In 1979, the Toyota Corolla received a new body, chassis, and engine. So, in 1980, there were not many changes to the Corolla. It is known as a reliable car that is good on ice and snow and as one that offers great gas mileage. According to MPGOMatic, the Corolla can get 23 to 28 mpg in the city and 31 to 41 MPG on the highway. To increase your mileage even more, MPGOMatic recommends specific high-quality, low-rolling resistance tires. They also have recommendations for specific synthetic fluids and Instant MPG gauges that give feedback on better driving skills for better mileage. Finally, they discuss issues that can cause poor mileage such as clogged fuel injectors, bad oxygen sensors, dragging brakes, bad alignment, low tire pressure, and undercarriage aerodynamic drag from things hanging out below the undercarriage. The 36 year old Toyota Corolla could be a workhorse for you. Read below for more details on the 1980 Toyota Corolla.
Body Styles and Trims
The 1980 Toyota Corolla was available in five body styles and four trims. The sedan offered two doors and four doors and came in standard, DX, and E5 trims. The hardtop coupe was available in standard and SR5 trims. The sport coupe was available only in SR5 trim. The wagon came in the standard and DX trim. The liftback offered a choice of standard and SR5 trims.
Interior and Exterior
The Toyota Corolla was an economy car and the interior and exterior reflect that fact. The interior of the 1980 Toyota Corolla could be equipped with a radio, air conditioning, bucket seats, and rear window defogger. The exterior had a three-box shape on the sedan, four round headlamps, and exterior detailing on some trims that made them look a little more expensive.
Engine and Mechanical
The rear wheel drive 1980 Toyota Corolla had a 75-horsepower, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder, 1,770cc pushrod, 3T engine with four-speed manual transmission and hemispherical combustion chambers. Underneath the Corolla wagon had a live rear axle and leaf springs. The other body styles had a live rear axle, five link setup, and coil springs.
Pros and Cons
If you have a 1980 Toyota Corolla, you probably know that parts are inexpensive and routine maintenance and small repairs are relatively easy. Even better, according to Curbside Classics, the 1980 to 1983 Toyota Corollas are favorites to customize because the chassis is similar to the AE-86 Corolla GTS. So the DOHC 4AGE engine can be switched into the Toyota Corolla using the same suspension settings. The Truth About Cars says the 1980 Toyota Corolla can take a lot of engine and boost switches. Although, they say the distributor is supposedly hard to find. However, according to Car Gurus, body rust can be a problem, and the seats are uncomfortable, especially for long drives. It also does not have much power compared to today’s cars. 1980 Toyota Corollas are available for sale and parts are also available. So if you shop around you might find one that you can drive for quite a few few years.