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  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    Well I ran through a 1/2 tank in my toyota got 32/mpg. Tires are kinda low and I did stop and go traffic all the time, no highway at all, ac running constantly. . I suspect putting more air in the tires and more realistic driving as well as running it all the way to empty I may be able to get 34-35. Looks like the days of getting 37-38 might be over. Must have been my car overheating that month that gave me super high mileage. Will run a full tank dry this week for more accuracy. hehe who needs electric 3 cylinder cars when you own a corolla.
  • After my 2000 corolla CE had 10-15 K miles on it, I was only getting 31-32 mpg (no air on)pure highway driving @ 65-75mph. I now routinely get 39-43 mpg with full time air after doing the following (Canadian car with Michelin MX4 tires ): 1.Change to KN type air filter (possible 3-4 mpg increase). 2.Addition of PTFE based anti friction additive (probable 2-3 mpg increase).
    3.Use of Chevron Fuel injection cleaner every 1500-3000 miles (see note on 4).4.Use of pennzoil 5w-30 oil(1 qt syn +3 qt reg.) and fram filter every 3000 mi.(Mileage increase I do not know, but a supper clean engine helps keep mpg a max!)

    I expect mpg to return to 42-46 in Nov. when I can turn air off. Would love to hear from someone who tries any or all of above. Oh yes, added bonus: dropped 0-60 time from 10.0 to 8.1,at a cost of less than $100 bill!

    PS. I now get 28 + or - 0.5 mpg in 50/50 driving(with air on).
  • markgmidmarkgmid Posts: 1
    After your normal car wash, mix a tablespoon of kerosene in a quarter bucket of clean water. This should remove the road tar spots. I learned this tip from a roommate who bought a brand new white Porsche. It was a recommendation for his Porsche. He only used the kerosene and water and then an occasional wax job. Last time I saw the car, it still had factory paint from 1975.
  • mpynempyne Posts: 120
    I saw a post with pics of the new corolla. I think its looks awful (my opinion).i am about 2 days from purchasing my first corolla(2002 LE indigo ink). I dont understand why the drastic change. I think they couldve enhanced their current design (nice front end and rear tail lights there almost lexus like)
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    Is there any changes from 2001 LE to the 2002 LE ?
  • glenglenglenglen Posts: 37
    I've gotten nothing but good comments on the way my '98 Corolla looks. Well, it is dressed up in Konig rims and 195/50 15 tires.

    IMO, the new Civic 4 doors look too boring as well.
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    Any one own a new 2002 Corolla yet? How does it compare to the 2001?
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    I'd be really interested to see your Corolla--can you post a pic here, or would you have a website where we can see it?

    On another note, I've tinted the windows on my Corolla (thanks Terceltom for the window tinting info)... I decided on 50% for the front windows, 35% for the back windows and 20% for the rear window. I think it looks great, and I'll post a pic on here soon.
  • truckdude1truckdude1 Posts: 88
    Hi we need to buy a NEW car soon within two weeks,what do you know about the 01 or the 02 Corolla LE sedan? wed like to know what the price should be fully loaded for an LE with spoiler and alloy wheels? are the motors fast to speed up and do you think a corolla can handle ONE year of driving ..because we will be driving 40,000 miles for the first year? and only small miles following?..what would you say we should get a CIVIC LX,EX, corolla LE or CAMRY CE???..please tell us your experiences ..miles and prices and all that you know..thanks so much.
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    I'm glad you decided to get it done. I really like mine and if my car was not Black Sand Pearl I probably would have gone darker then 33% all the way around. It really helps with the heat and bright sun.
  • glenglenglenglen Posts: 37
    Sorry I'm late in getting back to you.

    I don't have a digital camera so I will have to ask a friend to take a picture of my Corolla for me, of course after I give it a good wash. Also, I will have to figure out how to post the picture on this message board. Control C and then control V?

