Buying an older Toyota Corolla
Hi, I am thinking about buying a certified used Corolla when the new ones come out for my son. Could anyone tell me their reviews on the Corolla. Cons and Pros. Quality problems (rattles,) I read on another forum group about 2005 Corolla hot starting problems. 2006 wind noise by something with the windsheild. Thank you.
PS I looked on E-bay and noticed that some Corolla's are built in Japan, USA, and Canada. Which built would be a good one to get?
Con: I have very few gripes. The biggest is that I hate the power steering. It's just too light. I prefer manual steering on a car this light, but I've driven other power steering vehicles that weren't as overly sensitive as the Corolla.
My other gripes are minor: The left sun visor collides with the rear view mirror. I have my adjustable steering wheel set to its highest position, and it blocks my high beam warning light. More road noise than I expected.
Pro: 36.1 mpg overall for the 2,500 miles I've driven it (mostly country roads and 70mph freeway, with just a little bumper-to bumper city driving). Excellent power. Very comfortable. Very roomy feel inside. Decent ride for such a light car.
If it has the reliability of my previous Toyotas, I'll own it for a long time.
the car has been essentially bulletproof, now with 57k miles. before buying i watched the edmunds forums on corollas and expected as much. ive done all required maintenance, using synthetic oil, and replaced the awful oem goodyear tires in jan 06 with walmart captive brand vivas, which are great tires.
its a totally reliable, easy to care for appliance. it lost a bit of steam out west going up mountains, and the cruise control hunts and pecks on hills, but those are known issues. it unfortunately lacks side air bags and abs, so im replacing it with a cpo 2006 mb c280, which is about the same size and has the same tight turning radius. the mb is a driving machine, not an owner's appliance as is the corolla. different cars, different reasons for being.
if you can find a corolla that has had regular maintenance performed is still within warranty by several thousand miles to take care of any major issues, its a fine transporter.
oh yeah, i have an 03 LE corolla
I have a question. I am a poor college student that needs to buy a car next year because i'm living off campus. Well, my friend, thats a senior is leaving and she is going to sell me her Honda Accord 96, Toyota Camry, or Toyota Corolla (i forget which one it is...I will call her tomorrow and find out)...but basically, she is selling it to me CHEAP. At least from my research and what I think. She is selling it for $3000 (maybe I can get her to go lower). But the only problem is from what I have seen and from what every one says is that she is a crazy driver. She speeds 90s-100s when she can, etc. I assumes that she does regular maintenences on her car because she is very responsible and also, she told me she spent $600 on the car recently. My only concern is her driving habits and the longterm effects it has on the car.
Oh btw, the its a 96' model Camry/Accord/Corolla ( dont remember) and it has around 106,000 miles on it. Which is good too.
Ultimately, should I buy this car because it is a bargain? Or should I pass on this deal?
Find out exactly what maintenance was done for 600, but I would assume (with any used car), that you may have to put 1500 into it to cover one of any number of repairs.......brake pads and rotors, struts if leaking, CV Joint halfshafts, transmission fluid change, etc. I'd have someone check it out before you buy.
She may have done every service she thinks was necessary, but she may not have known of some, you just never know. You at least want to be certain the major items are taken care of, just as kiawah suggests. Otherwise this could turn into a very expensive proposition.
Let us know what happens.
Is this high mileage for that price? Im looking to spend less than 8000.00 for a used car. I saw this Corolla & wondered if it is a good deal?
Engine:1.8L I4 OHV
Int. Color:Light Tan Cloth
A local dealer has this for sale. Ive never owned a Toyota but have always wanted one. Im looking all over town for a great deal.
Is this high mileage for that price? Im looking to spend less that 7000.00 for a used car. I saw this Corolla & wondered if it is a good deal?
Keep looking and good luck
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I have heard that it tends to consume a lot of oil like a quart/month, particularly when it reaches the 110-120K mileage mark. It this true? And is this a major problem?
Excessive oil consumption can turn into a problem because the cat. converter gets fouled, or the O2 sensors will trigger a check engine light, or if you don't check the oil often, the oil level could get too low, then you'd have a HUGE problem (no more engine!). Of the people that report oil consumption, most just fill it with oil often and keep driving it. If it gets too bad, the compression could be decreased - then, you'd need a rebuild or just scrap the car.
Bottom line - have it checked out, and most of all, verify the maintenance records. If burning a lot of oil, the end of the exhaust pipe would be oily and the plugs would be very dirty.
The drainback holes behind and below the oil rings were too few and too small.
Under the right conditions they could clog with coked oil.
So I will say that the car did not have enough tolerance for neglect.