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Toyota Corolla Owners: Meet the Members

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Corolla or Matrix!

My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Owners Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

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  • My name is Gary and I live in Toronto, Canada. If all goes well, our black 2003 Corolla CE should be ready for pickup this Saturday or early next week. As my username says, our other car is a 2000 Honda Odyssey. Looking forward to sharing information and experiences with everyone.
  • My name is Paul, and I live in Mechanicsville, MD. That's in St. Mary's county, about an hour south of DC.

    I have a Radiant Red Matrix XR Automatic that I bought on Tuesday. If you're interested, I posted a report of my sale experience over in the Hatchbacks/Station Wagons board.

    I plan to hang around and help anyone that I can, and hope to get much good advice.
  • xr_matrixxr_matrix Posts: 96
    My name is Randy and I live in Atlantic Canada.

    I have on order a silver XR 5spd Matrix...won't be seeing it till early June though I guess. I already have 2 Toyota's in my garage...a 99 Corolla VE Touring Sedan 5spd and my wife drives a 94 Corolla Wagon auto. We are trading the VE on the Matrix, I may actually sell it outright first though as a lot of people like my touring sedan pckg from Toyota.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    I didn't even get a chance to put on the finishing touches before you found the new club! :-)

    Don't forget to write a review!

    Last week, Edmunds rolled out new pricing pages. Along with this is a new "consumer ratings & reviews". This functionality lives in the "consumer opinions" area of the new vehicle detail page, and allows users to rate a vehicle on a number of different criteria (1 to 10 scale), as well as add his/her own free-form comments.

    If you have some time, we would really appreciate Town Hall members writing a review of their current auto, or a favorite make/model. It takes approximately a week for your review to appear on that make/model.

    If you have any questions, please let me know!


    Owners Clubs

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  • TupTup Posts: 200
    Hello everyone....hey XR-Matrix....where in Atlantic canada are you from? (I'm in PEI). Well, I think I have the Granddaddy of Matrixes....Took delivery on Feb 7 of a Black Base Canadian 5 speed Matrix with the "B" option package....A/c, power locks, keyless entry, alloy wheels. We ordered this vehicle (our second car next to a Subaru Forester) before the pricing was announced. If I was to do it again I probably would have paid the extra to get the XR but when we ordered we just wanted AC and keyless entry for our second car and expected the Matrix to cost more then it does.

    So far this vehicle has been terrific! Great driving car...the 5 speed gives very good power. The gueages take some getting used to but the dash as a whole is quite nice.
  • zukhovzukhov Posts: 34
    Hi everyone. My name is Tom. I live in Toronto, Canada. A lot a Canucks on this page. I bought a cosmic blue XR about 3 weeks ago. Can't wait till I get it. From what I hear, there is quite the waitng list. I sure hope that they crank up the production line. Knowing it's Toyota, they would only consider that if they had the capacity, and if there was no negative impact on quality.
  • TupTup Posts: 200
    I read that of all the car assembly plants in North America....regardless of brand, that the Cambridge Toyota plant produced cars with the fewest defects. That's a good thing for Corollas and Matrixes.
  • black03black03 Posts: 3
    My name is Laurie, from New Brunswick,We have a black 03 Corolla CE auto with B package. Brought it home on Feb.14/02..We got this Corolla after the 98 CE we had was wrote off in an accident. We have about 1600 km on it now and we are very pleased. I filled up last night and got 33 mpg( mostly city)the only complaint I have is not knowing when the Cruise Control will be available.Looking forward to reading everyones opinions.
  • My name is Pedro. I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have the silver XRS 6-Speed . I have got it for almost two weeks. Nice ride!! Handles like a dream. I'm in love with this baby. Hope to share my experiences with you all.
    Good luck with yours,
  • Indigo Blue XR guy here from Ajax/Toronto, I think only Tup beet me to the Matrix!!! many k's on it so far? I'm about 1300 now. Anyone else out there with a automatic XR car to comment? looks to me like 9.5L per 100/km for milage. To date only one complaint so far, tires!!! Found I spin the front ones every now and them on wet pavement, I think the tires are not the greatest but sufficient.
  • deagleddeagled Posts: 20
    Another Atlantic Canadian here (Moncton). I've had my silver XRS since Feb.8. I can't say enough about it, it's simply a blast.

