2012 Toyota Corolla User Reviews
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- A good deal and financing.
- Cheap plastic interior and noisy, very noisy, sunroof.
Purchased As New
This car is not quite what I expected in 2012 after buying the LE as a new car in 2010. I bought new Toyotas in 1992 and 1999 (with a sunroof). They were excellent on reliability in the long term. If that long-term reliability holds, the annoyances with the 2010 will be worth it. If not, I'll look elsewhere. People like me who buy Corollas are not buying for public display but private reliability. In this 2010, the interior is mostly plastic and feels cheap. The 1992 and 1999 had cloth interiors. The little box for the electronic parking/garage door opening cards is way down on the driver's left hand side. The 1999 was immediately left of the steering column. The 2010 holder is much clumsier and harder to use. The sunroof is really, really, really noisy when you open it on the highway. You are forced to open at least one back window (with more noise) to relieve the ear pressure that you feel unless you do that. The windshield column on the front passenger's side holding the airbag literally "pops off" and you have to slam it back into place. The rear end is much higher than the trunk. As a result, you cannot see the trunk out the rear window when backing into a parking space or parallel parking. I had NONE of these "fit and finish" or "design" problems in the 1992 or the 1999 (with a sunroof). This 2010 has a "J" Vin Number. That means it was made in Japan. The American VIN numbers do not start with a J. This 2010 LE is a disappointment on design as well as fit and finish. These problems will be worth it only if the reliability of this 2010 is like the 1992 and 1999 (with sunroof). If "fit and finish" and "design" issues are good indications about long-term reliability, I am as sure about this 2010 Corolla LE as I was with the 1992 and 1999. Time will tell with Toyota.
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