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Toyota Corolla



  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Thank you. Excellent.

    The only other vehicle in this segment that seems to offer stability control is the Focus ZX5, I believe, so this is a good step. Going forward, enhanced side impact protection is a must, so its good that Toyota is strenthening the structure even further, and providing the side curtain option (should have debuted with the MY 2003 redesign, IMO, but from what I understand, supplier issues and cost constraints prevented this). I'm certain that the IIHS's new dynamic side impact testing is forcing the more proactive automakers to offer better protection in side crashes.

    Incidentally, I have heard that the IIHS has completed its round of dyanmic side impact tests on midsize models- a short segment was shown on PBS's Motor Week tv program. I am not sure why it is taking so long for the results to be fully released- perhaps automakers are being given time for a retest, given the gravity of this market segment.

    Regarding VSC: Hopefully, availability on the 2005 Corolla means that the "freshened" 2005 Camry will offer VSC on its 4 cylinder models as well.

    2003seV6- would you mind shooting me an email so I could discuss with you a bit more about some perhaps off-topic (but still auto-related) issues/questions/comments?


  • How much handling and road feel did the Corolla lose in the new model when they went to the torsion beam rear suspension to save money?

    As I recall, the previous model had a more indepentdent setup
  • What is the concern about the seating position for tall drivers in the Corolla? Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    If you have long legs it might take some getting used to. I'm 5'10" and it took some time adjusting to my 02 Corolla after driving an Escort. The driver seat doesn't move back far enough.
  • Of course its not here (US), but I do like the 8 way power seats along with the LED rear lamps and Lexus like grill plus a number of other things. - - iewId=1597
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    It's not just tall drivers. I'm only 5'9.5" and have problems with the Corolla's driving position. It has to do with the relationship of the seat, steering wheel, and pedals. If I adjust the seat so the wheel is in the right position, the pedals don't fit. I hope Toyota addresses this issue because otherwise I think the Corolla is a fine small car.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,367
    We've owned one each of the last 4 generations of Corollas, including the newest one. The new one is hands-down the best in terms of over-the-road behavior, including handling. It's also the best riding, and quietest at cruise [though not necessarily so at full throttle, which is a weakness]. I see nothing to complain about with the change in rear suspension...and our other cars are always German, so I think I'm fairly demanding about this.
  • Thanks jrct9454, backy, and dave594.

    A Toyota salesman was trying to sell me on the virtue of the Camry, and he was really knocking the current Toyota torsion bar suspension.

    I'm 6-3, and I drove the Corolla, and the seat position seemed okay, but I saw in consumer reports that the seat position was not very good for tall drivers, so I wanted to find out what people knew about it.

    Thanks again.
  • I'm 5' 10" and for me, I would describe the seat position as being odd at first. Can't really nail it, but it is almost as if the wheel is moving you towards the door. I've grown accustomed to it, and hardly notice it now.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    I'm 5'10" with 32" inseam legs. For me, I felt that if the seat had more thigh support I would feel more comfortable. Maybe the seat position is too low or if it had adjustments for the seat bottom it would be better.
  • laksjlaksj Posts: 19
    I'm bored to tears with the interior of my 2002 Corolla and would like to find out if there are any after market upgrades to it. I've seen some "wood" panelling products on eBay, actually just one, but would like to know if anyone actually upgraded that generation Corolla's interior aftermarket and whether the result was satisfactory. I'd also be very interested to know if anyone changed the steering wheel on their 1998-2002 Corolla and whether the 'S' version steeing wheel would fit in my 'LE' version of the same year!

    I'd appreciate any feedback.
  • ztulztul Posts: 3
    I own a 2001 Camray.. A dealer told me I now need to have my rear brakes adjusted along with normal brake service. I thought rear breaks were self adjustng and that they no longer had to be adjusted by hand... Any advise.. Thnx ZTUL
  • lpc68lpc68 Posts: 45
    I just bought a 99 corolla today and have a serious concern about a sound i'm hearing from the front drivers wheel area. the previous owner said she just replaced the steering rod.

    the sound i'm hearing is like a rubbing/grinding noise when i accelerate. it's not like a grinding rotor sound... it only happens when i step on the gas. it happens when both turning and driving straight. when the speed increases it turns into a thumping sound (not really a clicking noise). when it reaches about 40 mph it stops.

    i took it to a shop and the mechanic lifted the car and said when he turned the front wheel, he heard a clicking sound in the transmission pan. he said the CV boot was fine.

    the sound is intermitent but pretty frequent. the brake pads are fine. i think the car needs an alignment because it pulls to the right and when it hits 70 mph the sterring wheel vibrates.

    would anyone know what this is... and is it a serious problem. when i first heard it i was thinking cv joint / tie rod... the mechanic thought it was a transmission issue and that i should bring it to a transmission shop.

    i really appreciate any feedback anyone has.

    thanks in advance
  • lpc68lpc68 Posts: 45
    update on the above issue. i replaced the cv joint and everything is perfect. the quote from toyota was $400 +. i went to Autozone and got the part for $60 and went to goodyear to install it for $45. total cost $105. took half an hour.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
  • I am interested in the 2005 Corolla XRS, and I am very excited to hear the news from you about new features.

    Will the Corolla XRS be available with side airbags and VSC? Also, it's great to hear about structural improvements. I'm fascinated with crash-testing and vehicle safety. Can you provide any additional details as to what kind of changes were made?

    Also, I am very late in joining this discussion, but is the MSRP known for the Corolla XRS? I know Toyota hasn't announced it yet.

    Do you know what major options/packages will be offered on the Corolla XRS?

    Thank you!
  • For those who have had experience with both in the long-run, for someone who is looking for a basic first car, would you recommend a corolla over a camry? Plus, any up-to-date advice on the whole internet vs. dealer shopping?
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Is your priority, go for the Corolla. The Camry will only give you extra items, room, power and fuel consumption when you may not need it. Both are reliable. Costs will be lower with the Corolla, both upfront, and in operating.

  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    Assuming present models:

    Driving Position, back seat room (extra), Trunk - Camry

    Gas Mileage, Payments - Corolla
  • surjn98surjn98 Posts: 34
    The car itself is great except for the seat position. I am 5'10 and find that there is not enough leg room. Wish I could move it a back more. There is also no proper thigh support. Otherwise the car handles well on the highway and is not easily moved around on windy days.
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