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Toyota Corolla Basic Maintenance Questions

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  • Hello all,

    Can some one please offer an opinion about buying a used 2001 corolla with 95,000 miles. What is a reasonable price for such a car? What should I look out for at the dealer's? What problems can I expect to have with this car, in terms of maintenance issues? Any recall issues with this model ever reported?

    any advice is appreciated.

    thanks

    Sam
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I own a 2001 LE with 55,000 miles on it and you'd have to offer me a pretty penny to get it off my hands. This car has been great to me. Never took it in for any scheduled maintenances, I just do all the oil and filter changes myself and also just drained and refilled the automatic tranny fluid. I might have had brakes replaced once or twice; other than that this car has been bullet proof. The only recall I had was the first month or two back in 2001 it was recalled for the belt tensioner to be replaced, no big deal. Great little car, expect to pay Kelly Blue Book or Edmunds retail value! Consider how much mileage you will put on it a year though. If taken care of, motor will take you over 150,000 miles.
  • geobluegeoblue Posts: 71
    I would say 'stay away from 1998-2002 Corollas'. Most of these Corollas are OIL BURNERS.
    If you want reliability you should look into Corollas and Prizms of 1993-1997.
  • I bought the Corolla with the Clunker tax. The Langhorne Toyota dealer had people waiting until past midnight to sign for these economical cars. With 11000 miles mine is having trouble starting. I don't know if it is the battery, starter, or computer. Had it back to the dealer, and of course they cannot replicate the problem. "somebody else played around with your battery," said the counter person to my wife. "No one else looked at it." After waiting for hours at their giant service center, they began trying to sell us other services that were not requested or warranted. "What do you want me to do when the car don't start again?" we asked. "That is not Toyota's problem." We should have bought the Elantra.....Anyone else having starting problems with their Toyota? :
  • Hi gindelm7,

    That dealer seems to be a bad one.You bought a BRAND NEW car with warranty.
    Even battery is under warranty.Even the cheapest batteries come with 2-3 years free replacement warranties, Toyota factory installed ones should, too.

    Insist on getting service under warranty, if they do not want to help, write to Toyota's consumer department, give the dealer a hint...

    You do not have to buy a service you do not want to, again your car is a 2010 model year car, brand new.And under warranty.

    If possible, go to a different dealer service department.

    You can even return the car for a full refund, claiming lemon status, at least you can use this to force them to solve the problem.You can contact better business bureau too.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    You simply call them up from your cell phone when it won't start and have them tow it from the side of the road to their dealership. All is covered under the warranty, including the tow. I do however disagree with post #528; you can't just return your car for "lemon status" for a first time starting problem. If "lemon status" is that easily done, do you know how many people would have already returned their Corollas because of the EPS steering problem that is present on some of these cars? I think your car has to be in the shop for at least three times due to the same problem to begin to even think about "lemon status". Good luck! Keep us informed.
  • I am looking for someone in the Bend area that has a 1998 Corolla sedan that I can rent for a day. I need to recreate a driving sequence using a car similar to the one that was involved in an accident. Does anyone know of someone that may be interested? Do you know of any other place I could look to find Corolla owners? Thank you!
  • I doubt most people would risk a no-payout on insurance to rent you their car, but some of course will---so advertise on your local craigslist.

    also Rent a Wreck in Portland might have one.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Geez, I hope your kidding ! ! !
  • If you do advertise on craigslist, you'll want to be detailed with your wording or your ad there won't likely last long. The information you've provided here makes it sound like this:

    "I'm looking to rent a car just like the one that was involved in an accident, and I'm looking to drive it just like I did when I had the accident to see if I wreck again under the same circumstances. I'll pay $50 to borrow your car and you may or may not get it back in the same condition."

    I'm hoping that's not the actual situation, but that's the way people will read it if you don't explain.

