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Toyota Corolla: A good used car?

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I am assisting a relative to find a suitable car for around $9000. Her 'mechanic' has advised her to stick to a Corolla, particularly an AE112R, but I can't see why she shouldn't consider a Ford Laser, Mazda 626 or 323, Lancer or Astra to broaden the selection. We are hopeful of finding something around a 1999-2001 model with around 120,000km. What do you think?

Your mechanic is correct, but so are you. The mechanic's suggestion of a Corolla is a safe bet, one that won't come back to bite him in the long run, but the other cars you mention are also worth considering. All are solid, generally reliable cars, although I would be cautious about recommending the Astra to you. Stick to the well-known Japanese brands and she won't go too far wrong.

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