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2013 and Earlier - Toyota Corolla Prices Paid and Buying Experiences



  • I am shopping for a new Corolla LE. What is the best price that I can get at a dealer in Minneapolis St Paul, Minnesota? Please let me know the dealer name. Thanks
  • biffprestonbiffpreston Posts: 59
    edited September 2010
    The electric steering in my Corolla is absolutely Godawful. Road handling on these new Corollas is extremely bad. Making sharp turns and maneuvering the car is difficult to impossible depending on what speed your moving. Do a side by side comparison between the new Corolla and some other cas like the Civic and Mazda 3. See if the Corolla can even make sharp turns. See if the new Corolla can stay n a straight line on te highway. There is no fix for these problems either and the electric steering cannot be "tuned" any old way you want it either. That's a misconception.
  • Hey,

    We are having a similar discussion in the Nissan Sentra forums. I also suspect it is the Electric Power Steering that is giving us all this discomfort. They replaced the rack and steering on mine with no visible improvement. It is a design problem, not a problem which some mechanic reading a maintenance manual can fix. Like you say, it is probable bad quality EPS systems.
    Over in the Sentra forums we found only one solution: stay away from Nissan. After reading this forum, I'll stay away from Corolla too. Maybe I'll start walking goddamit. :mad:
  • I think you got the best deal for a 2010 car that was made after the recall. The reason that others paid less before August was because the Corollas made before May-June 2010 time were recalled and dealers had to retrofit/refurbish floor mats and gas pedals for their inventory. Today there are still a few old refurbished/retrofited cars that Toyota made and dealers put them on clearance for less than what you paid. However, the cars made after the recall are sold for more maybe because of higher Japanese yen and the willingness to pay a bit more from customers for the non-recalled cars.
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 790
    A local dealer here in the Atlanta area (Marietta Toyota) has three Corolla LEs with the EVP (keyless entry, cruise) and carpet mats with a MSRP of $18,034. They have them priced at $13,975 and quoted me, in writing, a drive out of $14,622.50 including 6% sales tax and title fee. I'm not planning to buy one, but for anyone wanting a new Corolla, the price is fantastic!
  • This is a great deal. Here in Minnesota, the lowest quote that I received from several dealers in the area for a LE with keyless and cruise is $15,700 plus 6.5% tax and license fees, about $1,800 more than the price at Marietta Toyota Atlanta. Too bad that the distance Atlanta-Minneapolis is about 1,150 miles, too far for me to drive it home. Have it shipped from there would be too costly,.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    How are the prices for the XLE models? Personally like the extras that come in that car especially the nicer alloys. Also like the S model with the alloys...just looks so much nicer than the plain looking LE models. Just curious what folks are paying for these.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • I finally agreed to buy a corolla at $15,700 plus tax and license and after $1000 rebate (for $1500 rebate in Texas, the price would be $15,300). The dealer kicked in free oil changes for 2 years or 25,000 miles so I may save about $150 for the 5 oil changes. Since the dealer does not have the desert sand color, the salesman has to pull it from another dealer and I will pick up the car on Tuesday.
  • Here are the details of the Corolla that I bought:
    Corolla LE with Cruise, Keyless, CD with 6 discs, and floor mats. Edmunds MSRP in Minnesota at $18,300, Dealer invoice at $16,701 less !,000 rabate $15,701. With dealer's holdback of $370 the net dealer cost would be $15,431. I paid $15,700.
  • I agree, steering is not good on the new Corolla. I thought it will go away after awhile, but looking at your experiences, may be better I learn to live with i! Steering is great and smooth when you are pulling it out of parking lot. I thought that is when surplus engine power is available, since nothing much is being used for moving the vehicle. Once the corolla starts speeding, you get nothing for steering. That is what I was thinking! Are you guys also terribly sluggish when starting at traffic signal? Visibility for reversing is poor (nothing new)!

    All in all, it is not an exciting car - height is good, the flat surface in the rear passenger is good, driver seat adjustments are god. Other than those, the new Corolla is not very exciting!

    The best steering I have experienced so far is on Sonatas!
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    Most folks don't buy a Corolla for any kind of driving excitement...rather for the reliability and fuel numbers. Fun isn't a variable when describing this car. Have had 2 over the years and were great appliances. If I bought today, I'd probably get the XLE or the S model, as I prefer the extra's like alloys & upgraded sound systems. Prefer the looks of my '06 Civic LX better but one never knows what I'll look at a few years down the road.

