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Toyota Corolla



  • After putting 227K on my last 5-speed, and selling the car with the original clutch -- still operating beautifully -- I was sooooo glad to return to a 5-speed. I look forward to many miles on my current car.
  • that is truely amazing! 227k on the original clutch?!?! What kind of car was it? I wish all 5-speeds could do that!
  • Just bought my 2003 Corolla couple days ago. DO I need to wax it right away or anything else to protect paint?
    Thanks for help.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    my friend have a 1989 camry station wagon, 5 speed. mileage is now at 260,000+kms. on the original clutch.

    i dont think it makes much difference to wax it right away or not but it certainly won't hurt if you do wax the car right away.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,911
    Only wax it right away, and regularly thereafter, if you care about the long-term appearance of your car. Clearcoat is paint. It weathers. Wax helps prevent the weathering of the clearcoat. The sooner you protect your car's paint with a coat of quality wax, the longer your car will look good. I've always waxed my new cars immediately upon driving home (when possible) and every 3-4 months thereafter, and as a result the paint on those cars has always had a like-new shine even after 7-8 years of Minnesota weather (including tons of road salt in the winter). The other thing NOT to do is to take your car to car washes, manual or automatic, that use brushes. Only hand wash your car or use a "brushless" car wash. It will prevent the fine scratches that ruin a paint finish.
  • Backy, what wax you would recommend?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,911
    I personally like Meguiars for Clear Coat finishes (liquid) as I believe it provides a great shine, especially on darker finishes, but there's other good ones out there. I've seen many posters swear by Zymol--never tried it though. I used to use NuFinish because it lasts a long time (also it's inexpensive), but Meguiars has a better shine and I don't mind waxing 3-4 times a year vs. twice a year.
  • I use Eagle One's Wax as U Dry on my '01 Corolla - it works great and is really a time saver - I recommend all of Eagle One's Products -
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    mother's clay bar system - the best for any car paint.
  • I put 227K on my 1987 Mercury Lynx GS. Remember the original Escort? The 1.9 liter engine was second generation powerplant for that decidely low-tech first generation Escort/Lynx platform. Most problems went away AFTER the extended warranty ran out at 60K. First major repair at 191K.
  • anyone know a website or the actual paint code for 2003 corolla WHITE ?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    If you actually own such a car, the paint code is on the sticker on the driver's door jamb. Under the bar code is a line labeled C/TR, [Color/Trim], and the first number after that is the paint code.

    If you don't own the car, any Toyota parts dept will be more than happy to look it up for you, I'm sure.
  • I don't own the car, I have an IS, it is for my g/f's car, but her car isn't here and I want to pick it up for her. pars department guy told me I need to know the part number order to get it , he said he can't find it =(
  • 2003 Corolla's are Super White, code 040
  • Or anyone else with a 96-97 Corolla...does your steering wheel start to shake around 70 mph? Mine does.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    It did shake between 75 to 85 but a rebalance of all 4 wheels cured that problem. I bought my Dayton tires at a place where I got lifetime balancing and they will do it every day if I want!

    The Sandman :-)
  • thank you steveb84
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    How's the car holding up otherwise? Mine is doing great at 62k but my 2 girls are driving it now also. I plan to change the timing belt and the water pump within the next 6 to 8 months. I also will have the rear struts checked because with 2 of my 3 kids in back, the car seems lower than it should be. When I do the bounce test on the empty car though, everything seems normal. Time will tell. The kids actually want me to buy the new Corolla and give them mine for school and such but will hold off at this time. I really don't like to buy the first year run of a car model anyways.

    The Sandman :-)
  • You sound just like my father, he never wants to buy the first year for a new style. I have heard only good things about the new Corolla though, I guess we will see if that holds true in about a year from now. I think I actually have him convinced though, that the new Corolla LE is a good deal, he also likes the Matrix. So when are Tercel dies, we will get one or the other, not sure which one yet. We also might try to get the new Camry, they like it (my parents have always been fans of the Camry) except my mom thinks the back of it is ugly. I don't know why, she says the same about the Matrix. It would be nice if we could go ahead and get the Camry I think. The 1996 1997 Corollas were nice too, I just don't like the 1998-2002 models.
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