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  • ed6544ed6544 Posts: 6
    hi folks.

    was wondering if someone could shed some light to this question - does the 99 corolla ce's engine have timing belt or chain?

    also, what have you guys had done during your 60k mile
    service?

    thanks.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    Timing chain. At 60k, replace serpentine belt, air filter, pcv valve, clean throttle body, drain and fill coolant and ATF (if automatic tranny).

    Basically, follow the maintenance guide in the owner's manual - it will tell you what to do.
  • ed6544ed6544 Posts: 6
    thanks for the reply.
    you're right, those things were done.
  • kato1kato1 Posts: 64
    here is the latest article on jd powers survey:

    http://money.cnn.com/2006/06/07/Autos/jdpower_iqs/

    well, guess what the #1 compact car was?--yours truly.
    granted, these surveys dont measure long term reliability, but my guess is if your car has a lot of problems early on, that doesn't bode well for its long term reliability.

    hyundai at #3 overall--definitely a force to be reckoned with.

    there is a chart in the june 8 wall street journal of all the name plates.
  • I bought my daughter a Corolla S in 2002 when she was a sophomore in high school. She will be a senior at Penn State this fall. She used it for over 4 years, put 55,000 miles on it, and traded it this morning. We got $9,500 for it. I think we paid about $16,500. Even more importantly, other than routine maintenance and new brakes, we haven't spent 10 cents on it.
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    My experience is similar, but substitute 1995, 8 years, 118,000km, $6000 and $16000 for your numbers. Of course I bought another.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    Yes, Toyota makes the most reliable car on the planet. They almost always get top ratings in the JD Powers Consumer Reports, etc. ratings, and also mechanics that work on all makes say that Toyota is the most reliable. They may not be the most flashy, or "coolest" or quickest, but they always get you there!!
  • lanceqlanceq Posts: 16
    Does anyone know when the 2007 Corolla will come out or if there are any packaging changes such more options that may be standard.

    Also any idea if the current rebate of $500 may be increased to $1000 for the 2006 models?
    Thanks
    lance
  • campanalecampanale Posts: 7
    lance,
    I too have been asking this question to several dealers & to Toyota online. I CANNOT get an answer as to the release date of the 07's, nor can I get any information gegarding New Models, 2 Door, etc....
    I think its gonna be sometime in September, as I am anxious to see Whats New....
    mvc
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    My wife damaged the front of our 05 S. The lower grill and left front spoiler need to be replaced. The insurance company wrote her a check for the estimate in excess of the deductible. I am thinking I might try to find the parts and, with a couple of hours and a few beers, replace them myself.

    What do you folks think about that? Can you offer any leads on where I might find parts like that?
  • rsonersone Posts: 5
    Hey Beernut: I have purchased a few items from e-bay, tail lights, head lights, grill and cold air intake. I would suggest to stay away from the $20.00 grills they don't fit properly. If you need a right front stock head light or 2 tail lights I have those for sale. Cheers, Roger.
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    Thanks, Roger. I'll give ebay a try.

    As for the headlights and taillights, not yet, but stay tuned... it IS her car! :sick:
  • barnee61barnee61 Posts: 67
    I bought a 2006 Corolla CE Special Edition, loaded (all power, moonroof, alloys, cruise), at the end of March. I'd like to share a few impressions....

    Overall, of course, the Corolla is an excellent car for the money. Fit and finish is great for an economy car, the interior is really nice for its class. The engine is very refined and fuel economy is outstanding.

    But I'm having a really hard time adjusting to this car. I knew when I bought it that it was not a "driver's car", and that was OK, but I didn't realize exactly how much that was true.

    The engine is smooth and well designed, but it definitely lacks not only in horsepower, but especially in low end torque. I assume that Toyota will address this in the next generation, to compete with a slew of new models in this class that have raised the bar. Similarly, I'm sure they will add things like ABS, side curtain air bags, and maybe active headrests as standard to meet the direct competition (i.e. the new Civic).

    My main issue however is the seating position. I'm average sized - 5'8" and 180 lbs - and I just CANNOT get comfortable in this car. I have tried every possible combination and permutation of seat adjustment. If the seat is set back to where the legs are comfortable, the steering wheel is too far away. It has tilt, but not telescopic...in my opinion it needs telescopic steering BIG time. And the seat height adjustment is awful....if you raise it, it tilts the back of the seat forward (very uncomfortable) rather than raising the entire seat. And the seat cushion is a couple inches too short (even for me) to properly support the thighs.

    I've owned many, many vehicles in my life...hatchbacks, sedans, sports cars, pickup trucks, SUVs...and I've never had this kind of trouble getting comfortable. I've had the car for several months, and not a day goes by that I don't fiddle with the seat yet again....

    Arrrrghhhhhhhh. Otherwise I really like this vehicle. Is this something other people have noticed as well?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated...thanks...

    Barnee :confuse:
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,710
    I feel your pain. I have exactly this same problem with the Corolla. A shame, too, because otherwise it's a nice little car.