    Need help navigating? kirstie_h@edmunds.com - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • Sorry, now that I reread it, it does sound bad. All I need to do is drive the car in the same area at night to see what visibility is like. No damage will be done to the car. The owner could even drive it if they want. I'll keep looking, just thought people here would know other people with Corollas. Thanks!
  • I have a question on warranty coverage on my new Corrolla, with comes with standard 3-year basic warranty and 2-year Toyota Care. Do they cover maintenance like auto detailing or other bodywork like dent removal, etc.?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Only if it's spelled out in your documentation. Must be listed.
  • I think that the dealer was nice enough to show your dirty cabin filter.
    wouldn' t you continued breezing foul air off the the dirty filter if they didn't show it to you? plus, many people are not mechanically inclined at all, and not be able to
    replace the filter like you did.
  • You were correct! The car didn't start a couple days after the dealer said it was not the battery. We called the dealer and they towed the car. Guess what? They now found a "bad cell" in the battery that was not there the first time. They offered to replace the battery with "whatever Toyota puts in 2010 corollas" OR we could possibly get a better battery (at higher cost.) We went with the replacement battery. The dealer needed to keep the car for TWO days to make sure that it would start over night. So that is 3 days to the dealer for a battery. I bet WALMART can beat that schedule! I did check if the battery was one of the several recalls on this car, but none were for batteries.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Don't know if I would call the dealer "nice" because he did his job? He'd be very neglectful if you paid him to do preventative maintenance and he didn't check this cabin filter. I'd call it a typical dealer rip-off for a 5 minute job. If you can open the cardboard box that this filter comes in, then you can install it; whether or not you choose to is your decision. Some people would rather donate the $40.00 to the dealer just to avoid a 5 minute job.
  • Hello Everyone! This is my very first post. I have had a few issues w/my breaks (pads mostly, i guess) and I wanted to ask for assistance. I purchased my car in 2005 from a dealer, it had 3,500 miles on it from a first owner who was "traveling out of the country". I never had any major issues with the car until this past Fall/Winter. I noticed the breaks becoming less reliable. I drive to the city every day, but I basically just put 2 miles in the city, most of the other way I drive is in the suberbs on semi-highway roads. Sometimes theres a lot of traffic, sometimes there isnt. Most of the time the other cars on the roads drive like crazy lunatics. Tailgating has become a daily ritual. I get very worried when a car is very close to me from behind (driving or at a red light). I've had two people hit my car from behind and it may be taking its toll (psychologically) on me. The last time was just this past July, we were 6 cars in the accident. The culprit was two cars -SUVs- behind me. I drive safely but also not too slow, not too fast. Just in between.
    Going back to the issue @ hand, the breaks of my car are giving me a hard time. After fixing the break past this past December 31st, I keep experiencing unreliable break motions. I have to break much earlier than before. The pads dont seem to be very strong. I always go to the Toyota Dealer for maintenance. In February and again just today (June) I have gone to the dealer so they can re-check the pads. Yesturday on my way home, everytime I'd press on the breaks I would have to press far too much down in order for me to feel the breaks doing its job. Also, Whenever I put the A/C on the breaks feel even worse!! I cant put the A/C on anymore! :( So today when I took it back in (just as what happened in Feb) the dealer tells me that the break pads are fine and they cleaned it and tightened it up for me. They looked all throughout the car and couldnt find any fault with the breaks. I asked them "Could it be something else perhaps!?!" They said they looked everywhere and did a test run for 2 miles and couldnt figure out what I was talking about because the breaks were "fine".
    Am I delusional ?! Does anyone else with a Corolla have the same issues as me?? My car has 58,500 miles on it. As I mentioned before I bought it with 3,500 miles.. I bought it in October 2005.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Putting on the A.C, increases engine RPM's. Therefore if your brakes are not grabbing as before it would make sense that the increased engine RPM's would even make it seem more so. However, if there was a problem with the brakes I believe a test drive would have confirmed this with the dealer. With your past driving history perhaps sudden braking might actually have been the initial problem with the original set of brake pads.
  • circuitsmithcircuitsmith Posts: 117
    On a car that's at least 6 years old (you didn't say what year it is) I would suspect a failing brake master cylinder.
    A weak master cylinder can act up intermittently.

    In the future have the brake fluid changed every 3 years (2 years with ABS).
    That will greatly extend the life of brake components.
  • What do you mean by "With your past driving history perhaps sudden braking might actually have been the initial problem with the original set of brake pads." ?? I don't stop suddenly, and never have.
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