This old Toyota corolla is very reliable and fun to drive. Not pretty, not fast, but it is cheap and very seldom needs any repairs. This car does not smoke or use much engine oil (if any); most old cars smoke so badly the back is covered with grease. There is no computers to malfunction, it is user serviceable with basic hand tools. Try doing this to a new car; you practically have to be an engineer to change a spark plug now days.
My father bought this car back in 1986 from a Mormon family who owned the car since it was new. Shortly after purchasing this car, the clutch and engine went out and the transmission locked up in 5th gear. All these parts were replaced about 100,000 miles ago with low mileage components imported from Japan, the clutch was new and has also been replaced since then.
Road salt has damaged the body, so it is no longer a pretty car. I won’t polish up this car or try to hide any imperfections like some people do (you know, those dishonest car dealers). I am not aware of any reason this vintage Toyota Corolla would not be drivable without any repairs. During the past year, I have only driven the car on occasion. This car has studded snow tires on the rear, yes it is rear wheel drive and also has decent all season radials on the front.
The last time the brakes were done, all new parts went on the front wheels. Master cylinder, rotors, calipers and wheel bearings, both wheel cylinders were replaced on the rear wheels as well. A few months before I stopped driving this car, the alternator was replaced. A brand new radiator and water pump were also recently installed before we acquired a newer car.
As with any used car, there is no warranty of any kind expressed or implied. The car is sold “AS IS” and once you purchase the car, I am fully released of any obligation concerning a mechanical or safety guarantee. The buyer assumes any and all obligations in regard to possession of this vintage automobile.
The reason we are selling this car is that it is no longer needed, we have too many cars and no parking available. This car has been in my possession since 1999 when we drove it to North Carolina from Oregon. This is a great small car to drive to work or for anyone who needs a cheap car to get around in. It also gets decent gas mileage, better than some newer cars. I think it gets around 30 mpg but I have not checked it recently.
*If you are interested: I also have an engine repair kit for sale on ebay, which includes new pistons, rings, main bearings, rod bearings and a rubber oil pan gasket. This kit was purchased but never installed, and these parts are nearly impossible to find.
Anyone purchasing this car is responsible to make payment in full in person, by US mail or through Pay Pal, and make suitable arrangements to pick up this 1979 Toyota Corolla within 30 days; otherwise the car will be sold or hauled away. Remember, any counteroffers sent via email are considered a binding contract to purchase this car. This Toyota Corolla is located near Boone North Carolina, and may be inspected in person by arrangement.
The engine oil was changed on December 05, 2007 shortly after the pictures were taken, some rust was recently discovered on the frame rails above the rear axle. The exhaust system is also in need of repair, there is a hole rusted in the muffler and the pipe is also bad. We do not wish to misrepresent this car in any way.
This 1979 Toyota Corolla 2 door coupe is equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission, 1200 cc 4 cylinder 3KC engine. This car is good for basic transportation, a second car or driving to school or work. Considering the recent gas prices, an economy car is much better than purchasing one of those big cars advertised cheap.
This car is no longer available for sale, it was sold as junk several years ago. This web-page remains active as a reminder of the type of automobile produced by Toyota in the early days if import vehicles in the United States.
1979 Toyota Corolla $799.99
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Published December 12, 2007