Exported Vehicles

2001 Toyota Corolla DX Van / Station Wagon

The Long Running, Long Lasting Toyota Corolla Station Wagon (Van) Has Been a Winning Formula for a Long, Long Time
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
  • Japan Car Direct
Year: 2001
Make: Toyota
Model: Corolla DX Van (Station Wagon)
Mileage: 45,763 km (28,436 mi)
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Drivetrain: Front Engine, Front Wheel Drive (FF)
Engine: Straight Four, Normally Aspirated
Exterior Color: White
VIN Number: EE103-010****

The Tradesman’s Friend, the Ultra Basic Corolla DX Station Wagon (Van) Never Lets You Down


The Corolla station wagon has been around for dogs’ ages. And for good reason. My gosh, even my mother had one! But that’s not the reason they’re good, I mean, just because my mother had one is not why Corolla wagons are good cars. She had a Chrysler sedan, too, and it was crap. No, the Corolla station wagon, and especially the simple Corolla DX Van that we are looking at here,

Very reliable and long lasting work horse and load hauler. Import from Japanis a good car (a great car, in fact) because it’s a cheap load hauler, it’s ultra reliable, it’s got good parts availability and parts cross over with many other Toyota offerings, it gets good gas mileage, and it just lasts forever. If you’re an independent tradesman or if you’re running your own small business and you need a secondhand station wagon, buying a used Corolla DX from Japan and importing it yourself is a very smart move.

Station Wagon (estate ear) vs Van (panel van)

When you’re running your own business, you need reliable transport. You need to carry loads. You need to do it cheaply. A lot of guys automatically jump for the “van” class of vehicle, machines like the Toyota Hiace or the Nissan Vanette.

Very reliable used car. Station wagon more stable than box panel van

Very reliable used station wagon for tradesman and small business owner. Import from Japan

Now, very often, because of the shape and size of the things you need to carry, a big, tall van may be the only option. And if you want a smaller van type vehicle there are the wonderful Kei vans from Japan; have a look here.

But such vehicles do have downsides: They are high, and therefore a bit tippy. (Tell me about it! I once had to dodge an idiot driver who crossed the yellow line and I nearly flipped my Dad’s old VW Bus getting out of that guy’s way. It was a heart pounding moment.) And high vans are subject to cross winds, especially at highway speeds. (Tell me about it! Crossing the Fuji River bridge on the Tomei Expressway here in Japan on a super windy day one time, I thought we were going to be blown off the road and into the river, and a big truck was coming up from behind so I couldn’t just slow right down. Another heart pounding moment.) But a station wagon, an “estate car,” as we call them in the UK, is not a high vehicle, but it still has a big load space and serious carrying capacity. It can do most of what a van can do but it’s not tippy or sensitive to cross winds. A station wagon is just more stable at high speed than a panel van can ever be and, if you ever have to pull some hard and fancy cornering to avoid something, or someone, in the road, your wagon handles much more like a sedan and is thus relatively balanced and stable at the limit as you avoid the problem.

Another plus for station wagons is access to the engine for maintenance. Just open the bonnet (pop the hood) and get to work on the motor. In a van, well, it depends on engine placement. You may need to raise, or even dismount one, or both, of the front seats; you may need to remove floor panels, whatever, to get at the engine and, even then, the working area may be tight.

So, a lot of pluses for the station wagon.

But on the other hand, if you need “the big van,” then go for something like this Nissan Homy here that we recently exported to the USA, and you’ll be happy.

Another very economical option for people who don’t want a full size vehicle or even a Kei van is what I call the “high hatchback;” machines like the small but capable Mitsubishi Toppo BJ, here.

A Bit of Nomenclature

So if it’s a station wagon (or estate car or shooting brake) why is it called the Corolla DX “Van” in Japan? I mean, “vans” are boxy, flat-nosed load haulers like the Hiace and Vanette that we mentioned above, right? Right, yes. But, in Japan, we sometimes use “van” to refer to station wagons which are the simple, essentially “stripped for work,” most basic model; they are intended for load hauling and not for passenger comfort and convenience, although they do have back seats.

The load bay itself is usually not carpeted but rather has a hard-wearing rubber mat on the floor to protect it from scrapes and scratches:

Very reliable used station wagon. Strong rubber mat in load bay. Import direct from Japan

Corolla Wagon: The Car that Wouldn’t Die

The car that we are looking at here, that we exported from Japan to Myanmar, is the E100 chassis type Corolla Van. Now, back in Canada, my Mom had the E100 chassis type Toyota Corolla Station Wagon, which had a nice carpeted interior, and seat belts for five passengers. It was an early ‘90s car and it’s another of the reasons that I am always praising Japanese cars from the 1990s. That car just kept going and never asked for much maintenance or care.

Very reliable used station wagon. E100 Chassis Corolla Station Wagon. Import direct from Japan

She bought it used and kept that Corolla Wagon for years and years. I moved apartments once using that car and my little sister moved house twice using only that car. And when my Mom finally decided to get a new car, she gave the wagon to the little sister who then kept it for more years.

The only breakdown we ever had was due to my mother’s flagrant lack of maintenance. At around 280,000kms on the clock, I took the Corolla on a long trip around Ontario as a sort of pre-honeymoon with my fiancée. We went up from Toronto to north of North Bay and started across on the northern branch of the Trans Canada Highway. At Smooth Rock Falls we stopped at a small shop. After we came out of the shop I tried to start the engine and it just wouldn’t catch. It just spun on the starter motor. Yep: Broken cam belt. Recommended service interval: 100,000kms.

