Anyone got a Toyota Corolla 1.6 T3 or 1.4 T3?

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Found 17th May 2011
Anyone got a Toyota Corolla 1.6 T3 or 1.4 T3?

Thoughts on fuel consumption, drive, comfort, reliability etc.

Thinking of getting a 2002 three door to replace the 306 HDI, as it's likely to be more reliable and better built then this.

Please advise.

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I have a 1.6 toyota auris sr which is the replacement for the corolla and the economy is shocking never been higher than 31mpg. if you do for one get the corolla 2.0 d4d t-spirit, great engine and very economical
in terms or comfort its brilliant and reliability is 100% too i test drove a corolla before buying the auris and i sometimes wonder why i wen for the auris.
Edited by: "indianbelters" 17th May 2011

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indianbelters

I have a 1.6 toyota auris sr which is the replacement for the corolla and … I have a 1.6 toyota auris sr which is the replacement for the corolla and the economy is shocking never been higher than 31mpg. if you do for one get the corolla 2.0 d4d t-spirit, great engine and very economicalin terms or comfort its brilliant and reliability is 100% too i test drove a corolla before buying the auris and i sometimes wonder why i wen for the auris.



Been told by mechanics never to touch Diesel version as there gutless and Japan has only been making diesels for 20 years.

Adam2050

Been told by mechanics never to touch Diesel version as there gutless and … Been told by mechanics never to touch Diesel version as there gutless and Japan has only been making diesels for 20 years.



my uncle has had one since 04 and never had problems only time it has been back to the garage is for servicing, but i'm not saying that they are all perfect.

if you do get a petrol get the 1.6 t3 will have more power but fuel economy may be a issue.

Adam2050

Been told by mechanics never to touch Diesel version as there gutless and … Been told by mechanics never to touch Diesel version as there gutless and Japan has only been making diesels for 20 years.



In fairness it sounds like your mechanic is full of merde. The iCTDi engine on my Accord has to be the best diesel I've driven.

Get the T-Sport

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I'm so indecisive about this as I'm used to getting good miles out of the 306, but the build quality sucks and I wouldn't buy another French car for a long while. Just don't want to be whining at getting under 50 miles out of a tenner from the 1.6 combined miles.

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Also the diesels seem to have cam-belts instead of chain.

Also what you getting out of a tenner miles wise if you do it that way indianbelters?
Edited by: "Adam2050" 17th May 2011

Adam2050

Also the diesels seem to have cam-belts instead of chain.Also what you … Also the diesels seem to have cam-belts instead of chain.Also what you getting out of a tenner miles wise if you do it that way indianbelters?


for a tenner abou 25 miles at a push

Adam2050

Also the diesels seem to have cam-belts instead of chain.Also what you … Also the diesels seem to have cam-belts instead of chain.Also what you getting out of a tenner miles wise if you do it that way indianbelters?



Adam, you can't base your decision on actual mileage from a vehicle on one person's opinion. Perhaps this poster has an erratic driving style/heavy right foot?

Read up on reviews sites on what everyday punters are saying about it - like honestjohn and what car.

the build quality is awful in my auris as well, i am taking it to toyota on thursday they said they are gonna fill my dashboard with foam to stop it creaking on bends, i have had 2 driver and passenger seat braces in a year, the old corolla was classed as "bulletproof" by Clarkson

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moob

Adam, you can't base your decision on actual mileage from a vehicle on … Adam, you can't base your decision on actual mileage from a vehicle on one person's opinion. Perhaps this poster has an erratic driving style/heavy right foot?Read up on reviews sites on what everyday punters are saying about it - like honestjohn and what car.



No moob but I can gather an estimation.

25 Miles out of tenner, that doesn't sound right at all even at 31mpg. I get 70 out of a 306 HDI combined. Doing 50 odd mpg.

indianbelters

for a tenner abou 25 miles at a push



You saying that you get 25 miles from 7.5 litres of fuel - a gallon and a half?

Who are you, Lewis Hamilton? X)

TBH you might regret getting rid if your HDI and going to petrol, if you still want economy in a small engine the auris 1.4d4d tr is your best bet i always got 45-50 mpg in down 55-60 motorways, i am not a mental driver or have a heavy foot lol

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Can't find any decent for that price. Looking at a Nissan 2005 Almera 2.2 Seem to have good specs and better performance.

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indianbelters

TBH you might regret getting rid if your HDI and going to petrol, if you … TBH you might regret getting rid if your HDI and going to petrol, if you still want economy in a small engine the auris 1.4d4d tr is your best bet i always got 45-50 mpg in down 55-60 motorways, i am not a mental driver or have a heavy foot lol



Seriously chief there must be something wrong for that sort of millage out of a tenner.

