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Toyota Corolla



  • You're right. Thats what I planned on doing anyway. I think I'm going to have my bank finance me and that way I can be a "cash customer" and just cut them a check. NOT to mention my brother and I are both buying a car, how often do they move 2 cars at once? Should be a good barganing point.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Keep us posted. :)
  • oboylefanoboylefan Posts: 1
    I test drove a 2004 Corolla LE with 19K miles yesterday.

    The seat and driving position seemed very uncomfortable; the back of the seat seemed too hard, and the seat seemed too short, to where too much of my thighs were hanging off the end of the seat, and I'm only about 5'8". My back and legs both hurt after I got out of the car at the end of a 20-minute drive, although at least part of that could've been from the tension of doing a test drive.

    As I've read in many reviews, the steering wheel seemed to small and too far from the seat / too close to the dash.

    The acceleration was good, but seemed kind of jerky at times, although that could've been because I wasn't used to the feel of the pedals.

    There were lots of positives about the car too, but I'm thinking about my concerns.

    My question for anyone who owns a 2003 or 2004 Corolla is whether you noticed the same comfort issues at first, and whether they persist or go away as you get used to the feel of the car.

    The salesman said I could take the car out all day by myself if I want, so I'll probably do that in the next few days to get a better perspective.

    Any input would be appreciated.

  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    With the current-gen Corolla, you either fit or you don't. It has little to do with height, and much more to do with legs vs. trunk, and arm length. Lots of people are fine with it [I was], many are not. It's a bone of contention. [I'm about 6' even, 175 lbs, with fairly long legs for my size.]

    My own view is that in order to get the amount of room in the back seat that this car now has, they fiddled the front seat positioning in a way that causes some people to have real problems with the pedal vs steering wheel compromise.

    So, yes, some people don't fit in this car. You are obviously one of them.
  • jacknimblejacknimble Posts: 171
    I purchased a 2003 LE about a year and a half ago. I notice the wierd driving position right away, and being a car guy, it ate at me quite a bit. The car is primarily the wifes, but when it was a few months old, I took it on a 1000 mile/3 day round trip by myself.

    I quickly got used to the driving position, and was comfortable for the trip. I agree that the seat bottom is too short, but did not notice the back of the seat being too hard.

    The seats are leather, so that may be the difference.

    I have since forgotten about the unusual seating position, and I think the car is great overall. My only other complaint would be more sound deadening, but I have that complaint about every card I drive. For an economy car, the Corolla is very quiet.

    I have not noticed any jerkiness in the acceleration, but the torque does come on noticeably at about 3300 rpm or so.
  • danielj6danielj6 Posts: 285
    I've had my 04 Corolla LE for close to a month now. Since the beginning I noticed certain discomfort finding an adequate seating position. So I fiddled quite a bit with the seat. At this point I was able to adjust it to a comfortable position. Before I drove a Merc. Sable and it was very comfortable. So I went through a period of adjustment. Now I feel at home in my Toyota. Although, at times I think that I should've gotten the Camry, but for other reasons.

    There is so much good about the Toyota Corolla that it's hard for me to find faults with it. Perhaps you should, budget permitting, consider the Camry.
  • stevenq99stevenq99 Posts: 36
    The Corolla is a great little car but 2 hours is all I can take when I am driving it. If you do not like the driving position you might want to look at something else IMHO.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    I don't own a Corolla now but frequently get them as rentals. The driving position is very uncomfortable to me (5'9-1/2", 32" inseam). Whenever I get one I can't wait to get back home to my own car. I've tried adjusting the Corolla's seat every whichway and nothing helps. I've read (e.g. CR's review) that it is not an issue for shorter drivers. I think the problem could be easily solved by a telescoping steering wheel, if Toyota would see fit to add one.
  • I have an interesting discovery about that fishy dealer documentation fee.

    Currently I am looking at 2 dealers in my "local" area (and by that I mean within 90 mins of my location; which results in only 2!). In any case I emailed the dealer that was 90mins away and he's the one who told me about the 212 dollar "Dealer Documentation Fee." So I decided to email the Toyota dealer closer to me (17mins) and ask him about it as if I had just heard about it and didn't know anything. Well he emails me back and says that they (the local dealer) don't charge a documentation fee even though others might. All they charge is 28 bucks for paperwork. HOW surprised was I?

    Well I can tell you which dealer I'm going with. Plus the location of the other dealer makes going down there and paying an extra 212 dollars just not worth my time.

  • I dont' know why they don't add a telescoping steering wheel. Even the 2005 doesn't have one! I've noticed alot of cars in this class are starting to get them, I wonder why Toyota hasn't added one yet. It would behove them, in my opinion, to do so especially in a class of cars where space is so 'managed' and every little thing helps.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    Actually not many cars in this class have a telescoping steering wheel--the Focus and Mazda3 are two that come to mind. But the Corolla could really benefit from one. I guess as long as Toyota sells enough Corollas to the public and to rental companies like Hertz, they won't feel the need to add that feature.
  • carglowcarglow Posts: 91
    Did the estimated mileage increase from the 04 to 05 A/T from 29 to 30 city?

    Why? Did anything change?
  • joelweszjoelwesz Posts: 1
    I get only about 30miles/gallon on my 2004 Corolla. Is that normal? The car is listed as 32/40 for city/highway driving. I do around 25/75% city/highway driving. I've asked my dealer about it and they say that the best I can really hope for is around 35mpg.

    Currently I have about 2200 miles on my car. Is it because my car is new? Will my mpg improve as I get more miles?
  • stevenq99stevenq99 Posts: 36
    I get 36-37 with my 2004 5-speed. did not really change with more miles.
  • onedergyalonedergyal Posts: 11
    A private seller in my area is offering a 2004 Corolla S model with only 2500 miles. The original price they posted was $14,500, but I got them down to $14000 so far.
    I don't know if this is a good price, since i have nothing to compare it with.
    It is Drk Blu, and has a sunroof, a/c, am/fm cass/cd, cruise, keyless entry, it has power everything Anti-Lock Brakes; Air Conditioning; Cruise Control; Compact Disc Player; Passenger Air Bag; Rear Window Defroster; AM/FM Stereo Cassette; Power Door Locks; Sunroof/Moonroof; Tilt Wheel. Let me know what you all think.

  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    If you have a Corolla automatic, 30 MPG overall is almost exactly what Consumer Reports averaged in their most recent test of a Corolla (a 2003 model). CR usually does a great job of reporting real world overall MPG, so Id say youre fine. But also, be sure your tires are properly inflated, which often affects overall MPG.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Why don't you cross-post in our Real-World Trade-In Values discussion? The folks there may be able to help you evaluate this deal while you are waiting for responses here.

    Let us know what happens!
  • carglowcarglow Posts: 91
    I carry around between 100-150lbs in the trunk of my 05 Corolla A/T.

    Will that effect my mpg significantly?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    The short answer is...not really...

    Too many other variables for this to matter much...
  • I'm considering the corolla. I'm a college student who's tired of his achieva only achieving high repair bills.

    In anycase my question regards the manual transmission on the corolla. How does the shifting feel? Is it tight and responsive or slow and mushy? I've already been for a test drive but the dealer only had automatics. I guess manuals aren't that popular in this class.

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