2008 Toyota Corolla
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Best car

by from KS on December 29, 2008

We bought Corolla 2008 last year. It is simply a wonderful car. The fuel efficiency is great. It gives me 38 MPG on highway and 28-30 in the city limits. Though the interior is little cramped, compari...
We bought Corolla 2008 last year. It is simply a wonderful car. The fuel efficiency is great. It gives me 38 MPG on highway and 28-30 in the city limits. Though the interior is little cramped, comparing to the fuel efficiency it is not a problem. Until 10K the efficiency was below 30MPG, but after 10K miles its performance has improved. Exterior is good. Before buying I read a few reviews where they have experienced some strange engine noise, but I don't hear any such anomalies in my car. As time goes by its performance is improving. I love my car.
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This car grows on you.

by from Texas on February 6, 2008

I had to buy a car quick. My wife knew a guy at the Toyota dealership. Bought the Carolla mainly on reputation. Didn't do any comparison shopping. At first I was a bit disappointed and feared I had ma...
I had to buy a car quick. My wife knew a guy at the Toyota dealership. Bought the Carolla mainly on reputation. Didn't do any comparison shopping. At first I was a bit disappointed and feared I had made a poor choice. But after living with the car for 6 weeks, I am feeling much differently. While the car is smaller than what I am used to, it is quite capable and comfortable on my long morning freeway commute. It is comfortable -even for a big fellow like me, and the cabin, while narrow, does not feel cramped. Getting a good seating position is a challenge, but it can be done with a little practice. The variable speed steering is cool. The steering gets a better feel for the road the faster you go. This care will not win any drag races, but power is capable, especially in the 40-70 mph range. What I have really come to like about this car is its simplicity. The controls are all basic and laid out well. Fit and finish is not fancy, but it is good. The car does what you expect it to do. The gas mileage is wonderful. So, in a way, this car has the same kind of basic charm that made the old VW Bug such a favorite. And with the Carolla's unparalled reliability record, I'm looking forward to many good years with this car. As it is now, I look forward to turning it over and getting down the road each time I slip into it. It's been a long time since I've felt that way about a car.
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Just what we needed

by from Naples FL on March 26, 2013

Needed a reliable car for spending winters in south Florida, and this is it. Bought it used this year, and expect to have it for years. Great gas mileage, reliable, and since I'm 6'2", surprising amou...
Needed a reliable car for spending winters in south Florida, and this is it. Bought it used this year, and expect to have it for years. Great gas mileage, reliable, and since I'm 6'2", surprising amount of room for a small car. I can actually see better out of the Corolla than from the Solara convertible I drive the rest of the year. Controls are all easy to reach and operate, the power sunroof is a great feature, and it's very comfortagble to drive. You can cruise at 80 on the freeway all day long, or struggle through stop and go local traffic with no problem.
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Big car guy, also have two corollas on the side.

by from Lexington, KY on February 19, 2009

Me: I drive huge V8s as my daily drivers -currently in a Suburban- and always have. I have a 2001 Corolla that my teenager drives, and my significant other drives a 2008 Corolla "Sport." I've driven ...
Me: I drive huge V8s as my daily drivers -currently in a Suburban- and always have. I have a 2001 Corolla that my teenager drives, and my significant other drives a 2008 Corolla "Sport." I've driven the 2008 on many 2 hr weekend trips and some around town. I find it impressively suitable for such trips. I once drove it on a 7 hour trip and quickly began to miss my Suburban at about hour 3. The "sport" -aka "s"- handling is worth the money. It does not get quite as good gas mileage -almost negligible- as my 2001 around town, but its better on the highway. As other reviewers point out, it is "noisy" when accelerating, otherwise unbelievably quiet. It is much more comfortable than my 2001 model. My only complaints would be vision (I am short--5'5") and small size (when staring down a semi-truck in the rearview). It was sluggish up the extremely windy mountain roads, but nothing you wouldn't expect. So if you mostly drive around town and maybe occasionally make a few hour drive, this could be a great buy.
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very practical

