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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • herzogtum71herzogtum71 Posts: 469
    is the time the clock in my '94 Corolla reset to when I changed the battery. Could the extreme cold be causing a radio/clock connection to contract to the point that the power supply is temporarily interrupted?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    do you lose your station presets?

    by the way, the radio is GM/Delco - take a jaunt through the lot of your local Pontiac dealer - other models have exactly this same radio.

    I have given more than one thought to just paying for a high-power Toyota radio. I dislike all the big silly-looking buttons on this one, and the fact that if you are using the preset equalizer it resets itself every time you change bands. Still haven't figured out how to use the TRAF button when the TRAF light comes on in the display.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • LuzerLuzer Posts: 118
    TRAF and INFO is a joke because the stations have to send out the signals.

    In NY/NJ area, I hit the traffic and there is one station that it goes to. INFO yields nothing.

    I guess it's like HDTV, build it and they will day..
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    the INFO light has to be on in the display. Then if you press it, the display tells you whatever blurb the radio station has programmed to show up, like the name of the station, and sometimes the type of music they play, or whatever.

    I was amused to rent a $30K Trailblazer a few weeks back, and see exactly this identical radio in there. It was like sitting in my own car! LOL

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • vonnyvoncevonnyvonce Posts: 128
    I have found a number of stations that broadcast "info" around Southeastern Massachusetts. Some stations broadcast info like upcoming shows.One station broadcasts the title and artist of songs. One Boston station broadcasts a signal so pressing hour/minute button at the same time updates the time. Probably none of it is essential but handy at times. I have found no station where the TRAF thing works. BTW 23000 miles on Vibe and so far so good, it may not be perfect but it's a terrific little car.
  • LuzerLuzer Posts: 118
    Does the INFO button work for CD song titles?
    I got the 6-CD changer which was basically a rip off for $325 (sticker) as the radio should have been upgraded per the moons and toons package.

    Is this double dipping?
  • I've been reading about the rotten egg smell from Corolla and 4-runner owners for the last year or so, but yesterday I smelled it first hand. A young girl in an 03 Corolla was in front of me yesterday. A few seconds after she floored it, I almost passed out from the horrible smell. Reminded me of a Ford Taurus from the mid 80s.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Pontiac's moons and tunes was the CD/cassette combo with the moonroof, but I am not sure since I have a Matrix, not a Vibe.

    I don't know how to make INFO work to show CD song titles, but that would be fun if it could.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    crack my windshield over the weekend, dropped it off at the dealer last night to do the 15K service (they recommend A/T fluid flush but I said "no" since it is not in the maintenance schedule that came with the car; therefore they will be doing a 5K service instead at half price) and the glass replacement.

    Retail for the windshield on this car is $867!!!!

    SO glad I have comp insurance. Watch out for your glass folks!

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Nippononly - - YGTBKM! 867 for new glass on your Matrix? I replaced my front windshield after owning it for less than three week. Only $247.87. Not an insurance claim, I carry $500 deductible. Why so much?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    confirms what I suspected: if you ask for the "Toyota genuine glass" it costs a whole lot more. $50 of it, btw, was for a replacement upper molding, which apparently gets destroyed when they remove the old glass. The exact price for the glass itself was $800.65.

    Did your replacement windshield still have the black-dot sun blocker around where the rear-view mirror mounts, between the sun visors? I wanted to be sure my replacement would still have that.

    Beyond that, it seems clear that even in the new millenium, some Toyota retail items are still a total rip-off.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • xr5speedxr5speed Posts: 13
    If the glare off of the rings around the gauges bothers you, here is a fix. Grab the black plastic rings around the speedometer/tachometer and pull straight out. Take a flat screwdriver and carefully lift each of the numerous tabs which hold the silver rings in place (you will understand when you see it). This removes the rings and I took a permanent black marker and blacked out the silver and snapped it back in. Looks great and no glare.
  • kit81kit81 Posts: 1
    Hi, I noticed many people are having problems with the foul odor on the Corolla in certain geographical areas, is this a big problem in the midwest?
  • jcoulterjcoulter Posts: 7
    I live in Wisconsin and have owned a Corolla for a little over a month. I currently have 1,200 miles on it. I have not noticed the sulphur smell at all, and I have been looking for it since reading about it on this board. So far it has not been a problem.