  • I'm as far from Atlantic Canada as I can get - Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Picking mine up Monday - maybe. I have a meeting after work I forgot about until last night, so I may have to put it off til Tuesday. It's an XR 2wd auto, Super White, stone interior.

    AB Anti-lock brakes
    BE Side Airbags
    EJ AM/FM/6-disc CD
    UP Sport Package
    SP Sport Package

    I really didn't intend to get the alloys, or the moonroof, etc., but it sure looks nice.


  • gcboyd1gcboyd1 Posts: 11
    Hey all.

    Just took delivery of our 2003 CE, black sand pearl, stone interior. Pretty basic, but we love it! And we're the first ones in the neighborhood to have it. Not many admiring glances, as it's pretty inconspicuous, but those who look closely, or ride in it, are VERY impressed.
  • Hi everyone. I'm new to this board and I just bought the a XR automatic tonight. Options I got were AB, EJ, UP, SP...paid 18700 (not including all the tax, licsence, etc.). Dunno if that's a good price, but almost all the dealers around the San Francisco/San Jose bay area are asking for a dealer markup. Hopefully I can pick it up in a couple of days. It's pretty exciting since this is my first new car. Been driving a beat-up '91 Saturn all this time.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    I'm the proud 16 year old driver of a 1996 Corolla DX in Dark Emerald Pearl with oak interior, tinted windows, gold package, spoiler, 6 disc CD player and sunroof. It's been a great little car these first 300 miles and I expect it to go 300,000 more! Well maybe not, it already has 69,000 miles but it still has a long life ahead of it.
  • ekabraziekabrazi Posts: 2
    My Name is Mike! My wife, Kristen, & I bought our Matrix 2 weeks ago & we took delivery this past Monday! We love this car! We live South of Boston, MA. Traded in a '00 VW Beetle that my wife "Had to have" ... thank god this car came along!
  • rolla99rolla99 Posts: 2
    Hi, I drive a '99 Toyota Corolla LE (in that nice "Sandrift Metallic" color) and absolutely love it. No problems with it and it's running great. I would love to have one of the re-designed 2003's, but I'm happy with a '99!
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    I drive a '01 Corolla LE 4-speed automatic (mystic teal) and I have been very happy with the car - had it almost exactly 1 year - no problems whatsoever - very good gas mileage (30-32 MPG city) no rattles or any noises - very good car!
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I drive a '96 white DX with blue interior. Bought the car used with 18k and it has been a very good steed with plenty of power. I too would really like to get a '03 LE but will wait at least 2 years. Just hit 58k this week.
  • inkiinki Posts: 15
    Hey everyone, I'm Emily from Atlanta and I just got my indigo ink Matrix yesterday. It's gorgeous even with an inch of pollen on it. I got the base package plus auto. It's awesome!
  • alshariffalshariff Posts: 11
    Hello Everyone!

    I'm Al from Toronto Canada. Its good to see some Canucks on here! I ordered my Silver XRS on Feb 27 and picked it up on Mar 23. The car was delivered over a month early. I was very impressed with the early delivery.

    I was most impressed with the fit & finish of the vehicle, especially the interior. I work in the automotive quality assurance field and went through the vehicle with a fine tooth comb. One defect I encountered was the fact that my rear seatbelt buckles were not routed correctly. When the rear seat back is folded down, my belts will fall under the rear seat cushion. I've still to get my car to the dealer (I'm having too much fun driving it). Considering the type of defect I've encountered, I'm sure this problem will be prevelant in the field in early production models. I'm sure the quality checks are still being developed for workmanship standards (this can take over a year to develop).

    One question I have for fellow owners is, how are you guys & gals breaking in your engines?

    Well, I look forward to getting to know my new Matrix family :-)
  • xr_matrixxr_matrix Posts: 96
    Hi Al;

    Congrats on the new ride...I am going to Toronto on Sunday...I will look for your silver sled pounding the Don Valley (errr parked on it more likely huh?)

