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Toyota Corolla



  • jerrymoojerrymoo Posts: 1
    Hi all,

    The door locking mechanism in the driver's door on my '98 Corolla isn't working when using either the push-button in the car or the remote. I can manually push/pull the lock or use my key.

    Brought it to the dealer, and they took the door apart to check it out (charging me $80, of course), and determined that there is a short in the motor that controls the locking mechanism. Their solution to fix? Replace the entire door latch assembly, which would cost me $475.

    What bothers me is that they don't seem able/willing to fix the part that is broke, instead preferring to replace an entire mechanism that is otherwise just fine.

    Anybody else run into anything like this?

  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    Few shops at the dealer level have the talent or expertise any longer to repair electrical parts. They are taught to replace, not repair. You may find a local electrician who can fix it for you, but no car dealer is going to bother...welcome to the 21st century in the new car business.

    Remember, too, that retail labor rates at the dealer level [real life example - the $80 they charged just to pull it out] make most repairs an uneconomic proposition, for them if not for you. They would rather replace the assembly and get on to the next job. I'm not endorsing this practice, merely telling you that there is nothing unusual in their approach.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    On the faulty lock motor - do some shopping around online and on the phone. You may find a source for the part which will be vastly cheaper than they are quoting...
  • ml2257ml2257 Posts: 1
    does anyone know what major changes for the 2003 corolla? a friend of mine who only buys japanese cars, says that they redesign them every 5 years, and not to buy the first year of the new model, wait a year until they workout the minor glitches..any info appreciated
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    Minor glitches can happen any year in a Corolla. Having a first year model means it can be paid for before the redesign comes out.
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    Mainly, it's going to be bigger, little more powerful, and just generally better. You can catch a glimps of it from the Japanese Corolla, they already got the new design.

    Not buying the first year of a model is a old timer rule of thumb. It does have some merit. There could be some minor teething trouble for the cars on the first year. And it holds true for all car companies to a degree. But the degree which is holds true differs a lot by automakers.

    For domestics, it's a very wise thing to pass up
    on the first year of production. Just look at a few examples. The Ford Focus had 4 recalls and who knows how many service bulletins for the first model year. The new Explorer is being recalled as well for quite a few different problems.

    But for Toyota and Honda, it's not nearly as big of a deal. The current Corolla haven't had a single recall. Most Toyota vehicles tend to experience only 1 or 2 minor problems, for the first year.

    So I wouldn't pass up on a good car just because it's the first year of the production. Especaily if it's a Toyota, and if the 2003 Corolla get's most of what the Japanese Corolla got.
  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    I would wait until the second year of a car's production if it is a new car or a redesign of an existing model.

    I have seen pictures of what was said to be the new Corolla and I find it radically different from the existing models. To me it looks like a cross between the Echo and the Avalon. I think people are going to be very polarized by the looks. They are going to either love it or hate it.

    As far as the Focus goes, it had six recalls in its first year of production and just two in the 2001 model year (its second year of production). The Echo had one recall (a cold weather one) in 2000 which was its first year of production and has had none for the 2001 model which is the model year I own.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    morgageman- I highly doubt that the post 1999 Corollas are slower than their 98 and 99 examples. Toyota hasn't, as far as I have read, changed gearing for either of the automatics transmissions, but to ANYONE thinking about purchasing a Corolla, I would strongly advise against the 2001/2002 "CE" models with the optional (archaic) 3speed mechanically controlled which kills hwy fuel economy, refuses to downshift between 40-50 mph when passing, and creates excess noise. (My father owns a 99 VE model with the same trans, and its frustrating to drive b/c the 1.8 engine is so willing and able to move the car quickly and efficiently, but is robbed b/c Toyota is cheap.)
  • india97india97 Posts: 1
    Hi, I've got a 93 Corolla with about 125k miles. I love it and plan on keeping it until the doors fall off. I am beginning to look for the best ways to extend its life. Yes, I have loyally followed the maintenance schedule. Has anyone switched to synthetic oil in his or her Corollas? Have you seen any benefit in fuel economy or engine condition? Anyone got any other preventative maintenance tips?
  • 5spd5spd Posts: 38
    believe me, the engine and transmission in your car is so exceptionally durable that they are definitely going to outlast the car's other components. Forget about synthetic oil. What's the point of spending extra money while your engine can sure last 200000 miles with dyno oil ?

    Just keep up the dyno oil changes and you will be fine.
  • I have a 1996 Corolla with 48k. A good performer except for the fact that the when the trans is in drive, brake pedal depressed, the idle seems to be rough and the engine shake seems to be transmitting to the steering wheel. I just tuned the car with factory plugs and air filter, but the car continues to shudder at idle. Its more pronounced with the a/c on. Has anyone had a similar experience?
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    I have been monitoring the mileage on my new Corolla - the last time I filled up, I put in 89 octane (mid range) unleaaded gas instead of 87 - I got 32.1 MPG - city driving, running A/C, on the 87 I only got 30.1 MPG - for years, most people have told me that paying more for anything higher than 87 octane was just wasting $, well, my last car was a '86 Honda and I ran it on 89 or higher octane unleaded gas about 90% of the time, and did so for almost 15 trouble-free years! Maybe the higher octane gas does make a difference in gas mileage?
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    Well, it certaintly wouldn't hurt to drive higher octane gas. And who knows, it might even allow the car to run a little cleaner and last a little longer. But I wonder if it's really nessary. I mean, how many years do you really planning on keeping a car? When will you just get so sick and tirely of looking that that thing?

