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Toyota Corolla



  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Thank you. Excellent.

    The only other vehicle in this segment that seems to offer stability control is the Focus ZX5, I believe, so this is a good step. Going forward, enhanced side impact protection is a must, so its good that Toyota is strenthening the structure even further, and providing the side curtain option (should have debuted with the MY 2003 redesign, IMO, but from what I understand, supplier issues and cost constraints prevented this). I'm certain that the IIHS's new dynamic side impact testing is forcing the more proactive automakers to offer better protection in side crashes.

    Incidentally, I have heard that the IIHS has completed its round of dyanmic side impact tests on midsize models- a short segment was shown on PBS's Motor Week tv program. I am not sure why it is taking so long for the results to be fully released- perhaps automakers are being given time for a retest, given the gravity of this market segment.

    Regarding VSC: Hopefully, availability on the 2005 Corolla means that the "freshened" 2005 Camry will offer VSC on its 4 cylinder models as well.

    2003seV6- would you mind shooting me an email so I could discuss with you a bit more about some perhaps off-topic (but still auto-related) issues/questions/comments?


  • How much handling and road feel did the Corolla lose in the new model when they went to the torsion beam rear suspension to save money?

    As I recall, the previous model had a more indepentdent setup
  • What is the concern about the seating position for tall drivers in the Corolla? Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    If you have long legs it might take some getting used to. I'm 5'10" and it took some time adjusting to my 02 Corolla after driving an Escort. The driver seat doesn't move back far enough.
  • Of course its not here (US), but I do like the 8 way power seats along with the LED rear lamps and Lexus like grill plus a number of other things. - - iewId=1597
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    It's not just tall drivers. I'm only 5'9.5" and have problems with the Corolla's driving position. It has to do with the relationship of the seat, steering wheel, and pedals. If I adjust the seat so the wheel is in the right position, the pedals don't fit. I hope Toyota addresses this issue because otherwise I think the Corolla is a fine small car.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    We've owned one each of the last 4 generations of Corollas, including the newest one. The new one is hands-down the best in terms of over-the-road behavior, including handling. It's also the best riding, and quietest at cruise [though not necessarily so at full throttle, which is a weakness]. I see nothing to complain about with the change in rear suspension...and our other cars are always German, so I think I'm fairly demanding about this.
  • Thanks jrct9454, backy, and dave594.

    A Toyota salesman was trying to sell me on the virtue of the Camry, and he was really knocking the current Toyota torsion bar suspension.

    I'm 6-3, and I drove the Corolla, and the seat position seemed okay, but I saw in consumer reports that the seat position was not very good for tall drivers, so I wanted to find out what people knew about it.

    Thanks again.
  • I'm 5' 10" and for me, I would describe the seat position as being odd at first. Can't really nail it, but it is almost as if the wheel is moving you towards the door. I've grown accustomed to it, and hardly notice it now.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    I'm 5'10" with 32" inseam legs. For me, I felt that if the seat had more thigh support I would feel more comfortable. Maybe the seat position is too low or if it had adjustments for the seat bottom it would be better.
  • laksjlaksj Posts: 19
    I'm bored to tears with the interior of my 2002 Corolla and would like to find out if there are any after market upgrades to it. I've seen some "wood" panelling products on eBay, actually just one, but would like to know if anyone actually upgraded that generation Corolla's interior aftermarket and whether the result was satisfactory. I'd also be very interested to know if anyone changed the steering wheel on their 1998-2002 Corolla and whether the 'S' version steeing wheel would fit in my 'LE' version of the same year!

    I'd appreciate any feedback.
  • ztulztul Posts: 3
    I own a 2001 Camray.. A dealer told me I now need to have my rear brakes adjusted along with normal brake service. I thought rear breaks were self adjustng and that they no longer had to be adjusted by hand... Any advise.. Thnx ZTUL
  • lpc68lpc68 Posts: 45
    I just bought a 99 corolla today and have a serious concern about a sound i'm hearing from the front drivers wheel area. the previous owner said she just replaced the steering rod.

    the sound i'm hearing is like a rubbing/grinding noise when i accelerate. it's not like a grinding rotor sound... it only happens when i step on the gas. it happens when both turning and driving straight. when the speed increases it turns into a thumping sound (not really a clicking noise). when it reaches about 40 mph it stops.

    i took it to a shop and the mechanic lifted the car and said when he turned the front wheel, he heard a clicking sound in the transmission pan. he said the CV boot was fine.

    the sound is intermitent but pretty frequent. the brake pads are fine. i think the car needs an alignment because it pulls to the right and when it hits 70 mph the sterring wheel vibrates.

    would anyone know what this is... and is it a serious problem. when i first heard it i was thinking cv joint / tie rod... the mechanic thought it was a transmission issue and that i should bring it to a transmission shop.

    i really appreciate any feedback anyone has.

    thanks in advance
  • lpc68lpc68 Posts: 45
    update on the above issue. i replaced the cv joint and everything is perfect. the quote from toyota was $400 +. i went to Autozone and got the part for $60 and went to goodyear to install it for $45. total cost $105. took half an hour.
  • I am interested in the 2005 Corolla XRS, and I am very excited to hear the news from you about new features.