    Good to hear you took delivery early, especially for those of us still (patiently) waiting for ours! couple of months more for me...or maybe earlier now huh?
  • Damn doesn't it feel good to own a matrix... Especially those with an XRS. dont worry i still love the rest of you all. a Matrix is a Matrix. I just thought i would join this group to find out some info from everyone. Im from Long Island as with others members i new more about this car than the dealership. well good luck everyone and well see what we can do to make this car hotter than it already is.
  • Hello,

    I'm Jenn from Kitchener, Ontario. I bought my Matrix Feb 11, and received it a week later, I heard I was lucky. I have a XR Indigo Ink Blue, some problems with it, which I posted in the problems and solutions category, but minor, don't worry! It's a sweet ride yes!
  • wilczywilczy Posts: 15
    My name is Martin and I live in Mississauga, Ont.

    I have ordered a Radiant Red Matrix XRS 6-SPD a week ago and delivery time is estimated in June :(
    Can't wait but there's no other way to get the car as many of You already know. I'd like to share informations and help as I know.
  • XRS is my second best car beside 1989 Corolla GTS. no other cars in the market can came come close to it not even my 2000 Civic SI that was stolen. I had the XRS since last friday and paid about $500 over the invoice. I had to wait for month but it was well worth the wait.....

    P.S Thank you all for the informations shared in matrix chatroom which made my order possible.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    The wife has a 95 DX with 120,000 on it and I have a 1989 GT-S with 144,000. The GT-S is my daily driver and it is just as much fun as the day I bought it in 92.
  • tom3ktom3k Posts: 91
    Acquired my red, 5-spd, base-model Matrix two days ago, my first Toyota.

    I came to the Matrix almost by accident. I had been somwhat casually shopping for a sport wagon for the last six months or so and had settled (on paper, anyway) on either a Protege5 (if I needed a car soon), or a WRX wagon if my two elder cars (10 and 12 years old) held up for while so I could build up the additional cash.

    My two beaters died in the last two months. First my beloved '90 Integra (12 happy years, over 190K miles)gave it up in February - Needed internal engine work (for the first time ever) that would have exceeded the value by many $. Then, my ultra-beater '92 Escort SW developed transmission problems last weekend (I believe I have purchased my last automatic transmission ;-)).

    I ran out and test drove several cars on my short list: P5, first with automatic (like a good looking version of the Escort - hated it!) then with 5-speed (better, but still a little dissapointing), a WRX (butt-kickin' car, but out of my range) and a base-model Imprezza wagon (not bad at all). I was searching for a Suzuki Aerio SX with a stick to drive. When I pointed out a Matrix to my wife and then an Imprezza shortly after, she said "you'd rather have that (the Imprezza) than the car you just showed me? (the Matrix)". I figured I better drive a Matrix just to say I did.

    Needless to say, I was impressed! It had more headroom and legroom (front and back) than anything else I was looking at, I liked the shift in the middle of the console (didn't think I would) liked the handling and thought it had more oomph on the low end than the P5. Even at sticker, it was no more than anyone was asking for a P5 and substantially less than an Imprezza. I was hooked!

    Unable to come to an agreement with the dealer I test drove with ($250 for dealer prep?!?), I followed up on a too-good-to-be-true internet price that tunred out to be true. Invoice-$45 plus tax & tags. I was home with the car in less than 24 hours. So far I love it.

    Sorry for the ramble, but hopefully there's some useful information in there somewhere ;-).
  • ata3001ata3001 Posts: 30
    Hi everyone, I hail from Niagara Falls, NY.
    I purchased new an impulse red 2001 Corolla S 5-spd with every available option except 6 disc cd changer, and now have just over one year and 17000 totally trouble free miles. My best highway mileage to date is 46 mpg. My weekly average with approximately 70% highway, 30% city type driving is 37 mpg. I have made a few minor modifications. First I took all the badging, except for the "S" off the trunk lid. Next I purchased the TRD tire and wheel package (205/45 x 16 tires). Looks and handles much better. I do not drive it hard, I just like its new look... :-)
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    I have seen several Matrixs where I live - very, very sharp looking car - I am on my second Toyota, a '01 Corolla LE that I have had for 15 months (love it!) - I think you made a wise choice - Toyotas have a very good track record and your Matrix should serve you well - enjoy!
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