by from Chesapeake, OH on September 17, 2013

it's been a great reliable car; I think my problem was the fact that I didn't get a more upscale vehicle. I bought the CE. I hate road noise, and the seats are not good for any distance riding not adj...
it's been a great reliable car; I think my problem was the fact that I didn't get a more upscale vehicle. I bought the CE. I hate road noise, and the seats are not good for any distance riding not adjustable enough. next time around I will be more cautious of what I buy. it has great room in the trunk, I have hauled all kinds of stuff that I never would have dreamed would fit! great gas mileage its a 5 speed. 30 city 40 highway, and I have checked it many times.
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Excellent car

by from Indianapolis on November 20, 2007

Good mileage (30mpg), quiet cabin (city street driving), good sound, good visibliity, excellent manuvering, good acceleration, automatic transmission smooth and quiet
Good mileage (30mpg), quiet cabin (city street driving), good sound, good visibliity, excellent manuvering, good acceleration, automatic transmission smooth and quiet
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Great mileage

by from Wausau, WI on November 30, 2010

I bought this car new, and it was rated at 37 mpg highway. I commute to/from work about 70 miles a day, and in the summer months, I regularly get 40 mpg - approaching hybrid cars. This little car is ...
I bought this car new, and it was rated at 37 mpg highway. I commute to/from work about 70 miles a day, and in the summer months, I regularly get 40 mpg - approaching hybrid cars. This little car is a great commuter car - and also is comfortable with a couple passengers. For what I need, this car does it. I'm at 65,000 miles now, and besides recently replacing the tires and general maintenance, I've had to spend nothing extra. I expect to drive this little one into the 300k range, if not further.
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BEST CAR EVER

by from columbus,oh on August 14, 2010

"Totally reliable, powerful, comfortable, stylish and economical! I have enjojyed this car thoroughly and felt like a queen driving it. I've been to New Mexico and up and down the state of California ...
"Totally reliable, powerful, comfortable, stylish and economical! I have enjojyed this car thoroughly and felt like a queen driving it. I've been to New Mexico and up and down the state of California in style and comfort. What more could you ask for?"
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A real review from a real owner

by from Irvine, California on October 16, 2007

I got my 08 Corolla about two months ago and so far I have been very very happy with my purchase. No problem at all. But just a few comments about my ratings: 1. I based ratings on my own personal dri...
I got my 08 Corolla about two months ago and so far I have been very very happy with my purchase. No problem at all. But just a few comments about my ratings: 1. I based ratings on my own personal driving experiences of my Corolla and comparing with my test drives of other similar class cars. 2. I gave a 5 out of 5 for Value for the Money because I have compared 5 other similar class cars and Corolla came on top. 3. When I compared the prices with other cars, I took the cost of options into consideration. 4. I did not find noise a problem. Again, one should test drive other similar class cars first and then compare. 5. I felt quite safe on the freeway even when I was going at 95mph - never felt my Corolla was unstable. 6. My AC works more than enough for Southern California's hot sun. Again, one should test other AC's also. 7. My Corolla engine is quieter than Honda Civic, Mazda X3, and Ford Focus. 8. My 5 star rating for Reliability is solely based on the repair records as reported by a consumer magazine since I have not owned a Corolla before. One more thing, if you give a 2 for Value for the Money, why did you buy it then? Why didn't you get one with a 4 or 5 stars? Does not make sense to me.
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Quality Control Dept. should do a better job.

by from Seattle, WA on January 30, 2008

A couple of months after I bought my car, I noticed that it didn?t have [Left Rear Window Panel Control Cover Wood grain]. I showed it to the Service Manager. He was really surprised and even asked me...
A couple of months after I bought my car, I noticed that it didn?t have [Left Rear Window Panel Control Cover Wood grain]. I showed it to the Service Manager. He was really surprised and even asked me if I?d bought my car as ?New? or ?Used?! I?m disappointed that something like this, which is not small, could pass Toyota QC (Quality Control) Dpt. What worries and concerns me is that if the QC Dpt misses something like this which I can see, what else they may have missed which I can NOT see! Maybe something in the engine which I?m not aware now & I may find out when it?s too late?! Furthermore, I think they should?ve included ?Light Maintenance? such as spark plug replacement and engine oil and filter replacement in the Original Manual as they did in the older models. Now they expect the customer to buy the Repair Manual, which is too expensive. The footrest is too high. The cloth of the seats look dirty! It doesn't accelerate very well on the freeway. I heard that's the way it's built. Other than the above, everything else seems to be good for now!
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