I'm thinking about getting a 2010 Toyota Corolla as my first car. Should I consider it?

#1
I've researched this car's fuel economy, safety record and how long they typically last and not much else. My biggest questions are: What are the car's biggest problems? Are parts expensive and/or hard to find? and Do they need to be frequently repaired/serviced? I'd also love to hear some other recommendations for good first cars and other aspects of the 2010 Toyota Corolla good and bad.
 

fishycomics

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#2
Love my 2010 toyota Corolla S. right now battery drain issue I am figuring things out. not a problem it happens.

1 if I go long distance and talking 5 hour trips I will get 40 mpg. if I go an hour its less. think we hit mid 40 at times, car went on 1500 plus trips long hours your bottom will feel it. Lol

2 changed brakes, rotors, drums normal wear and tear ona brake job, had to change a brake vacuum pipe line the other day $40.00 for a 4 inch tube Lol.

3 tires are tires, Radio if gets way to much heat on it will cause a issue, only complaint I have on that.

4 poor trunk release signal, dealer refused to do it right, an aftermarket alarm and I got distance, corrected that,

5 seat driver pump slowly lowers over time big deal pump once corrected.

love the car. never had to repair. 10 years of ownership bought the lease out, for personal reasons my honda gave and the lease up. why not? We have had a 2007 loved it, 2013 a slugish year, 2016 awesome year and 2020 I also had a 91 just sold. good luck and this site is SLOW!
 
#3
I have a 2013 and it has been great. I will say I have the same issue with the drivers seat lowering itself over time. However, the bottom setting works for me so I don't fret over it. The only thing I have done is brakes, regular oil changes, other than that nothing has gone wrong with it, have not even had to replace the battery yet. if you look at my thread you can see the things I have done to mitigate squeaks over the years, but to be honest squeaks really bug me and they might not be much of an issue for others.
 
#4
I have a 2010 amd itsgarbage. It had 136k when I bought it 8 mo ths ago and its been one issue after another. I've bought multiple alternators and batteries based off a mechanicsadvice and it's still total pain and draining wallet bad. It's in good co dition amd was well taken care of....or so I thought. Buyer beware
 
#5
I have a 2010 amd itsgarbage. It had 136k when I bought it 8 mo ths ago and its been one issue after another. I've bought multiple alternators and batteries based off a mechanicsadvice and it's still total pain and draining wallet bad. It's in good co dition amd was well taken care of....or so I thought. Buyer beware
sorry to hear about your experience. I tend to leave details out of my comments but in general a Corolla is a good buy, however, as with any used car before purchase have a good mechanic check it out to see if there are any issues with it. Any car can be a POS if not maintained well or been abused.
 
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