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Toyota Corolla Owners: Meet the Members



  • Hello everyone,
    My name is Vivian. I've just purchased an automatic, 2004 Toyota Corolla LE, Luna Mist metallic with AM/FM/CD/Cass combo w/ 6 speakers, cruise control, trunk and 4-piece carpets - the basic. :) Loving it so far. It doesn't have as many automatic functions as my previously owned Camry LE V6, but it will do. One of the best things is its gas mileage. I'm driving it and loving it. Yippee!
  • Greetings to all,
    After a long absence I am back. see:

    canadaodyowner Mar 6, 2002 6:29pm

    Due to old age memory loss I forgot my former user id and re-registered as '03corollace'! Anyway, I am going to hang on to 'canadaodyowner' userid for my dear life because, think about it, I was the first member on this thread!

    Anyway, I returned to share my cold start problem/solution:

    03corollace "Toyota Corolla Owners: Problems & Solutions" Jan 29, 2004 1:41pm

    Happy and Safe Driving to All.
  • omfsomfs Posts: 1
    Hi, I am from central Canada. It is quite ironic that we bought an 01' Sentra 4 years ago after EXTENSIVE RESEARCH, but was not too happy about it. The loud engine noise, the rattling sound when going over bumps. Two years ago, I bought myself an 01' Corolla BY CHANCE, with only 3000 km on it, and I am so far absolutely happy with it. This time around, without much thinking, bought another 04' Corolla for my wife, and traded in that disappointing Sentra. Oddly enough, a demo car, with also 3000 km on it. We made the dealer take off $3500 off the new car sticker price (tax included). I think it was a great deal.

    I think initial quality of the cars are the same, whether an Elentra or a Corolla. I test drove Civic, Corolla, Protege, and Elentra. Protege revs too high and too much engine noise, and does not fit my taste, and I have heard complaints about their longterm problems. Elentra drives exactly like my previous Sentra, (we are comparing an 01' Sentra with an 04' Elentra), and I would expect long term quality problems. Civic is very nice, but the engine feels weak (not a V-tec on my test vehicle), and not as spacious as the corolla. I do not know what kind of vehicle I would perchase next time around, but a Toyota product is definitely high on my list.

    P.S. We just experienced the coldest winter in the past 50 years in Central Canada. One night, I parked my 01' Corolla on the driveway, and forgot to plug in the block heater. Next morning, the car started without a problem in this -40 c whether.

    Thanks for reading this lengthy message. I guess all I wanted to say is that "best selling vehicle in the automobile history" means something.
  • epmusaepmusa Posts: 7
    Greetings to everybody!

    First of all congratulations on the choice of car you've got! Corolla.

    I got mine Oct 01, 1988 brand new made in Japan and it's 16 years old w/ 260,000 miles and running. Keeping it in good maintenance would let the car live longer. Change oil every 3,000 miles, tire rotation, and follow the manuals maintenance guideline walla! it works for me. This would be my 4th time in changing the timing belt and all the belts that goes with it. Always use original Toyota parts.

    It just keeps on going with proper care.
  • frankjrffrankjrf Posts: 1
    I ordered a Corolla Sport 2/15/04 which was supposed to be built at the Fremont, CA factory 90 miles away. I specified side airbags, anti lock brakes, moonroof, cruise and a manual 5 speed transmission. The dealer tells me that the factory keeps declining to build my car each month and just leaves the order waiting for some unknown build date. My order was passed over in March and maybe February and it looks like it is being passed over in April 2004, too.

    Can anyone tell me why the factory is ignoring my order? The dealer doesn't seem to know or won't tell me. I am pretty firm about what I want on the car but am worried that 2005 models may be here and I still won't have my car.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for me on getting this car built, other that dropping all the features that I really want?
  • 94ludelvr94ludelvr Posts: 1
    frankjrf, i've had the same issue. My wife and I attempted to order the same car you've describe. After 3 rejections from Toyota we've given up waiting. It should never be that hard to order a Corolla with those options. I've been told by my Toyota rep that Toyota wanted to only build certain builds due to limited parts being available (side air, ABS, etc.) I think I have found the reason why they won't build that car....2005 Corolla XRS! Yup they were saving those parts in order to make more money off the XRS. Now, obviously, I cannot prove this but that's my theory! They just received an XRS Corolla at a Denver dealer and I'm going to drive it soon! Really sharp looking car AND with more POWER!
    U may have to take dealer stock and/or pay for the XRS!
  • bittoobittoo Posts: 5
    Hello, I just bought used 2000 corolla 116km. It came of 4yr lease. Phoned toyota canada with a V.I.N., and they told me from which dealer the car was purchased, Phone the service dept. at the dealer, and was able to get the service history of the car. The car is great and at very good price of $7000+tax.
  • Hi, everyone!

