it to complet...
I believe that any car is as good as it meet the user needs & expectations, for me what i need is a reliable comfortable car, can do what it have to do without any problems, i don?t need it to complete my image, nor to race some Ferraris, ... am 32, am building up my life so i need a car that i can depend on, and for me the corolla is the perfect choice, with millage over 35, no need for any maintenance (beside the regular preventive maintenance) i can say that this car is for sure giving me more than i spend on it. (my previous car was a Nissan pathfinder, it was a great car, but for sure the running cost is not a something to compare with the corolla) From the other side, i've never felt any lack of power (even on the highways), never felt lack of handling in any weather.... I agree that the design is a little bit conservative, it doesn't give that feeling of luxury, but for it's price & running cost u can notice that the materials quality is over average, any way am not that kind of show of person so i don't mind the classic design, my wife who judge any car according to the shape and color (as a lot of women do) thinks that it's a silly car ...she thinks that a convertible BMW would be more attractive !!! don't we all do ?
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06 Corolla S - Bang for the Buck

by from Buford, GA on May 14, 2010

Reliable is defined by the Corolla. For a few extra bucks the S model adds fog lights, Alloy Wheels, white gauges, leather steering wheel, Ext.Temp Gauge, Side,front & rear Spoilers, Upgraded Cloth/Ve...
Reliable is defined by the Corolla. For a few extra bucks the S model adds fog lights, Alloy Wheels, white gauges, leather steering wheel, Ext.Temp Gauge, Side,front & rear Spoilers, Upgraded Cloth/Velour Seat Upholstery/door panels, Driver Seat Height Adjust,Trunk Light & more. Sport suspension rides/handles better than lower version Corolla.
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Corolla Upgrade

by from Braintree, MA on May 25, 2011

I bought this 2006 Corolla to replace a 2000 Corolla. It has numerous improvements over the 2000 model. As of 2003 Corollas were built with a stronger engine. They also gave it wider tires covering a ...
I bought this 2006 Corolla to replace a 2000 Corolla. It has numerous improvements over the 2000 model. As of 2003 Corollas were built with a stronger engine. They also gave it wider tires covering a wider wheel base, which greatly improves the car's traction. This seemed a particular weak point of my 2000 model. I was happy to see added creature comforts like electric windows and cruise control. For those who wish to upgrade the factory stereo system (recommended) themselves, the front door panels are easier to get off and on than with the 2000 Corolla. I've owned the 2006 for almost three months now; it's a pleasure to drive. It had one previous owner who kept to the maintenance schedule and it shows.
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