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2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • e_thereale_thereal Posts: 17
    there's actually a base model that's below the LE and Champion Toyota had a few of those on the lot. These may not have power locks or windows.
  • dr94087dr94087 Posts: 9
    Hi,
    Today I called couple of dealers in Bay Area for Corolla enquiry, and they told me that the 0% APR financing is discontinued in July month.
    I checked the Toyota.com site and it dont show the low APR finance.

    Is this true?

    Thanks,
    DR
  • yossarian3yossarian3 Posts: 30
    Does anyone know what sort of specials might be available in Massachusetts in July?
  • rospotterospotte Posts: 11
    Could someone suggest a good price on a 2009 corolla LX with automatic in the dallas,tx. area?

    Any dealer recommendations?

    thanks...jeff
  • alamocityalamocity Posts: 680
    If you don't mind can you email me the names of the dealers you are working with in Austin? The San Antonio dealerships don't seem to want to go anywhere near invoice.
  • yossarian3yossarian3 Posts: 30
    It looks like the low financing offers and low money factors for leases have vanished on the Corollas. And there is also less dealer flexibility on pricing. The explanation is that the Corollas are selling well in this high fuel price environment. Do people think there is any possibility that the better interest rates and money factors might come back in August?
  • I doubt it. If things go as they did with the civics, the prices are only going to go up, and the incentives will go away. I am going to try my best to buy now, because I need a car and don't want to pay too much for it! Honda civics (my first choice) just are outrageous right now... Good luck!
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Not bad at all...what kind of rebate was there? Like the XLE a bit better and I think it has more standard features with a corresponding bump in price. The S model looks pretty nice also.

    The Sandman :)
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  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Wanted a 2009 Corolla XLE fully loaded, all dealers in the Lehigh Valley section of PA area have few 2009 Corollas let alone a XLE loaded. They tell me Corollas are flying out the door. Dealers don't get many XLE's anyway. Most people(unlike me) just move up to the Camry if they want a Toyota equipped well. I, on the other hand, prefer to stick with a Corolla for it's economy and then get it loaded the way I want. They said they would try to locate one from another dealer but basically I just think they just ordered one for me. I wanted moon roof, spoiler, stability control, JBL sound system, alloy wheels, body side moldings, mudguards and carpeted floor mats. Ordered it for around $500.00 under TMV or $1000.00 under MSRP. Not the best deal but the best I could do.
  • barrancebarrance Posts: 6
    I was made an offer over email for a 2009 Corolla with an MSRP of $16909. I wasn't given any additional info, but according to Edmunds, this MSRP happens to correspond to a base model with AT, mats, and destination charge.

    The price I was given was $14999 (there was some sort of dealer discount of $1910). If it is indeed a base model AT with mats, is this a good price for this car? According to Edmunds, this is below invoice.
  • Sounds like this vehicle has roll up windows and no power locks. I suppose that is decent, but it doesn't come with any of the perks (well, except for the mats). I wonder how much more it would cost to get power windows and locks. Where is the dealership located?
  • linyerlinyer Posts: 4
    Just spoke with Don McGill Toyota in Houston. The guy in fleet refused to take 1 penny off sticker price. Said that is what they are going for.
    Not even a thought to pay sticker for me. May have to start looking for another brand.
  • May I suggest you contact other dealers? I have been working on getting the car I want from Ron Carter and think that it will be pretty good, quite a bit off of sticker. Just send them all emails from their homepages saying the EXACT make, model, options, and color. Also, if you can wait, some of these guys can order a car for you with the exact features you want, at a good price. Check around!
  • joeytpjoeytp Posts: 1
    The best quote I could get on a Corolla S auto with sport package, moonroof, traction control, and mats was 18,850+TTL. Anyone able to do better?
  • Never thought I'd see the day when compact cars would cost about $20,000! We are not talking about mid-sized sedans. It's outrageous to think that we are being told that paying upwards of $17,000+ is a good deal for a compact car that gives us 35 mpg. Seriously, a couple of years ago you could get a new Corolla for $12,500 - $13,500. I'm so tired of the crappy deals dealerships are giving me on Corollas. I've just decided to wait until fall or December/January when there will be more rebates because the '10 Corolla will be coming out. I'm looking to pay between $15,500 - $16,500 on a new Corolla with cruise, keyless and mats. Cruise/Mat can be optional. I used an internet site that is supposed to make good deals for you. I received an e-mail on yesterday from a dealership in Anniston, AL (about 45 minutes from me) where I can get an LE with just standard power locks/windows for $16,188. I'm gonna check it out.
  • mnfmnf Posts: 404
    A couple of years ago gas was $2.00 + a gallon also and trucks were selling not now and there is a slug of trucks cheap now. You will find one as soon as the pipe line fills up but dont count on the 2010 causing a spiral of slashed prices. In May i picked up a LE with keyless, mats and stability control for just over $16K so it can be found. You will need to be flexible on colors and timing is everything.

    Good Luck
  • e_thereale_thereal Posts: 17
    CHampion toyota-salesman's initials are BI
  • jlawrence01jlawrence01 Posts: 1,828
    >>, a couple of years ago you could get a new Corolla for $12,500 - $13,500. <<

    A lot of the options on the 2007 models (side airbags, ABS) are now standard on the same models.

    Also, there is a whole lot more demand for a high efficiency vehicle that there was 18 months ago ...

