Originally Posted by WizeGuyDezignz
So you guys are voting for me to get the Corolla?
A Corolla is no guarantee of steadfast reliability. My dad has an '08 Corolla, and has had some fairly significant problems with it. His ECU packed it in when him and my mum were making a left through a busy intersection, stranding them. It also does not like staying in proper alignment, despite being adjusted repeatedly. This has led it to go through tires unreasonably quickly. My Focus gets better mileage as well. And, while it cost more than 20 grand (Cdn$), it doesn't have some features one might expect, like cruise control. It also has a super-bland 4-speed auto. It drives okay at lower speeds, but I don't really like it on the highway. It's nowhere near as fun to drive as a Focus.
When I brought my Focus to show him, he liked it so much I figured he was going to pick one up himself, but he says he'll run the Corolla into the ground before getting another car, now that it's paid off. To be fair, it already has over 180,000km on it, so that's a plus for reliability. My dad generally likes cars, and can get pretty excited about them, but clearly views his Corolla as a commuting appliance.
So, to summarize, don't get into an appliance car! Keep your driver's car.