In talking to my Mom later I asked her: “When did you last change the cam belt?

She replied with a question, as my mother often does: “What’s a cam belt?

So that Toyota had been running on the original belt for over 280,000kms. In the end my sister kept the car until it had gone over 400,000kms. Are cars like our Corolla Van DX here reliable and long lived? Oh, yeah! And it’s not just me saying it. If you are thinking of buying a used Corolla Wagon of this type, the E100 chassis type, just talk to any of the people you know who has ever had one and I’m sure they’ll back up what I’m telling you: Super reliable, long lived, cheap to run and good on gas. Is the Corolla Van DX any good? You betcha! They have strong appeal for independent tradesmen and small businesses in all of Japan Car Direct’s major export markets, and especially in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. (Just click on the country name to learn about the used car import rules for each of these countries.)

Parts Cross Over

And one more point I would make about these cars: Parts availability is very good because many units were made over many years. There are lots of parts and the car is easy to service. So it really is the tradesman’s friend. And, believe it or not, they are also the tuner’s friend, too. You see, as the “Toyota Corolla Touring Wagon,” these cars continued in production until the year 2000. And there was even a performance version: the “BZ.” These cars came with the justly famous 4A-GE 5-valve engine, perhaps Toyota’s best racing engine:

E100 Chassis Corolla Station Wagon. Can swap 4A-GE engine into Van DX. Japan self import

That’s what you get in the Corolla Levin and Sprinter Trueno sports cars. Hot machines! So if you want to upgrade your Corolla Van DX with the engine, transmission, and suspension from a Levin or Trueno, you can actually do it. And if you just want to keep your workmate going, the more basic engines that come stock, the 1,300cc 4E-FE and the 1,500cc 5E-FE,

E100 Chassis Corolla Station Wagon. 5E-FE engine in Van DX. Japan self import via Japan Car Direct


are super reliable and were used in many, many other Toyota models. It’s going to be a long time yet until we have any serious parts availability problems for these lovely old, simple units.

So if you want to import a good used Corolla Van DX, the hard working version of the good old Corolla Station Wagon of fond memory, just register here with us at Japan Car Direct and we’ll set you up with a good unit at good price.

  • It was my first time buying a car online, let alone overseas. These guys are legit!!!
    Yoshi has been very patient, transparent and prompt with all queries. The car was exactly...
    read more

    Bobby Capa Avatar
    Bobby Capa

    So…. I have just ordered my second car from Yoshiro Nakajima at Japan Car Direct. Keep in mind my first car has only just gotten to the port,...
    read more

    Alpesh Patel Avatar
    Alpesh Patel

    Great service. This was my first time importing a car from Japan. Everything was well explained and the whole process went very smooth. Would highly recommend!! Thank you Yoshi!

    John Power Avatar
    John Power
  • Importing through Japan Car Direct has been a great experience through and through. Their assistance in the auction and bidding process and arranging shipping is top notch. More importantly their... read more

    Peter Hagemeyer Avatar
    Peter Hagemeyer

    Awesome experience working with Taylor, he was extremely helpful and patience. It was my first time exporting a vehicle and he walked me through step by step and didn't... read more

    Eric Southerland Avatar
    Eric Southerland

    Japan Car Direct made buying a car from Japan dangerously easy. 🙂 Yoshiro was a great help. He was responsive and supportive through the whole process. They have... read more

    Tim Meunier Avatar
    Tim Meunier
  • I had an excellent experience working with Matthew at Japan Car Direct. I was a first time auction buyer and importer to the United States. Mathew walked me through... read more

    Alex Spiegel Avatar
    Alex Spiegel

    A great experience for my first time importing a car from Japan. Mike’s customer service was second to none and all the paperwork was in order.

    Bobby Crumpley Avatar
    Bobby Crumpley

    Matthew at JCD is the man. I’ve now imported three of my own cars through him. JCD was able to accommodate my unique needs, everything from short turn around inspections,... read more

    Chan Shin Avatar
    Chan Shin
  • I highly recommend Japan Car Direct. They help you find exactly what you are looking for and are with you throughout the entire process. Import was seamless. Mike was great... read more

    Sir Selrahc Avatar
    Sir Selrahc

    Before this I have never imported any vehicles to NZ let alone one from Japan! I decided to give these guys a shot and bought a JDM Tesla into the... read more

    Edward Yuan Avatar
    Edward Yuan

    Great experience. Extremely easy process and Kept me well informed. Highly recommend them if looking to purchase a vehicle from Japan.

    Antonio Sevilla Avatar
    Antonio Sevilla
  • It's hard to say anything that hasn't been said from other reviewers! This was my first experience importing a vehicle. Mike Nguyen was super patient with me and my indecisiveness.... read more

    Law_of_the Za Avatar
    Law_of_the Za

    I used Japan Car Direct's services to import a Nissan Silvia from Japan to Australia. Mike was very helpful from start to finish and definitely made the process stress free.

    read more

    matthew martin Avatar
    matthew martin

    Just picked up my car that I bought through JCD. I was a complete newbie about buying a car overseas and Mathew was kind enough to basically hold my... read more

    TK Mad Avatar
    TK Mad


Japan Car Direct provides friendly, honest, efficient service. Get the vehicles you want today at a price you can afford!!

We accept refundable deposits by PayPal to ([email protected]). Log into your account, and lets start working together today! paypal-logo3

  • There are no features available
Back to top
Let's find the ideal car for you today!!
Let's find the ideal car for you today!!
JCD Menu logo