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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    What's this about being 6'2" and not fitting into the '03 Corolla? I'm only 5'10" (ok, 5'9-1/2") with a 32" inseam and the driving position is very uncomfortable to me also. Darn shame too, because except for that I was really impressed with the Corolla LE.

    Vuefor2, if you are looking for a small car with a great driver's seat, try out the Elantra. It has what Car and Driver called the best seat adjuster on the planet--pretty high praise. It's the most comfortable driver's seat I've every sat in outside of maybe a BMW or Benz.
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    I have a 1995 Corolla (1.6litre, 3 speed auto). Recently I have been experiencing a starter problem. I turn the key and (especially when the engine is cold) get just a clicking noise. I can do this sometimes 3-5 times and then the engine will start. When the engine is warm it usually fires right up. Anybody have any ideas? The battery is original (7+ years) and despite it's age appears to still be in good shape although I wouldn't rule anything out. Anybody have any ideas what the problem may be?
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    starter brushes are worn.
  • vuefor2vuefor2 Posts: 490
    I know about the Focus issues, but they seem to be mostly resolved now. We tested a Sentra a few days ago, but we didn't care for it too much. Top choices now are the Ion, Protege and Corolla. We will still test the Focus as our friend says she loves hers and it has won a lot of awards. The 5 door hatch model is particularly attractive to me.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    Yes it is the brushes, although with a battery that old it may also need replacing soon too. Word of advice - take the car to an an auto electric repair place. A new starter is $3-400 installed at the dealer (less at an independent) but you can have the starter rebuilt for less than $50. I paid $90 to have the starter removed, rebuilt and replaced.
  • Hey guys, I went to look at a 03 Corolla LE over the weekend, and after reading your posts about being too tall for a corolla. I sat in there for like 20 min, trying to find a good comfortable position... and couldn't find one.

    For those of you that have the car and is around 6 feet, is it possible to remove that stupid foot rest? Because if it's possible to remove it, we would gain some 2" of leg room for our left leg.

    I agree also that the track of the seat is not enough, I wish it can go back another 1 to 2 inches. But oh well. I really want the Corolla, but if I can't fit comfortably, then I'll have to fork over more money to get a Camry.
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    kscbruin:

    Have you ever thought of aftermatket seats? I had two Recaro seats installed and there just is no comparison. Now I could drive that car for days without any bodyparts being sore! (my car is a 01 Toyota Echo).
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    and how much did they cost?
  • sunsokosunsoko Posts: 10
    I have '01 Corolla S with 40K on it. I'm happy with this car over all except the seat. My seat is sqeaking when I change position while I'm driving. I bought this car lesss than 2 years ago. I wonder how well it's going to hold up for another six or seven years.
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    They came out of a VW GTI of a friend of mine. I only paid labour for installation. They look almost identical to the left most seat you will see if you go to:


    http://www.recaro-nao.com/seattechnologies/main.htm

  • vuefor2vuefor2 Posts: 490
    I kind of wish the seats were a little more accommodating also. I'm 5'11 and I had trouble also though not likely as bad as you. Most small cars seem to be made for small people these days. Taller guys are not considered.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    I think the Corolla has plenty of legroom, If I put the seat all the way back I can barely reach the accelerator. Yes that silly dead pedal on the left side is too close, but I don't put my left foot there (need it to use the clutch, so it is not an issue. I am 6' tall with a 32 inch inseam. I do sit upright with my posterior against the back of the seat - I notice that many of my friends tend to sit kind of slouching with their rears in the middle of the seat. This means they are closer to the pedals. I drove the car of a 5'8 friend (with 30" inseam) and Had to move the seat up because of the way he sits.
  • Yeah, what can we do? I fit just fine in the 98-02 Corollas, and when I first read the specs. the new one is supposed to be bigger and the leg room (numbers wise) is as good if not better than the old gen. I think there's got to be a way to remove that stupid foot rest. But I am now more likely to look towards a Camry even though I don't need a BIG car. I wanted a corolla for a daily commuter. Small, fuel sipper, and reliable. But didn't think it would be THAT small!

    oh well... hope Toyota redesigns that foot rest for 2004. Cause I think I still have some time to wait for a new car.

    Any ideas guys on when a 2004 Corolla would be out? Since the 2003's came out in March 2002?
  • Hi I just got my 2003 Corolla LE and it comes with power door lock. Question: Should it automatically lock the door once I drive the car? Mine is not doing so. Can someone tell me if there is something wrong with my power lock or LE doesn't have this feature.

    Thanks!!
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    It does not lock automatically. Nothing is wrong.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    that is affirmative - power locks dont lock up when you start to drive away. you can however, install an alarm system (hook up to your power locks) that will automatically lock all doors when you start up the car and it will open all or the driver side door (only) when you turn off your ignition.
  • The Toyota security system(RS3001)will auto matically lock your doors when you start the car or you can program it any other way you like.
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    I have the factory security system in an '03 Corolla. I guess that it is not the RS3001 mentioned above as it is does not lock the doors when the car is put in gear nor can it be programmed that I'm aware of. The remote does lock/unlock the doors and arm/disarm the security system. When armed it is said to have an ignition interrupt to prevent the car from being started.
  • I have a 2001 Corolla CE, it runs well except for a noisy engine, especially when you reach 70 miles/hr, you can feel the engine works extremely hard. Do you guys have the same problem in your car ? Or it's normal simply due to the 3-speed trans without overdrive ?
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    it's the 3 speed auto. Same engine with a 5 speed manual is very quiet.
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