    Best regards,

    glenglen
  • man657man657 Posts: 1
    It looks like toyota is leaning over towards the luxury side in the new corolla. If its any thing that better be new is the room in the new corolla because I must admit, as much as i love the current corolla, it desperatley need more leg room or overall room for that matter.
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    Does anyone have any info. on the 2002 Corolla? It seems everyone is interested in the 2003 but what about the 2002? There must be some changes in this years model even if they are small.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    most of the Corolla's at dealerships right now are 2002 models. there is virtually no change from the 2001. 2001 was the corolla's 4th model year, and as such, it received the minor front and rear end restyling, equipment grade changes, different wheel covers, and seat fabrics.
    going to pick up my dad's new leased 2002 tonight-black... a good color for the car, I think.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Thanks, I'd like to know what yours looks like... I have a pic of my own that I'd like you (and you all reading this post) to see, but I don't quite know how to post a picture on here, therefore...

    HOST: Can we put personal pictures of our Corolla here, and if so, what is the technical procedure?

    Thanks!
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    Thanks for the info.I have a Black Sandpearl "01" and the color is nice but you have to wash it all the time to keep it looking good.
  • patzillapatzilla Posts: 1
    Ok, so the first Toyota I owned was a preowned 1994 Corolla Wagon DX - poor thing started having computer problems just past the 100,000 mile mark, so we decided to trade it in (it was going to cost $1900 to replace the computer, and that was on top of all the other problems we "fixed" - stuff the computer was saying was wrong when it wasn't) - We gave up on our little "Tigger", as we affectionately called it, in Oct 2000, after 4 years of loyal service, and traded it in on a 1997 Saturn SW2 (Ok, kick me) - MISTAKE!!!!! Oh man if I could take that trade back, I would have sunk the $1900 and fixed ol' "Tigger" - Well, the long and short of it is, I hate the Saturn, 5 times into the shop in the past month, and they couldn't diagnose it properly until they started swapping fuel injectors around - Besides the fact that they want you to join their "Cult" of Saturn and the darn thing rattles more than a baby toy -While the ol' Saturn was in the shop I headed over to the Toyota dealer and got myself a nice shiney almost new 2001 Corolla LE - and if I have any say in the matter - we'll be trading the Saturn in for another. Once you've had a Corolla, you'll never want to drive anything else - the Corolla is zippy, has spunk, has passing power with that nice overdrive, mine is maxed to the gills with options (only thing it doesn't have is the alarm, the moonroof, side airbags, and wood trim on the dash). I love my Corolla - I won't make the same mistake of giving up on it if it develops any problems. ;-)
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    I've read a lot of posts here about people that are very happy with their Corollas, and the same goes for the people that I've spoken with. It's amazing what kind of stories you hear from other Corolla owners. In my opinion, the Corolla is one of the best cars on the road these days, even if some people say that the design is old: you're right when you say that it has ample passing power and is very zippy. I still can't believe it when I'm driving around and I want to make a quick turn or pass, and how easy it is do to just that.

    Did you buy the 2001 LE yet? If so, what's the color?
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Was looking at Corolla vs the Echo. What kind of MPGs does the Corolla get? Echo owners report 40 mpg or better on the highway, even with the automatic, and low to mid 30s in more stop and go type driving. I know the EPA numbers for both cars are very close for the automatics...30/39 for the Corolla and 32/38 for the Echo, but I suspect that the Echo does a lot better than the Corolla in the real world. True or false assuming you drive both cars the same way? Thanks.
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    on my last tank I got 32.1 MPG (city) - I have a '01 Corolla with 4-speed auto - on the previous tank I got 30.1 MPG - I know a lady who has a '01 Echo with auto transmission - she gets 32 MPG city driving -
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    About posting photos - Karen, the host of the Owners Clubs explains it very well. Check out the post at this link: KarenS "Sequoia Owners: Photo Gallery" Apr 9, 2001 12:46pm

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Pat
    Host
    Sedans Message Board
  • dolla2000dolla2000 Posts: 9
    Three days into owning my brand new, 2001 Toyota Corolla (purchased 6/22/01), I noticed a creaky noise coming from the steering column. I pulled over and checked under the hood only to discover that the Power steering fluid reservoir was completely empty. I only found water under the car, not p/s fluid. Since I had the car washed minutes before, the water finding was not surprising. However, the empty reservoir was a surprise. I replaced the p/s fluid and saw no leak. It stayed this way for the next few weeks until last night when I noticed the creaking noise again. This time, I there was fluid virtually gushing from beneath the car. I checked to make sure it wasn't water and sure enough, it was the p/s/ fluid. AAGGHH! I replaced the fluid this morning and sent my wife to the dealer. She's furious because she talked me into a Corolla (versus the Nissan Altima) based on it's legendary reliability. We've put all but nine miles (1500 total) on the car.

