My request to those who are calling Corolla customers names. Have a life and look around. You are in a protected market regime with a highly corrupt government machinery. The choices of new cars are thus limited and one has to choose lesser evils.
There is no regulatory authority to emphasise on vehicle safety, if there are some statuatory bodies, they are non-functional.
Imported cars may be good, but they are used and they cannot be repaired in Dina, Tala Gang, Gujar Khan.
Sunny, Lancer Optra and and Aveo are alternates, but they may not be appealing to many people here coz they can only be maintained effectively in the four provincial capitals and Islamabad ss they don't have their service centres in smaller cities and towns across Pakistan.
There are consumer courts set up by the governmente recently. If you know a clever lawyer, he can get you compensation against a faulty product. BTW how many of us know about it?
But thinking of court, lawyers rings alarm bells, it needs a lot of money and time to pursue cases in the courts and the big companies have full-time legal sections to do that for them so it is not a worry for them, but can you miss picking up your kids from school for going to court?
In Pakistan the law is heavily tilted in the favour of tiny moneyd class which can afford to import classy cars from abroad anyway. Spares is no problem for them, they are a phone call away and actually they don't have to bother about these things as there are plenty of help to do this for them.
What about the middle class and salaried people, they don't have such an amount of money and time to look for spares around and they pay funny charges. The Pakistani assembled Corolla may be a piece of shit, but it moves the things around here and one don't have to worry about maintenance issues or spares.
It really goes well on Pakistani roads which are not like Islamabad or the ones in DHAs in other cities. In any Pakistani city if you leave the upscale areas, the roads are in pathetic condition and these "pieces of shits" go everywhere with full trunks, CNG tank and six people inside to any ally without hugging its belly.
I'my not a Corolla fanatic, but like hundreds and thousands people it just fits into my budget and not heavy on my pocket when it comes to running and maitenance and it is a bit presentable too, may not be as fashionable and trendy as rivals.
I have seen people crying over breaks of Corolla and skidding. Though it is true that there are breaking issues and skidding, but it is only when one is a bit overspeeding.
It's three and half year with XLI and I have never gone sliding into the back of any car infront of me, ironically I was hit by a new City from the rear which came skidding like a projectile. And how many Corollas you see daily doing that?
There is no use of urging people not to buy a local assembled car. What really can be helpful to organise them to press for an effective vehcile safety regulatory authority, but who has the time for it?
Buy what you like, but don't belittle others forced to buy from a limited protected market.