    I just purchased a 2005 Corolla CE last month and I couldn't say that I am entirely happy with the car nor the dealer. It was an O.K. deal and has gone bad with this "LoJack" tracing system. I am still waiting for my dealer to respond but it doesn't look very good at this point. I'll post a complete story when it ends.

    For those of you wanted to buy a car, make sure you know what kind of system and service they offered. The problem with LoJack is that IT CAN NOT BE REMOVED once its installed. Another word, if it has a problem, you are doomed with it. That doesn't happen a lot, but it seems that I had the worse luck with any security systems. So, good luck to you all!
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    Number one Toyota-san for number one american!

    So far, it seems to be a fine car
  • I just purchased my 2005 corolla S this last December. I can't say I'm completely satisfied w/ the car, though my quibbles are just minor things such as the lack of a cargo pocket/net on the backs of the seats, where am I supposed to store anything? at 17,500 total you'd think a 1ft square piece of cloth would come w/ the deal.

    Otherwise the car is great. I love the manual transmission and the HWY gas miliage is phenomonal. 40+mpg pure HWY driving (I know cause I went on a road trip a month after I got er, talk a about a break in).

    Some of the pannels on the dash have slightly warped too, I went to the dealer to get it fixed and they saidd they had to "order" them, but that was 2wks ago. Time to email them.

    Great car so far, dealer was really nice too. I'm a college student so he had to work pretty hard to get Toyota Financial to Finance me, I even got 60 months aat 3.9 fixed. :) Can't say I feel ripped, but I thought the car was a little pricey, but it was the lowest in my area.

