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#3874 of 4027 Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review
May 15, 2007 (10:28 am)
Hi, I am thinking about buying a certified used Corolla when the new ones come out for my son. Could anyone tell me their reviews on the Corolla. Cons and Pros. Quality problems (rattles,) I read on another forum group about 2005 Corolla hot starting problems. 2006 wind noise by something with the windsheild. Thank you.
PS I looked on E-bay and noticed that some Corolla's are built in Japan, USA, and Canada. What is the difference in build?
#3875 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [sales2010]
May 15, 2007 (10:51 am)
One thing to be sure to do is have every driver of the car take the Corolla for a long drive. (You could rent one for a weekend perhaps; Hertz et. al. has Corollas.) I say this because the seating position is uncomfortable for many people, including me. It's an issue that is mentioned in just about every review of the car, so it's not a secret, but something to check for before you buy.
The other thing I would do if I were you is to find a Corolla with the optional side airbags and curtains. The side crash test results are pretty good with them, not good without them. ABS and stability control (VSC) are also available as options and IMO are great safety features if you can get them on the car, but I think VSC in particular is pretty rare on the Corolla.
#3876 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [backy]
May 15, 2007 (1:32 pm)
Thanks for the review. Do you have any other issues other than the seating position? Quality issues? etc. Thanks for your help
#3877 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [sales2010]
May 15, 2007 (6:40 pm)
The Corolla is one of the most reliable cars on the market, plus the current generation is a mature design so any major problems have been worked out by now. With any model, there will always be a few cars with problems. You have to look at the overall picture. Your risk of a problem with the Corolla is lower than with most other cars.
Since the Corolla is a few years old, it's not quite up to par with newer competitors in terms of interior room, ride comfort, handling, crash safety, and power. But it's a well-made small car with excellent fuel economy, and that plus its reliability is why it sells in such large numbers.
#3878 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [backy]
May 16, 2007 (4:06 pm)
Thanks so much for your message. Do you own one? Do you happen to know what is the difference in build since I see some made in Japan, USA and Canada? Thanks so much
#3879 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [sales2010]
May 17, 2007 (3:33 am)
I have a '99, my parents a '04, my co-worker '06, neighbor '03. All excellent cars, no problems. Mine was built in Canada, the others in USA. Don't worry about where built, because the engineering is the most important part. If a car is engineered well, it will be easy to put together properly.
See Consumers Reports and others - all say Corolla is tops, and very cheap total cost to own.
#3880 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [sales2010]
May 17, 2007 (5:21 am)
No, I will not buy the current Corolla because of the driving position issue I mentioned earlier. Sitting behind the wheel is very uncomfortable for me. I hope Toyota addresses that issue with the next-generation Corolla.
#3881 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [backy]
May 17, 2007 (9:35 am)
Don't understand the "driving position issue". I am 6 foot 225 pounds and 70 years old and have know trouble with getting in or out of my wife's 06 Corolla. We use it every day for all our running around. We have averaged 30 + MPG overall and are very happy with the car
#3882 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [kenym]
May 17, 2007 (4:49 pm)
Hi, how is the AC and Heat? If you know, does the Corolla have a timing belt or chain? Thanks for everyone's help!!!
#3883 of 4027 Re: Catalytic Converter & Chk Engine Light
May 17, 2007 (7:22 pm)
I have a 2001 Corolla and have replaced the cat 3X with aftermarket Universals. The engine light ultimately comes back on each time. I have replaced 2 o2 sensors AND had the fuel injectors first cleaned then replaced. This has been going on since last summer. The worst is that is runs with some sort of roughness, especially while idling. I've been told by the dealership that it is not misfiring and that the cat is not a Toyota part, so will not make my car run the way it was designed to. I will not pay the $1,400 ransom to have it replaced again. Today another mechanic told me that it may be that since I went with a universal instead of an exact fit, that could be the problem. I made an appointment for next week to take it back to the guy who has already relpaced it 3X. Do I insist it is the wrong part and that an exact fit was what he needs to put on? Now since it has been welded would that even work? Is it an exaust leak, he assured me it wasn't, but Toyota says it is. I can't see the truth through all the urban legend these people tell to get my money!!!