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Toyota Corolla



  • I've been looking at the Toyota website of Malaysia. It has extensive information the Corolla Altis. If the North American Corolla parallels this one in features and amenities...then count me in on it! It has all those little knobs and adjusters that made the last generation Corolla so much better than the current one. The Altis has rear seatpockets, heigh adjustment, lumbar support (I belief), cupholders by the emergency brake, a larger radio system with 6 speakers, the Camry/Avalon style door handles and locks instead of the current type, folding rear seats, VERY WIDE opening trunk, a reverse sensing backing up system (I wouldn't expect that in the US), better padded seats, higher seating position, Vehicle Skid Control (wouldn't expect that along with the leather and autoclimate control). I have no idea how many of these little extras will be available on the American/Canadian models. Hopefully they will be included somehow. I was thinking about a 2002 at 0% financing but with this much improved Corolla...I think I'm going to wait. Also, the links that go to pictures of the new Corolla don't do it justice. The Malaysian site has some very good pictures.

    Go to Then select Malaysia on the country list in the upper right corner. Then find your way to Corolla Altis in the Malaysian website.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    ...I'd settle for the US Corolla having the height-adjustable seats they took away with the current generation. All of the rest of it I could take or leave, but the low seating position for shorter people [not me, but the person who drives the car the most often] has had to be fixed with aftermarket cushions that are no substitute for doing it right at the factory. All LEs had the height-adjuster on the driver seat until the current car came out in '98...this needs to be fixed.
  • but I discovered the new Corolla at autoshow website. The car was an a toyota ad, it looked like it was on a trampoline(sp?) I clicked on the icon, and it brought up a silohette(sp?) of the car. In the ad, you can see the details of the car, it looks similar to the Japanese Corolla to me. It's tall looking. Go to the website and look for that ad, it should still be there. Needless to say, I definately like the new Corolla better than the current one.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I tried the Carpoint site, and all it showed was a translucent blob on a trampoline, with the text "revealed Jan. 7". If there was a profile of a car there, it's gone now.
  • I just saw it again. This one was gold with blacked-out headlights. I was there last night though, maybe you will see it next time.
  • Since this is the same car as the Corolla, and the Geo Prizm board gets relatively little traffic, I thought I'd post here.

    I've been dissatisfied with the brightness of my headlights lately, so I bought some replacements. Getting to the bulbs is proving to be a bit of a problem, though. I can't find any way to get the front cover off, and I certainly can't get my hand behind it to pull the bulb out. Can someone post a process or a link to a process for replacing the headlights? Thanks!
  • Its in my Haynes book. I would suggest going to your local auto part store and look at section 12-8.

    I have a 95 Corolla.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    ...these are believable shots of what we will get in North America. And, I'm happy to see the seat height adjuster seems to be back on at least the high-end model, whatever they wind up calling it.

    Note that, as I predicted, this is a more conservative looking design than the Japanese and EU markets get. I told this group to look at the Matrix front end for clues on what we would see here...and there it is...

    The longer wheelbase should indeed help with the other big complaint, back seat leg room.
  • My 90 Corolla is sitting on my driveway most of the time. It is our family spare car. Recently I have a strange problem with the car starter. If we haven't used it for a few days, it doesn't start immediately. I will have to leave the key in the start position for a couple minutes, then it starts with a few more hard cranks. When the car is used again on the same day, it starts without similar problem. The battery is relatively new (2 years). Anyone have an idea what is the problem?
  • the front of the Matrix looks more like the Japanese Corolla.
  • If those pictures of the 2003 Toyota Corolla are correct, the North American model is styled QUITE differently than the Corolla Altis models sold in Japan and Europe. Mind you, the Corolla Altis might not be accepted by US buyers because its shape might not suite American tastes.

    That being said, the new car reminds me too much of the Mazda Protegé, though, especially shape of the rear half of the car.
  • I have a 2002 Corolla CE auto.

    If i try pushing the car over 73 mph the engine makes a sound like a knocking sound. I use 91 octane fuel and have tried all major brands.

    I drove a friends corolla and it was fine. He drove mine and did hear a knocking sound at 75mph and above though the acceleration was normal.

    Since i dont have an RPM meter i dont know if the engine is going into the RED Line zone of high revs.

    Otherwise the engine is quiet below 65 mph and slight sound can be heard over 70 but approaching 75 it starts to moan like knocking.

    My friends car has a constant noise between 60 to 80 mph

    When i travel Interstate its difficult to drive at 75 because the noise from the engine scares me off. Its not road or tire noise. Its like something is about to break, kind of noise.

    I went to the dealer and they simply put no noise detected over 65 in the comments, though i had told them it was 75.

    Also my friend's CE had a 4 speed auto with an overdrive buttone. I have the puny 3 speed auto as is given on the Toyota web site.

    Anybody's got a clue?
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    First of all, from a liability standpoint, no dealer is going to document they test drove a car in excess of the legal speed limit.

