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  • canccanc Posts: 715
    I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems with your Corolla. I hope they get it fixed for you soon. Could it simply be that the wheels are severely misaligned?
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    I would hope that the dealer already checked balance and alignment. Assuming that those two things checked out my guess would be a defective tire. A seperated belt would make the rearview wobble, and would make the car handle strangely. Have the dealer swap out all four tires/wheels with another car. Drive it for a day - if that works you know exactly what the problem is.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    ...a bad tire could indeed be the cause of all of these symptoms.
  • I definitely have been looking for any kind of answers to this handling issue, as it has affected my life way too much.
    Actually, I do not think the dealer checked the tires at all. Alignment and tires seem to be a good suggestion to make. Also, I really like that idea about trying other tires for a day!
    I am hoping that it is a easy fix because I love the car otherwise! It has made me very envious to see all other owners being very happy with their corolla experience and so, that is why I would still like to know what happened with Vicarouza's experience....
    Thanks again! I'll keep you all "posted" and please let me know if any other suggestions are thought of.
    P.S. jrct9454, I am also from the Sacramento area...what dealership did you purchase your car from?
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    This may be late, but I put the 195/65 14 on my 95. The tires worked great with one exception. Too much weight in the back seat/trunk could make the rear bounce on the wrong bumps. My 95 now has the 185/65 14 size again.

    Another thing too, have you checked your axles lately? Both of my front axles have been replaced.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    anyone here work for a toyota dealer?
    just wondering coz i have a question about the 03' corollas.

    i was told that toyota will allow dealers to only order so many cars each month and this is why it's creating such a long wait list for the customers who are buying 03' corollas and matrix. apparently, this is because the model is new so toyota is doing this. i don't know is this is true or not.

    i'm still waiting for my car to arrive. i was told my car went "into transit" aug. 9th and should be in my area this week but still no news. :(
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    The law of supply and demand. Of course since it's a new design right now the car is selling like hot cakes. Toyota can't make them fast enough so you'll have to wait.
  • heplhepl Posts: 1
    I have experienced a problem with my `03 Corolla identical to what was described in post #2061; namely, there is a clicking sound when turning corners that seems to come from the front passenger wheel. It also occurs (though less often) when going over bumps. I've taking to the dealer twice, and they couldn't duplicate the problem (it is, admittedly, intermittent). Any ideas what could be the cause?
  • stragerstrager Posts: 308
    I finally had a chance to compare these 3 back to back. Before the test drives, I checked the tire pressure to make sure it was correct. Here's my evaluation (note that I've only included a few things). All had adequate power for normal driving, IMHO.

    Civic LX with auto
    HIGHS: Well weighted steering, a "connected to the road feeling", really fun to drive. Good view over the hood. Minimal engine or wind noise. Good driver's armrest. Simple, no-nonsense pricing (LX,EX etc).
    LOWS: Lots of road noise spoils the fun! Ride can be bumpy. Same old styling and color selection (would it hurt if they added just a little more pizzazz?)

    Corolla LE with auto
    HIGHS: Looks and feels expensive, roomy rear seat, higher seating, outside temperature gauge, better color selection than Civic.
    LOWS: Steering felt very light (I could fall asleep at the wheel), sometimes floaty ride, more wind/engine noise than Civic, higher dashboard than Civic. Useless armrest. Not so simple pricing, lots of "options" but not as bad as Matrix (in this regard).

    Matrix XR with auto
    HIGHS: High seating position (one just slides into the seat), good view over dashboard, better steering feel than Corolla but not as good as Civic, better ride than Corolla (Matrix less floaty) or Civic (Matrix less bumpy). Very roomy seating and great flexibility for carrying cargo/people. Reasonable color selection.
    LOWS: Instruments/gauges overdesigned at the expense of ergonomics(Pontiac/Toyota were trying too hard to make them look cool). Monotonous black/gray interior, a lighter contrast color would give it an airier feeling, IMHO. Useless armrest. Wind noise same as Corolla, and more than Civic. No folding mirrors for a vehicle that's almost 70" wide. Absurd looking mandatory "optional" ground effects. Even more absurd and overly complicated pricing with lots of options.

