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Toyota Corolla



  • netjaknetjak Posts: 4
    When I purchased my Corolla S, I expeted to buy a Japanese car; for the quality.

    Later I found out that the car was made in the US. I'm quite dissapointed, but was wondering what everyone thought about the differences.

    In regards to doublesix... I've had the car for about a month and I've never noticed any smell... About the rebates. I don't think so. I paid cash, but I know they have some good financing going on.

    Gas milage? Whoever told you that is silly. I average about 35MPG. My commute is 50 miles a day. My highway and city miles are about the same...
  • boilermanboilerman Posts: 35
    In COLD weather, the car for MANY 2003 Corolla owners, has not been close to 35 miles per gallon. This only seems to most owners in cold states.
  • netjaknetjak Posts: 4
    When I purchased my Corolla S, I expeted to buy a Japanese car; for the quality.

    Later I found out that the car was made in the US. I'm quite dissapointed, but was wondering what everyone thought about the differences.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    Can't imagine where you got the idea that you would be getting a Japanese-made Corolla. 95% of the Corolla products in North America come from Fremont CA [the NUMMI plant] or Canada [Toyota factory]. Both have quality scores that are as good as, or better than, most of the Japanese factories producing cars for export.

    Virtually all Honda Civics, most Accords, all Honda SUVs except the CRV, all Honda minivans, most Toyota Camrys, virtually all Sienna minivans, all Toyota Tundra pickups [and their SUV spinoffs], etc ad nauseum, are made in North America. Some Accords are sourced in Mexico.

    Japanese-branded cars that are actually made in Japan are the exception, not the rule. Most Lexus and Infinti products are still built in Japan, but probably not for much longer. With Acura, it depends on the model - all TLs, CLs, and MDXs are local.

    The Japanese have been extremely successful at the science of setting up overseas assembly operations that are as good as, or better than, those back home. The Germans, unfortunately, have been unable [at least so far] to accomplish that same feat.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    Gotta look at first digit of the VIN:


    In looking at inventory of my local dealers, it appears most are made in the USA, though not 95%. Most made in Japan appeared to be LEs or S, at least at a cursory glance.
  • My '01 LE was made in Canada - so far the car's been great - no problems, no recalls.
  • corolla03corolla03 Posts: 17
    Our 03 Corolla was made in Japan. The sulphur or rotten egg (or sewer gas) smell is really strong. Sometimes sickening. I'm wondering if this is because it was made for Japanese low-sulphur fuel.
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    I also have a "01"Corolla. It has very good to me also. While there might not have been any recalls yet there is at least one service bulletin on the car that I know of. If you get a squeal from the belts in cold weather, Toyota is aware of the problem and will replace at no cost the belt,belt tensioner and possibly the power steering pump if it is needed all at no charge. This is just one bulletin that I am aware of because I have this problem and they brought the bulletin to my attention. Bulletins are frequent problems with a particular car or model or part of that car that the manufacturer is aware of and stands good for the faulty part or component on that particular car or model of car. They usually will not tell you about this hidden warranty until you actually experience the problem in question. There are websites where you can actually find out certain bulletins on cars.
  • thanks for the info - I don't have the squeal that you mentioned - and I haven't received any kind of notification from Toyota regarding my car - as I said it's been perfect so far - gas mileage has been great too - but I will check the service bulletin websites to make sure -
  • terceltom1 - what did you have done to your car at 15,000 miles? Did you have your automatic transmission fluid changed? That is my next scheduled maintenance and I'm trying to determine what should be done - thanks!
  • netjaknetjak Posts: 4
    I didn't realize the stat about 95% of Toyota's being manufactured in the US... But, what you said had eased my mind a bit.

    Co-workers have Toyota Prius's; and both of them are made in Japan... weird.

    But both of the Matrix's were made in Canada...

    Thanks again for the info.
  • jacknimblejacknimble Posts: 171
    I got a $1000 rebate on my Corolla LE, but it was some sort of regional rebate, with some of it coming from Gulf States Toyota.

    My mileage on the first tank was over 30, so after breakin, I expect to get very close to the EPA figures.

    As for being built in California, besides the VIN, you will also find NUMMI stickers inside the door jamb and under the hood.

    No smell so far - very please with the car.
  • superman5superman5 Posts: 154
    does everyone have problem with dash rattling in cold weather? the dash plastic seems very hard and in cold weather , rattling is very common.

    Yes the a/c does stink when not in use with a/c button on, bad smell of mildew?

    the gas milesge is about 30mpg , 80 % city , 20% highway

    it needs little more power, feels sluggish unless fully floored/downshifting.

