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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    just a question, have you posted the same message somewhere else on edmunds? sienna boards maybe? just wondering coz your post looks really familar.

    anyways, you were over by 2,000 miles on the warranty so the dealer or toyota have every right to refuse to cover all the charges. you're not 2 miles over, you're 2,000 miles over. put yourself in their shoes and i don't think you would be covering the charges as well.

    our family members have owned 17 toyota vehicles for the past 19 yrs. and none had engine problems or any major problems.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    did some calculations tonight after gas fill-up, i get approx. 13.25kms./per litre.

    this sound about right to those of you with 03' corolla's?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    ...mine does the same thing, though I've chosen to ignore it because it only happens on the worst roads imaginable. Frankly, this problem, or something like it, has been present on every Toyota or Honda I've owned, and I've had lots of both. There needs to be a tighter mounting system for the radio/CD insert - I can put finger pressure on the upper left area of the CD insert and the noise goes away.
  • Hi,

    Have a 2003 Corolla CE bought new in May.

    Noticed that the black rubber door seals (the ones on the car body not the door) had both split at a point slightly above the door lock striker in the doorframe.

    Driver side split clean through from too much squeezing. Passenger side showed a line where it will split soon.

    Is this a design bug? Dealer is changing both gaskets this week, but I wonder if it will happen again unless parts are redesigned.

    Service advisor said he'd not seen this before.

  • i have a 99 corolla auto.

    my auto trans shift knob light is out. i can't see at night if i'm in D, N, R, ... is this a bulb or fuse issue. i was told that a fuse controls more then just one light.

    any ideas?

  • mpynempyne Posts: 120
    i also have a 2003 japan built corolla with the same problem when going over bumps. also i notice when i put my car in reverse and turn my wheel to the right it clicks 1 time. im almost positive it has nothing to do with the brakes setting(thats make a different sounds that im aware of. anyone have this same problem?

    jrct9454 how long have you had your corolla? do you have problems with rock chips? it seems like my paint is stronger than my canada built 2002 corolla. i have a couple but they are really tiny compared to some of the ones i got when i had the 2002

  • I had the same click sound on my 2000 Maxima. I think it comes from power steering. I leased it so I didn't try to fix it. I want to put cassette player at the dealership and will ask them to fix rattle noise at the same time. Did anyone put cassette player in 2003 Corolla?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    ...and now has just short of 5000 miles. We have our share of front-end nicks from rocks and debris, but certainly no more than usual, and perhaps a bit less. The touch-up "pen" is very good at working these blems, much better than the brush/bottle. It takes some practice to get it right, and you have to shake the bejeezus out of it to get the color right, but I am pleased with the results.

    Ours is Lunar Mist from NUMMI, made first week of March. Very happy with the car overall.
  • mpynempyne Posts: 120
    where can you find them?
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    most likely, the bulb is busted. if every other light inside works then it's the bulb. if you have something else that dont work, then it could be the fuse.

    you have to remove the cover to get at the bulb
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    The dealer sells both the pen and the brush/bottle; I bought both, but the pen has worked so well that I have yet to use the bottle. As I said, to work well, you need a bit of practice [on some other painted metal surface], since it is easy to apply too much if you're not careful, but I've gotten pretty good at it. Good color match, too, once it dries.

    Understand, there are also professionals out there that the dealers hire for working on the used car lot; if you have some particularly challenging spots on the front of the car, ask the dealer for a reference and hire a pro.
  • are there instructions to replace auto trans bulb?

    picture instructions would be great on the web if possible.

  • This is written in response to posting number 653. This is also a continuation of my original posting at 652.

    Our Toyota is a 1999 and we changed our oil every 4,000 miles. We have all of the documentation to back this up. Still, when the engine failed at 62,000 miles, as described in my previous posting, Toyota has refused to even consider our case. I will never purchase a Toyota vehicle again and I will recommend to all others to never purchase a Toyota. This is a company who stakes its reputation on a quality vehicle and top notch service. We have seen no evidence of either facts. The low quality aluminum block engines that they are now placing in their vehicles along with all of the new evidence of oil sludge caused by faulty engine design have convinced me that within the past few years Toyota has begun to manufacture low quality vehicles that will in the near future begin to fail at much higher rates. The only reason they are not issuing national manufacturers recalls related to the engine sludge problem is because they would have to recall the entire engine which is too expensive. Toyota's only option is to duck, hide, and blame the customer. Read the current press and you will see that I am right. Good luck to all of you fellow Toyota owners. The era of Toyota's lasting forever is over!
  • I bought a new 1996 Toyota Corolla for my daughter when she graduated from high school and went on to college 400 miles away. Oil changes have been done every 3K and tires rotated every 5K. All Toyota maintenance has been done by the book at both the selling dealer and the dealer in Columbus, Ohio.

    She has over 71K on the odometer and the only thing that needed to be changed were the Goodyear tires. She has Michelin X-Ones on the vehicle and the ride has improved a lot.

    There are no sludge problem, leaks or rattles. The paint finish on the car still looks like new. (Maybe it is the Zaino I put on it when she is home for the summer and holidays.

    I will tell you that the Corolla has been more stellar as compared to my Honda Accord.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Has been a great car also. There was a TSB about something in the front end which the dealer fixed and besides oil changes at 4k miles and tire rotations at the same time the oil is changed, flawless car. My teenage girls are driving it now also and they think it's easy to drive. Plan to keep this puppy a long time!

    The Sandman :-)
  • I recently purchased a 2003 Corolla LE and it has 900 miles on it. I have found in letting go of the steering wheel , it will go to the left or to the right. I also have developed the infamous "rattle" problem from the dashboard. Has any one else had these problems, and if so,have they been fixed. The car has the Goodyear Integrity tires on it which I have heard does not make the car handle well. Other owners have had success with switching to other tires. Is this true?? Any help would be appreciated!!!
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    For starters, dartiness is probably attributable to wheel alignment. A good 4-wheel alignment on state-of-the-art equipment would be a good investment.

    Secondly, the only thing to recommend the Goodyears is their low rolling resistance. We replaced ours at 3200 miles [we now have 4800] with Michelin X-Ones. They stick better, track better, are a bit quieter, are vastly more secure when it's wet, and ride about the same. And with regular rotations, should last 70-80k miles.

    There are a number of possible reasons for the dash noises - here you need to get to a dealer and start them working on the problem. If you track back a couple hundred posts in this board, you'll read some possible sources and solutions for some of the noises.

    Our car has not had any significant noises - a NUMMI car made in early March. My perception is that the Canadian-built Corollas may have more of this syndrome than the NUMMI cars, but I could be wrong. In any case, get your dealer to do his job....
  • If you were a company would you perform work on vehicles for free if they were out of warranty, I suspect the answer is no. No car company in the world would replace a cars engine for free after the warranty is expired. I sympathize with you and would also be very upset myself. Honda's warranty is only 36,000 miles (among many others). How would you like to have a Honda throw a rod at only 38,000 miles? The warranty has to stop somewhere and for Toyota, they decided 60,000 miles.

  • tja2tja2 Posts: 5
    I have an 03 Corolla CE built in Cambridge. I was opening the CD Storage Container (directly below the ventilation controls)when the bottom left hinge popped out. The dealership knew of the problem and revealed they had ten other units on order. Their opinion was that the clip holding the folding door was at fault...even speculated that a redesign might be necessary. This was a bit disappointing but I guess its part of owning a first year model. The cars been great otherwise!
  • How to make your Corolla better from any year?

    Buy Yokahama tires!

    My two has had Yokahama tires since 96.
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