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Toyota Corolla



  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Oh, seriously, you REALLY should stay away from Wal-Mart for oil changes. I took my Corolla there only a few months ago, because I didn't feel I had time to wait for the dealer. I told the man I wanted 5w-30, because 1) that's what it says on the cap, and 2) that's what I've used since day one. Do you know he told me it didn't matter, and that everyone puts 10w-30 in their car?! I told him to forget it, if you're not going to give me what I want, I can't use you.

    When my car was still under warranty, I didn't let anybody BUT the dealer touch it. Yes, it's pricey, and I hate dealerships, but at least if they screw up you've got some recourse, plus there's a two year warranty on parts at the dealer, so you have to figure you're paying for that. If taking it to the dealer means paying extra to make sure they don't overfill something or put the wrong oil in, so be it.

    Someday soon I'll have to take it in to figure out why my transmission's sprung a leak. Saw a puddle and it was very disconcerting. I'm sure my wallet's going to cringe, but I'll be doggone if I'll let Wal-Mart or Pep Boys or someone else make the problem worse!

    If I had a garage of my own, I'd change my own oil with Pennzoil High Mileage 5W-30! I used to do all that kind of stuff with my first car, even changed "points"! (Ask Pop what those are! :P ) Being an apartment dweller, however, can sometimes be a drag...

    It's interesting the people I find with an "Oklahoma connection"! :)
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    What interesting terminology! The things one learns here!
  • This Wal-Mart mechanic really seemed to know what he was doing (I know, bad excuse on my part)but I assure you the 06 that is still under warranty only sees the dealer.

    Yep, regarding Oklahoma, my parents moved out there and worked for Globe Life; decided they were too far from home, retired, and moved to their condo at the beach in gulf shores, Alabama!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    While it seems to be becoming somewhat more acceptable to some, the term "ricer" does have insulting connotations to others. That link goes to a Wikipedia entry and I'm sure you could find more history of its dubious origin if you are interested.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Whoa, that's interesting. Wikipedia, with it's many mistakes, is not my first source for reliable information, especially given the dearth of content in that particular article. Still, it certainly gives food for thought. I'm giving thegraduate the benefit of the doubt and chalking the term up to Southern culture.

    Me, I'm African-American, and I eat more rice than bread, so I'm not offended as far as the context in which he used it.
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    You definitely have too much time on your hands.
    "Wow, you don't have to be hateful about it." :cry:

    Not being hateful. Just pointing out that three months ago you used the same rhetoric. ;)

    "relentlessly boring to operate" isn't a bad thing.
    What's this? An opinion? I thought these weren't allowed

    Not my opinion. YOURS . I was simply agreeing with your statement of relentlessly boring to operate and posted it isn't a bad thing. ;)

    I honestly hope you are as happy with your Honda's as my wife is with her Toyota. :shades:
  • I certainly didn't mean it in a racial context - in central AL, Asian-Americans aren't as plentiful as I would imagine they are in say, SoCal, or anywhere on the left coast for that matter. Here, you point out a "rice-rocket" referring to the way the car is souped up in a silly way - heck, lots of late-model Neon SRT-4s and Cobalt SS coupes are rice rockets to me.

    I certianly didn't mean it in a manner as to be derogotory to a race; only a niche of car-modification. I was using "ricer" in the same way I'd use "rodder", which would be someone in a giant-engined muscle-car. My mind never went to the asian-american sect of society. Honest.

    No offense intended, and if any was taken, those of you have my sincerest apologies. I'm really not someone who says things just to make pointless waves.
  • Graduate... you and I apparently think alike.

    I don't necessarily equate power with sport though. A Cadillac DTS is a fast car (291hp), but its not sporty/fun. I too want Quick steering, nimble in corners, it handles like its on rails. That's a car I'd look forward to DRIVING.

    I despise the floaty disconnected sensation Toyota builds in their cars, and I have an SE (2002). It's plenty fast, maybe even too fast... but the steering and handling are like driving w/ pillows attached to your feet/hands (gag!). Then again my first car was very used 1993 Mercedes 190E. It was kinda slow (0-60 in 8.2) and it drank premium gas, but it drove SO well that even with all its faults I miss it even after 5-6 years away from it.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    I didn't take it as such - I had never heard/read the term before and wanted to know what was meant by it. No point stirring up a pot of plain water!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    No point stirring up a pot of plain water!

