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Toyota Corolla



  • rrojas1rrojas1 Posts: 3
    another problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 weeks ago i change the oil transmission (corolla 2003 type S) because the oil was like a coffe......and yesterday, i check and surprise: the oil has the same color : coffe, whats happening? :sick: :confuse:
  • honshuhonshu Posts: 11
    Oil Transmission Try switching over to Synthetic. :)
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    When changing transmission fluid, you have to drain it, fill it, drive it, drain it, fill it, drive it, etc... a few times to actually change out all of the fluid. There is much more fluid still in the transmission than in the reservoir from which you are draining it.

    A standard transmission fluid change is typically 3 drain and fills, with a short drive in between each drain and fill, to mix the fluid.

    Most cars, like my Honda, need new transmission fluid every 90k-120k miles. This is why transmission fluid changes are recommended every 30k miles, so that by the time you have change it at 90k miles, you've actually drained it and filled it 3 times, and are running relatively fresh fluid.
  • dmulforddmulford Posts: 1
    I am trying to help my girlfriend shop for a car and she has found a 2007 corolla she really like. However, she finds the head rest very uncomfortable (too far forward) just like in my '08 RAV4. They seem to have changed it around 05 or 06 to increase the whiplash safety. Does anyone know if you can replace the 07 head rests with one from an older model? Or do you have any other suggestions? Any help would be great!

  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    Maybe adjust the seat back to lean further back? I would NOT want to put a different head rest on it, because it could affect safety performance.

    I have heard a few people complain about this, but the answer is always live with it, get used to it, or lean the seat back more.
  • First gear in my 5 speed. Revs very high. Basically just have to
    touch the gas pedal and I have to shift to second.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Is this a new car for you or is it a problem that just started? Perhaps the idle is way out of whack!
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    I have a '99 5 speed manual, so maybe I can help, but I need more detailed info.

    What is the idle rpm's (after the engine is warmed up?)

    What do you consider high - what RPM, or when what speed are you going when you shift to 2nd?
  • my friend has a 2001 corolla. it is one of the toughest vehicles i have ever seen including he 70s boats. he has wrecked it into a stop sign sideways, uncountable ditches, multiple trees above 25 mph, been rear ended at 60 mph, hit a deer at 55 mph, sees 40 mph sideways more often than froward, also hit a set of railroad tracks at 35 mph and still runs like a dream. it doesnt look so great but it runs. probably one of the best cars ever.
  • Sounds alot like my old 99' escort zx2 I just sold for $400. Unfortunatley I only got 147k out of it before the tranny went out, but I was rear-ended 4x, hit medians, trees, cars popped 3 tires on a camping trip, used to try and jump it over large bumps on hilss etc... Good Times! Now that i'm a little older i'm going to try buying a new 2009 Corolla S. I'm hoping I can do all the same fun stuff with it lasting 300k miles. The Toyota is about double the price of the escort so i'm praying for better reliability because I was genuinely <--(sp?) suprised how much that ford took and kept going, you hear so much bad stuff about american cars but I guess for 1/2 the price you get what you pay for.
  • I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla, 4 door. My two front doors get filled with water. In the winter they freeze shut. Does anyone know how the water is getting inside the door walls. Thank you.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Are the doors actually getting filled with water or are the locks just freezing ? Freezing locks is a common problem with almost any car after a rain and then a freeze. Doors filling with water is a totally different problem and has to be some kind of weather stripping problem.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    There's an interesting problem. My '98 has never done that, but I don't discount your issue because of my experiences. I hope you get a good answer!
  • canccanc Posts: 715
    It sounds to me like the drain holes at the bottom of your doors (there should be two) are plugged with grime and dirt--check close to the welding seam of your doors to see if there's anything obstructing these holes. If so, you can use a thin wire, like a straightened paper clip, to unplug the holes.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    I currently have a '99 Corolla and I'm seriously considering an '06 or newer Civic.

    The 5 speed manual Corolla's been a fantastic car; unbelievably reliable, still gets 38 MPG with 201K miles on it, everything still works and the car runs and drives fine, and it's reasonably comfortable. However, I'm getting older and while driving a stick at times is still enjoyable for me, it's a real pain in the a$$ in heavy traffic, so I want my next car equipped with an automatic.

    While I like '03 and newer Corollas, I like the '06 and newer Civics better. Not only are they better looking, they just seem to be a better car all around. I absolutely love the Civic's 5 speed automatic. However, I have heard some things about the latest gen Civics that leaves a little cautious about buying one.

    Some have said they're reliability isn't up to the levels of the previous gens.

    Some have said the 5 speed auto is problematic.

    Some have said to stay away from the '06 model because since that was the first model year of the current gen, they were still working out some bugs so it had more problems that later year models.

    Is there any truth to any of these statements? Is there anything else about this car I should consider before buying one?

