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Dec 28, 2002 (7:04 am)
Good point !! My son has a 2002 Celica with many options including the action package,which includes the different bumpers,very high spoiler and low body side panels and I think he paid around 22k. I do drive his Celica occasionally and for the performance and cool appearance of his car I would most definetely take the Celica over a yet to be made Corolla XLE. This coming from a current 2 X Corolla owner and lover. Just a question someone might be able to answer for me. Why is it Toyota never,never mentions or promotes the Celica at all in any type of media advertisements ?? They certainly do not sell that good that they would not have to.
Dec 28, 2002 (6:43 pm)
Why would it need a turbo motor? "XLE" designates a luxury package, not a sports package. The standard engine provides good power, and if it's not enough Toyota could drop in the 180 hp unit from the Matrix and Celica. But I don't think that's what most XLE buyers would look for. More important are the leather interior, stereo upgrade, alloy wheels (maybe a +1 upgrade), moonroof, ABS, maybe special color choices. Toyota should be able to price a model like that (with standard engine) around $18k. And they would need to, to stay competitive with the Elantra GT sedan, which offers similar equipment for about $16k list. I think if they go over $20k, they'll lose out to the Jetta 1.8T, Volvo S40, even larger cars like the Camry, Accord, and Mazda 6.
Dec 29, 2002 (7:23 am)
That (L)uxury (E)dition Corolla you are referring to has been available for years. It can be had exactly as you stated complete with all the options you stated for $17,223.00 list. SO WHY THE XLE ???
Dec 29, 2002 (11:57 am)
I argued that the XLE could satisfy buyers by making standard some of the optional equipment on the LE (ABS, alloys, cruise, cd changer, Side SRS), plus features such as dual power seats, auto climate control, and security system. Navigation, VSC, heated seats, moonroof, leather and the like could be optional, just as they are in the Camry.
Can we live without such a version? Clearly. I just dont understand why this would be a bad idea? A little over lap between the Camry and Corolla isnt that bad, is it?- Toyota would probably make more money on a decked to the 9s Corolla at 20K than a no options 5sp man. Camry at the same price.
Do it Toyota! (and while your at it, for this version, tweak the engine and free up the exhaust to produce the same ~140 hp of the Celica GT!)
#2648 of 4027 terceltom1
Dec 29, 2002 (8:46 pm)
I don't think the Corolla LE has been available "for years" as I described it; leather interior was only available with the 2003 model. And from what I've seen on this board, it seems to be nigh impossible to actually get an LE with leather. Having an XLE version that comes standard with leather and all the other goodies, for a little less than the price of ordering all the stuff separate on the LE, would be quite an attractive package I think. Don't forget the special paint colors also, to make the XLE more distinctive from the other models. Toyota could probably price it at $16,995 with the 5-speed and still make out OK, and it would be a real Civic EX and Jetta killer in that form, and a great alternative to the Elantra GT although it would still cost a bit more, but with the Toyota reputation for quality and resale value.
Dec 29, 2002 (8:54 pm)
I've seen my share of Corolla LEs with leather. There is always one at my church on Saturday night.
Dec 29, 2002 (9:40 pm)
Our three-week old 03 Corolla LE also is giving off a bad sulphur smell. It was built in Japan. Could it be that all the Japanese-built models give off the sulphur smell, because the catalytic converter installed there was for Japanese low-sulphur fuel?
Dec 30, 2002 (12:55 pm)
Your making my point for me. Like I said before, it is very hard to get an LE version of a Corolla loaded with almost all the options supposedly available for it. The simple reason for this is, they are not making many of them loaded because there is no market for them. Like you stated, try getting one with Leather. Or try getting one with side airbags. Even moonroofs can be hard to get if you want a particular color of car.
#2652 of 4027 Re no market
Dec 30, 2002 (3:59 pm)
It puzzles me why there's "no market" for Corollas with side air bags, moonroofs, and leather when Honda sells tons of Civics with the optional side air bags and tons of EXes with standard moonroofs, and Hyundai's Elantra GT with the standard leather interior is pretty popular, and you see leather interiors in lots of Camrys. Is it the market, or supply chain issues?
#2653 of 4027 LE configuration
Dec 30, 2002 (5:15 pm)
I belive the LE is configured based on the market it is being sold in. I live in Los Angeles and just bought my LE last Thursday. The standard configuration for LE's with moonroofs in Southern California included side airbags and alloy wheels. I was told that I would either have to purchase from Northern California or factory order to get ABS brakes. I would also have to factory order to get leather or use dealer installed leather.
BTW, I contacted 25 different dealerships looking for an LE with my specific options.