    I am averaging 31 mpg in a combination of city and highway driving, which is less than advertised but about what I expected.

    I also have been checking my engine oil level, since people on this board have complained about high oil consumption during break-in. Thus far, the engine does not seem to be consuming any oil.

    About the only thing I do not like about the car are the tires that are on it. It came with Goodyear Integrity tires and they do not seem to grip or stop well on wet pavement. I wish Toyota would have put a better quality tire on my Corolla.
  • jtbruinjtbruin Posts: 40
    I have a new camry le and like you I love my toyota, except for the same reasons you stated.
    toyota seems to highball their mileage ratings. I'm only getting about 20-23 mpg on mix highway/city, which is low considering the range is 23-32.

    my camry also came with the goodyear tires, which seems to have high road noise and bad traction in rain. I want to get them replaced as soon as possible, do you know how long these treads last?

    also, nipponoploy, what is comp insurance and why did it cover your windshiled? i thought that you would need to pay the deductable? thanks.
  • boilermanboilerman Posts: 35
    Gas mileage on the 2003 Toyota Corolla is DEFINITELY highballed. In the warmer weather, I average around 30-31 mpg in very conservative and interstate driving after 9 months of ownership. In the wintertime, the gas mileage on the 2003 Corolla is downright lousy for a lot of drivers. The Goodyear Integrity tires are a JOKE and a way Toyota cut costs on this car. I replaced them at the 1,000 mile mark and the car does not wander and skid on wet pavement anymore. The car is not all bad , but the tires and the highballed gas mileage are a problem.. Very few people get close to the 30/38 epa sticker on the car. If you do buy it, prepare for around 30 mpg combined driving in warm weather, and maybe mid to upper 20's combined driving in cold weather.
  • stillageekstillageek Posts: 101
    Toyota doesn't highball anything, the EPA does ALL gas mileage testing, Toyota has zero say in them. Case in point, Toyota orignally estimated Matrix XRS for 23 city and 28 highway (this can be seen in early Matrix Brochures). When the EPA tested the car they found 25 city and 30 highway. In fact higher than Toyota. Millions of factors play into gas mileage and if you read the fine print on your window sticker it will tell you the true range for vehicles in your size class.
  • boilermanboilerman Posts: 35
    True, the EPA sets the numbers in large print on cars such as 30/38 which is on the 2003 Toyota Corolla . So, when someone is BUYING the car do you tend to notice the 30/38 in VERY LARGE print or the minuscule print that says a million of factors play in your mpg that you will obtain.. Just a thought.. Maybe Toyota should put the mileage in LARGER print that you may get anywhere from 15-41 mpg .. Car manufacturers and the EPA have to be in bed with each other setting inflated mileage estimates...
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Toyota almost always estimates gas mileage low by a point or two in their cars - their early sales stuff always shows figures that get increased when the EPA tests them.

    And by the way, my Matrix showed 28/33 on the sticker when I bought it. I always get 32-33 mpg in this car in 'round-town driving, and in my first all-highway trip in it last week, I managed to get 36 on one tank and 37 on the other. (800 miles round trip). So you must also look to the way you drive. The EPA has to allow some latitude for little old ladies and pedal-to-the-metal types.

    boilerman: while I won't disagree that Toyota has done some of its usual cost-cutting on the corolla and Matrix, I invite you to take a couple of hours out this weekend and tour the local car dealers to examine what tires they have on their sub-$20K cars. You will find mostly Bridgestones, Generals, and Goodyears, all of which are medium brands - not terrible or great. The only exceptions to this I have ever witnessed are the Korean brands, which often use really cheap Korean tires. Oh yeah, and way back when Hyundai was just re-entering the U.S. market, they put out for some Michelins on their cars to impress consumers.

    One more exception: I believe Mini uses premium tires because they are run-flats - very rare on a sub-$20K car.

    One last note: the tires Toyota uses vary regionally - most of the corollas I have seen on the lots out here use the Bridgestones.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    was short for comprehensive insurance - this will pay for glass replacement due to poor pavement and other "natural" causes, if you want to hit up your insurance for it.

    My deductible is $50, so I was out a few bucks. :-(

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

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