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  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    Another thing to consider is how secure your job is? Is there a chance during the life of the car of getting transferred to a place where the AC would be a necessity? That is also something to think about. Remember it is better to have something and not need it rather than to need something and not have it.
  • vladyvlady Posts: 44
    I just read posts about AC. Well in my experience I don't use AC as much in summer as I use it in fall-winter season. I live in Pacific Northwest-9 month out of 12 we have a rain and its derivateves. AC helps to clear foggy windshield in a seconds(especially rear window).
  • I took delivery of my new 2001 Corolla S at the Toyota Dealer about 25 miles from where I live.

    My car had 3.1 miles on it and was show-room ready. I actually saw my car the previous day when it was delivered to the Dealer with all of the protective shipping plastic bump-strips on it and my wheel covers and floor mats stowed in the trunk.

    The next day it was detailed and all of the fluid levels topped off, gas tank filled and ready for me to pick up. I signed the papers which took about 20 minutes and drove it home. On the way home I stopped at the bank to get a cashiers check and then mailed it certified to Cars Direct for the full purchase amount. I was a little surprised that it was so easy.

    The only stessfull part was getting my special order accepted by the factory. I think with or without Cars Direct that Factory Orders are always complicated.

    Any warranty work is to be honored at any Toyota Dealer. I inspected the car very closely and have yet to find any problems in 4 months of driving including one vacation trip to Lake Tahoe of 600 miles.

    I think Cars Direct is a great tool to negotiate the best price even if you end up buying locally. I could have saved some time by going with Cars Direct in the beginning instead of shopping local Dealers.

    By the way, I did send a picture and a Thank You note to Toyota Nummi for building my Factory Order.

    Hope this helps. I like to know what you decide and if Cars Direct is still beating the Dealers 4 months after my purchase.
  • 2001 Corolla S: Auotmatic with overdrive, 2,200 miles.

    31.2 mpg, mostly in town, moderate load, ac on and up and down some steep hills!

    48.7 mpg, Lake Tahoe Nevada to San Francisco (Down Hill most of the way, AC off, car unloaded. (I thought my gas gauge was broken because the indicator went down so slowly!)
  • I have a automatic 1999 Corolla, anywayz....

    I shifted my car to Parking position before the car comes to a complete stop, and I heard some grinding sounds from underneath my car. What kinda of damage could that have cause?? My car still runs fine, I think..... You think I should have my car check out?? Appreciated if you could answer my question.
  • I am looking at buying used corolla and I looked at couple of LEs. One guy claimed that it has ABS but I did not see any ABS status light in the dash board. Does corolla LE does not have ABS status light in dash board. I have a Accord EX and it shows ABS status light in dash board.

    Thanks
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    The ABS light should come on when the car is started. If it doesn't come on, and the current owner says differently, the light might be out or the ABS sensor might not be working. In any case, open up the hood and look for the ABS module, located in the far right corner when you're looking at the engine (on my 2001 LE anyway).

    I hope this helps.
  • Does this ABS module has anything written on it or any indication?
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    As far as I know, no it doesn't, but the module is black, about 4-5 cm (3 inches) wide, and has 4 small metal pipes stemming from its left. It should be attached to the braking module (brake fluid and such).
  • ken126ken126 Posts: 39
    Does anyones corolla rattle as bad as mine, or did mine fall off the truck?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    Our '98 is very tight; we have certainly had Camrys that were less than wonderful in this respect, dash noises being the chief culprits. Our Corollas have been pretty good when it comes to relative silence in the cabin.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Do you have a Corolla (implied here) or a Prizm (stated on that board) or both, or do you not know? Personally I think it makes a difference. They may be both made at NUMMI (although our Corolla is from Ontario), but the Corolla scored higher when evaluated by various zines compared to the Prizm, so I dont think its a far stretch to say that quality might be lower for the Prizm as well. (We already know that resale value is....)
    ~alpha
  • I have a 2002 Corolla and would like to put a hitch on it mainly for my bike rack. Does anyone out there have a hitch on theirs and if so, what make? Thanks.
  • Well, my new Corolla, which I got for a GREAT price (see previous post) has been home with me for about 4 days now. I am loving every minute of driving him. (We decided to name him Bob) My car is very quiet, and I haven't found anything wrong with it at all. I love the sunroof too! (even though mine wasn't a "factory" installed roof, (my dealer added it) I really like it) It only has about 300 miles on it, and 200 were put on the car when the dealer drove it from Pittsburgh. (he wanted to get it to me asap, which I thought was very nice...I had purchased the car off a list of cars coming in, and was going to have to wait 3 weeks.) The guy who drove Bob from Pittsburgh reported he got 40 MPG highway and was very excited about it.

