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Toyota Corolla



  • dunworthdunworth Posts: 338
    My 2003 Civic's tailpipe is also pointed downwards. But that car is tall - it is not an issue.
  • doublesixdoublesix Posts: 29
    I discussed with a few people before regarding engine braking by turning off the overdrive button before a stop or slowing down, but the answers were a mix.

    In the Corolla manual, it does give this engine braking method as an option. Is it really a bad idea in doing so?
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    Except in certain specific circumstances use your brakes. They are easy to apply, predictable in their action and cheap and easy to replace when worn out.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    Why bother? Who is going to impressed by that trick? Brake pads are always cheaper to replace than a transmission.
  • with a manual transmission, you engine brake by habit anyway. there is no overdrive button, but the 5th gear ratio is an overdrive ratio. as long as you blip the gas to match the engine speed as you downshift, what extra wear is involved in engine braking? being in the right gear through a turn will only set you up for a speedier exit out of the turn anyway.
  • jsleesijsleesi Posts: 33
    I recently purchased 2003 Corolla LE,
    In the manual and found little ac outlet in the
    center console
    Has anyone ever used the outlet? Do you need any
    adaptor for this? I like to hear from some one
    has experience on this matter.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    Are you sure you did not mean DC outlet.

    I had a 03 Corolla rental and I used it for a radar detector.

    I use the another one next to the transmission for the DC to AC inverter.
  • kali5kali5 Posts: 1

    I'm new to these boards. Wondering if anybody would like to give an opinion on a few concerns I have over the Corolla.

    I had a Corolla for 9 years with power locks, doors, a moon roof and interior trunk unlock. The car was pre-owned but in excellent cond't. It was only in the shop once for a new muffler. I finally brought a new one in 2000 after I hit 150,000 mls.

    My new car (it's a 2000, so it's not brand new) is much lighter in weight, both the body and the engine seem to contribute to this. My other Corolla made me feel secure, this one feels as a strong wind can steer me one way or the other. The 'new' car had no perks. It is absent of P/W, P/L or P/D. I've gotten used to it but would prefer the power options. Not to mention the ability to unlock the trunk from inside the car, I once locked my keys in the trunk and had to wait for help. But I digress...I've also noticed that even though I change my oil to manufactures standards my car starts to get sluggish if the oil isn't changed almost exactly every 3,500 miles.

    Has anybody else noticed these things---the sluggish engine, and the light weight body that feels very unsafe? Do the newer models have better perks and heavier bodies? I'm thinking of trading my car in (b/c I am no longer happy with my current car) or going for Saturn Ion 2003 b/c I like what I've read about them.

  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    I doubt if the 2000 Corolla is lighter in weight than whatever model year you used to drive. I'm guessing that you have an auto transmission, and if thats the case, given that you have no power options, you probably have a VE with only 3 speeds- which is why your car feels sluggish. The engine is more powerful than your old one. As far as "perks" as you call them, thats simply due to your model choice. If you had a higher trim model, it would have many of the things you used to have. To allay your fears with regards to safety, the 2000 has decent crash test scores, much better than older models (esp. the 88-92s).

    I am curious- did you not drive the 2000 before purchasing? Did you purchase it new? How many miles do you now have on it? And what reviews have you read on the ION that have raised your interest-almost all of them are negative. Check out Car and Driver and Consumer Reports, for example.

  • LuzerLuzer Posts: 118
    I did not know the 'rolla had this - only know that the 'trix and Vibe has this. If it's a two prong outlet, just like at home, then....

    Just plug it in like any home two prong outlet.
    PUSH THE BUTTOM that should be around there.

    I use it to recharge my cell phone because the crappy car adapter broke.

    DO not know if the supply is stable enough for high powered items - small TV, etc.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    that was so cool when I bought my Trix, but have not used it at all! :-(

    Will have to try it at some point.

    Engine braking: hard on the drivetrain if you just clutch in and cause the momentum to spool up the engine. If, OTOH, you rev-match shifting to the lower gear, then no big deal, and a nice way to get a little more longevity from your brakes. I do not do this, but do allow the car's speed to drop in gear to almost stall speed before clutching, in whatever gear I am in.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    corollas were kind of famous for being decontented, which might account for the deficiency in power accessories you mention. Certainly the 88-92s had more stuff standard. In addition, the VE (98-00) and CE (01-02) had skinny tires relative to those corollas of yesteryear, so you may feel a little less stability in crosswinds and stuff.

    The '03 really is several steps above the last generation of corollas. But it is also higher and has moderately light steering, so if you dislike the crosswind effect, be sure to drive the new one on the highway first to get a good feel for it.

    2 other notes: alpha is right that the curb weight of these models has not changed much (and has increased slightly each time) in more than a decade. So the weight thing is actually an illusion related to the power of the vehicle and the suspension. Also, oil changes should not have any effect on how sluggish the car feels? The new model is certainly plenty zippy, even with the automatic.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • the outlet mentioned is not a 120v outlet. it is 12v DC outlet with maximum 120w power rating.
  • tims63tims63 Posts: 14
    I would very much appreciate any thoughts on whether the following is a good price.

    1999 Corolla 4dr (white), automatic. A/C, AM/FM, cassette and rear window defroster (air bags-- std?). The price $5,800. It has 85,148 miles. I want to buy my daugher (17) something to get her through high school and a couple of years of college.

    I've looked at the TMV pricing in Edmunds, but have found all sales prices much higher than what Edmunds notes as the dealer retail. I'd appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!
  • I am unexpectedly looking for a 2nd car that is reliable, safe and affordable. (Damn Plymouth Voyager!).

    Would the 2003 Corrola be big enough for two adults and 3 kids on occasion? We've got a lovely Sienna as our main car, but need a second car. Usually, it would be one adult and one or two kids, but on rare occasions we may need to put the whole family in there.

    Any other suggestions. I'm still paying off the Sienna, so my monthly payments are a big consideration.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    It depends.

    How large are the kids?

    Out of child seats?

    How tall?

    It all matters.

    Better yet, go test drive one and see. Take everybody. You need to see how the car performs loaded and how everyone accepts being in the car!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    personally, I would think if any of those kids are teenagers, corolla might be a little small for the whole family. Also, more than one child seat would be trouble with the third kid!

    tims63: in my area that would be a good price, given all the usual checks on a used car, and that it was in a shape not to need any repairs right away. ONE THING THOUGH: the VE of that year is a 3-speed automatic, which has not been the hardiest of trannies for Toyota over the years, and makes the engine rev at like 4000 rpm to go 60 mph, so if that is a VE, I would give it a miss if it were me.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • tims63tims63 Posts: 14
    Nippononly-- Thanks for the comments.

    This is a VE automatic and it does indeed rev as you suggest. I took it on the highway and 60 to 65 seemed to be the "max" speed. On the one hand, she isn't going to be doing much highway driving (mostly school and work in the suburbs). Further, I don't have to worry about speeding on the highway.

    I take it though I may be in for some transmission problems? I also have to find a way to minimize the cigarette smoke "smell".

    Thanks again for your comments.
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    Not sure I agree about the highway speed issue. The car is easily capable of faster speeds on the highway, it just gets very noisy. Actually it revs at about 3000RPM for 60MPH. Don't forget also that the 4th speed is a fuel saver, even around town. As for the smoke you will never completely eradicate it. For me that's two strikes against this particular car, I'd pass and find a smoke free 4 speed.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    to find a comparable CE from the same year for about the same money, and that will have the 4-speed auto.

    It is true that cigarette smoke, once in there, will never come out. This has been my experience, even using professional detailing.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

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