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    Well..anyone who knows me that I am a Toyota-fan....I have have owned about 14 Toyotas Again...I am not saying that the Corolla is a bad car....in fact its down fall and what makes it a not so value for money (which is what the OP asked in the first place) is the fact that it was well built and even no matter how much abuse it is being put through it will keep running. Also, if you read my response with some proper thought rather than a pre-disposed defense; you will see I explained why the Hondas and the Mazdas tend to be a bit better maintained. and yes....if the OP wants comfort the Nissans are much better as the ride is much more cloudy
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    If you are really concern in comfortability, go for a Nissan.
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    Well, your opinion doesn't represent what most people use to believe in SL. Though you like or not, second hand price as well as reputation of Toyota is leading in SL. This is the ultimate truth. In terms of research and development ,corolla has gone into a greater depth for improving its reliability and efficiency. I am not personally discriminating other brands, but people take decisions not simply based on the advertisements, not what next door is using but also on their personnel experience and budget. Baseline reason is the second hand market price. Its true that, baselines models of toyotas don't offer you all the options in that class. For a middle class people they are OK with these essential features. If someone really insist on extra comfort and options, yes there are many jap and euro models for a higher price tag. In my life I sold five toyotas without any trouble. "after how most of the cars' multiple owners had taken care of them the "reliability" and "robustness" that you refer too also has diminished (use of cheap and easily accessible parts, maka baas work, etc..used by people who know nothing about cars and maintained it based on the service station Jonny's and down the road Ranjith baas's advice...)" What you are claiming above is not on a particular brand. How do you say all the corollas have been repaired by makabasses. ?? This is brand independent. Place of repair and the person is decided by the owners themselves. So it is up to the second hand buyer to get the vehicle checked by professionals before giving away the money. I had bad experience with even so called with professionals and agents. But there are many genuine technicians and mechanics, who has enough knowledge, talents and experience in solving problems. "So the high price that people put on it because it is a Corolla is not justifiable when you consider the fact that the reliability and robustness actually has diminished and for a decade old car it will have (or not have) the same issues of its competitor models. Also, now cars actually do depreciate in SL...." Its true, cars depreciate. But unfortunately due to the ever increasing import duties, depreciation of Ruppe and inflation, most people are after used cars. So the second hand market is not representing the exact value for money in SL context. It is very much opposite in Japan. For an example I bought a 110 (auto 1997 make) back in 2004 for less than 1.0 million and sold for 1.3 m in 2007. Now same car is having price tag of nearly 2.0 million. This is not representing the real value of the car rather how good our economy and standard of living. Only time when the second hand prices came down was before 2015 with slashed in taxes for hybrids import. after that prices never dropped. "In fact, I believe most of the Civics and 3s of the era have aged a lot better than the 121 because they were built with a slightly higher finish (dashboard materials, etc...)" It true. European models are much better in terms of finish and interior quality. Unfortunately this has not been one of the principal parameters in determining the second hand market price in SL. Finally, when it comes to hybrids models, toyotas have claimed less trouble ( software updates, recalls, transmission issues, clutch issues) compared to other brands top on a better fuel efficiency. Anyway I am not promoting a particular brand or model here, all the models have their inherent pros and kons. Once you have taken a decision never bother to compare it with your neighbors, friends one. ..Be satisfied..Buying a car is similar to getting a ..
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    You missed my point...like I said... "The Corolla is a nice, reliable, no frills car just like the others on your list and yes it does have the typical Toyota reliability and robustness of the past." But in Sri Lanka..it simply is not worth it because of the prices people ask for. Yes, the car is tried and proven but; decades later, after how most of the cars' multiple owners had taken care of them the "reliability" and "robustness" that you refer too also has diminished (use of cheap and easily accessible parts, maka baas work, etc..used by people who know nothing about cars and maintained it based on the service station Jonny's and down the road Ranjith baas's advice...) So the high price that people put on it because it is a Corolla is not justifiable when you consider the fact that the reliability and robustness actually has diminished and for a decade old car it will have (or not have) the same issues of its competitor models. Also, now cars actually do depreciate in SL.... Also, it is unfair to say that the Honda and the Mazda have not proven itself as they have and both the Civic and the 3 of the era have been as reliable and robust as the 121. In fact the Civics and 3s have faired a lot better than the Sunnaes. Its just that the masses in SL never knew about it because they followed the stories of the car salesmen and the baases. So they never got sold in ship loads over here; so you do not get cheap parts all over the country (which by itself is a good thing because owners had to go get proper parts). In fact, I believe most of the Civics and 3s of the era have aged a lot better than the 121 because they were built with a slightly higher finish (dashboard materials, etc...) As I said in the end if one can find a good, honest one then yes go for it..but finding one will be quite hard..also it would be a high price.
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    Corolla may not be worth for the money which is usually claimed for in our market. But there is a reason for that. Compared to cars in similar range, corolla has proven ( even in other countries) to be very reliable and durable in terms of engine, transmission, electrical/electronics and even body. Top on this in SL, there are ample spare parts island wide, so spare parts are not over priced. Being a very popular car, you get lot of places when it comes to repair and service. Many technicians/ mechanics for you to choose which avoids overpriced repair charges. In my experience it is a well designed car in terms of its mechanical, which can be easily dismantled without much hassle in repairs. Even all the documentations ( service and repair manuals) are well organised. Also it offers you a reasonable fuel economy if you are looking after the car correctly. So even a car with over 200k would do fine as a brad new car if it has been looked after well. Its correct that similar range other brands will give you more and better options, better comfort and better driving experience. But they are not as equally corolla when it comes to what I said above. That's why their 2nd hand values are relatively less. In fact this is same in other countries as well. Another point in SL is, people tend to think that cars are some sort of investments where they can get their money back at the end of the day. This also has caused the corolla to get a higher price tag in second hand market and not all corolla users really wanted to go for a corolla. I know many people who has least knowledge of automobile tend to go for Toyotas since they are scared of costly repairs. Even my first car was a corolla and it didn't give me any trouble at all. If I had kept it with me, now I can easily sell it more than twice the price I paid it for in 2003. Anyway, nothing will going to exist for ever on this earth, none of us...so don't bother too much on choosing cars.
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    I strongly believe the Corolla is NOT good value for money in Sri Lanka. The Corolla is a nice, reliable, no frills car just like the others on your list and yes it does have the typical Toyota reliability and robustness of the past. However 99% of the Corollas are abused to death and because of Sri Lankan vehicle mythology they are unreasonably priced. If you want value for money....my vote goes for the ES and the 3. They are as reliable and as nice as (or even nicer than) the Corolla, a tad more fun to drive than the Corolla, depending on the spec you even get a few more fancier gadgets than the Corolla. You could more easily find a better condition specimen at about the same or even lesser price than the Corolla. If you find a 121 with a proper service history and in good shape there is absolutely nothing wrong in getting one and I would say go for it...but finding one of those are really really hard to come by.
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    Ok so this time Restoration I think, I replaced every possible worn out part, and spent more than the last and and the satisfaction is also higher than the last.. still not done with it though.. Basically to replace a worn out nickle handle I purchased an entire Presea door! We are talking about that kind of a restoration here cuz i have severe OCD.
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