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2009 Toyota Corolla



  • echo2001echo2001 Posts: 17
    Just got my corolla 09 sport last week couldn't get any discount from the dealer but the car is awesome smooth and quiet gas mileage is great
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    S is discounted over $2,000 in Chicago area for a typically equipped S, what are of the country are you in that dealer will not discount?
  • wc1wc1 Posts: 11
    Doesn't matter what area of the country. If you are anywhere in the US except Hawaii, it would have paid you to somehow get to Fitzmall and take their $2600 discount on their typical S and drive it home. 2.9% for 60 months makes this car a great deal.
  • echo2001echo2001 Posts: 17
    well, I am in canada we have discounts on 08 models not 09
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    The clock was super annoying even though I only had the car for a few days.

    Check this review.

    It is an asinine design. It wouldn't have been quite as bad if you could cycle through the displays with steering wheel controls, but you can't even do that. I had to stick my hand through the steering wheel to reach the little push stalk to switch the outputs.
    Very awkward and unsafe to change the display while driving. Even peering through the steering wheel to check the time on the little, tiny LCD is awkward even if you always leave it set on the clock and give up viewing outside temp and other functions.

    Why the clock wasn't put into the radio if they they didn't want to have a dedicated clock display (like the Camry) is anybody's guess.
  • denvecsrdenvecsr Posts: 40
    First impression from the 30 minute drive home. Smooth and roomy. Felt like my 1994 Camry LE. Which by the why my daughter owns it now with 150,000 miles. If anyone is considering buying now you get some great deals. Mine was had for $2269.00 under MSRP plus 0% for 3 years. I also test drove the 2008 Civic LX. Sportier look but not as comfortable or quiet as the Corolla.

    1994 Camry LE 2009 Corolla LE
    Wheel Base 103.1 inches 102.4 inches
    Overall Length 187.8 inches 178.7 inches
    Width 69.7 inches 69.3 inches
    Height 55.1 inches 57.7 inches
    Curb Weight 3086 lbs. 2745 lbs.

    Keep you posted.
  • I have been looking online for some heavy duty car mats. I can't find any for 2009 Corolla. Does anyone know if the 2008 Mats will fit.

  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    I am sure Toyota has all-weather mats available, which are good. The other good ones are Weather-Tech, but I am not sure they are available yet, since the '09 is all-new.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Sorry to butt in, but I just wanted to say I can vouch for the rear seating on the 8th generation. If I had to sit back there all the time I wouldn't be able to stand it for long. For me, though, being the sole occupant most of the time when I wasn't ferrying Mother to dialysis, it was - and is - the perfect-sized compact car, especially for a single person. And you'd be surprised how many houseplants fit back there.

    I do praise No. 9 for having a higher seating position, though. Easier on the back and feels less like a coupe, in my opinion.
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    One dealer told me they wouldn't fit because the whole body style has been changed. Are you looking for heavy duty rubber mats, or carpeted mats.They are out there for 2009.. My car came with the front, back, and cargo carpeted mat. I intend to buy a set of clear plastic mats to go over those to preserve them, especially in the wet seasons.

    This place has a pretty good line up of 2009 accessories, including carpet and rubber mats.

    Also look on ebay. Just do a search for 2009 Toyota Corolla and it will take you to ebay motors. I've seen all kinds of mats there. If you don't see them the first time, keep checking. There are new deals everyday.

    Here's another place that has mats and other accessories:

    If you want a spoiler the best place to go is:

    They match the factory color and it's free shipping and no tax. I am very happy with mine and they were a good deal.

