This is my 1996 Toyota Corolla. 1.8L 7A-FE, power everything, leather seats (the car was custom ordered by a rich guy from Japan fully loaded), rear spoiler, and custom Toyota branded rims. My parents bought in 1998, and when I got my license when I turned 18 (I still don't know why I waited that long), I started driving it. Father got himself a nice 1999 Mazda Miata, mother drives her business car, a 2001 Lexus RX300. So I took the Corolla, which was parked without use for around 6 years.
Genuine TRD two point strut bar
Genuine TRD oil cap
Genuine TRD radiator cap
Sickspeed engine dress up kit
FX GT front bumper
FX GT fog lights
FX GT front lip
OEM BZ Touring headlights
OEM JDM grills
17x7" XXR 962 wheels
Muteki SR48 extended lug nuts
Custom exhaust tip
Smoked rear turn signals and backup lights
OEM Toyota Celica leather steering wheel with red stitching, airbag, and cruise control stalk
OEM Toyota tweeter pods
OEM Toyota Secret Box
OEM key ring light and foot well lights
OEM fog light switch near handbrake
Tach gauge cluster
OEM ashtray coin holder insert
OEM central diff switch under drivers side vent
Pioneer DEH-80PRS Bluetooth head unit
Pioneer TS-A1605C front 6.75" component speakers
Pioneer TS-A1675R rear 6.5" coaxial 3 way speakers
BC Racing BR series coilovers
Avital two way alarm
LED lights wherever appropriate
I knew nothing about cars, and my parents knew little, so we just started driving it. With 6 year old oil and no maintenance... I still cringe. But it was bone stock when I started driving it. Quite a good looking car too, aside from the giant white spots on the roof and hood from a bad clear coat. Here are some photos from when I took over:
She was always a happy girl with that doofy smile.
Early 2012, while driving through a Costco parking lot, some idiot smashed into the side of my car after blowing a stop sign quite fast. Ruined two doors and bent the frame ever so slightly. Kid didn't have a license/permit, and my insurance decided to total the car
. Yeah, they quoted $3500 for two doors. The car was valued at $4200, minus deductible and junk value, ended up totaled. Ridiculous. Ended up driving like that for 8 months due to lack of funds to fix it, which let water into the doors, condensed in the cabin, and ruined my headliner.
Took it to a cheap shop, handed them two golden junkyard doors, and told them to do their thing. $2000 got me two attached and straightened out doors, fixed B pillar, and a full car paint job. Nissan Magnetic Black, looked pretty dang good. Sadly, it's a cheap-ass paint job. But it does the job I guess. I threw on an eBay mesh grill, a TRD badge, eventually some glue on red trim, and a new exhaust tip.