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Toyota Corolla



  • Can you all please list the prices that you paid?
  • lfanlfan Posts: 61
    $15700 before tax and tags
    Corolla S, 5 spd, Lunar Mist Metallic with following options:
    AM/FM/CD Combo
    All Weather Guard Package
    Cruise Control
    PP Power Package
    SP Sport Plus Package
    Car mats

    As I mentioned the car shipped with steel wheels though it contained the Sport Plus Package. The factory aluminum wheels still on order! I am insisting on a free oil change for my troubles to return to the dealer for installing the wheels. The factory Corolla S floor mats are also on order.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    Which dealer did you get that at? I bought an '02 corolla S with pretty much the same options except the aluminum wheels for $13.5k before tax. Seems the dealers can get away with asking for high prices with the new models. By the way, I got the "S" model floormats, and they are cheap. I've already worn out the fabric down to the base where my left foot rests under the clutch pedal, had to go to Walmart to get a rubber mat to cover the hole.
  • Thanks for the price info. I am trying to buy one in Dallas... trying to make sure I do not pay to much .
    The economy is very bad down here. The car is in very short supply.
  • I don't think Ifan did too badly compared to you. He only paid $2200 more than you, and he bought the aluminum wheels. Take them out and it's probably only about $1300 more than you. Consider his is bigger and more powerful, it's probably about right.
  • I went to the dealers in Virginia Beaches, VA.
    Dealers overthere are very happy since they can sell corolla at the stickered price. I had like 10 min to look at the car because it's sold to the customer before me.
    Well, I probably have to wait for a while. :(
  • lfanlfan Posts: 61
    Wow, $13,500 for a '02 S. . .
    I assume you got AM/FM/CD, 6 speakers, All Weather Guard Package, Cruise Control, Tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, Power windows and locks, map lights, spoiler, and Car mats. Plus you must of had an opportunity to get Toyota subsidized low financing also.

    But to be honest, I had never considered the Corolla until the 2003's came out. I guess I paid the price of admission for getting the latest and greatest.
  • I'm like you. The Corolla was never on my list of possible next cars. But, after seeing the 2003 model, it's probably what we will get. We basically just need a commuter, so we don't want to spend more than about 14 or so. We were looking at Sentra GXE in the 13's, Elantra for less than that, and Civic LX for about $14,200. I was having a hard time believing a car stickering for close to $16k would come without a CD player--and be equipped with a 115HP sohc engine. After reading a little about the Corolla and seeing ALL Corollas come with the same 130HP dohc vvt-i engine, a CD player and 15" wheels, I thought I'd give it a look. It is nice! A Corolla CE with auto stickered for $14,800. We want a manual, so that'll get the sticker closer to $14k. Plus, I expect to get a little off that. Sure, I'll give up the power windows and locks, but I'll gain a better engine and standard CD player--an exchange I'm willing to make!
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    with the new Corolla! One of my customers got one yesterday and I got a real close up view of it today, outstanding! It was an LE model in the green color and it was a real eye catcher. It looks like a mini Avalon or Camry from the side and the front drivers seat was raised higher than the passengers, a nice touch for an economy car. The white gauges on the instrument panel looked way cool, just a real impressive car! I'm in love!
  • lfanlfan Posts: 61
    As a frame of reference, the dealer I bought from ( had a CE Auto, only options were power locks and all weather guard pkg. The "no-haggle" price was $14100 before tax and tags. I managed to haggle and knock another $100 off my "S". So for a 5spd CE, under $14000 should be well within reach.

    Good luck with your car hunting.
  • Thanks for the pricing info, I think I am going to order one in the next few days
  • hello!!

    we are seriously thinking of the corolla for the next car (commuter). currently have an 89 camry that has been typical toyota: rock solid dependable.
    has anyone purchased a corolla with leather seats ? any comments on the quality of the leather ? thanks for any input...

    take care,

    :dave and krystyna
  • Yesterday I stopped at Toyota to sit in the Corolla ( already looked at it when the dealer was closed ). The salesman gave me the key to start it. It idled at 2000 RPM. That's racing to me. It did eventually come down to about 1300 RPM. I'm in Florida. So it wasn't like it needed to rev high because of cold. Most cars idle at about 800 RPM. Anyone else notice the engine idle to be very high?

    I love everything about the looks of this car. A little of Jetta in the looks. It definately looks substancial (Beefy). Very nice interior on the LX. Nice dash/armrest-storage/seats. Upscale interior except for the cheap headliner and engine sounds. My very first Japanese car was a Corolla wagon in 1980. Put 102,000 fun mile on it. Now seven Japanese cars later, I don't think I can ever buy another Big Three car. ( maybe a truck).

    Here's something interesting. The salesman was definately not a kid ( about 55 yrs old ). I asked him if the engine had a timing belt or chain. He went to open the hood to show me. Now I'm wondering how he was going to do that??? Open the engine up? I'm laughing inside. He points to the accessory drive belts. " See it's a belt". I informed him that was not the timing belt. When I explained it to him he commented " see how much I know about cars". He went inside to find out. He was told it has a chain.
    I'm amazed at how little some salepeople know. Especially when they say " we just got these cars in a few days ago, so I don't know much about them". I always know more about their cars than they do. It shouldn't be that way.
  • I agree with Clay and Sandman above - I never really liked the Corolla until the 2003 model. IMO, it's a huge upgrade. It's like a mini Camry or Lexus now, especially in the LE. Definitely my top choice in this class - beats the Civic by far.

    vmaturo - about the salesman, yeah, I have yet to meet a car salesman that knows a lot about cars.
  • Thanks for the heads-up. It will be about April before we buy. We have tax refund coming and my wife gets her annual bonus and raise in March, so we are waiting until after then. I'm thinking by April Corollas should be plentiful and dealers should be more willing to deal. Plus, they are in the process of building a new Toyota dealership about 8 or 9 miles from me, so maybe we'll catch them in a "200 Must Go This Weekend Grand Opening Sale!"
  • Guys I bought it today 03 LE it has cruise 6 speaker upgrade and it had the extra mile add on ( 876.00 window etching, carpet set 5 pc, pin stripe, cargo net, 3yr\ 36000 mile roadside assistance ) I did not pay for the extra mile package they wanted me to pay 400.00 for it but I did not do it. They would not take a check with out running a credit report on me, so I went and got a cashers check for them.
    I know I could get it cheaper If I waited, I paid 15,495.00 +ttl.
    It was the only one on the Lot
    It was hard for me to part with that hard earned money
  • mbt1mbt1 Posts: 33
    Does anyone know what the crash test ratings on the new Corolla are, or is it too soon to know?
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    I think it will be awhile before the crash test ratings are out: The 2002 Camry and Altima, for example, have still not been tested either by the IIHS or NHTSA, or at least, results are not out yet.
  • Sometimes when I start mine it has been revving up 2000 rpm then it drops down after a few mins.
    The salesman told me it had a timing chain and said it was a non interference engine ( If the timing chain breaks it will not damage the engine ) I hope this is true
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    i believe the salesguy is telling you the truth.

    on some older toyota/honda cars, if the timing belt snaps and you happen to be driving real fast - you can kiss your engine goodbye!
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