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Toyota Corolla



  • Hi Britton, Overall I am very satisfied with my 99 Corolla LE. A friend of mine recently bought 2001 LE and he too has no complaints. I would not buy CE model. If I am low on cash I would rather buy VE otherwise LE. As I am not a tall person, I do not have problem of cramped leg space, which is one thing you should consider.
  • denniswadedenniswade Posts: 362
    I have a 2000 LE that I love, except for the upholstery -- which I think is old-maiden-aunt ugly. Hopefully the new model will have something more inspired and colorful.

    You can get the S, by the way, with a sporier interior, very cool steering wheel and it comes with what used to be known as the Touring Package. It has the 4-speed auto, like the LE.
  • I have had my Corolla for a year and every once in a while when I turn there is a pinging sound. I don't have to be making a full turn, sometimes it happens when I turn the wheel slightly to change lanes etc.. It sounds like it is coming from around or under the steering wheel. Has anyone else had this issue?
  • liufeiliufei Posts: 201
    Does it makes squealing or squeeking sound? If it squeeking sound, its probably the suspension. There's a TSB for it in the NHTSA website ( and your dealer should fix it regardless of the warranty.
    Here's an excerpt:
    Service Bulletin Number: ST00100
    Bulletin Sequence Number: 100
    Date of Bulletin: 0001
    NHTSA Item Number: SB610070
    Make: TOYOTA
    Model: COROLLA
    Year: 1999
    Component: SUSPENSION

    Its probably something is tapping on the steering rack. There's also a TSB for the problem:
    Service Bulletin Number: ST00598
    Bulletin Sequence Number: 304
    Date of Bulletin: 9811
    NHTSA Item Number: SB603026
    Make: TOYOTA
    Model: COROLLA
    Year: 1999
    Component: STEERING:COLUMN

    My 99 Corolla exhibits both of these problem.
    I did brought the car to the dealer twice while unaware of the TSB at that times. They seemed able to fix it, but the problem return after a few days. I think the pinging sound is gone now, but the squeaking still present. It happen intermittently only when I go over a speed bump a slow speed.
    Thats the only problems I have so far with it. So far it has somewhat meet what I expected from Toyota.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    After reading many posts in this forum and other forums as well, I've went to my Toyota dealership yesterday and bought a 2001 Corolla LE.... yeah!!! I've ordered it with the LE package (ABS and full-size spare), and I should be getting it in about 2 weeks.

    I test drove the Solara (which is in a different car size category, I know), the Civic, and the Sentra. I found the Civic to have a very nice exterior design, but poor interior design (the materials used were not up to par with the Corolla's), and extremely harsh ride. From what I read in other forums here, some people even complained that Honda had softened the Civic's ride; I still don't understand that one.

    The Sentra provided a lot of value for the money. It was a comfortable ride, and the interior was well laid out. Since I'm 6'4", however, the bolsters in the seats came right up to my upper back and there was no lumbar support, making my back cave into the seat. I had test driven the car for 15 minutes and already had back pain. After having test driven all of these cars, I went for the Corolla. Sure, some people say its styling is outdated, but I would disagree with that statement. I find that everything is very well thought-out. Why mess with a good thing?

    I still like the Civic and the Sentra, and consider them great cars, but I prefer the Corolla for my tastes.

    Thanks for all your comments, and I'll be sticking along here more now to see what other Corolla owners think about their cars.
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    Got a 2001 LE back in July. I love it. Its Black sandpearl w/all the bells and whistles except sideairbags and ABS brakes. Just got the windows tinted this past week, it looks great. Keep us informed of how you like yours.
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    yesterday - will get it tomorrow - firstly, thanks to everyone who offered their advice/opinion - I decided to go with the Toyota instead of the Civic - liked the interior better, had a better warranty and I preferred the 125 HP engine - yes, the backseat is cramped - but I can live with that - can't wait to get it! And I'll never said anything against the Honda, afterall, I drove mine for 14 1/2 years!
  • denniswadedenniswade Posts: 362
    really does make a major difference in the way the car looks -- it completes the roofline by making the rear window appear heftier. I still love the taillight treatment, and the touring package on the 'S' still looks great.

    My only fear is that the new one may end up looking similar to the home market version, which is pretty tall (although with a gorgeous new interior that looks like it belongs in a Lexus). I really don't care much for the trend towards taller and taller vehicles. Great for trucks, but not for sport sedans.
  • When ordering a Corolla can I specify manufacturing location and day of manufacture? I would like a Corolla manufactured in Ontario on a Wednesday (any Wednesday will due). I would like to avoid a Monday or Friday produced car,if at all possible
  • We just received our special order 2001 Corolla S yesterday. It took about 5 weeks from the time we place the order.

    We did a dealer search and could not find a White Corolla S with a Moonroof and Side Airbags. If you know what you want, be persistent. Every Dealer tried to discourage a factory order. Many said that they would have the moonroof installed after market and that it would still have the Toyota Warranty!

    I have taken the public tour at the California factory and they really do have a First Class Operation.
  • denniswadedenniswade Posts: 362
    when you're buying a Toyota. Don't worry -- be happy!
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    As DeadBeatle suggests, should we really still be reluctant when buying a car made on a Monday or Friday? Toyota has the strictest build standards in the country (or even the world), and therefore shouldn't "slack on the job" on the Monday or a Friday when building a car; should this still be a concern for today's car buyer?
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Sorry about the second post, I clicked on the "Post my message" a bit too quickly...