    Unless you're having rice for dinner, of course! :P

    Someone had to say it, might as well be me. :shades:

    To clarify why I made that point, there are a lot of people around who do take offense to that word (along with some other less-than-favorable-to-the-Japanese terms). You asked what the word meant and I thought that a full explanation might be helpful - to you and anyone else reading.

    I didn't mean to stir up trouble, believe me!

    Anybody want to talk about the Corolla now? :)
  • Anybody want to talk about the Corolla now?

    Ohh, mee, meeeee! *raises hand.

    Does anyone have an idea of what engine(s) the Corolla will offer? It's so close to being here, I was wondering if there was ANY leak of information.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    There's been quite a bit of info posted in the 2009 Corolla discussion. Might be the best place here in Town Hall to get the latest scoop.
  • Probably so, I had not seen that thread.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Motorweek did a show on one of the new Corolla models, and I'm sharing it here. For some reason they haven't posted the video of the show yet, but here's the transcript.

    I believe I saw one last week that wasn't this sporty model. Very exciting!
  • loneilloneil Posts: 1
    toyota says the corolla weighs 3500 lb. and
    has a towing capacity of 1500 lbs.
    Can I tow a 14 ft jonboat with a 15 hp motor?
    Toyota dealership is mum on this issue.
    ps ... I live on flat terrain.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    toyota says the corolla weighs 3500 lb.

    I doubt that. The last Corolla (2003-2008) weighed around 2500 lbs, and vehicles like the Camry and Accord don't weigh 3500 until you get into the loaded V6 models.

    Follow this link for specifications on the 2003-2008 Corolla

    I'd bet a 2009 1.8L Corolla wouldn't weigh over 2800 lbs.
  • I have a 2001 corolla with roll up windows and I want to make them remote is there any way. And what about the car start up and the door locks because the door locks are not automatic plz I need feed back
  • Corolla - 2723 lbs.
    Corolla LE - 2745 lbs.
    Corolla S - 2767 lbs.
    Corolla XLE - 2811 lbs.
    Corolla XRS - 2877 lbs.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    My 2 cents: Don't tow with it. Get a truck.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    The Hedge maze game on's Corolla page is very difficult. Couldn't keep my car out of the bushes.

    The best game is the car chase. I only hit a rock twice, and kept "the man" successfully at bay!
  • My corolla makes a very loud tap tap tap noise whenever I accelerate. Also, the car rattles when I'm idling in drive but not park, neutral, etc. The rattling is so bad I'm afraid to drive the car because it sounds like the engine is just gonna give out. Any ideas? Thank you
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Valve adjustment maybe?

    I'm not a mechanic, and have never worked on cars, but it sounds like your valves may be clacking.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    The Sludge game is also very difficult. Changed oil and filter every 3,000 miles and still couldn't keep sludge out of the engine!
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    At least they're making these car websites entertaining! Didn't ever try the sludge game...
  • rrojas1rrojas1 Posts: 3
    please, is normal that the needle of gas tank is moving constantly, i mean i fill my gas tank full, and more or less to 43.5 miles the needle start to down slowly and you drive and drive by 2 or 3 days in the city and suddenly the needle may be in the middle of tank ...that is normal? o i need to check fuel filter or my toyota corolla type S 2003 has some problem....

  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I'm not sure of the Corolla's fuel tank design, but a floater in a fuel tank (which will send information to the gauge as to how full the tank is) may be at the highest point of travel (indicating full) while there is actually fuel above the top of the floater's travel (in the filler neck, et cetera). I drove 60 miles in my Accord before my needle dropped off of full. In the next 60 miles, I was close to 1/4 tank down.

    This is normal.
  • rrojas1rrojas1 Posts: 3
    thanks a lot....

    your comments were important for me!!!!!! :D
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I've found on every car I've owned, there's anywhere from 1-2.5 gallons "above the float" so that I can drive quite a ways, sometimes as much as 100+ miles depending on the car and how full I fill the tank, before the needle crosses "F". Sometimes I make a game out of it: how far can I go on a "full" tank? On the Corolla, that could be pretty far!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I usually get 70-80 miles in my old '96 Honda with the type of gauge that doesn't drop to E when the car is turned off. In my '06, I typically see the needle start dropping at the 30 mile mark, crossing F around 40mi.
  • honshuhonshu Posts: 11
    Help I traded in my 2005 Corolla CE for a Sienna. I am now having withdrawls!
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