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#1415 of 4025 Vague Toyota steering...
Feb 03, 2002 (7:05 pm)
cwliang...I'm not sure why Toyotas seem to have that vague on-center feeling in their steering systems. I test drove a Sienna minivan back in 1999 and noticed the same thing...also recall Car and Driver complaining about it in a minivan road test. The 2001 Corolla and Prizm (essentially the same car) also had a rubbery vagueness about their steering that turned me off. In comparison, although far from sporty, the Hondas I've driven have this dead-accurate tracking built into their steering that really make them fun to drive. I'm sure we'll get some disagreement on this issue and there's no doubt about the quality of Toyota...how a car drives is a lot about personal preference. To be honest, the Ford Focus is probably the best of the bunch in this league for precision steering feel and ride/handling compromise (say what you want about Ford quality, they got the suspension right in this small car). I just couldn't get over the early models problems. If the quality is improved and Ford offers an engine that competes with the variable valve technology of Honda and Toyota (the current ZTec although dependable is no power or mpg champ) it would be a strong consideration. Oh oh...I'm rambling again...been a car nut since I was 10...that's over 35 years and sometimes I just get carried away...
Feb 04, 2002 (6:28 pm)
Sounds like it is definitely a venting problem. Unfortunately I have never had to fix that on a car. The only time I experienced it was on my brothers motorcycle. In his case he was using a non vented cap. I would think that the dealer should be fairly effective at isolating the problem
Car nuts are what these boards are about!
#1417 of 4025 03 IMPRESSIONS
Feb 04, 2002 (7:46 pm)
Generally disappointed. I was expecting a larger Echo on the inside, with lots of headroom and more legroom. This car is still too cramped up front for legroom and the ability to spread out without hitting the center stack. Also, the A pillars are raked so steeply that it is easy to hit your head getting in, and there is no driver side overhead assist grip when getting out. The dash is superb though and the drivetrain is a gem, but I thought the car was noisier than it should be. Never thought I'd say that I much prefer my Elantra GT to the Corolla and welcomed getting back into it. Better seating, better leg room, much more content, better price, more cargo room, and better warranty in exchange for most likely poorer reliability and resale. 18,000 miles of superb driving so far though.
Feb 06, 2002 (12:35 pm)
I was really impressed with the styling and the interior appointments of the new 2003, especially in the LE model. It's very "upscale". I'm looking forward to driving one.
Feb 07, 2002 (4:28 pm)
Anyone here bought one yet? How do you like it? I wish they would have put a 4 wheel independent suspension on the S model to go with its more aggressive look. I would like to check out a Corolla S, but don't like the way its price is like an LE--just for the ground effects. I'll check it out, anyway. So, how are they?
Feb 07, 2002 (6:55 pm)
How's the DX doin'? Just got home from a drive and got yhe car up to 80 and it drove like a dream! Still very happy with the car and my 14 year old informed me today that in 2 years, the car will be his. He'll get his way if I end up gettin' the '05 Corolla, time will tell.
Hope the car is runnin' well and keep me posted.
Feb 08, 2002 (8:43 am)
i saw the 2003 corolla and matrix and yesterday and my comments are wow, cool!
corolla LE with leather seats looks like a mini lexus. it is bigger but it didnt have much headroom in the back and i'm only 5'10". the roof liner was already touching my hair. i find that you are sitting higher for both cars compared to the old corolla.
matrix, plenty of headroom in the back as well as legroom. between the two cars, i would have to say that the matrix is best buy/best bang for the buck! msrp is c$15280 for base corolla and c$16645 for base matrix.
Feb 08, 2002 (10:48 am)
I have not driven one yet, so I'm going off specs here, but here goes. I like the way Toyota mechanically equipped all Corollas the same. Same engine, transmissions, and suspension. The most basic CE will have air and CD. Sure, it'll be about $14k, but what does $14k buy in a Civic? No CD and 115 HP sohc engine. No optional ABS on the Civic DX or LX either--and only about $300 on the CE. The accounts I have read talk about great fit, finish, and quality. I'm looking for it to do well.
#1423 of 4025 price on extra mile package
Feb 08, 2002 (12:27 pm)
Am I the only one that thinks that extra mile package is just ripe off? at most it should cost 50.00
Feb 08, 2002 (12:31 pm)
What is the extra mile package? Looking in a 2003 Corolla brochure, I see no mention of an Extra Mile Package. I do wonder what the "anti-chipping tape" of the All Weather Package is, though.