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2009 Toyota Corolla

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  • Yep you heard me right. 4k miles on it. Car started acting funny a couple days ago/check engine light came on then had to have it towed to dealership. Part is on backorder, no eta on when part will be in. I am not a happy camper! :cry:
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,630
    It sucks, but better that it happen at 4k miles than at 37k miles!
  • Hey do you work at the dealership? Thats almost exactly what they said. :)
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Personal observations are always helpful. I posted a few of my own about a Yaris I had for a week while my older Corolla was in for repairs.

    If you don't mind my asking, why do you feel that oil changes (from the dealer, I assume) will cost more? More than what? I think I missed that in your review.

    19K for a manual shift Corolla with cloth seats sure seems like much, considering what my automatic cost second-hand ten years ago. But, if you're OK with it, that's certainly what counts! Today I actually saw my second 09 model since before it was released in March - a silver XLE. I'm kind of sad that they've changed so much, the size Camry used to be, and priced accordingly.

    I hope you get years of great usage out of your new Corolla. Congratulations!
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    That suction cup thing sucks. I can't get mine on either. I just use a Beanie Baby to hold it up there. Amazon.com sells a bean bag thing for it. I think it costs $28. I was going to get it but the Beanie Baby works great. ;)
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    Well I like to hit the casinos from time to time but I'm really no big gambler. $50 is my limit. If I win, I stop. If I use it all up I stop then also. I enjoy eating up there, good meals for cheap.Lots of yummo buffets also. It's a nice drive up there and when I go to Carson to visit a friend I especially like thedriv around the lake. In the fall, Nevada is great for photography. Hope Valley is a favorite. Awesome color. With the XLE I can go more often.

    I had no idea Auburn had a Carmax. Last I knew closest was Roseville.
  • Took about an hour, but I was able to do what I wanted. My complaint with the existing vent clips is that most are big and stick out from the dash. We remove our GPS when we park to avoid theft. I've heard that having a mount, or even circles on your windshield from a mount can encourage a thief to go after your GPS. This way the GPS simply pushes in and pulls out to remove. You can tighten of loosen the unit by moving the vents up or down.

    I couldn't figure out how to post pictures on this site so I put them here...

    http://www.carspace.com/guides/home-made-GPS-vent-mount

    Tell me what you think...

    Well, I thought I had 4 pictures to show at this site, but appently not. If anyone can tell me how to post them, I'll be glad to do so.
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Posts: 336
    Tires - oem, continued.

    My 09 XLE has the Bridgstone Turanzas with about 1000 miles on them, mostly city, with rather poor patchy roads. OEM tires are NEVER much good on any economy car, but these are OK (must be the fancier name they carry :P )

    The Turanzas are an exception, expecially for Bridgestones! I find them to be comfortable and have good (decent) cornering ability. I keep them at 32lbs measured cold. I admit I am almost radical about the pressure, since my garage is fitted out with a compressor and work area. Those of you with the 98 cent pressure guages...dump em and get a decent guage. Must be the fancy air my $300 compressor puts out I guess :shades:
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    I personally would get a very low-mileage 08 program car that still had the full factory warranty - which means buy it from a dealer. That's what I did when I bought my Corolla ten years ago July with only 9500 miles on it. I was the first non-corporate owner and thus could get the full factory warranty (at least, that's what they told me when they gave it to me - I didn't have to buy it). The price point is much better, and the design has proven itself for the last six model years, so there are plenty of parts for it as well as aftermarket toys. Find the best-equipped car you can afford to get the best materials. That way, if it's a matter of changing the radio, the wiring will be in place, and Circuit City can do that for you relatively easily. However, they discontinued leather seats for the '08 model, I believe.

    Unless you have to buy brand-spanking new, that's what I'd do. Otherwise, Toyota of Plano, Texas still has a new '08, Butler Toyota of Indianapolis has two, Superior Toyota of West Virginia has one, Herb Chambers of Boston has two, Harrisburg Toyota in Pennsylvania has five...so I wouldn't say that nobody has any left. It's more a matter of how far are you willing to go to get one!
  • mnfmnf Posts: 404
    Yes the vent will move side to side if you would like I will send a few pictures the nice thing is with my 660 with bluetooth phone it is close enough to hear and talk. With it mounted on the window it is far away and it the way of my road vision.

