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#1700 of 4027 Hey civicw, my previous cars have been..........
Apr 11, 2002 (11:25 am)
a 1998 Toyota Corolla (bought it brand new in April 1998) - I don't recall feeling anything like this (in fact THAT car was drumtight with not a single problem), I've owned a 1997 Toyota Tercel which had over 90,000 miles on it when I sold it - again never felt anything like this in all the time I had it.....I've also co-owned a 2001 Toyota 4-Runner and a 2000 Acura 3.2TL (which of course was much more responsive) These were my recent vehicles I've driven many Toyotas prior to this (mostly Corolla/Camry type vehicles) and this is a first......I'm totally convinced there is some sort of FREEPLAY somewhere - I don't know loose joints or some "air" in the power steering fluid system causing this "lag" (The 2003 Corolla CE I rented did not behave this way
Anyways as the dealership could not identify or "see" the problem I called Toyota and they've set me up for arbitration......have to see what happens there
Thanks for all your responses and help!!
#1701 of 4027 To any mechanics on the board
Apr 14, 2002 (7:31 am)
I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla, I had a used engine put in that cost me $1900.00. When I received the car back the mechanic told me they had to remove the transmission because they forgot to shim the engine and it was faster to remove and shim the transmission.
I drove the car for about 2 hours and the transmission stoped functioning. I brought it back and they didnt want to hear about the transmission problem, told me they put an engine in not a transmission.
What I'm asking is should they even remove the transmission at all when they put in an engine? According to my Haynes repair manual, you shouldnt have to.
Can anyone help me on this one. Its impossible to get a local mechanic to look at the car unless they open the trans for 6 hours of labor.
I guess what I'm asking for is some feedback, and perhaps if possible a statement from a mechanic saying this should not have been done this way.
To me it seems to be very apparent what has occured, but all of the dispute people I spoke to give me problems.
If anyone can help me I'd appreciate it. Please email me at gungadin_yahoo.com
Thanks for any assisance,
Apr 14, 2002 (8:36 am)
...I couldn't be happier with our '03 LE. I guess it's possible our experience is unique, but I doubt it.
Apr 14, 2002 (1:41 pm)
At 09:15 am on April 14, 2002,laksj posted this message to vicarouza:
"Go to the following link to read more reviews of disgruntled 2003 Corolla customers, some of whom indicated the steering problem. It seems the new Corolla teething problems are more profound than would be acceptable from a company renowned for its reliability like Toyota."Click here to see the article laksj linked in the message.
I reformatted the link because it was too long to fit on a display using 1024x768 resolution - when this happens, folks using that resolution (or lower) must scroll from side to side to read every single line on the page containing the long link.
FYI, you can go to pat "Lost in the Town Hall? Ask the Sedans Host for directions!" Apr 13, 2002 10:25am for some information on how to deal with long links in a way that does not skew the page display.
Feel free to post a message in that discussion if you have any questions about the linking process.
#1705 of 4027 honda an toyota qulaity going down???
Apr 14, 2002 (10:40 pm)
is it me or does it seem like honda and toyota quality been going down hill lately
this is my first toyota (2002 corolla) and ive been disappointed the dealer network sucks(at least in Michigan)
and my car is suffering from the drifting to the left problem that i see people mentioning
also it feels like my suspension it getting worse and im losing my power steering. next oil change im going to bring it up and see what they say
#1706 of 4027 update on steering problem
Apr 15, 2002 (10:56 pm)
Another thing I notice with my steering-related issue on my 03 Corolla LE is that the power-assist seems virtually non-existent. This car was sold advertised as having VARIABLE ASSIST POWER STEERING. I don't feel any difference. In other words it is quite hard to turn the steering wheel at slow speeds (almost like a car WITHOUT power steering, only SLIGHTLY better)......the rented Corolla CE I drove seemed to turn SLIGHTLY easier, but still felt underassisted. I am beginning to believe that there is some sort of design flaw in the entire steering mechanism or power assist components. Anyone experience this???
Apr 16, 2002 (9:01 am)
There must be something very wrong with your car. I don't think that there has been a Toyota sedan in recent history that's been called "underassisted". Any articles I have read constantly complain about the overboosted steering.
Oh well. Good luck.
Apr 16, 2002 (12:32 pm)
Does anyone know of a way to check if a car has antilock brakes? I was told my 1996 Corolla DX had them but just yesterday I thought I'd check for myself by starting the engine and looking for the ABS light. It didn't flash. I'm praying that the light is just out. How can I check to see if the car has them? If it turns out the car doesn't have them, I'm going to send the last owner a very aggressive letter of disappointment.
#1709 of 4027 ABS or not ABS
Apr 16, 2002 (2:05 pm)
An easy way to check (not scientific, but easy) is to go to a deserted parking lot, get up a little speed and slam the brakes on (better still if it is wet/slippery). You should feel the characteristic chatter of the ABS engaging. Some are more obvious than others, but I've never driven an ABS-equipped car that wasn't obvious when the ABS engaged.