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#3329 of 4027 '03 Corolla with Possible engine & Computer Problems
Jan 24, 2004 (6:30 pm)
My 2003 Toyota corolla, bought new on October 27, 2002 is a big mess. From October 20, 2003 to January 22, 2004, we've had to take it to the dealership 5 times for either stalling, failing to start after several trials,or for coming to a complete stop while in traffic. In all 5 occasions, the engine light stayed on permanently. This car had to be towed twice already. The servive technician at the Toyota dealership told us that the ECU module could be the problem. In November, they replaced it, and since then the car stopped twice in a 8-day period,and on one of these occasions (this week), it had to be towed. We have been told that it had consistently generated computer codes unfamiliar to Toyota technicians in several diagnostic tests. Does anyone here have an idea about what is going on? Also, what are your experiences with the Toyota arbitration process?
Jan 31, 2004 (9:19 am)
I know that the RS 3001 security system allows you to program it several ways to do what you want. This includes not locking the door when the ignition is off and the doors are closed. I assume the 3000 will also do this. Check your security system book if you have one.
#3331 of 4027 All Wheel Drive
Feb 06, 2004 (7:55 am)
Does anyone know if Toyota has plans to put an AWD system into a Corolla sedan? We know they already have the technology, since there is an AWD version of the Matrix available, which is built on the same platform.
Feb 08, 2004 (2:37 pm)
No. There are no plans for an all-wheel drive system for the Corolla but as i'm sure you are aware, there will be a Corolla XRS with 170hp available in the 2005 Corolla.
#3333 of 4027 quick correction
Feb 08, 2004 (3:48 pm)
Actually, I'm pretty sure the XRS is still going to be a 2004 model, since its coming out April/May-ish, and that would be a bit early for the entire 2005 Corolla line to debut, given that there is not going to be any MAJOR changes.
However, perhaps my assumption is off:
The 2005 Pontiac Vibe, produced at NUMMI in Cali, will be available in early April, with myriad enhancements. One of them, which I hope will also be offered on the 2005 Corolla (whenever it may come out...) is side thoracic and curtain airbags available as an option. Additionally, VSC is also going to be available, though I see the Corolla getting the curtain availability prior to VSC.
Should be interesting.
Toyota, if you're listening, please give us an XLE model as well, improve the seating position of the Corolla, and make a LARGER (not higher revving a la XRS) engine option available.
Feb 08, 2004 (6:44 pm)
I hate to correct you because I enjoy your posts but the Corolla XRS will be a 2005 model and the Matrix will get the side curtain air bags as well. I am not 100% sure about the Corolla but when I find out I will let you know. I am pretty sure it will also but I will probably post the answer tomorrow.
The Corolla XRS will be built exclusively at the Cambridge, Ontario plant. The Corolla is not to receive anymore engine changes until the next model change in 2007 as a 2008 model.
Feb 08, 2004 (8:17 pm)
Oh hell, its all good, you should definitely correct me- or anyone- who provides wrong information or makes incorrect assumptions.
All I was able to find on Toyotas PR site was "The Corolla XRS will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Canada (TMMC) in Cambridge, Ontario alongside the Matrix. It will reach dealerships on May 1st of next year. Annual sales of the XRS are projected at approximately 5,000 units." (11/05/03)
Curious- do you have any inside information (as in- how do you already know about the Matrix, the certainty about Corolla engine upgrades...). If so, when you learn anything about the 2005 Camry revisions, keep us posted. Literally.
Feb 09, 2004 (3:47 pm)
The 2005 Corolla and Matrix will start production towards the end of April. Both models will come with side curtain air bags and Vehicle Stability Control as an option. Both models will also receive added reinforcement for improved safety. You may also find this part interesting. Both models are being tested/compared by Toyota against several SUV's for crash worthiness, thus the need for added reinforcement.
The Corolla XRS has an estimated build of 5,000 units but will be adjusted accordingly based on the demand for it, meaning more will probably be built as Toyota tends to underestimate.
Feb 09, 2004 (9:07 pm)
Thank you. Excellent.
The only other vehicle in this segment that seems to offer stability control is the Focus ZX5, I believe, so this is a good step. Going forward, enhanced side impact protection is a must, so its good that Toyota is strenthening the structure even further, and providing the side curtain option (should have debuted with the MY 2003 redesign, IMO, but from what I understand, supplier issues and cost constraints prevented this). I'm certain that the IIHS's new dynamic side impact testing is forcing the more proactive automakers to offer better protection in side crashes.
Incidentally, I have heard that the IIHS has completed its round of dyanmic side impact tests on midsize models- a short segment was shown on PBS's Motor Week tv program. I am not sure why it is taking so long for the results to be fully released- perhaps automakers are being given time for a retest, given the gravity of this market segment.
Regarding VSC: Hopefully, availability on the 2005 Corolla means that the "freshened" 2005 Camry will offer VSC on its 4 cylinder models as well.
2003seV6- would you mind shooting me an email so I could discuss with you a bit more about some perhaps off-topic (but still auto-related) issues/questions/comments?