    I've been reading a few previous posts--about the non-air. My previous car had no ac (a 1991 Toytota Tercel named Henry, whom I just sold) and it was a horrible problem when I was trying to sell it. Even with 77K, which was great for a 1991, a lot of people wouldn't even test drive him because he had no ac. I never minded, but a lot of people do...

    As far as ordering cars with EXACTLY what you want, I wanted to get ABS on Bob, but the dealer said ABS is not really seen much in my part of the country. (AKA Ohio) I thought that seemed odd. It should take 1-2 months to order one from the factory. The only way they can get one faster is to get it from another dealer in a trade...

    As for my car, I love it...anyone in the Cols. OH area looking for a toyota, I'll be more than happy to reference you to where I got my car. My salesman said I bought the nicest loaded Corolla they'd ever sold. And I got a great deal.

    I'm so happy!
  • I'd reccomend the Corolla S in Indigo Ink...I may be a little biased, because I have the exact same car, but I love it...you can get a lot of options and not pay an arm and a leg.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    If I go with a Corolla, I would definitely go with an Indigo Ink S model. I am having second thoughts between it and the LE although I like the black interior and fog lamps on the S. However, the Matrix looks very promising with its features, price, and styling. Don't think I'm crazy...I like funky looking cars. I'd also be willing to pay a little more for a 2002 Camry. Thanks for the advice.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    TBoneGrl: Congrats on your new car purchase! I didn't know if you had bought the S model after all... I think it looks pretty good, especially in either black or Indigo Ink.

    Speaking of the Corolla S, I saw this nice Black 2001 Corolla S the other day, and the person had not only tinted the windows but also added a few stainless steel plates around the middle console, brake and gas pedals, as well as a matching stainless steel ball shifter. I thought it really added a lot of style to the car, especially when matched with the black interior and the Celica steering wheel. You're lucky to have the option of putting in a sunroof; we Canadians, although your Corolla was probably built right here, don't have access to the sunroof option, unless it's dealer-installed. I wouldn't want it though, because it would've been a bit tight for me (I'm 6'4").

    I know I'm repeating myself, but I have a 2001 LE too, but I didn't go with the S model because I didn't want the black interior; my previous car had that and I wanted to make a change. I really liked the Indigo Ink with the beige interior anyway, and I didn't care much for the fog lamps. I added a spoiler and got the windows tinted. I now have 6200 kms. on my car and I'm very, very impressed with the mileage I'm getting with my car. BTW, I like the fact that you've named your car Bob; I think it adds a bit of personality or style. I called it "Suki", which means "ski" in Japanese. Weird I know, but hey it's fun.

    Coolguy: I think it's great that your parents are working at the Toyota plant. Do you have any aspirations to work there as well later? How do they like the working conditions at the Ky. plant?
  • glenglenglenglen Posts: 37
    Does anyone know how to replace the rear speakers in a 98 Corolla VE? The grills don't seem to be removable which would mean that the rear deck would need to be removed. More of a problem with a VE, since the rear seats don't fold forward.

