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Who plans on keeping their Corolla for 200K+ miles?



  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    I've had problems with the power windows in every vehicle I've had that's had them, regardless of make or model. I don't know why no one can seem to design a power window assembly that will operate for the life of the vehicle. I guess something has to be the weak link and for me, that's always been power windows.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Yes, I agree, I could do without the power windows.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Currently have three Toyotas, had two previous, no problem whatsoever with the power windows. I also have a "94" Plymouth Minivan where the windows once gave me a problem going back up. Took the door panel off and soldered the wire to it's terminal rather than just the push-on connection. Never had a problem again. Maybe something you want to consider looking at.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    I think the problem with mine is there is something causing binding in the movement of the window regulator assembly and it causes an over-current with the power window motor which causes them to cut out. It doesn't act like a wire contact problem as the windows will ALWAYS go down. The problem only occurs when I try to put the windows back up. I think they're just poorly designed assemblies.
  • not sure what year corolla you have but i've recieved a bulletin on the window bolts holding the window to the regulator coming loose cause binding. if window binds it could possibly shatter the window. you may want to contact dealer and see if there is a recall for your car also.

  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Well, I hadn't intended to keep the old timer this long, but it just turned over 140,000 miles. It's slowly falling apart, though. I have to put down the electric window and open the driver's side door from the outside, the headliner is unraveling, and the weatherstrip around the doors and windows are breaking off, but by golly, it's still running!
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    You could just do like me and don't put your windows down anymore. My car has A/C so I just leave them up.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Sounds like a good little car to me. All minor problems. What year is it? I don't think I would get rid of it. Curious though, how do you put the electric window down from the outside?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Yes, I agree with terceltom, just minor issues. My '99 is going strong, only 105k or so. I think yours is a '98?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Got a "86" Tercel I bought new, has about 180 K miles on it. Runs like a clock. Body is shot but who cares. Just gave it to my 23 year old son. I bought the car before he was even born. He loves it and won't part with it.
  • geobluegeoblue Posts: 71
    Nice car. They made it so that owners can do the maintenance themselves.Driver-friendly all around. Mechanically (and body-wise if outside salt states) it might go up to 400,000 miles. I have seen some. 1 million miles is possible too but since the car is 1992 we have to have somebody who drove the car 1,000,000/16 miles a year which is very unlikely. Who drives 63 thousand miles a year? That is why I have not seen a Corolla at a million miles or more on the odometer.
  • geobluegeoblue Posts: 71
    I drive something similar to that :)
    1994 Geo Prizm (everything but the stereo,battery,ABS system is Corolla). Auto transmission. Manual windows AND locks :)
  • I could, but I just got an enormous raise at my new job and I wanted to reward myself with a new car, since a new house is out of the question here in SoCal, recession notwithstanding. :-)

    I currently drive a 97 Corolla DX automatic with 146,000 miles on it. I've used synthetic oil most of the time, and "plus" gas instead of basic whenever possible. Only major part replaced was the starter about two years ago. Everything else is original. It's starting to show its wear, though, especially since half my weekly driving is now stop & go surface street traffic. Rear brakes went last month and they were less than 2 years old, and the engine needed a serious tune-up this month. The maintenance charges are adding up, but the real reason I'm trading it in is because prices are better now than they've been in forever.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    Congrats on your upcoming upgrade. Sounds like you've earned it! FWIW, running a higher octane fuel in your car really isn't a treat. In fact it doesn't do anything except cost and pollute more. There's no reason to run anything except regular unleaded in the Corolla.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    I don't understand.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Cars made to run on Regular gasoline, your wasting your money!
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    Right, there are absolutely no benefits to running mid grade or premium fuel in an engine that's made to run on regular unleaded.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Sounds like bottgers misunderstood what you said. Sounds like he thought you had a problem with putting the window down and missed the fact that you have to reach through the window to open the door. :)

    Anyone else have a high mileage Corolla story for us?
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    It's a 1998 Toyota Corolla. And I don't put the electric window down from the outside, I do it from the inside, and reach out the window to grab the handle. It's been a great car, even better than the 1987 Chevy Nova I had before it, which was also a Toyota product, back when they were still majority Japanese. Kept that one 11 years, too.

