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Toyota Corolla



  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Help! The headlights on my '96 DX have that yellow film to them. Is there any way to clean them up so they look like they looked when new? Any help would be appreciated as I want to clean the car up. Thank you all in advance for any solutions to this annoying problem.
  • It is called Consumer Review Car Preview 2002. It had other editions in past years. It does have the 2003 Corolla in it and it matches the current Japanese one. This magazine has usually been pretty close to what the real cars end up being like.
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    Check out - they have a lot of great products and the people who answer the phone have always been very helpful - I think you can buy a plastic cleaner to clean your headlights - Meguiar's makes one and so does Plexus - another helpful site is - one of these 2 companies ought to be able to help you
  • Yes I would say the 2003 Corolla has a Euro-look to it. The taillights look like a VW Jetta almost. It certainly does look good, the Corolla, I mean!

    Where did you get that book? At a grocery store or from something like Barnes and Noble?

  • Consider how long many have waited for official pics/details of the 2002 Camry to appear. Probably less than a month before official intro date. Don't expect Toyota to do any different with the 2003 Corolla.

  • Yes, I got mine at Walden Books but I've seen them at Barnes and Noble also.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    i assume u have the plastic type.
    if they are turning yellow, u have to sand them down with the finest sandpaper and buff them again.

    try a small area before u proceed.
    a friend of mine have the japanese version of integra headlight lense which is plastic and that's what he did. sanded the whole face, used a buffer with some kind of buffing chemical. end result was excellent! looked like brand new!
  • amz997amz997 Posts: 61
    I saw a ad in paper for 2001 Corolla LE with sunroof for $11,000. The car has 11K miles..
    is this a good price for the car?
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Is anyone here a Corolla owner and over 6'3"? I'm 6'4" - 6'5" and wondering if I'm the only one around that is this tall and can comfortably fit in a Corolla...
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    I'm 5'10" and my legs can barely fit comfortably in my Corolla with the seat all the way back. Maybe my legs are long, but I've never had any problem with any other car. Right now my right leg gets cramped after a bit of driving, but it's more a nuisance than anything else.
  • Canc - I'm only 5'9" BUT, I often get in my Corolla with a straw cowboy type hat on and it sticks up an additional 6 inches and I can still feel a couple inches between the top of the hat and the headliner.

    dave594 - What is your inseam? It must be 35" or more. Otherwise, I would suspect the seat may be binding on something and not going all the way back. Mine is electric and has alot of travel.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Thanks for the responses... actually guys, do your legs go numb a bit after driving for a while? I was wondering if this is because I'm cramped, or if it's just me (sitting position).
  • The ONLY thing I don't like about my 2002 Corolla is the seats. They are horrible! Edmunds review says so too as I remeber. I had to go to a "Relax the Back" store and get L shaped thingy to sit on. Otherwise I couldn't drive for any period of time without extreme discomfort.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Good to know... thanks! Was your L-shaped cushion expensive?

    Fact of the matter is, I don't think I'd be able to fit in such a cushion. If it's at least 1 inch or more, I wouldn't have much headroom left. :/
  • Yes, it was just over $100.00. But it has metal inside and they bend it on a machine to fit your back curvature. This is on top of sheepskins which I had hoped would help but didn't. The alternative is an aftermarket seat and I've seen some nice ones for $300. If I am going to keep the car for ten years I would consider it. Had my car for 4 months and already have 8,500 miles so you can see I'm in it alot.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Someone asked over in the Echo discussion how to have a Corolla Owners Club established. Is this something you folks are interested in?

    For those who might not know, the Owners Club is a dedicated folder where you can have as many discussions as you would like. Take a look at some of them here to get an idea of the possibilities. You will see that the various clubs have separate discussions for things like introducing yourselves, posting pictures, maintenance issues and whatever other related topics the groups may find of interest.

    This discussion will remain here on the Sedans board, but will be linked to the Owners Club folder as well, making it accessible from either place. So far in the Toyota folder the Echo is the only sedan represented - don't you think the Corolla deserves a place there as well?

    You can "subscribe" to the entire owners folder, which makes reading all the posts in the various discussions very easy to do. You will also eventually have the opportunity to have regularly scheduled owners' chats if you are interested in doing so.

    Let me know if you have any questions. If this sounds like a good idea, just speak up and I'll get the ball rolling.

    Sedans Message Board
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    I think this would be a great idea. Count me in!
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I was the one who asked about the club on the Echo Forum. Sounds like a great idea. Count me in as #3!
  • dave210dave210 Posts: 238
    My neighbor has a 1998 Toyota Corolla LE that I had to drive the other day because of a small family emergency that arouse, and all the cars in my home were gone.

    Anyway, while driving it, the brakes pulsated and acted very funny whenever I applied them to stop the car. It was like they were shaking the pedal every time I wanted to slow down. It was felt kind of like when ABS is applied, but slightly different.

    I didn't want to tell my neighbor his car was bad brakes, but what do you all make of this?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    Warped rotors. Not common with this car, but not uncommon, either, as the miles build up.

    Suggest he get the rotors turned [machined] or replaced, and then make sure that every time someone pulls a front wheel for any reason [tire rotations, etc.], the wheel bolts are torqued by hand with a torque wrench, not with one of those air guns. Most common reason for warped rotors is uneven or overtorquing of the wheel bolts, or extreme heat.
  • mralanmralan Posts: 174
    What year did the Corolla change from having a timing belt to having a timing chain? I want to purchase a used Corolla, but want to make sure it has a chain.
  • Chain up to 83
    Belt from 84 to 97
    Chain from 98
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    i just have a question about the engine for 2000 and up corolla's. do they have factory headers?

    when i looked at the engine, looks like factory headers (4 into 1) but i'm not sure.

  • Regular poster here and I need some advice. I need to get a car and I found a 1997 Corolla DX, auto with pretty much everything a Corolla would have except antilock brakes and a CD player. It has power doors, windows, locks, 4 speed auto, moonroof, spoiler, gold package, keyless entry and all the basics (power steering, tilt, cruise). It has 67,000 miles and is going for $7,995. I put the VIN into and it spit out 7 records. What might this mean? Could this be a potential problem? If not...this would be such a great car for me. Anyone's comments/knowledge are much appreciated.
  • flootfloot Posts: 22
    Did you go ahead and ante up $20 for the full report (worth the $$$, IMO) or just get the Carfax free teaser? If you buy the full report, it will give you the details of those 7 records. When I purchased my 1996 Corolla last summer, there were 6 database records on the vehicle. None of them raised any red flags with me, and the vehicle was in excellent mechanical condition (good body condition).

    I think you will see a database record when a car is leased or sold to a private individual, commercial company, or dealer. I can't find a full carfax report on the 1996 vehicle since I bought my new Corolla, otherwise, I could give you more specific info. Sounds like a nice car you found.
  • the only problem is that there are some newer 98s that are said to be "test cars" that are just a few thousand more...I really don't like them as much though. However, I have found a certified used 1997 Celica for $12000. I really love that generation Celica...oh well I'll have to see what happens.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Is an excellent program as far as the used certification business goes. If you can afford the price, its worth the extra piece of mind, and that gen Celica is really cool (unless its an ST with auto... and the gold pkg really kills the car).
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    click on the following link to view 2003 corolla. it's possible that north america will get this same version of corolla.

  • Just upgraded to 15 inch tires. Not only does the car look more up to date, but it handles better, too.
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