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Published on August 18th, 2010 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Used 2000 Toyota Altis review_good value 1st family sedan

Compared to the 7th generation car the Corolla SEG, and every other Corolla before it, the 8th version of this family sedan car looks significantly more luxurious, standing taller, longer in length and riding on a much longer wheelbase. The result is a much roomier interior, and the car as a whole had a much more solid feel on the road. The 2000 Corolla was also the most powerful ever and this time a round it was given an added name, Altis. The Altis was powered by two engine versions. A 1.8-litre four-cylinder for the top model and just like the outgoing SEG model there was a reliable and frugal 1.6-litre four-cylinder that was the most popular. The new 1.8 engine got a few more horsepower with its VVT-i variable valve timing system made for an engine with great low-end torque, considering its relatively small displacement.

Like all other Toyotas colour choices are few and not the most inspiring but practical. Two things Toyota is known for – fuel economy and reliability – both can be found in the 8th generation Corolla Altis. Fuel consumption figures for the 1.6 sit anywhere between the average 1.4-liter to a 1.5-liter engine which promises excellent results in its segment. The more powerful 1.8-liter surprises owners with its power yet still returning a rather impressive consumption figure when compared to its rivals. Reliability, as could be expected, is also impressive with very few complaints about durability from owners and workshops.

Like any Toyota before and in the future, the Corolla Altis holds its value very well, so deals will be few even these days when values are dropping. Used values range from RM42,000 for an early 2001 1.6-liter version to some RM5,000 to RM8,000 more for a 1.8-liter version from the same year. As a always be careful when looking at a unit in a used car lot. Many dealers will ‘dress’ the car up for sale by adding a fresh coat of paint, new tyres and a clean interior. Better to look at a private purchase unless you find a unit in a dealership that is still in its original paint and with no accident damage. Try and avoid company-registered cars, as company executives who would have used them would have been mostly unkind to the cars. Better to look at a private sale where you can meet the first owner and see the car in its real world condition. Try and get a detailed service record and where possible make sure that you take the trouble to change all the belts yourself after purchase unless the previous owner has service record from a UMW Toyota workshop which would mean a true record. Most owners might not be deceiving about maintenance even from their independent workshops however it is best to make that judgment for yourself as I have come across records that have been rather suspect. In the end, the Altis makes a good sensible purchase. The Corolla may not be sporty or particularly interesting to look at, but when it comes to reliable, efficient and roomy basic transportation, the Altis is a tough proposition to beat.

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