Toyota Corolla DX KE70 sedan is the fourth generation of the Toyota Corolla family. It was sold in many countries in the world such as Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, United States, etc.
This car was presented in the 1980’s to replace its predecessor – Toyota Corolla KE30. In 1984, sales of Corolla DX KE70 was discontinued and replaced by the Toyota Corolla GL which is a competitor of Honda Civic Wonder. In some local market, the Corolla DX KE70 is become heavy competitor for Mitsubishi Lancer SL and its own family – Daihatsu Charmant.
Toyota Corolla DX KE70 Price and Specification Reviews
Although Toyota Corolla DX KE70 was sold and announced to the public in many years ago, but this car is still favored some peoples. Moreover, this car is the last Corolla sedan version which still supported by rear wheel drive system. That is, this car still can be used on adrenaline-pumping motorsport events, such as drifting.
Toyota Corolla DX KE70 Exterior Reviews
If we seen Toyota Corolla DX KE70 at a glance, it has an exterior with the impression of modernity wrapped in 1980’s retro styles. Absolutely, it have very different interior design if we compared to its predecessor.
Boxed body style with minimal grooves or accents was proved able to survive until now if it compared to its competitors.
Three forms of Toyota Corolla DX KE70 bodies was introduced, including a 4-doors sedan, coupe and wagon. From the beginning of production, Toyota Corolla DX KE70 was experienced four times of minor facelifts.
The dimensions of Toyota Corolla DX KE70 was increased from its previous models, this gives an advantage which the cabin is becomes more spacious. Toyota Corolla DX KE70 characteristics is just like another 1980’s compact sedan general, the quality of the material is not a thing that they focused to cover.
The color scheme used in the form of dark brown colors and still look attractive to the present time. On the dashboard, there is available the idle control, air conditioning controller, and equipped with a tape player at the top. Tachometer had not been provided at the initial production units (1980-1982). It was available as standard part in the units which is sold in 1983 and above.
Toyota Corolla DX KE70 Engine Performance Reviews
Here, we only cover the engine performance review for Toyota Corolla DX KE70 which use engine type 4K 8 valves SOHC. Its have engine capacity of 1.300 cc (1.3 liters), uses a carburetor system with OHV. The resulting power only maximum of 62 HP at 5,600 RPM and maximum torque 97 Nm at 3.600 RPM.
4K engine is well known as a tough engine. Its easy to maintain and having high durability. Therefore, its spare parts is can be easily obtained on the market with variety of quality and the price is relatively cheap.
Toyota Corolla DX KE70 Impression and Handling Reviews
If we talk about its handling, then Toyota Corolla DX KE70 is simply fun to drive, as long as the chassis, engine and transmission are in a good condition. Toyota Corolla DX KE70 using a lightweight chassis – which also used on the Toyota AE8.
Not only the chassis, Toyota AE8 also use same parts including the shaft prop, gearbox, and suspension. In fact, this car can be transformed into a very competitive drift car with just a few touches modifications.
Toyota Corolla DX KE70 Specifications Reviews
- Engine: 4K carburetor 1.3 litres (1300cc).
- Configuration: 8 valves OHV inline 4 cylinders.
- Power: 62 HP @ RPM 5,600.
- Torque: 97 Nm @ 3,600 RPM.
- Bore x stroke: 75 mm x 73 mm.
- Fuel consumption: 9-11 km/L (in the city); 12-15 km/L (outside the city).
- Competitors: Mitsubishi Lancer SL and Daihatsu Charmant.
Toyota Corolla DX KE70 Used / Secondhand Price Reviews
Price is estimated and may vary on each countries.
- Toyota Corolla DX KE70 sold in 1980: ~ 3.000 USD.
- Toyota Corolla DX KE70 sold in 1981: ~ 1.800 USD.
- Toyota Corolla DX KE70 sold in 1982: ~ 2.200 USD.
- Toyota Corolla DX KE70 sold in 1983: ~ 2.900 USD.
- Toyota Corolla DX KE70 sold in 1984: ~ 3.200 USD.
Toyota Corolla DX KE70 Pros
- Tough engine
- Easy maintenance
- Rear wheel drive
- Spare parts are very abundant and cheap.
- Retro style, very suitable for modified
- The resale price is high
Toyota Corolla DX KE70 Cons
- Minimal electrical and cabin features.
- Hard to get a standard units at a good price.
- Its not equipped with power steering and power window.
So, that is a full review of the specification as well as the pros and cons of the Toyota Corolla DX KE70. If you want to buy the secondhand unit, choose the unit that was sold in 1980 because this type is the most in demanded on the market. The price is indeed slightly higher than in the others, but the reselling price is also more higher.