    For my needs, the Matrix offered the best balance between driving fun and functionality. Unfortunately, Toyota has ruined the Matrix's appeal and styling with its absurd "options". I've heard that Honda will be out with the Stream/Latitude next year, and that may end up being the vehicle I finally buy.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    Have the CV joints looked at. It is not unheard of for new cars to have bad CV joints. My Integra needed two front half shafts (w/ 4 CV joints) before it was a few months old - under warrenty of course.

    Could also be a wheel bearing.

    Crank the wheel all the way to one side and gun the engine - that should duplicate the problem if it is a CV joint. Try both directions. They can also feel for play in the CV joints if they have the car up on a rack.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    picking up '03 corolla tomorrow! :)

    actual wait time for the car from the time i ordered it is around 14 days. not bad at all considering others have waited as long as 2 months!
  • I have a 1996 Corolla. It's a 1.6 with 3 speed auto. How much faster and quieter is the 03 Corolla compare to the 96 Corolla? Is the ride much better in the 03? And one more question, does the remote keyless entry in the 03 Corolla opens the trunk too?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    Faster? Oh yeah, especially compared to your drivetrain. The difference will be noticeable and very positive.

    Quieter? At cruise, yes. During acceleration, probably not, or at best, a wash. Your engine is quieter but has to rev harder because of the ancient 3-spd. The new one is loud on acceleration, but settles down very nicely when you are cruising. And road and wind noise are definitely better.

    Ride? No question, the new car is better. It settles faster after bumps, doesn't transmit as much harshness in the cabin, but handles better for a variety of reasons.

    Remote? No, the standard keyless entry does not open the trunk - you have to use the key or the inside release.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    got my '03 corolla last night and the car is beautiful! :) drives really nice, excellent ride.
    so much nicer ride than a '02 civic in my opinion.

    the 5 speed i think is not as nice as a honda 5 speed but still, it shifts smoothly. the headlights are so bright at night!

    anyways, my rating for this car would be 10 out of 10!
  • Does anyone know when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is going to test the 2003 Corolla? I am awaiting the results to consider purchasing the new model or not. I currently have a 1999 Corolla...

  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    Can anyone with a "00" to "02" Corolla help me out with some feedback? It seems that my "01" Corolla gets wet under all four doors after rain or washing on the plastic strip that you actually step over to get in the car. This is the strip that is around 3 to 4 inches wide that extends to cover the actual car body directly under each door (when closed). It seems to me that this location is actually on the inside of the weather stripping and should not get wet but strangely enough it happens under all four doors. so I'm wondering if it is normal. Does anyone else see this happening?
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    are you referring to the plastic area that sort of has ridges in it? if you're referring to what I think you are mine gets wet too - I have noticed this after washing my '01 -
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363 is not inside the weatherstripping, and will always be as wet as the outside of the car.
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    Yes Britton, that is what I am referring to. Thank you both for your response. I think I am a little paranoid about leaks now because water did come in from my moonroof(original manufacture) two days ago during a long soaking rain. I believe it came in where the two clips attach my wind deflector for the moonroof.
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    Actually, after double checking my door after hearing from you, that plastic strip that Britton and I are talking about is on the inside of the weatherstripping. It most likely is normal, but it is strange that water could get to that point because all my doors seal perfectly.
  • I am just curious on what other owners are getting after driving their new 2003 Corolla's after awhile. Thanks very much for all input!!!!
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    you are right - it is on the inside of the weatherstripping - but I guess as long as the water is on the plastic part and not the actual floorboard, carpet, seats, etc it is nothing to be too concerned about and probably is normal.
  • 914914 Posts: 15
    Boilerman - I am finding with heavy air conditioner usage, I average 35 MPG in a combination city/highway driving.. What are you getting with you car?
  • On my first tank of gas, I only averaged maybe 26.5 of mostly highway driving at best. On my 2nd tankful, it looks like I will get around 30-31 mpg. Hopefully, things will get better as the car gets broken in. Overall,I really like the car but disappointed in the gas mileage. I am 43 years old and am not a leadfoot either... Any other comments on other's gas mileage??
  • laksjlaksj Posts: 19
    I get ~30 mpg with mine (75%/25% highway/city driving). I am a leadfoot, however (my highway driving is usually at 90+ mph, when the cops aren't looking :)) and I leave the a/c on all the time.