    OK END, MM
  • lunasollunasol Posts: 1
    In November I purchased my corolla ce. I too have noticed a slight warp in the dashboard. (right about the cd player.) I haven't gone to the dealer about that though. Curious if anyone else is having the problem with the ignition though. When I drive for a 40 min period or so, turn off the car and try to start it back up in 20 to 30 min, the car will just crank and not start up until I turn the key to off position and try again. I took it to the dealer yesterday and he said that the computer runs a quick check of the system and if it sees even the most minut thing it won't allow you to start your car. He sent me on my way and said it's fine. Should a new car do this? I love the car though. Fun to drive. I've always owned toyotas and as long as they remain reliable I will always own only toyota! (seats could be made a little more confy though) My dad drove my car and it doesn't quite fit bigger people. Kind of a chick or small guy car!
  • Hey everyone, new member. I am searching for a used car for my first. I saw a 1992 Toyota Corolla on car soup 5 speed manual with 120,000 miles on it. Anybody own one of these cars?
  • hey, i'm thinking about purchasing a 2005 Corolla CE Automatic for the advertised $11,000. Does this sound good to you?
  • wrenchdog1wrenchdog1 Posts: 1
    I just bought a 96 Corolla with 49,000 miles. Hardly used and with absolutely no options.... I have a Sunetun mini tach out of my old Toyota pickup and was wondering where the coil is in this car.... I suspect it's part of the distributor? Theres a group of wires that plugs into the dist., does anyone know if thats where I should be looking? Any help would be, well, helpful. Thanks Chris....
  • kesseretkesseret Posts: 1
    In November 2004 my beloved 95 Toyota Tercel was smashed up in a collision. 10 years that car never gave me a lick of trouble. So when everything was settled in December I went searching for a new car. First choice: Toyota, second choice Honda. I didn't want a new car, wanted a slightly used one (as in let someone else take the big depreciation hit). All the dealerships in my area were pushing to finance, wouldn't accept I was going to pay cash, and some actually blocked me from leaving the dealership until I raised my voice and bolted out the door. Almost all of them wanted me to sign a piece of paper (prior to negotiations) that I would purchase the car if we agreed on a reasonable price [meaning - reasonable to them, not me]. The cars I were looking at were 2002 Jetta and 2001 Honda Civic. So I drove 300 miles to the dealer I purchased my Tercel from and picked up a nice 2002 Corolla S for cheap - only 29k miles, with the Platinum Extra Care warranty -under my price range *and* without hassles all he did was ask me if I wanted it. I love this car, I get 34 mpg, it's more powerful than my Tercel, and roomier. I know it's only a Corolla, but compared to what I had before it makes me feel like a Queen! Only problem is I hear the Cruise Control relay click on first time I set cruise. I figure if that's all I have to complain about in 10 years, then I come off real easy!
  • toyotacortoyotacor Posts: 2
    Love my new corolla... its got a smooth ride, got a great music system, gives great mileage... everything my 1996 Infinity G20 didnt have - which btw in my opinion is a junk car which gave me nothing but trouble.
    Have only driven 400 or so miles in the past 2 weeks ... Planning a road trip on July 1st... cant wait.
  • Hi, My name is Mike and i live in PA. Just purchased by Corolla yesterday and I am elated. Will be driving this baby 200 miles round trip to work 2-5 days a week so the miles will add up fast!! Looking forward to learning from some experts on here about their knowledge and experiences with the Gen 9 Corolla. Last car was a "99 Saturn SL2 I had for 6 years and 137K miles. The Saturn treated me very well but the Corolla feels like a step up.
  • sm1975sm1975 Posts: 3
    My name is Soumit, I have just purchased a Used Toyota Corolla, Truly speaking I am fond of Honda, But due Fate I got a good deal for this car. I had to go thru maintenance. This is my first car. But still child hood I am fond of CARs. I love to know more about car engines. Will start bugging you all with lots of questions. I really Like the car. The features are too good. Only thing I miss is a Sun Roof.
  • sm1975sm1975 Posts: 3
    I got the SRS Air Bag Light Blinking, I got it checked in one place they told me the code 44 is coming with there intial computerized checkup. I asked the dealer about it he said such code does not exist. I don't want people to fool me up
    Can any one tell me what this code means?
    Does this code exist? Looking on net I found for Ford this code exist.
    Do different cars have different codes?
    Do I need to look into it immediately.
  • Hi everyone,
    I am new here and I recently bought my first Toyota.My previous cars have been GM models.
    My brother is a big fan of Toyota--he says that will all he will ever own.He currently has a 1999 Corolla and a 1996 Tacoma truck.

    I recently bought my 1987 Toyota Corolla dirt cheap--only $300.It has 187,600 miles.It is a 4 door sedan.It has the 1.6 liter.It's a carbureted model.
    It is two-toned color--silver and grey.The interior is black and grey.
    People are surprised when I tell them it is 18 years old.It looks almost like new!
    It has no rust and the interior is flawless.Nice car.

    It has an overdrive transmission that shifts very smoothly.It still has the original wheels.
    For the price the car is better than I expected.It burns no oil or has any major defects. However I am having a problem with the alternator.For some reason the car has went through 3 alternators and I've had the car for 5 months.
    I'd say that was the reason that guy sold it to me so cheap,but I feel it was well worth fixing.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    It also has 73 hp and its slow. Its so slow that if you have the AC on, top speed is 75mph. It will go 20 more without it. However, it gets great gas mileage and its has the best seats that Toyota ever made. Those seats are extremely comfortable and it makes a wonderful traveling car. The guages in those cars are cool too. Toyota stopped doing it, because of Lexus.