    I love the way the car handles and I get pretty decent mileage (not the 39 hwy, 29 city quoted, but decent nonetheless) but you can't imagine how angry I am about this. Hopefully the dealer determines that it's only a minor problem and is easily correctable. We're about to go on vacation and we really don't need this hassle.
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    wow, that stinks! I don't blame you for feeling disappointed and somewhat disgruntled - I've had my '01 Corolla LE for about 4 months and the car has been perfect in every way - the only gripe I have is that the 2002's are about $400 lower in price than my '01 - good luck getting everything corrected...
  • dolla2000dolla2000 Posts: 9
    Thanks britton2. It turned out to be a faulty power steering pump. The dealer replaced it without any hassle. The car now rides and sounds the way it should. I will still be very diligent about checking fluid levels and listening to my instincts about strange sounds in the car. My wife thought I was being anal but she found out I was on to something.

    I saw the price differential between my '01 and the new '02 and felt a little burned.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Pat_Host: Thanks for the technical info. about posting images.

    Since the images are bit bigger than I'd like to post here (88k, I didn't want to sacrifice the colors), I'll post the links here instead. That way, if you won't download the pictures if you don't want them... especially for my fellow dial-up users:



    The window tint percentages are 50% for the front windows, 35% for the back windows and 20% (not viewable) for the rear glass.



    A close-up of the windows.
  • How do Corolla Sedans handle in snow? Where I live, it is an important consideration.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    I drove a Toyota Corolla during the wintertime for the past two years and I have nothing wrong to say about it, especially with one equipped with ABS brakes. The car handles great in the snow, is easy to maneuver, and stops adequately on ice. The heater works great when you have a lot of drizzle or cold weather.
  • mrbucksmrbucks Posts: 2
    I guess there is nothing you can do when you pay a suckers price. I can't believe, if I am reading the lease agreement and the pricing on Edmunds, that I paid sticker price.
    I guess I fell for the stripped down explanation of the ads versus what I was buying. Collar 3 spd auto, with only the VP package and defogger added.
    I guess I found this too late to save money. What prices are being paid for te 2001 model. I see by my lease agreement that I agreed to $14,987 so I beleive I rally blew it. And I have purchsed 3 vehicles from this same guy. Now I feel pretty foolish. Hopefully I'm wrong but you prices will let me know.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    mrbucks-perhaps you are being too hard on yourself. leasing and buying are very different things and leasing is very loosely related to MSRP/purchase price. since leases are based on resale value, for example, it is quite possible that you'd pay much less for a lease on a Camry as compared to the much cheaper Hyundai Sonata.
    however, we just took my dad's 1999 Corolla back and leased a 2002 model.. I'll tell you how we did:

    Corolla CE auto w/VP for $260/month for 36 months through Chase bank with 565 down as Cap Cost reduction and 15,000 miles per year. AND the dealership absorbed $744 of remaining payments on the 1999 (three months worth) and about $55 dollars worth of over milage.
    If we hadn't had to turn the car in 3 months early due to overmileage, we'd in all likelihood be paying about 240/month, and that figure would then be lowered again if we only needed the standard 12,000mi/year instead of 15K.

    Although I hate the 3sp auto, its a decent looking, peppy, reliable, no frills workhorse of a commuter car. I wouldn't go by the 7500mile service intervals that are perscribed by the owners manual... I'm still all for 3750 or 5000miles.
  • dolla2000dolla2000 Posts: 9
    I paid exactly 3% above invoice (according to the Edmunds' 2K1 New Car guide) for my Corolla. The sales manager came grovelig for a deal when I told him I was aware of holdbacks and that I was prepared to walk across the street to the Honda dealer if he didn't accept my very fair offer.

    Surprisingly, carsdirect.com came pretty darn close to the price I paid. Any new car buyers can compare their prices to the Edmunds calculations and make a decision from there.
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