    There seems to be more reliability issues with the new Civic compared to previous gens. In terms of reliability, would I be better off just going with say an '04-'06 Corolla?
  • I would stay away from the 06-07 Non Si Civics. They had issues with the engine blocks cracking, Honda has even issued a tsb regarding this issue.
  • I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla with 172K on it. I have a mechanic that would install a 2001 engine with 51K on it for $1500 (Total). The car's engine is shot with white smoke coming out of the tail pipe (shut the car off immediately). Prior to this the car burned and leaked oil...a quart a week.....and one of the spark plugs always had a lot of oil on it.... The car is in decent shape with newer tires, newer starter, newer brakes, and has been maintained on an above average basis. This car would be used for my daughter as a 1st car... What are the pros and cons of an engine swap? If fixed, the car will be worth a bit more than the cost to cure.... but I don't want headaches. There would be a six month guarantee with the engine replacement. What say you?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    To me that's a no brainer. I have a 2001 Corolla with 50,500 miles on that runs like a clock. I also have a 1998 Corolla and a 2009 Corolla. If my motor went on my 1998 and I could get the deal for a Toyota motor with 51,000 miles on it for $1500.00 like you were offered, I would jump at it to throw into my 1998. That car would probrably gain another ten plus years of life.
  • mnfmnf Spokane WaPosts: 405
    Does anyone know on the LE 2009 Corolla that is not equipped with XM if besides the bracket and unit does it need a antenna or is it already installed.


  • naz786naz786 Posts: 1
    my airbag light aswell as the engine traction and p/s lights keep coming and going, i took it to the main dealership and they said the wiring for the airbag has come off the circuit board and that the airbag is coverered under my warranty but the wiring aint im not sure if thats right is it true plz help./;
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    I guess the easiest answer would depend on the age and mileage of your Corolla. If it's under 3 years old and under 36,000 miles I would say Yes, the wiring should also be covered also.
  • hi i have a 2002 toyota corolla that drives pretty smooth but recently i found out that when i start the car after the car being parked for a few hrs or overnight, and i shift from park to reverse or drive, doesnt matter which, there seems to be a loud gear side that wasnt there before. this only happens the first time after starting the car in the morning or something, after i shift a few times and after i start driving, the transmission shifting becomes smoother. is this because the transmission fluid is low and needs to be drained/refilled? because i recently drove from la to north california which is like a 6 hr drive, and i noticed after driving halfway when i stopped to take a break that there was fluid dripping from under the car. i thought it was the coolant fluid, but i checked that and the water was still full, so it most likely is transmission fluid leaking perhaps? does anyone have any opinions on this? thanx!
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    edited July 2011
    I assume that when you state"a loud gearside" you mean a loud noise when doing this shifting. The easiest way to check if you lost transmission fluid would be to follow the cars manual on how to do this by using the dip stick under the hood. If it is the case that you are low on fluid perhaps you blew a seal on the transmission that needs to be replaced. To do this you check the fluid with the car's motor warm and running; after you shift all the way up and down the shift selecter stop in park and check the fluid using this dipstick.
  • my car has developed problems with rear stop lights. Rear stop lights will not turn off when I switch off ignition. Auto parts store informs me that a switch located on brake pedal needs to be replaced. The switch costs $34.99. I was also informed that the problem could be rectified by purchasing a rubber grommet that attaches to the existing defective switch Please help. I just purchased car only four days ago for $5000. Thank You
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    What exactly is it that you need help with? I would just get my head down under the brake pedal and determine which of these two fixes is necessary. After this determination go to a dealer and pick-up the correct repair part. Replacing should be straight forward, just remove and replace the grommet or switch as needed.
  • Thank you TercelTom. My problem is I cannot see the complete switch when I get under the brake pedal and have no idea on how to remove it other than by feeling around. I do notice that there is a panel underneath the steering wheel that seems to be secured by only one bolt or screw. Do you know if this panel is removable?. If so, it seems like I would have a much better view of the switchAgain, thank you for your interest
  • Howdy all...
    Does anyone have an idea, a clue maybe, as to why Toyota does not develop a hybrid system for its Corolla?
    I know some of you will say Toyota has the Prius line for anyone interested in owning Hybrid tech, but if the automaker can provide Hybrid tech for the Camry then why not for the Corolla too?
    It's about time some automaker offered a SMALL vehicle, Yaris sized, with Hybrid. The Honda Civic Hybrid, or regular high mileage HF, are great...but I find Honda's warranty lacking...that's a deal breaker, speaking for myself.
    Any 4-1-1 appreciated...
    Peace!<-AladdinSane<- :shades: -
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    edited February 2012
    A corolla hybrid would cost just about as much as a Prius, but would have quite a bit less interior space and would lack the advantage of a hatch.

    I don't see much point and I suppose Toyota doesn't either.

    Not trying to be flippant. I also have a niche I would like to see filled, but I know it never will be. A Prius that handles better and has a stick shift. I won't hold my breath.

    They are coming out with a smaller Prius soon though.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    edited February 2012
    Agree re: the stick Prius.

    aladdinsane : The comment about the Honda Hybrid - if you want the best fuel economy, I am not sure why you would by the Honda?
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