    BTW, mine is the 2002 Corolla.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    I consistently get about 36 mpg on my 02 5-speed. This is on a daily 60 mile commute with mix highway and city traffic.
  • I am getting around 28 MPG in 100% city driving, with the A/C on full time. I have an automatic 03 Corolla with about 1100 miles. I need to get my car on the highway for an extended trip and see how it does.
  • mine's a '01 - 4 speed automatic - I usually get 30-31 mpg city - but one time I got 34 mpg city (but only once!) - on the highway I usually get 39-40 mpg - on my last tank - I averaged 37.4 mpg - this was 50% highway, 50% city miles -
  • I was trying to get Corolla LE with auto, cruise control and floor mats. Tried to get a price close to $15.200. Dealler printed out his cost for the car.
    MFG BASE PRICE......DLR $ 13544.00 MSR $ 15480.00
    TOTAL FACT. OPTIONS.....$ 230.00 MSR $ 290.00
    TOTAL PORT OPTIONS......$ 150.00 MSR $ 142.00
    DELIVERY/PROC./HANDL....$ 525.00 MSR $ 525.00
    M.A.F...................$ 203.00 MSR $
    2% HOLDBACK MSRP........$ 309.00 MSR $
    PIO HOLDBACK............$ 13.00
    DEALLER OPTIONS.........$ 152.00 MSR $ 152.00
    1%FINANCE RESERV MSRP...$ 154.00

    TOTAL : $ 15280.10
    In additional to that he wants to charge me $245.00 PDI fee. He said it's a port fee and all deallers have to pay it. Total price is $15525.10
    and he wants 5% in top of that.
    Could you please let me know which charge is a BS
    here. I've never heard that holdback is paid by
    customer. And what M.A.F. is? Dealler is in central Texas.
    Thank you a lot.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    MAF may be an advertising fee; the dealer should be able to tell you what it is. Some dealers (Toyota and others) charge an advertising fee, and some do not. You can shop around, but if all the Toyota dealers in your area charge the fee, you are probably stuck with it.

    The holdback may be negotiable. How long has the car sat on the dealer's lot? If it just got there, or will be delivered in the near future, then the dealer hasn't to actually eat into the holdback yet, so it doesn't yet reflect a cost to them. If the car has been on the lot for a couple of months, most or all of the holdback may be used up, so then it really is a cost to the dealer. Even so, this dealer's policy may be not to negotiate on the holdback, especially on a car in as much demand as the Corolla.

    I have no idea what the 1% finance reserve is; I've never seen such a thing in 30 years of car buying (including three Toyotas). Ask the dealer what it's for. If it is to help pay for finance charges while the car sits on the dealer's lot, and the car hasn't sat for long, then it may be negotiable because the dealer hasn't incurred that cost yet. Doesn't hurt to ask.

    The dealer installed options may be negotiable, if they are things that you really don't need/want. For example, some dealers charge a lot of money for things like mudflaps and paint sealant and pinstripes. If you tell the dealer that you don't want those things, they can either remove them, or they may just throw them in. Their actual cost on these items is pretty low, so the charge is mostly pure profit.

    I've also never heard of a separate port fee. That's what the Destination charge is supposed to be for. But if all the dealers in your area charge it, it might be hard to get around.

    Another thing to do is be sure the dealer believes that he is competing not only with other Toyota dealers, but with dealers for other makes. Check out the pricing on cars like the Elantra GLS, Lancer ES, and Protege LX, which can be had for at least a couple of thousand less than what the dealer is offering on the Corolla. The more you make it sound like you have alternatives, the more the dealer is likely to deal.
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