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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
Apr 09, 2003 (8:27 pm)
While this is just an incidental event, my fiance's 2000 Corolla with 59,500 miles is currently in the shop getting the engine rebuilt. The engine started sounding very noisy when cold, I thought it sounded like the valves were bad, and she always kept up on her oil changes.
I finally convinced her to take it in and get it checked before the powertrain warranty expired. After checking it once, adjusting the drive belts, and checking it again, the dealer said one or two of the pistons are bad, and the engine needs rebuilt. It will take a week, but Toyota does give a free loaner car for powertrain repairs. The problem there is it is a 2003 Camry LE, and now she wants to buy one of those.
Her 1990 Corolla went 140,000 miles before being totaled, so she paid the extra money to get a Corolla again over other vehicles. However, I'm not convinced Toyotas are built like they used to be 10 years ago. I do not have any complaints about the dealer, and the free loaner car is a nice touch.
Apr 10, 2003 (3:54 am)
I assume that your finace performed all the recommended maintenance (meaning more than just oil changes at 15,000mi, 30,000mi, and 45,000mi), so that situation is unfortunate. I am curious to know where that particular Corolla was built? Nice job catching it before warranty expiration. Also, are you from the Pittsburgh/western Pa. area (just curious).
Apr 10, 2003 (9:13 am)
Congrats akangl -- what happened with your Jetta?
My parents bought an 03 Corolla (Lunar Mist, very nice color) in January and they are very happy with it.
Apr 10, 2003 (10:34 am)
The Jetta was traded in on a Jeep Grand Cherokee back in November of 01, we had leased the Jetta for 48 months and were 8 months into the lease....had 20k on the car already, were only allowed 10k a year.
The Jeep was repoed November of last year (during a bk). I did have a 1990 Suburban, but since hubby lost his 02 Ram and we needed a pickup truck, we used the Suburban as a down payment on a 1994 Chevy. I was driving a 94 Escort, sold it about a week ago, it was starting to have problems and I didn't want to put money into it.
Anyway, that's the reader's digest version, its really a long story.
I'm just excited about the new car, I haven't had a brand new car since 2001 when we leased the Jetta.....I miss that car, but couldn't justify another one, too pricey and not reliable enough.
Glad to hear your parents are happy with their Corolla, I'm sure I will be happy with mine too.
Hurry up May 28!!!!
#2879 of 4027 Edmunds review
Apr 10, 2003 (7:25 pm)
Glad to see that Edmunds.com finally got around to doing a full road test of the '03 Corolla, just a little over one year after its debut. I noticed while it was a positive review overall, they mentioned the driver-position problem noted by some posters here and in other reviews, but also a lack of power (c'mon people, get a 5-speed if you want some pep in a compact car!) and some quality lapses. That is surprising since Toyota has had over a year to work the kinks out.
Apr 11, 2003 (4:31 am)
I was surprised by the "quality lapses" reference as well. I don't put much faith in Edmunds' reviews, but something objective such as a rattle is no doubt an issue. With regard to their reference "not much power", the Corolla that Car and Driver tested 11/02 was the quickest of the 10 $16,000 compact cars tested for that issue. I award Edmunds no points. They are typically off the mark- did you read their first test of the redesigned Accord? They stated that the Camry handled slightly better. Clearly, this is contrary to universal opinion, and makes little sense.
#2881 of 4027 Edmunds vs. C/D
Apr 11, 2003 (7:55 pm)
Weren't the cars in the C/D comparo 5-speeds?
#2882 of 4027 backy- yes they were
Apr 12, 2003 (10:18 am)
but I dont see how that makes a difference- as long as all the cars in the test were 5 speeds (they were), then it still seems fair to say that the Corolla is one of the quicker models in the segment. (Times would be slower for the auto Corolla, but also, slower for all the models tested).
#2883 of 4027 Relativity
Apr 12, 2003 (3:13 pm)
But Edmunds.com didn't test several cars, like C/D did in their comparo; they tested the Corolla automatic. Maybe if they had tested it side-by-side with other automatic compacts they would have been more impressed by the acceleration.
Apr 12, 2003 (3:14 pm)
have a '01 Corolla LE - automatic - just filled up today and checked mileage - 33 MPG/city!!!!!
Great little car - no problems in 2 yrs -