Adam2050

Seriously chief there must be something wrong for that sort of millage … Seriously chief there must be something wrong for that sort of millage out of a tenner.



i reckon there is something wrong but toyota are rubbish at listening to complaints, nissan almeras are brill cars too you get alot more gizmos etc for your money.
i had to contact toyota direct to get them to replace the front 2 seats, garage were crap

moob

You saying that you get 25 miles from 7.5 litres of fuel - a gallon and a … You saying that you get 25 miles from 7.5 litres of fuel - a gallon and a half?Who are you, Lewis Hamilton? X)



haha tbh it may do more i dont trust the onboard computer, i have let it go down to red fill up a tenner and its still red lol , i'm not brave enough to try

Adam2050

Can't find any decent for that price. Looking at a Nissan 2005 Almera 2.2 … Can't find any decent for that price. Looking at a Nissan 2005 Almera 2.2 Seem to have good specs and better performance.



Nissan are basically Renault in the UK - so I'd avoid if I were you!

i bought the toyota on 3 years finance had it a year gonna keep it for 1 more and get a nissan qasqai 1.5 dci,

moob

Nissan are basically Renault in the UK - so I'd avoid if I were you!



this is true but nissans are the most reliable cars i have come across my parents have had them for 21 years and never had a breakdown or any mechanical isues just services done at 10,000 miles and they just keep on going, they currently still have a primera on a 51 plate its had 9 services at 10,000 miles and no issues.

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moob

Nissan are basically Renault in the UK - so I'd avoid if I were you!



Where are they built part wise and build overall. I guessed the DCI was the renualt one. (Never faulted my 306 engine, just the build quality surrounding it)

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indianbelters

this is true but nissans are the most reliable cars i have come across my … this is true but nissans are the most reliable cars i have come across my parents have had them for 21 years and never had a breakdown or any mechanical isues just services done at 10,000 miles and they just keep on going, they currently still have a primera on a 51 plate its had 9 services at 10,000 miles and no issues.



What version of engine do they have if you know?

Adam2050

What version of engine do they have if you know?



they have got a nissan primera 1.8 sport

not sure of the exact bhp etc, but i know they get more mpg than i do

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I hate car shopping.

Haha yeh same here then you regret like I dot with mine ATM but if your after reliability I have to nissans are the most I have come across

golf 1.9tdi?

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MarzBarz

golf 1.9tdi?



Can only find really old ones or ones with really high miles for my 3k budget. You are right solid tho.

MarzBarz

golf 1.9tdi?



good choice but too expensive imo unless you go for the older model

Adam2050

Can only find really old ones or ones with really high miles for my 3k … Can only find really old ones or ones with really high miles for my 3k budget. You are right solid tho.



if 3 k is your budget then almera or the almera tino was reasonably good but didn't like the look of it

Avoid newer Nissans, ( year 2000 onwards ) they are just rubbish Renaults now, buy a Honda if you want a bullet proof car that is 100% reliable.

If you shop around you can find a golf for a reasonable price with decentish mileage. Check this out Item number: 280678660823

Inactive

Avoid newer Nissans, ( year 2000 onwards ) they are just rubbish Renaults … Avoid newer Nissans, ( year 2000 onwards ) they are just rubbish Renaults now, buy a Honda if you want a bullet proof car that is 100% reliable.




100% not true

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MarzBarz

If you shop around you can find a golf for a reasonable price with … If you shop around you can find a golf for a reasonable price with decentish mileage. Check this out Item number: 280678660823



Still a lot of money for nearly a 10 year old car.

Though it is nearby ta.
Edited by: "Adam2050" 17th May 2011

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Inactive

Avoid newer Nissans, ( year 2000 onwards ) they are just rubbish Renaults … Avoid newer Nissans, ( year 2000 onwards ) they are just rubbish Renaults now, buy a Honda if you want a bullet proof car that is 100% reliable.



Reading the reviews on Honda Civics, there road noise is the worst in it's category, also the gear box where it is is poor. Only ones I like are the Type S and R. It was my original thoughts.

Only poor reviews seem to be on Nissan are for the 1.5, which I wouldn't touch. If it's only the engine that's french there can't be many complaints on the engine alone. I would hope the rest is Javanese.

Yup my friends dad has a accord estate and the road noise on that was awful, i think nissan is the route to go Adam

indianbelters

100% not true



100% true, ask anybody in the trade.

Nissan were once the most reliable cars on the road, then Renault got involved, downhill since.

Toyota are also not as good as they were, a Corolla is a far better made car than an Auris.

FWIW.

The facts speak for themselves, Honda are known as the most reliable manufacturer - just view the JD Power Surveys from the last decade and you'll see Honda always have at least 3 of their models in the top 10 overall - Nissan don't get a look in - no matter what someone's Dad has driven for the past X number of years.

The issue is, you're looking at buying an older car with your budget Adam, and that's the point where these cars require parts replacing, not to mention most cars having little niggles coming to the fore build quality wise.

You need to decide what your priorities are with regards to the vehicle - mpg/build/reliability/servicing costs etc and do some more research.

The Corolla was a very good car, and reliable - they wouldn't have sold over 35 million of them if they weren't.

Inactive

100% true, ask anybody in the trade.Nissan were once the most reliable … 100% true, ask anybody in the trade.Nissan were once the most reliable cars on the road, then Renault got involved, downhill since.Toyota are also not as good as they were, a Corolla is a far better made car than an Auris.



I agree with the 2nd statement about the Auris
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