    Will the Corolla XRS be available with side airbags and VSC? Also, it's great to hear about structural improvements. I'm fascinated with crash-testing and vehicle safety. Can you provide any additional details as to what kind of changes were made?

    Also, I am very late in joining this discussion, but is the MSRP known for the Corolla XRS? I know Toyota hasn't announced it yet.

    Do you know what major options/packages will be offered on the Corolla XRS?

    Thank you!
  • For those who have had experience with both in the long-run, for someone who is looking for a basic first car, would you recommend a corolla over a camry? Plus, any up-to-date advice on the whole internet vs. dealer shopping?
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Is your priority, go for the Corolla. The Camry will only give you extra items, room, power and fuel consumption when you may not need it. Both are reliable. Costs will be lower with the Corolla, both upfront, and in operating.

  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    Assuming present models:

    Driving Position, back seat room (extra), Trunk - Camry

    Gas Mileage, Payments - Corolla
  • surjn98surjn98 Posts: 34
    The car itself is great except for the seat position. I am 5'10 and find that there is not enough leg room. Wish I could move it a back more. There is also no proper thigh support. Otherwise the car handles well on the highway and is not easily moved around on windy days.
  • 96accord96accord Posts: 20
    I wanted to find out if there are TSB's out there for a 2004 Toyota Corrolla or any website which has info on this free of charge and without any subscription.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363

    For a complete picture, search on both the '03 and '04 Corollas - that will give a good idea of the areas that Toyota has been focusing on.
  • mbukukanyaumbukukanyau Posts: 200
    Have a 2002 Corolla S. If you hear that noise change those original michelin. I changed ours to Bridgestone and the noise went away.
    that was almost after suing toyota. The thing had that noise exactly 2 weeks after I bought it new off the lot, and they tried everything to rid the thing of the noise.
    I was angry.
    The Braking noise, Mine has it. I think Its here to stay. So, I just make sure my brakes are good, and the wheels are well aligned and balanced. I was thinking of putting Celica disks in the rear to improve braking.
  • Hi all,

    For those of you looking to read up more on the 2005 XRS - check out this site:

    They had a few more pics of the car.
  • rick0204rick0204 Posts: 1
    I just traded in my 2003 CE for a 2004 LE. I really was not happy with the CE and the lack of options. Plus the car had an unbearable rotten egg smell that the dealer claimed was normal. I went to arbitration and lost. I am very happy with the LE plus I like the color much better- Desert Sand. The CE was Super White and it just was not me. This past Saturday I drove into the dealership at 10 AM with my CE and left with my LE by 1 PM. Only the alarm has to be installed.
    I improve the driving position by using a car cushion.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    It looks like the Corolla is getting its refresh a year early! That is probably due to the fact that the current Corolla has been around one year longer in other countries than the US. Here's the link to the article: Pricing.html
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Coolguy, indeed, this is earlier than I had expected the 2005 to debut.

    The availability of side curtains and seat mounted chest airbags, as well as VSC, is a good thing. I wonder how such options will be packaged and priced. Lexus style Optitron guages on the LE will no doubt be a hit. Any pics? I cant find any of the updated head and taillamps. I wonder if the seat fabric is any different, I dont really care for the current colors/patterns.

    The XRS sounds awesome, especially at $17,455(excluding destination). Toyota was smart to re-engineer the 2ZZ engine to produce better midrange torque, with only a minimal loss in high RPM horsepower, to 170. The same engine will be in the Matrix, but the Celica retains the ultra high strung wind-it-out older version, w/ 180 hp.

  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    I just don't get the XRS. How can it get worse highway mileage than the much larger Camry (32 vs. 33). The Camry has a huge advantage in torque, and nearly the same horsepower. With the manual tranny the Camry is pretty close to 8 seconds going to 60 as well.

    "Fuel economy is hardly compromised". A drop from 40 to 32 seems pretty steep to me. Even a Chevy Malibu with a 3.5 liter V-6 and an auto tranny gets 32 mpg on the highway. The 270 hp 3.2 liter Acura TL gets 30 mpg on the Highway. 32 just seems low for a 1.8 in 2600 lb vehicle.

    What did they do to that poor 1.8 liter engine to get it to slurp so much fuel. Won't the curreny Corolla break 9 seconds as is. I think the handling improvements are great, but I don't think the extra oomph (mostly as extra high rpm anyway) is worth the cost in fuel consumption.

    I know it probably would not work because of the weight and space, but imagine if you put the Camry 2.4 in the Corolla.

    I do like the Corolla, and if there was a wagon version I would snap one up (Matrix just does not have much cargo space), especially if it had slightly better handling - don't want to loose the fuel mileage though.
  • Still no foglights on the LE? They've been optional on the Corolla LE in Canada since they came out in 2002 (for MY2003), so what's wrong with offering them here in the US?

    Oh and Toyota, it's the end of April (the last week of, anyway), better start updating the Corolla and Matrix sections on your site.
  • I test drove an '03 Corolla this past weekend and I found the driving position a little odd. By the time everything was adjusted, the steering wheel was too far forward or the seat was too close (resulting in knees coming up too high). Perhaps that's the Corolla way--I'm more used to Honda Accords and Civics.

    Any chance for an '05 update?
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