    Thanks heavens my beater died when it did and didn't hang around for another year as I paid $13950 for my LE in March 2007.
  • archarkonarcharkon Posts: 4
    Just got Corolla LE auto

    Price $15650 (including delivery )
    Processing fee $100
    Tax $939 (6%)
    Tags $220

    Total 16909

    No Trade in

    In Baltimore, MD
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Hyundai has come along way and that perception of it being a cheap brand is misguided. We've had all the economy japanese brands now and their quality has gone downhill from their heyday in the '80's and '90's. The Elantra is the equal of the Corolla and the Civic now and the Sonata is definitely on par with the Camcords. My oldest and I pulled up next to a brown '08 Elantra about an hour ago and it looked very sharp...it will be her 1st car when we buy thanksgiving week.
    The prices of the Civic and Corolla have gone outta sight now and what one would've paid for the last generation LE, which is now the XLE, only buys the new LE, last generations CE. The Corolla XLE and the Civic EX are already in Camry/Accord pricing territory. I understand in your case the Corolla "fits" you, but I think many will cross shop the larger Camry/Accord once they see the final prices they are getting on the smaller Corolla/Civic models.
    The price of petrol is really affecting many products associated with nit.

    The Sandman :)
  • linyerlinyer Posts: 4
    Did call Ron Carter, (in Houston) did not hear back. Then went to JM dealership. I had one thing in mind for me and they had something else in mind ,only about $800 more.
    Went to Mike Calvert through my Credit Union. Nice gentleman, not pushy etc. What we are coming down to is about $18,300 (apprx)OTD. electric windows, keyless entry, cd, mats, weather package, stripe, mudguards.
    In the Gulf coast area several extra fees are attached to the invoice for Toyota, over $1000 that kick the price up. I have seen the same thing on several invoices.
    The way things are going I have been told some dealerships will be getting sticker price for the smaller cars. Some dealerships are already doing that.
    Anyone else in Houston do much better?
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    I do like the Elantra, and I agree it's come a long way, but when the Corolla is still going at 200k, will the Elantra be doing the same thing? Too early to tell. Toyota has a long history as a quality car, as does Honda, but it's to early to tell about Hyundai. Time will tell. If gas wasn't approaching $5, I would probably would have just kept my Subara Outlook a bit longer. Photography is my hobby and I like to do frequent road trips. Couldn't do it as often as I liked anymore in the Boo. I had the chance to try the Corolla in the snow in WY and MT recently and it did great. Handles well in the mountains also. There are a couple of things I don't like about it, one being that the back seats don't go all the way down. The Corolla, Civic, and Elantra seem to rule the road lately. Especially in CA. I also don't know how a really tall person could fit into one of those cars and be comfortable. I'm 5'6'' and I have to drive with my seat all the way back.
  • 0435004350 Posts: 26
    If you don't mind driving a prior rental car, there should be some used 09 (and 08) models on the market in the near future, albeit with 4,000 to 25,000 miles on them. Some will be sold as certified by Toyota dealers if the dealer wants to spend the time and effort to do Toyota's certification inspection. The major rental car companies are also feeling the pressure of keeping a fuel efficient fleet and Corollas are also popular rental cars.
  • rospotterospotte Posts: 11
    If your 5 6" dont worry about the room for the driver in the corolla.

    I'am 6 3" 220 lbs.Very comfortable with plenty of leg room.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Funny, I'm only an inch taller than you but drive with my seat somewhat close to the wheel, so my taller kids love sitting behind me. Really think the newer Hyundai's will have no problem getting up to the 200k mark. People's perception is still based on the Hyundai of old and not based on reality. Ask people like Backy who's owned his for a few years and is very satisfied. I've also had that perception in my mindset for awhile, but after having driven a few Hyundai's lately, I'd definitely buy one and plan to buy them for my two girls as their 1st cars later on this year.
    Trust me, the new '09 Sonata is an outstanding car and I'd buy one if I didn't like the smaller sized car or it would fit on my side of the garage.
    Welcome to the 21st century.

    The Sandman :)
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    Unbelievable. I have long legs, but I'm sure not as long as a 6'3'' man. Plus I'm 150lbs and wouldn't want to gain any weight. Or, are you kidding me??? LOL ;)
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    Well, like I said, time will tell. I usually drive my cars for 10 years, and I'm a stickler on maintaining them. I'll probably be dead by the time the next 10 years rolls around.If not, the plugins or something else ought to be all the rage. Maybe there will be Jetson mobiles. LOL I'm not comfy if I have to bend my legs more than a little. I have the seat and the steering wheel adjusted just right. Don't like being up too close to the wheel either. I like the adjustable steering wheel on the Corolla..Nicer than the one I had before.
  • rospotterospotte Posts: 11
    jillew I think you will be very happy with the rolla.

    When I was doing my research on it and the civic I read one reviewer describe the corolla as the lexus of the compact class.

    I agree with that.The ride comfort,fit and finish its all their.

    As far as maintanence just change the oil every 5,000 miles and have your mant. book stamped by toyota service department.As the car ages they will check other things as well.We should get ten years use easy.
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    I'm very happy with the car, the style, the ride and all the goodies. I'm especially happy with the gas millage as I live rural and if on occasion I want to drive to a mall or to the big city where groceries are cheaper, I can afford to do it. I took one long trip in it and never felt sore or cramped. Next year I plan to drive it to Alaska. I don't know what all the fuss is. If someone doesn't like the car, then they shouldn't buy it. They should buy what they like, just like I did. I didn't fall out of a potato truck in front of the Toyota dealer and run in and buy the Corolla.. I researched different cars for a year and had decided on the '08 Prius Touring Model and even ordered it and then changed my mind for several reasons. Corolla was a better ride, was way more comfy and roomier, cost was way lower than Prius, and I could take it to my own mechanic I have had for years and didn't have to use the dealership. Big savings there.

    Jill (a happy Corolla owner) :D
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