    Well, holding on to a car for 15 years is a little too long for me. The last time I kept a car that old was when I was broke and lived on Ramen noodles in college. ;)

    Now, no need to be driving old out dated cars any more. I plan to change cars every 10 years (or 2 generations). My wife and I both have a car, so we space them out 5 years, so we will always have one car that's "up to date". ;) I think driving 87 octane shouldn't give me any problem for at least 10 years. By then, it's time to trade in the oldie.
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    one reason I drove my Honda for so long is because my husband is one of those people who believe in driving a car until the wheels fall off! Also, I really thought I would be getting another Honda and I was waiting for the '01's to come out - but after some extensive research and test-driving I went with the Corolla and so far I'm really glad I did - someone suggested that the better mileage was due to the engine being "broken in" a little more than before - I really believe it's due to the higher octane gas - I don't plan to purchase it every time I fill up, but I thought it was interesting and wanted to share the info -
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    What you are describing is by no means normal or average. These tend to be butter-smooth at idle. I could rack up a whole list of suspects: oxygen sensor would be one, and a broken motor mount would be another. In a case like this, a good mechanic may be your only recourse.
  • sarajadesarajade Posts: 1
    Hi everybody! I'm getting ready to buy my second Corolla, and as I don't have a lot of free time to go out to the automalls and look at the cars, I do most of my browsing online and go from there.
    Since a lot of times there's no back end view to the car, I can't be sure if I'm looking at what I want. I think the 96 and 97 DX models are the ones with the red glass between the tailights, not the gray chunk of plastic. Am I right? I've asked tons of people, posted messages on lots of forums, but I get all different answers! If there are any proud owners of a 96 or 97 out there, could you let me know? A black DX (if I'm right) with a spoiler would be too darling. Thanks in advance!
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    all the below refers to the back of the car

    a 93 has the toyota on the left and the designation on the right

    in 94 and up toyota is on the right and the designation is on the left

    in 95 DX's got new interiors

    LE's were only made in 93-95 which had the red piece in the middle instead of the grey and unique pinstriped interior

    in 96, all Corolla's had the white taillamps in place of the yellow, but still gey middles

    in 97, the final year of this style, all Corollas got the red middle

    I own a 89 and a 95.
  • I have a picture of the interior of the Next Corolla. My source is trying to get me one of the exterior.
    Scroll down that page and click on the link to my pictures. (this is my roommate's site)
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    My white '96 DX has the red bar between the taillights and it looks sharp. I bought the car used with 18k and now with 50.5k, I still love the car. Besides tires, oil changes every 3k to 4k, and a complete brake job, the car remains bullet proof. The milage ain't to bad either. Good luck with your search sarajade. The prices should be quite reasonable now but buy from a reputable source! BTW, the black with the spoiler would be way cool, saw one the other day and I started to salivate!
  • I've been getting about 28.4 mpg with my 1999 corolla LE, automatic. I used to get over 30 mpg, but i dunno why it's so low now a days.

    What mgp do you guys get with your corollas? Please list year, trim, and auto/manual. Thanks.

  • oh yeah, my corolla has about 21,000 miles on it, and i do both city and highway driving...
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    89 GT-S manual 132,000 33 city 40 hwy
    95 DX manual 107,000 35 city 40 hwy
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    last tank I got 32.1 MPG (city driving, using A/C) this was on 89 octane, on the previous tank using 87 octane I got 30.1 MPG....this is a 4-speed automatic
  • warzonectxwarzonectx Posts: 26
    can you gus email me a 2003 Toyota Corolla photos.
    my name is email is
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    1995 automatic 1.8 liter 38 miles per gallon with a lot of city mileage. checked it 3 different times stayed the same.
  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    If anyone wants something of an idea of what the next Corolla is going to look like, should pick up a copy of Consumer Review. They have a periodical dealing with cars of the future. In there they have a drawing of the Corolla. It is very close to the photos I have seen.

    Shape wise, it looks like an Echo and exterior accents (not present on the rendering) remind me of an Avalon.
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    24 mpg. 100% city driving, 2001 LE fourspeed automatic.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    I have a curious trivia question.

    What year did the Corollas sell the most? (US domestic sales only)

    I would guess in the late 70's.
  • truckdude1truckdude1 Posts: 88
    How much should you pay for the 2001 COROLLA LE? and how much with alloy wheels and spoiler? Will the corolla last you for 10 years easily, or up to 100,000 carefree miles if it is taken care off well? Can you please inform me, and is the power faster or slower or what than camry, i rode in a new Camry LE the car is so smoooth and quite, can u tell me what you know about the LE Engine i know its a 1.8 , but is it same as camry , the way it runs and can corolla run up to 85 MPH with out a struggle ? please inform us soon ,bye.
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