    Build quality is B+ , i see some gaps/rattle but overall good build quality compare to other econo cars
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    As far as I know, all Corollas have the same engine, which are designed to use low-sulfur fuel.
    I don't think the build location per se has anything to do with the smell. This whole rotten egg thing worries me, though, as I'm strongly considering buying a Corolla soon. I guess I'd rather not have it smelling like a bathroom in a frat house.
  • bahmedbahmed Posts: 66
    I am looking for the front passenger side inside door handle. Any good place to buy Corolla parts. Appreciate your help
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    I'd say that it all has to do with the type of gas you're using. Some oil companies won't take out the sulphur as much as others, because this is an expensive process. I read in a recent Greenpeace magazine that Esso (Exxon) is one of the companies that are not in favor of alternative fuels, and that their gas is one of the worst in terms of sulphur content. Have any of you tried a completely different gas company?
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    In most areas, gasoline comes from one or at most two refineries, regardless of brand. All that differs is the additive package. Switching from Exxon, say, to Shell will do no good if both come from the same refinery. Sulphur levels are very unlikely to be different.
  • terceltom1terceltom1 Posts: 150
    Actually I have not hit 15,000 miles yet either. I really don't plan on doing anything to the car at that point. I do change my oil every 3,000 miles though. And did rotate my tires once already.
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    Well, I thought about that myself too, but it's hard to disagree against an organization such as Greenpeace. They would obviously do quite a bit of research in this area prior to releasing such statements.
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    I don't just think that gasoline comes from only one or at most two refineries in all but the very largest areas of the United States. I know that to be the case. So does the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Changing brands is VERY unlikely to make the sulphur smell go away. Additive packages, by the way, constitute far less than 1 tenth of 1 percent of the average tank of gasoline, by volume. The rest is the bulk gasoline bought from the nearest or least expensive refinery. The same tanker often fills at the refinery and then goes to Exxon, Mobil, Shell, Kroger, etc.

    Greenpeace is not an authority on refineries and gasoline marketing.

    All that aside, though, there is no harm in switching brands of gasoline. If it makes the smell go away (which might have not been present on any particular tankful anyway), so much the better!
  • corolla03corolla03 Posts: 17
    The smell does seem to be a lot less if we fill up with premium BP/Amoco gas. BP says that their premium gas is low sulphur in our area (Atlanta). But, in the interest of fair advertising, don't you think Toyota should tell Corolla buyers that if they do not use premium gas, their car will smell like a sewer?
  • boilermanboilerman Posts: 35
    Like an old advertiser here in my area, "I do not care about the customers, I just LOVE to make money", is Toyota's 2003 new slogan!
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    You are wasting your money by putting premium in your Corolla. The engine is designed for peak efficiency when using regular fuel.
  • juliansjulians Posts: 42
    I have a 1992 Corolla with 148,000 miles. It has been maintained very well and seems to be going fine. I have been looking to trade it in for a new one but the trade in value is not even enough to pay tax on a new one. Is it time to get a new one anyhow? How far have your old Corolla's gone?
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    Corollas last a long time. My Father had a Corolla that went 220,000 miles, and was reliable the whole time. It died because the timing belt (it was only changed once at 90k) broke, otherwise it would have lasted longer.

    I would think you can get 50k reliable miles out of your Corolla, maybe much more.
  • If your Corolla isn't falling apart or consumes too much oil/gas or costs more to repair/maintain then financing/leasing a new one or you want a new car so badly that that thought gives you trouble doing your daily business, do not replace your car. I mean, new cars are nice but you don't want to throw away your good car. And to me trading in values are almost like throwing it away. You may want to visit other discussions like 'Drive till it dies' here.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    the only way you will get any real $$ for that corolla is to sell it privately - do not trade it in, as they do not want that type of car for resale and will just wholesale it out, so they will only give you a few hundred $$ for it.

    The last corolla I owned went to 249K, reliable the whole time...keep it a while!

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

  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Although our 94 Corolla Wagon has given us no problems, my confidence in Toyota reliability has been lessened recently.
        A friend has an 87 Corolla with 166,000 miles and cannot get it to pass emissions test. Mechanics say it has a rather uncommon, weird carburetor that is very difficult to work on.
        Meanwhile I see old American brand clunkers with many more miles that are still running and passing emissions tests.
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    Has your friend tried taking it to a Toyota dealership to see if they can fix it?
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    your 94 corolla doesn't have a carburetor, it's fuel injected. Therefore you wouldn't have the problem your friend has on his 87 corolla. If you say your car hasn't had problems then that's a good thing. Modern cars have gotten a lot more reliable and your car should go 200,000 miles with no problem.
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