2007 vs 2017 Toyota corolla: Help me choose

Zila

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Hey guys,

I am 27 years old, i am looking at buying a toyota corolla because i heard they last longer.
So i am stuck between two options (I have saved up 80k):

1. 2007 corolla 1.6i with 120k mileage for 80k (I will pay cash. buy only third party insurance which should cost around R200p/m).
2. 2017 corolla prestige 1.6 with 40k mileage for 200k (i will finance and put 80k as deposit. buy comprehensive insurence for around R1500p/m).

I want a car with low maintenance cost that i can drive for +- 15 years.

Thanks guys
 

genetic

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Hey guys,

I am 27 years old, i am looking at buying a toyota corolla because i heard they last longer.
So i am stuck between two options (I have saved up 80k):

1. 2007 corolla 1.6i with 120k mileage for 80k (I will pay cash. buy only third party insurance which should cost around R200p/m).
2. 2017 corolla prestige 1.6 with 40k mileage for 200k (i will finance and put 80k as deposit. buy comprehensive insurence for around R1500p/m).

I want a car with low maintenance cost that i can drive for +- 15 years.

Thanks guys

2017 Corolla - it's a no brainer if you want to keep it for 15+ years.

Hoses, cables, plastics rubber and other parts start to perish on a car that's already 13 years old if you want to keep it for another 15 years.

Also the 2007-2013 Corolla's had poor piston rings.

 

Gtx Gaming

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you are getting shafted on insurance for rolla :(

I would rather opt for 1.4D rolla around 2017 model also, in 15 years would save quite a bit on fuel.
 

TheChamp

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Hey guys,

I am 27 years old, i am looking at buying a toyota corolla because i heard they last longer.
So i am stuck between two options (I have saved up 80k):

1. 2007 corolla 1.6i with 120k mileage for 80k (I will pay cash. buy only third party insurance which should cost around R200p/m).
2. 2017 corolla prestige 1.6 with 40k mileage for 200k (i will finance and put 80k as deposit. buy comprehensive insurence for around R1500p/m).

I want a car with low maintenance cost that i can drive for +- 15 years.

Thanks guys
I agree with the others that a newer model is the better option, plus financing a car with R80k deposit should be a very pleasant experience under the current conditions, make sure you get a good interest rate.
 

AA1

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Definitely 2017 Corolla. More value for money in the long run.

Apparently, the 2007 model is also targeted by criminals more - easier to steal.
 

TheChamp

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Another option if you still want a reliable car but don't want to spend a fortune on insurance is to go for a decent low mileage Honda Civic, you won't regret it.
 

Zila

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Thanks guys, i see 2017 makes sense if i want to keep it for 15+ years.
 

TheChamp

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Thanks guys, i see 2017 makes sense if i want to keep it for 15+ years.
They are really not built as tough as the Quest shape, I see many of them with plastics hanging loose underneath, but they have modern engines and more features than the old ones.
 

Zila

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They are really not built as tough as the Quest shape, I see many of them with plastics hanging loose underneath, but they have modern engines and more features than the old ones.
So between honda and toyota which one would you go for?
 

Zila

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Another option if you still want a reliable car but don't want to spend a fortune on insurance is to go for a decent low mileage Honda Civic, you won't regret it.
I see honda civic 1.5T, won't turbo cost if it dies?
 

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you are getting shafted on insurance for rolla :(

I would rather opt for 1.4D rolla around 2017 model also, in 15 years would save quite a bit on fuel.

+1 go for the diesel instead of 1.6petrol.
 

genetic

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I see honda civic 1.5T, won't turbo cost if it dies?

If you want to keep the car for 15+ years, try stay away from turbo engines. Turbo charged engines are highly stung, and won't last nearly as long as their NA counterparts. Rather go for less stressed bigger displacement NA engine.
 

handyman007

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you are getting shafted on insurance for rolla :(

I would rather opt for 1.4D rolla around 2017 model also, in 15 years would save quite a bit on fuel.

Got 2 friends at the local Toyota dealership, both of them said if you want a Corolla long term, buy the petrol. They do big diesel engines well, not so much with the smaller capacity. A shame, because at one stage I had my eyes on the Prestige 1.4 diesel.
 

RandomGeek

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So you are 27 now...15 years will take you to 42. It is extremely unlikely you will be driving the same car in 15 years. Cars get stolen, crashed, traded in because your circumstances change etc.

I say buy the 2007 model, save money and invest the savings strengthening you financially
 
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