    146K miles and counting, just changed an original headlight. Damn, but these bulbs are expensive!
  • gerryagerrya Posts: 9
    89 basic corolla lasted me just shy of 400,000 km with minimal mtce. Engine/clutch were untouched, still was getting as-new fuel economy right to the end. Did the rad twice, gas tank, not a lot else, just kept changing oil every 10,000 km.
    02 corolla only went 7 years but also almost 400,000 km with truly almost zero repairs. Still in excellent condition overall, except for that big cloud of blue oily smoke following me around so I decided to dump it while I could still get a few bucks for it.
    09 corolla is a much nicer car, but I'm questioning the quality level. Hate the steering, fuel economy's not that great unless you drive at or below the speed limit all the time, a few fit and finish problems that I hadn't come to expect from Toyota.

    One thing that's important for me: all 3 were built right here in Canada!
  • rdmccunrdmccun Posts: 1
    i can not tell you enough about the respect i have for this car! im 24 years old and i bought the car about 3 years ago with 220000 on it! every thing is perfect with it except the paint. it got me through college where i had to drive it about 120 miles a day for 2 years. great gas mileage about 35-40 depending on what gas i use. i drive her about 140 miles a day ( except weekends) and im done with the rest of my studies. iv sold my newer truck because i never drove it. i will never sell this car. i dont know how many miles it will eventually rack up but i know it will be alot.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Wow, nice! They are great cars. Have you ever done any unscheduled repairs?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    There we go again! All of the good cars are refered to in the female gender as "her", why? Aren't there any good "he's" out there? Good luck with "her"! I hope she last you another 250K.
  • dona83dona83 Posts: 67
    Here's my Corolla when it read 335,000km on the clock, I sold her a year later at 360,000km (225,000 miles). I had her for 6 years since she was 225,000km and just had to change the timing belt, water pump, alternator, and clutch the whole time among maintenance (oil, tune up) items. The engine and transmission was still going strong and did not burn or leak any oil.

    Picture of odometer @ 335,000 km!!!
  • toyoman3toyoman3 Posts: 11
    I have a 98 VE already reached 282,000 miles. It was ok till I decided to replace mounts with aftermarket units. BIG MISTAKE, now the car has so much noise and vibration that it has become unpleasant to drive anymore. I'm gonna have to put up with it cause I don't put anymore money than I absolutely have to into this car. Looking to replace it with another Corolla or maybe a Yaris hatch, I like that one. :sick:
  • daviddyerdaviddyer Posts: 1
    I got this car in 2001 when it read 131k.
    Today I got a new Corolla and traded it in. (Goverment's drive a clean machine program, got $3000 off on my new car). It read 246k today.

    A/C is still very cold with the original compressor.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    Why woud you go with aftermarket mounts? Were the OEM ones too expensive?
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    .....a '94 Corolla with 132K miles for our daughter. The car runs and drives beautifully, but I have no way of knowing when the timing belt was last replaced. Does the '94 have an interference engine? How often is the timing belt supposed to be replaced?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Non-interference engine, so it just stops with no damage if it breaks. I think it is something like every 80k miles? If you have an owner's manual with the maintenance schedule, it will tell you Toyota's recommended replacement interval.
  • I plan to keep the 2002 Corolla for another 3 years or 380,000km. The car has run smooth and quiet the past 6 years. I use Mobil synthetic oil. Just replaced the serpentine belt (should have done it earlier as many cracks on existing one). It was someone at a Mr. Lube who noticed. The dealership where I normally get the oil changed never mentioned it.

    No major repairs that I can recall. Quite a few rotor servicing though. Starting to eat a bit of oil now but that's expected at 280,000km. The A/C is still running fine too.

    My 92 Tercel was not as reliable. Had a transmission leak early on. Water pump leak. Engine gasket leaks a couple of times. I must not have been monitoring the oil level at the end and it was very low at one point. Tercel kicked the bucket at 240,000km. Blue smoke, low engine compression. Body was in very good condition though. Was told I could rebuild the engine for about $2,000 Cdn.
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