    I haven't ordered side airbags on my Corolla; oddly enough, this option isn't offered in Canada. Other unavailable options in Canada include the moonroof and the integrated map lights in the rearview mirror. Do you guys have the outside temperature gauge on the LE? The 2001 Corollas have the alloy wheels, which I think the American Corollas had last year. I really don't understand why the Corolla has these differences, especially since some of those American Corollas are probably built right here in Ontario.
  • bshubabshuba Posts: 6
    The check engine light on my '98 Corolla LE comes on intermitantly. The car runs fine before and after the light comes on. Anybody else have this problem? Anybody know how to diagnose the problem without having to pay the dealer to check it out?
  • Our 2001 Corolla S has the outside temperature indicator. We do not have the the integrated map lights because it is not available with the moonroof.
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    My 2001 LE purchased back in July has the map light and also the outside temp.gauge.I also have the moonroof,alloys,spoiler,c.d. player, system,and gold package.My car was indeed built in Canada.At the time of purchase,moonroofs were very hard to find because they were not making many Corollas loaded with all the options because of it being a lower priced car.Dealer told me most people wanting a loaded car would most likely step up to the Camry.
  • denniswadedenniswade Posts: 362
    could be that your gas cap isn't securing properly and the atmospheric leak sensor is picking that up (they make them more sensitive after the State of California Air Resources Board tried to take them to court for not being sensitive enough), or that you have a small vacuum leak. Shouldn't cost you anything if you take it to your dealer -- it didn't for me.
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    I guess your assuming that bshuba's "98" is still under the warranty. Dealers in my area would not replace a gas cap that was not sealing or replace a bad sensor or repair a fuel leak for no charge unless it was still under the warranty.
  • denniswadedenniswade Posts: 362
    You can always take it to a dealer for analysis, then if they try to whack you on price, take it to an independant or fix it yourself.
  • riverusriverus Posts: 2
    Thanks Liufei for your reply.

    The noise I have is a squealing noise - it normally lasts 2 or 3 seconds.

    You said "there's a TSB for it in the NHTSA website ( and your dealer should fix it regardless of the warranty." Yes, I did find the record on NHTSA website, but how to tell
    the "dealer should fix it regardless of the warranty?" Thanks a lot!
  • Hi guys,

    I have 99 Corolla LE and many a times find headlight brightness insufficient, specially on the wet roads. What have been your experience and how did you cope with it?
  • bshubabshuba Posts: 6
    Thanks for the help with the CE light. The Corolla just passed the Ohio emissions check which includes a gas cap test (passed). Any other ideas?
  • vladyvlady Posts: 44

    How many miles on your car? I'm not sure about Toyota, but some auto makers use the "check engine" light as a reminder of service(30K,60K etc). Just a wild guess....

    liufei thanks for TB. I have the same problem-squealing suspension when go over the bumps. And you are saying, that dealer could fix that. What did they say?
  • liufeiliufei Posts: 201
    Someone on this forum pointed out that the suspension problem is related to the front bushing, which could be solved by spraying some kind of silicates (?) to it OR a problem with supension and the steering rack. I think he posted the problem and solution on the Toyota Corolla Trouble threads in the Maintenance forum.

    When I brought my car for service, the dealer did check on the bushing and struts, and apply those. It works fine for awhile, then the problem returns intermittently. I just don't pay too much attention since I rarely goes over speedbumps. If I have known about the TSB, I would have pointed it out immediately to the technician, instead of having him ride with me, trying to find a speedbump to test it on several times :-)

    The other problem I experienced with knocking sound on steering wheel also dissapears after awhile. It rarely happens, so I can't reproduce it when I bring the car for service. They did do some checking/testing on it, don't know if that fixed it or not.

    For a list of TSB with regards to Corolla, Alldata has compiled this list:

    I might have group TSB with recalls together. My understanding, TSB is issued by Manufacturer to alert dealer of common problem. If its common problem, then its a defect (and perhaps potential recall), which the manufacturer should be responsible to fix it, especially if its become a safety issue.

  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    My 2001 LE has very bright headlights. In fact I remember making note of that fact to the dealer when I took it out for a test drive before I bought it. Maybe the change in the headlamp configuration has greatly improved this ineffiency from "99" to "01".
  • rsparrowrsparrow Posts: 60
    There's always been a couple of maddening differences between the US and Canadian Corollas (even if they're in the same factory!), the sunroof option being the most obvious.
    On the other hand, even the base CE model in Canada has the 4 speed--the 3 speed isn't even an option...And the CD player is standard as well whereas I think you get just a tape deck on the US model?
  • The 2001 U.S. Corolla we just bought came with no CD or Tape Deck. Standard is the base AM-FM 4 speaker radio. Also, as far as I could determine the only spare tire available is the compact and no fold down rear seat. We do enjoy the Moonroof!
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    and so far I love it! It has power everything - it handles great - drives like my 85-year-old aunt's Lincoln - my headlights seem just right to me - I wasn't sure if my car was made in Canada or California until I saw the plate which said "Canada" - my neighbor mentioned he had heard that the ones made in Canada were "better" - anyone know anything about that? Would like to hear from other Corolla LE owners on how they like their cars - I have only had mine a couple of days now, but so far I'd give it a 10! Thanks in advance...
  • liufeiliufei Posts: 201
    What kind of Corolla did you get? I'm not aware you can skip on the tape and yet manage to add the moonroof. Is it a factory order??
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    it did not come with a CD player - it has the cassette player along with the stereo - I think the CD player would have been $500 more - this was not a factory order - came off the lot - it does not have a moonroof but it has everything I wanted: cruise control, power locks, mirrors, mats, all-weather guard package, it is a beautiful car - I test drove several small cars before choosing this one: Mazda Protege, Nissan Sentra, VW Beetle, Honda Civic, this car handled the best in my opinion - it also has an outside temp. gauage and several cleverly hidden storage areas in the dash - the color is unique - "mystic teal" only it is more blue than green - the Corolla also has more HP and torque than the Civic (my second choice) and the gas mileage is great: 30/39 - so far I love it!
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