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  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    A Canadian produced Corolla will have a VIN beginning "2T".
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    thanks for the info.
    k&n do have a filter for the 2003 corolla and matrix.
    part number is 33-2252. same filter for 2002/2003 corolla and matrix

    you should install a CAI + headers + exhaust to be effective. just the CAI alone will not give you that much increase in horses.

  • I read before Corolla shall make 33-38 mpg, but
    my 00' Corolla took 9.5 gallons to run 280 miles,
    local/hwy. That's less than 30 mpg, almost the
    same as my friend's old Ford Escort.
    Can this be called gas saving?
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    You can only compare two cars if they both drive the same roads at the same time. Otherwise it is apples and oranges. How fast were you both going, what percent was city what was highway, is the Corolla broken in yet, what type of transmission do the cars have, was there a head wind, what temp was it, how many stops and starts, how consistent are your fillups? Way to many variables. If you drive 65 on the highway you will get way over 40 mpg in the Corolla.
  • Gosh, when we are driving on the highway we go no lower than 75 mph, usually 80-90 mph! If you go 65, you'll never get to where you are going!
  • If anyone is REALLY AVERAGING over 40 mpg in their 2003 Corolla , I will buy them a case of beer. I have had mine for over 2 months and average COMBINED 32-33 mpg . I am not a hot rod driver either.. This is not bad at all, but 40 mpg on average? Pass the beer bong!!
  • dsgechodsgecho Posts: 89
    28-32 for strictly in-town running is what I have gotten in the past for a 2001 version. On several road trips the hiway average has been 40 plus w/o too much problem at all. But not at 75 mph plus for most any vehicle- do you really need to get there that fast?
    Nashville TN
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    my '01 4-speed auto one time got 34 mpg (city) - this was the best I ever got but just that one time - usually I get 30-31 mpg city - and 39-40 highway - the lowest mpg (city) I got was about 28 mpg -
  • Does anybody know why there are very little new Corollas made with the ABS option package?
  • I never go faster than 75 on highway, 'cause I only drive on flat lands. Guess those 90 mph plus drivers live in the mountains, so they have less gravity and less air resistence......

    Well, I admit i have A/C on most of the time, and auto transmission. If I turn off A/C, how many would the mpg likely be on the same roads? I made 29-30 mpg on combined city/hwy before.
  • The paint on Corolla is disappointing. After a day's drive, I can always find some new small black points where the paint was knock out by sand particles. And some long thin scratches, don't know how they came up. Any expert here have some good idea to fix these blemishes? I know for larger area I can use touch-up pen, but for the small and thin ones I'm not sure.
  • well I guess I can't talk becasue I don't even drive yet, but I know my dad always drives well above 75 as does most anybody I know. Even my mom, one of the somberest, non-aggresive drivers I know sets the cruise control at 80 when driving on the highway. It is funny you even mention this because on the highway, most people are just flying past us while we are doing 80-85! Really, most people drive a heck of a lot faster than 65-70 on the highway. We figure some of those people have to be driving close to 100 the way they just zoom past us. I live in south Georgia, about as flat as it gets and people still drive fast. We rented a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am 2-door V6 for the weekend when going down to Jacksonville Florida. My dad decided to have some fun in that thing. It was really fun the way Pontiacs handle, but not only that, they have speed. We got going up to somewhere between 97-100mph in that thing at some points and it was the best feeling ever, to finally be the one flying past all the cars and being at the front. Sorry to get so off topic, but just had to comment on that. I guess since we are talking about the Corolla here, you shouldn't try taking that up past 100mph unless it is a really nice day with absolutly no wind and a good paved surface because that car I hear can be really tippy and flimsey at high speeds because it is tall and skinny, unlike the Grand Am which is short and wide.
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    Thanks for the part # for the K&N. I bought the TRD because K&N told me there was no filter available for the 2003 Corolla??!! This was less than a month ago. As far as horsepower gains with the AEM cold air intake, their dyno tests show just under 10 hp gain with no other mods. Again, THEIR tests.... The catch is that the gain is at 6450 RPM, right where the rev limiter comes into play.
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    I'm pleased with the mileage on my '03 5 speed. It consistanly exceeds the mileage sticker that was on the window by 2-3 mpg, both city & highway and I run the hell out of it. I attribute part of that to using synthetic oil.
  • ata3001ata3001 Posts: 30
    I own a 2001 Corolla S 5-spd and I average 35-37 mpg with 50% hwy/50% city driving. Last week I drove 256 miles on the thruway (a round trip) at 65-70 mph and used 5.5 gallons of gas. I generally don't go much faster because sitting still on the side of the road while a cop writes you a speeding ticket makes you lose more time than if you just go a little slower, plus you don't need to be constantly looking all over for where the cops are hiding. I then refilled at the same gas pump. When the pump clicks off, I only squeeze in more up to the next nickel. That averaged me approximately 46.5 mpg. Two weeks ago I started out with a full tank of gas, drove 90 miles and refilled because of going by a gas station with very low gas prices. It took an even 2 gallons to fill up. that = 45 mpg. The worst mileage I ever got was 32 mpg. That was during the winter in Buffalo, NY with me letting the car warm up at idle for 20 minutes every morning before leaving for work. On one tankfull last summer when I was on vacation, I got 48 mpg. I don't remember the miles or gallons used but 48 mpg is what it averaged. My son wishes his Honda Civic would do this...... :-)
  • I have had a lot of trouble keeping this wind whipped buggy on the road.. Any suggestions on a tire change(bigger) or (better) that will keep this thing on the Earth and not towards the edge which it constantly seems to be going? Thanks!!