    Whatever you buy check several sites, and compare price and shipping charges.
  • echo2001echo2001 Posts: 17
    Hi Mackabee, i have a question for you since you work in a dealer, I bought my new 09 corolla and they installed a third party (AST) remote start / alarm which worked well in the first 2 weeks but started to over crank the engine after that, I asked the dealer so he referred me to the third party person who installed the system, i called him and asked him to remove the system from my car , he did. when i went back to the dealer asking for a refund he wouldn't give me and he want to install another third party system? they charged me $900 for that alarm - a rip off what should I do? Thanks\
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Oh echo you didn't!! I keep saying, don't buy third party alarms/remote engine starters. If something goes wrong and it causes other parts of your car to malfunction Toyota may not cover the repair.
    900 bucks is a lot of money. You shouldn't spend more than 3-6 hundred for such a system.
    The Corolla has a factory/dealer installed optional remote engine starter for 529.00 MSRP. I would talk to the service manager and ask them to install the factory one and refund you the difference. If that doesn't work then talk to the customer relations manager at the dealership. If they don't have one then call 1-800-GO-TOYOTA and have them open up a case number. Tell them what happened and what you want done. They will contact the dealership and someone will call you to make things right. If you haven't received the survey yet than hold it over their heads and tell them if you don't get any satisfaction TMS USA will hear about it. Surveys have gotten to be at the top of the list for dealerships as they affect everyone in the pocket book. Let us know how it goes. One more thing, which trim level Corolla did you get? S, LE, XLE, ?
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Echo, one other thing. I asked about the trim level as the Corolla S, LE, and XLE have a standard anti-theft system with engine immobilizer. I would just go ahead and get the factory remote engine start and hit them for the difference.
    Mack :shades:
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    Don't forget small claims court after you have exhausted other means.I don't know where you live but in CA you have one year to file and can sue up to $10,000 now. Be sure to keep every receipt and keep a log in a little note book of how it started and everything you have done, dates and times, etc. Nobody should allow themselves to be ripped off. :mad: . Good luck.
  • echo2001echo2001 Posts: 17
    Thanks Mackabee, Mine is sport model, and i am located in canada. I will check to see if there is a factory autostart at my dealer but i don't think they will refund me the difference but i will do my best and open a case.
  • echo2001echo2001 Posts: 17
    Thanks jilliew, I live in canada so i am not sure if procedures are a bit different than the states but i will check
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    You're welcome. Please let us know how it goes.
  • joycen4joycen4 Posts: 1
    Can anyone tell me where the oil filter is located?
  • broadkenbroadken Posts: 1
    Hi, where can i get the alarm if not from the dealer?
    My dealer offer me alarm 560$
    I am not sure it is good or not.
    Anything I should be careful about that since I am first time new car buyer
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Look at the window sticker, if you have an LE, XLE, or S model it already comes with an alarm.
  • carzzzcarzzz Posts: 282
    Frontal Impact
    Driver: 4 stars
    Passenger: 4 stars

    Side Impact
    Front: 5 stars
    Rear: 4 stars
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    It's disappointing especially in a smaller car where even 5 stars is less safe than 5 stars in a larger car. The crash test scores of 4 leave more to be desired.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    I always give more credence to the IIHS tests because they are more thorough and much harder. The NHTSA tests are at least 30 yrs out of date and are soon to be changed because by the Agency's own admission they don't correlate well with real world crash results.

    Awaiting IIHS results.............
  • carzzzcarzzz Posts: 282
    the prior model could achieve 5 stars on Driver & Passenger frontal crash test.
    IIHS says that the dummy's head hit hard on the steering wheel.

    Camry is like a tank and it scores exceptionally well on both NHTSA and IIHS (achieved impressive rating "good" on side impact structural). Maybe my expectation is too high on mini-camry!
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Jeeez! Nothing pleases you about the 09 Corolla huh?
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48

    Look under Corolla and you will find a bunch of accessories, including the alarm under
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I don't think it's too much to expect the new, improved Corolla to at least match the crash performance of its predecessor. While I also put more emphasis on the IIHS tests, it''s disquieting to think that the driver's (dummy's) head hit the wheel even on the less-severe NHTSA frontal test. But the side test results were good. We'll see how it does on the tougher IIHS tests.
  • dd974dd974 Posts: 4
    I bought a 2009 "S" last Friday, 4/25 it doesn't have an alarm system....rather it has a fake security light blinking on the dash. Two different dealerships told me it wasn't a real security system. There's no mention of any such system on the sticker.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    Try this: leave the driver's window open. Lock the car with the remote. Reach in and unlock the door manually and open it, and see what happens. Or try opening the door with the key. If there's really an alarm, it should go off.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    The Toyota "fake blinking light" standard on LE/S/XLE is an immobilizer. It requires that you have the correct chipped key in the ignition in order for the engine to fire, and the blinking light signifies that it is armed. (It is armed all the time that the key is not in the ignition, regardless of whether the car is locked or open)

    It is not an alarm system. I have the same system in my Matrix.

    You can get a break-in sensor from Toyota which includes its own siren that will go off if glass is broken or a door is opened while the system is armed. That will cost you around $300 from the dealer, installed. You could also go aftermarket and probably save half the cost, but might end up with other complications.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

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