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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
May 05, 2003 (11:47 am)
We have owned a 1998 Elantra sedan and currently own a '02 Corolla. Both of these cars in '03 have new bodies but have the same basic powertrains as previous models albeit with some added horsepower and other refinements
The Elantra has a better driving position, is much sportier and is also roomier than the Corolla. The downside is that the Hyundai is not as refined and its interior is not of the same quality of the Toyota. Exterior fit and finish of the two cars is not as far off, but again, the vote goes to the Corolla. While both cars have engines that are durable, the trannies in the Hyundais are not as good. The manuals are a bit sloppy and the automatics do not make the best use of the extra 10 hp versus the Corolla.
Resale of course is nearly industry leading with the Corolla while it is slightly below average for the Elantra - although better than many US makes.
I also own an '03 Civic which I think shares more similarity with the Elantra than the Corolla. I can not give you a clear recommendation for the Elantra GT over the Corolla. They are two different but excellent small cars.
May 05, 2003 (1:03 pm)
I've had my 01 Corolla almost a week now and have put nearly 800 miles on it. So far its getting 38 mpg in mixed driving. We love it. Only thing I've noticed is for 1st, 3rd, and reverse it likes the clutch pushed all the way in or it makes some pretty horrible noises.
Very neat, peppy little car, glad I bought it.
May 06, 2003 (6:04 am)
It will not last forever - but generally is maintenance-free up to the 125k mark or even more. Eventually, the chain can stretch and start making noise by slapping against the housing; if it gets loose enough, it can slip a cog and then you have the same problems you would with a broken belt.
Mercedes and BMW have historically recommended having a look at it before 150k miles, even if there are no symptoms. In a car like the Corolla, my guess is that most of them will go to the auto graveyard before the chain will ever see the light of day...
May 06, 2003 (10:42 am)
which also used a timing chain went out to 250K on the original chain, before I sold the car.
Nice thing about chains is, if they begin to stretch or get loose they will make lots of noise and you will know it may need replacement. BIG advantage over timing belts, which will be silent until the day they break and leave you stranded or worse.
May 06, 2003 (1:28 pm)
I get about 34mpg with about 40 city/ 60% highway, is that bad?
May 06, 2003 (1:42 pm)
I wouldn't say that's bad. I'm getting 38 mpg with 20% city/80% highway on my 01 Corolla.
#2939 of 4027 lock and brake problem??
May 06, 2003 (9:49 pm)
This is my first message in town hall.
Being a teacher, I needed a car that was reliable and economical. Because of past experience, I chose a toyota corolla.
I bought my 2003 corolla at the end of feburary 2003. So far, I am pleased. Have not experienced the smell often(maybe only twice), and I now have 2150 miles on the vehicle.
1) Ocassionally, my driver's door will not unlock from the outside with the key. I have power locks, and I have to turn the key several times to get it to unlock. Has anyone else had this experience?
2) Periodically, when I put my foot on the brake, I hear a 'clunk' from beneath the pedal and feel the vibiration. I do not have ABS, and I asked the dealer about it. The dealership said that this was 'normal', that the components(discs or pads) shift when one applys the brakes. If this was 'normal', why do I not hear it all the time? Has anyone else out there in toyotaland had similar problems??
May 07, 2003 (3:04 pm)
The Toyota 04 Corolla is out and the specs are on the Toyota web page. But it says nothing about anything being new. I was hoping they would have upgraded the seats and maybe added a telescoping steering wheel. I can detect no changes except some new colors.
Anybody have more detailed info to see what changes may have been made to the 04 model?
May 07, 2003 (5:42 pm)
For Toyota to do anything differently in the second model year of a design. In fact, the recent Camry (with its equipment upgrades, stronger V6, 5sp auto combination) is the only exception I can think of in recent memory- and this was largely because of the new Accord and much stronger selling Altima. For now, I don't feel the Corolla faces competition that is as formidable.
#2942 of 4027 For now, but...
May 07, 2003 (6:31 pm)
The Mazda3 is due this fall. From all descriptions it should be a formidable competitor to the Corolla.