    Some advice would be appreciated.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Thanks for the questions. My father makes the engines for Camry, Sienna, and Avalon in Georgetown. He loves his job. He always has these stories about work. It's almost like he's being paid to have fun though. His "team members" as they call colleages there always goof around on break. There's a lot of danger though working there and you have to think fast to catch mistakes in engines and to avoid injury.
    My mom works in Erlanger at the North American headquarters. It's just the office facility. She regrets becoming an accountant....but other than that she likes her job. Toyota is a great company to work for. High pay and lots of vacation! Sometimes she might complain of Japanese head honchos in the office she has to deal with because they don't speak English well and it can become confusing and inefficent with allthe translating and sometimes the men can be demanding. But she likes what she does and its a really friendly environment there. I've been there and everyone is so nice. I dont' have any plans to work there. I think i might want to be an engineer of some kind. Those are needed though at Toyota so I could possibly work there. Automobile and aeronautical companies would be great to work for but I'd prefer Toyota or Lexus over any other auto company. I'm somewhat of a perfectionist I admit...seriously...I am...and I couldn't work for an American company that just builds a car and sells it for as low as it can go. I would have to work for the best...because I always do my best. See what I mean? It's somewhat hard to explain. I want to "stand behind my work" Just look at the Corolla back seat vs. the Cavalier. The Corolla's has headrests and much more work and shape appears wihle teh cavaliers is a one piece folding back seat with no headrests or shape. Hehe "Simply the best!"
  • glenglenglenglen Posts: 37
    nick29,

    Yes, but I have a VE that doesn't have the split fold rear seats. I took the clips out of the rear deck but I couldn't get it to budge. The rear deck looks as though it needs to be slid forward to remove, which would mean that the rear seat would need to be removed in the case of VE models. (CE & LE models would just need to fold their seats forward).
  • zhzzhz Posts: 29
    stainless steel ball shifter? I guess the summer is not very hot in Canada, I assume you saw it there.
    I can't imagine how I'd shift -- I don't want to burn my hand. BTW, I'm from GA.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Well I guess it's not that bad, considering how dark the windows were tinted. As for how hot it is here, it's currently 95 degrees F, plus with the humidity it's around 115 degrees F. This is really really hot, especially with all the humidity.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    I find it very interesting to know what goes on behind the scenes at Toyota. Do you have any interesting/fun info on the Corolla?
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Nope, no information on the Corolla. I really don't know that much but I've seen pictures of the possible 2003. It's built tall similar to an ECHO, and has some European flavor to it. The back of it looks like the previous generation Honda Accord. I like it!
  • nofeernofeer Posts: 381
    I'm thinking of getting my son his first car thought of the prism, since it's essentially a corolla but the prices are lower (people like toyotas more then chevy) what are your suggestions, any problems? do they come with airbags, abs ? and what's a good price. where are some places other than autotrader.com to look for good clean used prism/corolla? does gmac have a site that i can buy an off lease car. at 4-5 years feel it's a good time this late fall to look.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    up to four airbags (side airbags optional on 98)

    hard to find ABS though
  • I have a new 2001 Corolla S and I have been noticing that the Outside temp gauge will read 9 to 12 degrees hotter then it actually is outside. Has anybody notice this happening with there's? Do you think I should even bother having the dealer look at it? I've had the car now for 3 months now and I am really happy with it.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    If you're talking about such a difference in Celsius, then there's a problem, but I wouldn't worry about it too much. I occasionally notice a slight difference in temperature between what the local radio stations say and what my car actually says. Since I believe radio stations don't monitor outside temperatures every minute, I tend to believe what the car says. The difference can also be due to your location compared to the weather station (city with asphalt everywhere compared to an airport).

    On a similar note, we just went through a huge heat wave recently, where I saw my outside temperature gauge in my Corolla read 41 degrees Celsius! (I think it's approximately 115 degrees Farenheit) We're not really used to these temperatures in Canada!
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    My temp. gauge on my 2001 LE has always been 100% accurate. It has always been very consistent with the radio and other outside temp. that I have seen. Especially considering we have just had some 100 F. degree plus days here in PA. I certainly would take it back and have the dealer either repair or replace it. That is why you have the warranty. Some cars come with some minor defects.
  • desertguydesertguy Posts: 730
    I noted the earlier comments on the fixed rear seat in the VE Corolla. I have a 2002 S model and went to lower the seat today to carry a long item and SURPRISE, they are fixed in the S too. Manual just shows where the controls are and does not say "if equiped." Also, still looking for the extra 12 volt outlet shown in the manual by the emergency brake. The S doesn't have it either. However, I am averaging 44mpg on my commute to work(frwy) so no complaints from me.
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