    Flying sideways with bad wings......
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    It IS a both hands on the wheel situation when the wind is up, I agree. More meat on the ground may help a little but with the tall profile, slab sides, and 2500lb weight it just may not be in the cards to correct it. I suppose lowering it would reduce the wind problem but I'm not going there. I'm open to suggestions also if anyone has discovered a remedy.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    i think the only solution to the problem of getting tossed around by the wind is to slow down. happened to my a few times now while driving on the highway.

    the faster i go, the more i get bounced around! the slower you are, more control you have with the car. so, slow down or drive beside another car and let the other car block the wind for u.
  • Better get used to paint problems, Toyota's new paint compound seem to be soft and weak. Chips and scratches are easy to come by. Avoid dark colors, does anybody experience better with light colors?
  • soure1soure1 Posts: 9
    After putting 9,600 miles on the OEM Firestones the car came with, I decided to get something better. I bought a set of Dunlop SP Sport A2. They are AA rated for traction. The car now feels like it is glued to the pavement. I find myself driving faster because the car is so much more stable. And the car rides better, despite the tire's "H" rating for 130 mph. Highly recommended tires. See November 2002 Consumer Reports.
  • Anything is better than Firestones, another way Toyota is making the cars cheaper.
  • I have the Goodyear Integrity tires and they suck..... And that is as clean as I can put it... Nice car, cheap as dirt tires on it. Wind Whipped Buggy 2003 2004 Toyota Corolla is going to be nicknamed the "EDGE" because that is where it always seems to be going.. to the edge of the road..
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    Have you noticed any improvement during windy conditions?
  • superman5superman5 Posts: 154
    corolla tires seem to be too thin, very wobbly(?)
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    I don't know....Goodyears are equally bad.

    Michelins cost more, but it's worth every penny
  • soure1soure1 Posts: 9
    Yes, I've got to say there has been an improvement under windy conditions. It seems like I don't have to make steering corrections nearly as often as with the Firestones. The tires feel like they are 205's rather than the 195's that they are. By that I mean they feel much more stable on the road. And besides, as someone posted, anything is an improvement over Firestones.
  • ata3001ata3001 Posts: 30
    I own a 2001 Corolla S 5 spd that came factory equipped with Michelin 185/65x14 tires and factory alloys. They seem very poor in wet weather conditions. I purchased a set of Toyota TRD wheels with tires. Size is 205/45x16. What an incredible difference they made. No more wandering on the highway. The resistance to being blown around from the wind is much better. The trade off is that they are both noisier and a little harsher riding. I guess you can't have both.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    to those of you interested in protecting your 03' corolla radiator from bugs and little rocks...
    i installed a bug screen right in front of the radiator and invisible from the outside. works great, protects your radiator and cheap! you can only see the screen if you look under the bumper or peek through the grill.
    took me less than 30mins. to install it.

    just buy fiberglass bug screen and cut to the correct size. it's better if you can get another set of hands to help you.
    - remove 2 bolts/brackets that holds the radiator.
    - lift the radiator a bit so you can slide the screen underneath it.
    - lower radiator so it will sit on the screen and hold it in place. pull up the rest of the screen and use the bracket on each corner to hold screen in place.
    - screw back in the bolts and you are done!

    you may have a bit of pulling to do on the screen so it's tight. other than this, the install is real easy. i did this for my sienna van as well. works real great. lots of room between the grill and radiator for the 03' corolla so it's real easy to install the screen.

    btw, cost of the screen was about C$5.00 :)
    good way to keep your radiator from getting damaged by rocks or bugs
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    Thanks, that's a good tip.
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    One of the known boo-boos for the '03 Corolla is the total lack of thigh support for drivers 6' tall & over (5 speed). My temporary solution is a wedge shaped seat cushion with the thick part towards the steering wheel for thigh support. It's a pain getting in & out as you always have to rearrange the damn thing to fit correctly. Certainly other tall folks have this same problem...I'd love to hear your solutions short of replacing the entire seat. I can drive my lady's '03 with no problem as it's an automatic and seat placement is not critical to reach only two pedals and there's no concern about shifting smoothly.
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