    Actually I have driven other cars that have this same kind of problem, but it seems worse to me in the Corolla than most any other car.

    You might try getting a cushion that supports your thighs, so you can move the seat closer to the wheel. If that doesn't help, the good news is that Corollas are very popular and have good resale value. :)
  • acap0710acap0710 Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 Corolla S. This morning, I started the car and the Fuel gauge when straigt below the E indicator. I dont have a fuel leak and the gas indicator light did not come on to indicate that my tank was empty. I drove to the gas station and filled the tank and the gauge remained below the E level. The car is running perfectly fine. It just seems the gauge isn't working. Has anyone had this problem? Any ideas as to what this problem is?
    Thanks!
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    Many people have complained about the seating position. Some like it, some really hate it. But lack of horsepower?? It WAS the leader in this until very recently, so I would not say that it is a problem!

    BTW, Corolla is also the leader in lowest Total cost of ownership!
  • beantownbeantown Posts: 228
    I bought a 2006 Corolla CE Special Edition, loaded (all power, moonroof, alloys, cruise)

    A "CE Special Edition"......Isn't this an oxymoron?

    A CE is the base stripped model that doesn't offer the options you list above. And I've never heard of a Special Edition Corolla.
  • barnee61barnee61 Posts: 67
    The CE Special Edition is sold in the Canadian market, you can configure it on toyota.ca. It's essentially the CE with the "C" package (PW, PL, etc.), plus they throw in alloys and the power moonroof on top of that and give it an "SE" badge. I had the dealer add the cruise for $222.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,710
    If that artist's conception is anything close to the real thing, it is certainly a, uhm, interesting design. Sort of like Jetta meets Olds 98 meets Chrysler 300. Distinctive, though.
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 853
    I am sure you can find them on eBay too.
  • poliva2poliva2 Posts: 25
    I have no problem getting by on the Parkway. This baby can go 70 MPH no problem and still stay below 3000 RPMs. However getting on the parkway seems a little sluggish. All in all, the Corolla is a fine car.
  • I test drove the 06 Corolla and also the Camry. I am still unsure which i will buy but the less-comfortable Corolla seat would be one of two reasons for me to prefer the Camry( the other is the way the rear headrests create a blind spot that completely hides a truck - but i am very short.)

    If I go back for another final drive I am going to take my
    Obus Forme seatback and cushion. Maybe that would help you?

    BY the way,did Toyota budge at all on the price? I cannot get them to go down a penny.I am also in canada, and a hopeless negotiator,but wonder if it is still Toyota policy.
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    BY the way,did Toyota budge at all on the price? I cannot get them to go down a penny.I am also in canada, and a hopeless negotiator,but wonder if it is still Toyota policy.

    It's not Toyota policy. If you are a hopeless negotiater try Automobile Protection Association. They won't get you the very best deal possible but they will get you a deal that is better than you will achieve on your own.
  • barnee61barnee61 Posts: 67
    I got mine for $800 over cost. There is only about $1200 of profit in the Corolla CE, so I saved about $400. $400 to $500 is probably a reasonable discount on a Corolla.

    What I did: I got a breakdown of the dealer invoice (cost) from Car Cost Canada (www.carcostcanada.com). It's a great service. Included with the invoice was a quick offer from one of the local dealers to sell for $800 over cost. I took it, because it was reasonable, and I didn't want to spend hours haggling to get it down to $500 or $600 over cost. As I said, there was only $1200 of "wiggle room" in the car I bought, and Corollas are popular so they don't give them away with ridiculous incentives like GM products.

    If you really hate negotiating, you could try going through a service called Dealfinder. It is run by a guy here in Ottawa called Bob Prest. He gets great deals on Toyotas, usually for just a few hundred dollars over cost. He charges a $150 fee though, but it's well worth it if you hate the "dealing" part. He has a website at www.dealfinder.ca I haven't used him myself (I'm used to the dealer experience and I don't get intimidated by the process), but I have heard very good things, and his reputation and service are solid.

    So there's 2 options for you. Good luck!

    Barnee
  • Thanks, both of you. I am in BC, so not sure how it will work but will definitely check out all three.I understand some dealers here have been offering to pay the GST in order to woo customers waiting for the July 1st 1% drop.

    I think I am the kind of customer with sucker written across my forehead.

    I am leaning towards the Camry and that slightly awkward seat and blind spot in the Corolla are the reason.

    One more question - where do you get the Maple Leaf in your posts?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Re: Maple Leaf - go into your Preferences (on the left side of the page) and you'll find a "Display Flag" setting - you can choose Canada there to get that flag beside your name. You may have to log out and back in again for it to be effective.

    :)
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    While we're on the subject of driver seat position, i hope they add lumbar suport to the next cololla.
  • barnee61barnee61 Posts: 67
    Yep. You're right, lumbar support would be a great improvement too.

    Anybody know how the seats and driving position in the Matrix compare to the Corolla? Is it better, or pretty much the same?

    thx

    Barnee
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    My 95 hit it today.
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