My neighbor has a 1998 Toyota Corolla LE that I had to drive the other day because of a small family emergency that arouse, and all the cars in my home were gone.
Anyway, while driving it, the brakes pulsated and acted very funny whenever I applied them to stop the car. It was like they were shaking the pedal every time I wanted to slow down. It was felt kind of like when ABS is applied, but slightly different.
I didn't want to tell my neighbor his car was bad brakes, but what do you all make of this?
Warped rotors. Not common with this car, but not uncommon, either, as the miles build up.
Suggest he get the rotors turned [machined] or replaced, and then make sure that every time someone pulls a front wheel for any reason [tire rotations, etc.], the wheel bolts are torqued by hand with a torque wrench, not with one of those air guns. Most common reason for warped rotors is uneven or overtorquing of the wheel bolts, or extreme heat.
Regular poster here and I need some advice. I need to get a car and I found a 1997 Corolla DX, auto with pretty much everything a Corolla would have except antilock brakes and a CD player. It has power doors, windows, locks, 4 speed auto, moonroof, spoiler, gold package, keyless entry and all the basics (power steering, tilt, cruise). It has 67,000 miles and is going for $7,995. I put the VIN into carfax.com and it spit out 7 records. What might this mean? Could this be a potential problem? If not...this would be such a great car for me. Anyone's comments/knowledge are much appreciated.
Did you go ahead and ante up $20 for the full report (worth the $$$, IMO) or just get the Carfax free teaser? If you buy the full report, it will give you the details of those 7 records. When I purchased my 1996 Corolla last summer, there were 6 database records on the vehicle. None of them raised any red flags with me, and the vehicle was in excellent mechanical condition (good body condition).
I think you will see a database record when a car is leased or sold to a private individual, commercial company, or dealer. I can't find a full carfax report on the 1996 vehicle since I bought my new Corolla, otherwise, I could give you more specific info. Sounds like a nice car you found.
the only problem is that there are some newer 98s that are said to be "test cars" that are just a few thousand more...I really don't like them as much though. However, I have found a certified used 1997 Celica for $12000. I really love that generation Celica...oh well I'll have to see what happens.
Is an excellent program as far as the used certification business goes. If you can afford the price, its worth the extra piece of mind, and that gen Celica is really cool (unless its an ST with auto... and the gold pkg really kills the car).