    Second, find a dealer who understands why you drive the way you do and have him or her get the car fixed, preferably while it is still under warranty. You can always say, hopefully truthfully, that you first noticed this while passing on a two lane road and you are concerned that if it does this at this speed there is something wrong with the car which will eventually affect lower speeds and only get worse unless it is fixed. You can also make the safety argument, the car must be capable of safe operation at that speed, especially in states where it is legal to do Montana.

    And if you are from Montana or a state with a speed limit more than 70, ignore all the above, go back to the dealer, and raise Holy Hannah! A caring dealer's service department will let YOU take the mechanic (not the service advisor unless s/he is also a mechanic, which is rarely the case) with you on a test drive, and YOU can get the car to duplicate the problem or know that it wouldn't. If it won't, it is indeed a frustrating experience. Been there, done that. No fun!
  • flootfloot Posts: 22
    Hey everone, hope you are having a happy holiday season.

    I have a 2002 Corolla CE that I purchased back in October. The car is great except that I hear a squeaking sound coming from the right side of the dash when the car is in motion. Anybody else have this or have any idea as to whether I should be concerned about it or not? I will be going to the dealer in the next couple of months for the first oil change. Thanks for any advice.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Its unlikely that you are going into the "redline zone" because, at last I knew, vehicles with the 3sp auto were equipped with a rev limiter...if you notice, when you floor the car from a stop, it seems like the car shifts from 1st to 2nd just when the power is ramping up. The 1.8 engine is so punchy and efficient, its a shame that Toyota mates it to this 3sp. We lease a 2002 Corolla CE, and are happy to say it will be our last one (hopefully). Its a decent little car, but the noise and decreased performance and fuel economy of the 3sp are disappointing. It would have been nice to have an LE with the 4sp, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.
    In any case, gsbhasin, if its a problem that concerns you, call the dealer, and visit them if necessary... the powertrain is under warranty, don't forget.
  • Yeah i agree to what u say. I am not buying any 3 speed auto. In fact a friend who has a Celica says that the VVTi engine is the same as the one in his car, sad that they cut some costs and put a 3 speed.

    Funny thing as aaifor mentioned even I have seen a few 2002 CE models with 4 speed auto and O/D.

    And I dont know why edmunds and others give so much importance to low road noise (gimme a break) of the car. I dont find it too low.

    Or is it that i listen too well.

    I have seen a lot of posts of high noise (road or other)for the Corolla lately.

  • There is no such animal as a 4spd auto Ce Corolla 2002. The VE was renamed CE for 2002. When the Corolla was redesigned in 98' the trim levels were; VE, CE, LE, the VE came with the 3spd auto and the CE and LE with the 4spd auto.

  • The Corolla is a very quiet economy car as stated by reviewers. At least the ones I have driven and the 2001 LE 4-speed I now own. Test drove Proteges, Focus, owned an echo previously [quiet also], and Civic.
    Not saying some of the other cars are not good cars because they are, only my experience.
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    agreed - I too have a '01 LE - very quiet - great gas mileage!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I rent a lot of Corollas, and one thing you can say for them is that they ARE quiet for a small car--due largely I think to the smooth powertrain.
  • everyone's got a corolla which is quiet except mine. or is something wrong? The mileage is better than the EPA figure but not the noise

    As to Monterozza in 1219 who says there is no 4 speed auto CE Corolla i had beg to differ my friend.

    i have seen one with Enterprise that was rented by a colleague. and it read CE and not LE
  • The 4 speed auto IS available on the post '01 CE but ONLY on fleet purchases (rental companies). So if a dealer has a program '01 auto CE it is most likely a 4 speed. Any brand new auto CE that a dealer has is 3 spd. Hope this clears things up.

    Happy '99 Rolla owner with 65,000 and going strong
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    I didn't see this if it got posted. Canadian preview of the Corolla: Whether it did or didn't, here goes:

  • nhepker Thanks for clearing up that. In fact thats what i had suspected all along. The rental car comapnies get 4 speed CE so the customers dont complain about the high noise of the car over 75 mph (and people do abuse the rental cars).
    Its sad that Toyota wouldnt offer regular customers a 4 speed CE (if i cud afford an LE, i wud rather have a Camry....)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    Thanks, I think a link to the pictures was posted before but not the Canadian Driver story. Anyone notice the back seat leg room? If the picture is accurate, the '03 Corolla looks to have more room than an Intrepid! Or maybe the front seats are pushed way forward, but it doesn't look like it. Anyway, it looks like a huge improvement over the current generation. Lack of rear seat legroom was what took the Corolla off my shopping list last year.
  • They now have an updated article and an actual photo of the new Corolla at the same site mentioned above...Plus a review of the Pontiac Vibe, which is based on the Corolla platform.

  • Here is a link to an article about the first 2003 Corolla being made.
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