Toyota Corolla FX16 1988 with 4AGE/AGELC 1.6 DOHC engine

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Technical specifications

Interior Color:Gray
Engine:4AGE / 4AGELC
Number of Cylinders:4
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We have for sale a 1988 Toyota Corolla FX16, without GTS trim, manual transmission, with 211,700 miles on the odometer. This is the last of a series of FXs that we've owned since 1992 and we've decided to take it off the road because of the body deterioration. Our local body shop said that it could pass inspection with some welding and shaped sheet metal for about $900. He also put it on a lift and confirmed that the uni-body frame itself was strong; there were a couple of weldable holes in the floor, about one inch wide but other than that all was good.
Obviously for basic transportation, the money is better invested in a newer vehicle. Know, however, that this has been my everyday vehicle for the past decade and has been regularly maintained. Repairs were done as needed by a mechanic who specializes in Toyotas.
The engine is the standard FX16 AGELC 1.6 DOHC engine which has 80k- 90k miles on it, and was put in the car 40k- 50k miles ago. It's very strong although for the past few months it's been leaking a bit of oil. Our mechanic has diagnosed it as needing a valve cover gasket and an engine pan gasket. (We didn't do that repair because it didn't make sense until we got the body evaluation for the annual inspection.)
The clutch and transmission are also in good shape. The interior is OK, a couple of tears in the seat fabric, and it shows the general wear of its age. It also has the custom fit GTS front seats. (It will be sold without the radio/cd player unless someone wants to pay extra for it.)
This could be a project car or it could be purchased simply for the engine which is the same one that Toyota put in the MR2 of that era. To revive it, know that there are FXs on craigslist that have reasonable bodies and sell for $500- $1000. (They're obviously not available all the time but seem to come up every couple of months or so.) For either purpose, know that the car in it's current condition is fully drive-able. We'll also include with the car a minor collection of FX parts that have accumulated over the years.
Although it doesn't make sense for us to revive it, we'd much prefer it went to someone who will appreciate it and allow it, or its engine, to serve a new owner for many more years. There aren't very many of these left on the road and of those that remain, they deserve to go on as long as they can.
Please email us with any questions and we'll respond as soon as we can. Thanks.

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