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#3532 of 4027 Toyota Corolla 2005
Mar 04, 2005 (10:05 am)
I have a 2005 toyota corolla. At night when i start the car the automatic headlights go on as does the lights for the speedometer. The other light which is for the radio area and gear shift has a delayed reaction. I takes about 20 seconds for it to go on. I usually turn on my inside lights to see where to shift. I took it to the dealer and he said that nothing was wrong with it and that it checks out when the headlights are turned on manually. But the problem is that at night when the lights are suppose to go on automaticlly and the only lights that don't go on or are delayed are the ones the light that i had mentioned above----it would seem to me that something is not quite right. He told me that if i wanted them do go on sooner i would either have to do as i have done which is to turn the inside light on to see where to shift or turn the headlights on and that would make that lights go on or wait the 20 seconds for it to go on. He claims that that is how the manufacturer made it. I really don't buy that. Why have automatic lights if i am going to have to turn the light switch on manually for those particular lights. It makes no sense to me! By the time I have turned the lights on manually and shifted to the right gear and started driving off --- then the light goes on.It doesn't seem right! My last toyota ---1998 all lights went on at the same time. Is this how the 2005's are being made? What is the purpose of the delayed light? Or is there a problem?
#3533 of 4027 Re: Toyota Corolla 2005 [cjg]
Mar 04, 2005 (12:17 pm)
I hate to say it, but the dealer could be telling you the truth. I've found that the '05 Corolla automatic lights act a little odd from time to time and from car to car.
What I do know is that the DRL's come on with the ignition - no delay. This should include no panel lights or taillights. Then, the car's sensors start trying to figure out if its dark out. If it is and after some delay, it turns on the headlights, taillights and panel lights. I used to think it was also linked to the shifter, not letting you drive without headlights at night and just turning them on for you. Perhaps someone else has input on that. I also noticed that when I open my garage door and the door opener's light is still on, the car thinks its light out and won't turn on the headlights until I back out into the night darkness, then "poof".
By the way. I don't know how long you've had this car, but you should know where the shifter positions are without looking. Before MADD, it was a necessity!
#3534 of 4027 05 Corolla LE Turn NOISES
Mar 04, 2005 (2:40 pm)
I have an 05 Corolla LE (1000 miles) which makes some kind of a grinding or groaning noise during turns.I took it to the dealer who drove it around but found nothing unusual. Any thoughts ?!?!?!
The noise is quite distinct to me.The dealer tech guy said that it was a normal sound for a Corolla.I've yet to drive another 05 Corolla to verify this.
Has anyone heard of such a problem ??
Am trying to get my hands on an 05 Corolla to test-drive it !!
Beernut -- thanx for your inputs !!!
#3535 of 4027 Re: Toyota Corolla 2005 [cjg]
Mar 04, 2005 (2:47 pm)
Yep, those lights are working exactly as designed. Your beef, if there is a legitimate one, is with TMC. Personally, I never found this feature to be a problem for me, either in our current-gen Corolla, or my mother-in-law's '98 Corolla, which has the same feature and behaves pretty much the same way.
I can fool the automatic lights on our Mercedes, as well, though it does react a bit more quickly than the Corolla to sudden changes in ambient light. It's not unusual for me to switch the C240's lights on manually because a) I want the dashlights on right now or b) the conditions are marginal and I want to err on the safe side.
#3536 of 4027 Toyota Corolla 2005
Mar 05, 2005 (7:55 am)
It sounds like my car has no problem. I guess I wasn't putting too much trust in their word as when I had asked them if the locks on my car could be re programed they said no that, that was how the car was made but when i finally got around to reading my manual it should you how to re program your locks! Unfortunately the manual didn't solve my light problem. This is my first automatic as i have always had stick and yes, eventually I will get used to where I need to shift without needing the light. Thanks for your words of wisdom.
#3537 of 4027 Looking to Buy an '05 Corolla
Mar 12, 2005 (4:25 pm)
I've been looking at the 5-speed manual LE with cruise control. Can anyone give me their valued opinion concerning this car, i.e., gas mileage, reliability, road worthiness, etc. Believe I can buy locally for around $13K without a trade. Is this too much?
#3538 of 4027 Re: Looking to Buy an '05 Corolla [hawks1]
Mar 12, 2005 (6:04 pm)
$13k for an LE would be a good deal IMO. It's excellent for fuel economy, reliability, and smooth highway cruising (for a small car). The main issue with it is the driver's position. Be sure you take it on a long test drive (you and anyone else who will drive it) before you buy. Personally I find the seating position intolerable, and this problem has been noted in every review I've seen of the Corolla. It seems to be optimized for shorter drivers. Otherwise I think it's a fine small car.
#3539 of 4027 Re: Looking to Buy an '05 Corolla [hawks1]
Mar 13, 2005 (6:56 am)
Lets see: Edmunds has it for $13563 plus $200 for cruise, and they are showing a $1000 rebate (at least in my area), which would put invoice at $12763. I think that $237 over invoice is a good deal.
I have an 2003 Corolla with over 33k and it is excellent in every way. I noticed the driving position/steering wheel issue when I first purchased it, but have gotten use to it. I am 5' 10" but I've read other 5' 10" drivers still do not like it. It is roomy, quiet, reliable, and very capable on the highway. Gas mileage around town is low 30s and highway is high 30s.
#3541 of 4027 Re: Looking to Buy an '05 Corolla [hawks1]
Mar 16, 2005 (1:03 pm)
That is a great price. I go to local toyota where I have gotten 2 cars in the past no one beats them. Price on the CE with the rebate is 12499 with a manual trans. So an LE at 13k sounds great.