    I only put about 7k/year now but with retirement starting the beginning of 2011, that figure will decrease down to about 3k or 3.5 k, so my time frame for a new ride will be at least 5 to 6 years down the road. By then, there will be new generations of Toyota's & Honda's as well as all the other brands. Since I like this size of car, won't go any smaller guaranteed. The new Elantra & Cruze will also be on my short list. Can't wait!

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 790
    Thanks to the Extra Value Package, the Corolla S has the most features for the money. The EVP only costs $355 and it includes the same exact features found in the Sport Package priced at $1,495. I'd say $355 is a steal for 16" alloys, rear spoiler, cruise control, keyless entry and power windows. The MSRP with the EVP is $18,465. For comparison sake, the LE with the optional 16" alloys (which cost

    The XLE has an MSRP of $19,150 after adding $410 for the alloy wheels and $230 cruise control & auto climate control (also called an EVP). The XLE also has woodgrain interior trim instead of the "metallic-style" trim used in the LE and S models. Personally, I think it looks HIDEOUS, but I even hate REAL wood trim in most cars, so I'm biased. Toyota does offer a woodgrain trim kit as an accessory for the lesser models. The XLE also has the same seat fabric found the LE, but the S has the same 'unique sport interior fabric' used in the XRS. The LE/XLE material reminds me of velour...I'll leave it at that.

    Now that I think about it, it's pretty lame that power windows and keyless entry aren't standard to begin with!?!? And cruise control isn't standard even on the XLE! On the $21k XRS, power windows and keyless entry aren't standard- they come in a $560 Power Package. I seriously doubt that any XLEs are built without the cruise option or XRSs without the Power Package, but why make it so convoluted??? Anyway..

    It's amazing how much nicer the 16" alloys look. I hate to say it, but the wheel covers on the base/LE really make the car look cheap...even the wheel covers on the $9990 Nissan Versa 1.6 look nicer!
  • This is a marketing strategy of Toyota. It does not want Corolla to compete head on with Camry and Prius. If people want a Camry they have to pay $3,000-4,000 more, If they want a Prius they have to pay $5,000-6,000 more. With the potentially high cost of gasoline ($4 to 5$/gal when the economy picks up steam) a 32-38 MPG corolla at 15-16 K is a good choice.Adding $ 5,500 more you can get a 50 MPG Prius, but istead of spending extra $5,500 for a Prius, you can buy 2,000 gallons of gasoline (70,000 Corolla miles).
    For a Camry, you will pay more for the car and gasoline.
  • Purchased a 2010 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8 Liter 4 cyl DOHC with 4 spped auto transmission for price of $13800.00 excluding tax and tags. Car has cruise control, power windows, power mirrors, remote less key entry with key transmitter, telescopic and tilt steering, ac, am/fm/cd player, floor mats.

    Just wondering if forum thinks I got a good deal. Didn't really compete dealers against each other very much. Feel like I could have realized further reduction in price but didn't have time to deal one more day as I needed immediate transportation.
  • This is the best price, it even beats the price offered in Atlanta. What dealer and the city where you get it from? May be others can go there to get one.
  • Bought in Marietta GA

    I actually paid 13800 but that included a 599.00 doc fee that the dealer charged.

    They wouldnt come off the price any more. But I think if I could have waited longer I could have gotten the deal at around 15,500.00 Dont care at this point. Ithink i got a great deal. Love the car so far. Over 300 miles on half tank of petro.
  • I am a bit confused about the actual price that you paid before taxes and license. Did you pay $13,200 for the car plus 599 doc fee for a total of $13,800 or 13,800 plus 599 for a total of $14,400 before taxes and license? Which number, $13,800 or $14,400?
    Furthermore, $13,800 is less than $15,500 so why should you wait longer to pay $15,500 if you could pay $13,800 today?
    Because of the recall in March-June, Toyota still has a lot of old inventory to sell, so they may have to give more cash rebate money in October, before arrival of 2011 model, but the good choice cars (color, options, cars made in Japan that don't have the American made gas pedal) may be gone by then.
  • It turned out that the desert sand color that I was looking for is not available and thus the dealer sold me a red wine color for $15,500. It was made in Japan with Bridgestone tires. The only thing I don't like about corrolla is the donut spare tire. I thought the donut spare tire disapeared.
  • I can see why you are confused lol

    I paid 13200.00 for the car plus a doc fee of 600.00 so my total cost for the car was 13,800.00. I told them I pay tax and tags on my own to take that factor out of the equation.

    Disregard the 15500...that should have been 13500.00

    I got a Silver car with gray interior.

    Hope that clears things up. Sorry
  • I've received OTD price of $15,641 for the Corolla LE. It includes new Tag. Is it worth? I'm in Tampa Bay area. Thanks.
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