    I owned a 85 Corolla SR5 many years ago. I also had a 77 DX Sedan, 89 GT-S, and I still own a 95 DX Sedan.
  • Hi. I'm from PA and have been researching a new car for a few months, i test drove a spectra, a spectra5, a new corolla ce, and an 03 corolla le, liked the spectra but not enough to buy it, and i liked the ce, but i wanted an le, but couldn't afford a new le, so we tried a slightly used 03 le and loved it! It has cruise and all the nice standard features, and it's a manual (which i like), and i love the gas mileage i'll be getting! i look forward to picking it up tomorrow! I wonder if i paid too much b/c i could definately haggle more with the kia dealers, but then again, toyota is much more sought after and it holds its value longer, so i figured i'd take the deal and go instead of haggling too much- it doesn't matter, i would've bought it anyway!! I plan on only buying Toyota from now on anyways, it's all my grandmother ever drove and it worked well for her, so it will work for me, too!
  • wabiswabis Posts: 9
    i've an offer for 2006 Toyota Corolla LE f0r $17800 drive out, is it worth? with std features and 6 disc changer
  • Just picked up a '94 Corolla Special today. 170,000 kms, great condition (body & mechanical). Excellent 2nd family car. Bought it to save on fuel while commuting. I hadn't driven a standard trans in over 10 years, kinda missed it. This is my first Toyota but have always been impressed by their reliability. Any input about this car would be appreciated. Good year, bad year??...
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    The Corolla is about the most reliable car you can buy! No issues for '94. As long as prior owner was good with all fluid changes, it will be fine.
  • Hello all,
    I'm Vivek, I live in hopkins, mn.
    I got my 91 5 speed corolla last week. The car was clean and without rust (only a couple of small spots). i got it at 107,600 miles and am pretty sure it will go for more. the 5 speed is just great. it gives me good control of the car and hopefully more mileage. just take it alternative weeks to office (car pool) and weekend visits to cousins'.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    ....may not be what attracts most; reliability is the most important aspect of any given vehicle to me. This may not be known by most, in fact I just found out about it a couple months ago myself, but the Corolla has the best reliability record of any model, by any make, over the entire history of the automobile. That's pretty impressive!

    That said, I recently purchased a '99 Corolla (5 speed) with 64.5K miles. Its stout record, along with having owned other Toyota vehicles and liking them prompted me to buy a Corolla. The car the Corolla is replacing, a '93 Tercel, has also been a very good car. It now has 138K miles and is now my Daughter's car. I never had a lick of trouble with this car and I know it will be a very reliable ride for my Daughter.

    While there isn't much of a size difference between the Tercel and Corolla, these two cars are very different. For one thing, the Tercel is a base model and has absolutely no options whatsoever. The Corolla on the other hand is a completely optioned out LE model and seems like a baby Lexus compared to the Tercel. Its interior is plush and comfortable and the ride is more like a mid sized car than a compact. Its slightly larger engine (1.8 compared to the Tercel's 1.5) feels much more powerful and responsive.

    If my previous Toyotas are any indication of how well built this Corolla is, I can easily see this car lasting 200K miles with nothing more than the required preventitive maintenance (i.e., fluid and filter changes, tires, belts brakes, etc.).
  • Hi, I'm Joel and I just bought a Corolla. Its a Bright Silver MEtallic Corolla S with the convenience package. I had originally wanted the new 06 Civic LX, but, they are all usually bought before they even hit the lots around here. None of the local dealers are willing to charger less than $500 OVER STICKER for them.

    My previous car was a 1993 Honda Accord who's biggest problem was a dead auto tranny at 97K miles. It got flooded in Katrina. I went around looking and trying to buy cars and found that, because the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic retained their value so well, I could buy them with less money down than any other comperable car (Focus, MAzda3, Elantra, Spectra, Cobalt, etc) My credit rating is horrid due to being jobless for a good chunk of last year. Since I have only a limited amount of money to put down, and really need a car to get to and from work (my loaner got called back in) I was in a pickle and needed to buy a car.

    Long story short, I now have the above mentioned corolla. I love this car! Its got as much get up and go as my old accord. Its got a larger trunk, as much interior room, and a better ride. Its got all the features you really need and want in a car. The stereo system is decent with good imaging and adequate bass. The car looks sporty and handles well enough in the turns. Hopefully, it will live up to its EPA gas mileage ratings. The old accord gave me around 30 mpg on the highway at 80 mph. It did around 24 mpg in the city with the A/C on, and 26 with it off. If I can get in the mid 30s on the highway and 30 in the city, I'll be doing well.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Congratulations on the new car! You made the right choice! The Corolla may not be the coolest, newest, etc., but it is the most reliable, and the best value of any car. Good luck!
  • Hello, I've have owned 3 Corollas, a 93 Wagon 218,000 miles(still own) 91 5 speed sedan 215,000 miles(sold this year) and my latest, an 87 Corolla Sr5 89,000 miles. This is going to be my spring time "pimp my ride" car. All I have to say is, the Corolla is the most reliable car ever made. The only other car I'd ever upgrade to will be a Lexus. You can't beat the gas mileage and dependability you get out of these vehichles.
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