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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
Apr 12, 2004 (2:59 pm)
Have a 2002 Corolla S. If you hear that noise change those original michelin. I changed ours to Bridgestone and the noise went away.
that was almost after suing toyota. The thing had that noise exactly 2 weeks after I bought it new off the lot, and they tried everything to rid the thing of the noise.
I was angry.
The Braking noise, Mine has it. I think Its here to stay. So, I just make sure my brakes are good, and the wheels are well aligned and balanced. I was thinking of putting Celica disks in the rear to improve braking.
Apr 18, 2004 (10:32 pm)
I just traded in my 2003 CE for a 2004 LE. I really was not happy with the CE and the lack of options. Plus the car had an unbearable rotten egg smell that the dealer claimed was normal. I went to arbitration and lost. I am very happy with the LE plus I like the color much better- Desert Sand. The CE was Super White and it just was not me. This past Saturday I drove into the dealership at 10 AM with my CE and left with my LE by 1 PM. Only the alarm has to be installed.
I improve the driving position by using a car cushion.
Apr 23, 2004 (12:30 pm)
Coolguy, indeed, this is earlier than I had expected the 2005 to debut.
The availability of side curtains and seat mounted chest airbags, as well as VSC, is a good thing. I wonder how such options will be packaged and priced. Lexus style Optitron guages on the LE will no doubt be a hit. Any pics? I cant find any of the updated head and taillamps. I wonder if the seat fabric is any different, I dont really care for the current colors/patterns.
The XRS sounds awesome, especially at $17,455(excluding destination). Toyota was smart to re-engineer the 2ZZ engine to produce better midrange torque, with only a minimal loss in high RPM horsepower, to 170. The same engine will be in the Matrix, but the Celica retains the ultra high strung wind-it-out older version, w/ 180 hp.
Apr 26, 2004 (11:28 am)
I just don't get the XRS. How can it get worse highway mileage than the much larger Camry (32 vs. 33). The Camry has a huge advantage in torque, and nearly the same horsepower. With the manual tranny the Camry is pretty close to 8 seconds going to 60 as well.
"Fuel economy is hardly compromised". A drop from 40 to 32 seems pretty steep to me. Even a Chevy Malibu with a 3.5 liter V-6 and an auto tranny gets 32 mpg on the highway. The 270 hp 3.2 liter Acura TL gets 30 mpg on the Highway. 32 just seems low for a 1.8 in 2600 lb vehicle.
What did they do to that poor 1.8 liter engine to get it to slurp so much fuel. Won't the curreny Corolla break 9 seconds as is. I think the handling improvements are great, but I don't think the extra oomph (mostly as extra high rpm anyway) is worth the cost in fuel consumption.
I know it probably would not work because of the weight and space, but imagine if you put the Camry 2.4 in the Corolla.
I do like the Corolla, and if there was a wagon version I would snap one up (Matrix just does not have much cargo space), especially if it had slightly better handling - don't want to loose the fuel mileage though.
Apr 26, 2004 (1:55 pm)
Still no foglights on the LE? They've been optional on the Corolla LE in Canada since they came out in 2002 (for MY2003), so what's wrong with offering them here in the US?
Oh and Toyota, it's the end of April (the last week of, anyway), better start updating the Corolla and Matrix sections on your site.
#3367 of 4027 Seating position changes for '05?
Apr 26, 2004 (2:32 pm)
I test drove an '03 Corolla this past weekend and I found the driving position a little odd. By the time everything was adjusted, the steering wheel was too far forward or the seat was too close (resulting in knees coming up too high). Perhaps that's the Corolla way--I'm more used to Honda Accords and Civics.
Any chance for an '05 update?
Apr 26, 2004 (2:48 pm)
Toyota's estimate of "under 8 seconds" seems very conservative, given the quite heavier Matrix using the older version of the 2ZZ engine was clocked at 7.5 to 60 by Car and Driver. You're also right- the Corolla manual will do the trick in 8.2 seconds, also according to C/D. My point: I expect that the Corolla XRS will time about 7.2.
I really dont take issue with the MPG of the car. Its probably just the result of shorter gearing, but also, you ARE getting an extra 40 hp, so I suppose thats the price to pay. 32 MPG is hardly poor.
The Camry 2.4L is actually a pretty light engine- 40 lbs lighter than the old 2.2L iron block it replaced, with much stronger hp and torque ratings. And Toyota probably could shoehorn the 2.4L in the Corollas engine bay. But the main constraint is production/manufacture. None of the plants that make Corollas also produce the 2.4L, and you can bet that given this engine wouldnt be found in a high number of sales, Toyota's not going to pay for shipping/installation elsewhere.
#3369 of 4027 updates to website
Apr 27, 2004 (7:50 pm)
For those interested, it seems Toyota has updated their website... well, kind of. In typical www.toyota.com fashion, there are still lots of '04 photos, and the pricing isnt quite right. But it seems that specs and options are up-to-date, and maybe the site is just in a transition phase and will be FULLY updated shortly.