    MNF
  • I tried to post pictures with no luck...but I took plastic cup holders...they stick to the bottom of the cabinet shelf and the cup hangs from it...and cut the end off the cup holder so it would slide in the vent and hook to the back of the vent. When I was happy with the position, I stuck 2 hooks to the back of the GPS. Took 2 cuts to get it so it would slip in and then out with a tilt of the GPS. I mounted it right over the "panic button" inbetween the vents. It is super easy to slip in and then slip out to put in the console...out of sight. It sticks in place and the only problem was glare from the sun. I ended up placing it lower on the vent because of the glare.

    One of my concerns was being able to completely remove the GPS and mount so thieves would not be attracted to the vehicle. It cost me about $2.50.

    If anyone can help me with picture posting, I have 4 to help display what I did.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    My son uses a small contraption that looks like a mini-mini bean bag. He put some velcro on it and to the base of the nav unit (Tom Tom) and lays it on top of the dash right above the stereo. This is on a Scion tC but I would imagine it works just as good on a Corolla. Keeps the unit put while driving and easily removes when not in use. Next time he's down here or I go up there I will take a pic of it and post it.
    :shades:
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    I got a Nuvi 350 for Father's day. It's not what I wanted so I sent it back. Now I wished I would have kept it since I got terribly lost a few weeks ago. A dear friend of mine opened up a landscaping and home staging business and had a grand opening in a nearby city. I went to mapquest and printed me out a map and driving directions. Since I left from work it was a straight through drive and I didn't have any trouble finding the place. On the way back it was now dark and I don't know what possessed me to make a right turn on a familiar named street. Next thing you know I'm on my way to Carolina. I almost had a couple of wrecks in the process and finally got home two hours later. :sick: I could have saved me some time if at the first sign of trouble I would have stopped and asked for directions, but nooooo. Typical male I was too proud to do that.
    :shades:
  • Last spring took a 2 week vacation from Missouri to east coast down to Florida then along the gulf and back to Mo. We preset all the motel addresses in the GPS and it was so easy to find each one. Then, if we wanted to go exploring, it was easy to find our way back to the motel when we were done. I used to try to remember all my turns so I could retrace my route. I kinda miss not knowing where I'm at...just following directions. Its a good idea to check where the GPS thinks your final destination is located. The first time I used it, it took me to the middle of a cornfield.
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Posts: 336
    One of the dangers in owning a GPS is how old the maps are.

    It still gets you in the general vacinity if the maps are old, or they have been building in the area you are in. I got my Nuvi 350 about 2-3 yrs ago and finally updated the maps this year. I love the thing, especially if I am hunting for gas or food! :) Portables keep getting cheaper and giving you more for your $$!
  • 09 Corolla S AT - Silver
    Base Model with Option D package $19295 : MSRP $21,254
    Lojack Early Warning: 895
    7/100K Platinum Warranty: 1195

    Feel got good price what doyou think?
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Geez people! anytime you can get a discount on a Corolla during the current gas crisis it's a deal. 2K off the MSRP ? There is not that much money between invoice and sticker. I would skip the lo-jack and get the car. I'd skip the Platinum warranty too. You're buying the world's best selling car. This little guys are bullet proof. But if you want piece of mind then get the warranty. And it's really a 2 year warranty. It overlaps the factory warranty. ;)
    The cops around here tell me Lo-jack is practically useless nowadays since most vehicles including the Corolla have the engine immobilizer system which renders the vehicle undriveable if someone tries to start it without the master key. Put the 1195 in a renewable 12 month cd and if you ever need a repair you'll have the money after the factory warranty expires.
    Mack :shades:
  • I put pictures in my photo album titled " GPS vent mount" I hope this works.

    http://www.carspace.com/slowlearner1

    Thanks Steve for the help.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Finally picked up my factory ordered loaded Barcelona Red XLE today. Beautiful car and drives perfect. $21800.00 out the door, tax and tags included. Spoiler, Alloys, JBL Radio, Mudguards, Carpets, Stability Control, Cruise, Side Moldings, Moon Roof, and Moon Roof air deflector. The only thing I DIDN'T get is navigation. Well under MSRP and slightly over invoice. Very pleased !!! Thinking about the Platinum seven year bumper to bumper warranty offered at $695.00, any suggestions?
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