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#3927 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [irismg]
Sep 14, 2007 (8:39 pm)
I understand totally...I was 21 once, myself! My idea of fun half a lifetime ago was driving down I-35 in my old Ford Maverick with both windows cranked down (you DO come to appreciate power windows when you get older...trust me) doing 80 and pretending I had a convertible! These days I don't need all that much excitement! LOL I guess I'm becoming more European as I get older..
BTW, I understand you can take a newer Corolla and install a "sway bar" in the back that they say will do wonders for any body roll you find. Who knows, maybe that and a set of Uniroyals may help! And, if you punch a hole in the muffler, you might get the noise you're looking for! I mean, you may prefer a car you don't have to customize, and I don't blame you, but this could also be part of the...um..."fun" in owning a car!
Haha, I'm not a ricer or anything. My two cars aren't what any self-respecting ricer (is there such a thing? LOL kidding) would call sporty. They have stock wheels and 4-cylinder engines. But to offer the respectable ride that they do they are also a pleasure to own and drive. The difference is that the Toyota cars are typically more of a pleasure to RIDE in (smoother/quieter/more comfortable).
By the way, i'm not a Corolla hater - I drove my (now ex-) girlfriend's Corolla for many a mile. Other than the reach to the wheel, the car was a comfortable freeway cruiser - it rode as well if not better than my much larger 2006 Accord. It just didn't handle as tightly.
Any car that can get 28 MPG with her lead-footed driving style (4,000 RPM plus and 85 MPH was typical for her daily commute - it's why I stopped riding with her) deserves plenty of accolades. On a trip I got 10 MPG higher than that, at 75 MPH. I was impressed (it was a Silver 2004 Silver LE with the Moonroof, ABS, and Side-Airbags). A very NICE car. But it is the "nice" part that is too overwhelming - it was a polite car, but a wallflower as well.
Here's a picture of my two Accords to prove my "non-ricer" heritage! (I'll explain why a single 20 year old has two Accords another time ). The one on the left is a 1996 with nearly 175,000 miles. The one on the right is a 2006 closing in on 25,000 miles. The older one is actually the more fun (smaller and more spry), despite the new one being faster in a straight line.
#3928 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [thegraduate]
Sep 14, 2007 (8:54 pm)
I may be showing my age (some more), but I don't understand the term, "ricer". Explain?
#3929 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [thegraduate]
Sep 14, 2007 (9:04 pm)
Do you know I've never driven a Honda of any kind? I think I avoided them in the past because it used to be back in the day it cost an arm and a leg for even the simplest thing, and you had to take them to a "Honda specialist" to even change the sparkplugs. My cousin swears by them, though. Isn't brand loyalty something??
I must say these are two very handsome cars, and the red one's body style is a lot like my Corolla! Do you know Accord's history? Which generation is each?
And have you drooled over the '08 yet? It's huge now, kind of a shame. It's the size of Avalon now.
#3930 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [irismg]
Sep 14, 2007 (9:24 pm)
The term "rice-rocket" is typically used to describe those cars you were speaking of that have giant coffee can mufflers on them, as well as huge wheels, decals, and big wings. Typically its done by people my age or younger to cars like Civics. A "ricer" would be someone who does that.
#3931 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [irismg]
Sep 14, 2007 (9:28 pm)
Honda service/parts aren't too much different from Toyota these days. I get my oil changed at Wal-Mart, and am buying shocks from a Midas-style place soon. A new timing belt is due on my red one at 180k miles, and that won't be done at a dealer either - just a local mechanic shop with a good reputation.
Yes, I typically can discern Accords from each other by generation. My red is a gen V ('94-'97) while the graphite colored one is a gen VII ('03-'07). My mom had a gen IV 1993 that was the best car she (or anyone in my immediate family) ever owned. NO REPAIRS, rattles, squeaks, or imperfections over 110k miles and 7 years. We just outgrew that car though.
Thanks for the compliments on my '96; I think it has better styling than my 2006 (although I LOVE the interior of my 2006). I added you on carspace. My folks just moved from Edmond, OK!
#3932 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [thegraduate]
Sep 14, 2007 (9:48 pm)
Oh, seriously, you REALLY should stay away from Wal-Mart for oil changes. I took my Corolla there only a few months ago, because I didn't feel I had time to wait for the dealer. I told the man I wanted 5w-30, because 1) that's what it says on the cap, and 2) that's what I've used since day one. Do you know he told me it didn't matter, and that everyone puts 10w-30 in their car?! I told him to forget it, if you're not going to give me what I want, I can't use you.
When my car was still under warranty, I didn't let anybody BUT the dealer touch it. Yes, it's pricey, and I hate dealerships, but at least if they screw up you've got some recourse, plus there's a two year warranty on parts at the dealer, so you have to figure you're paying for that. If taking it to the dealer means paying extra to make sure they don't overfill something or put the wrong oil in, so be it.
Someday soon I'll have to take it in to figure out why my transmission's sprung a leak. Saw a puddle and it was very disconcerting. I'm sure my wallet's going to cringe, but I'll be doggone if I'll let Wal-Mart or Pep Boys or someone else make the problem worse!
If I had a garage of my own, I'd change my own oil with Pennzoil High Mileage 5W-30! I used to do all that kind of stuff with my first car, even changed "points"! (Ask Pop what those are! ) Being an apartment dweller, however, can sometimes be a drag...
It's interesting the people I find with an "Oklahoma connection"!
#3933 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [thegraduate]
Sep 14, 2007 (9:50 pm)
What interesting terminology! The things one learns here!
#3934 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [irismg]
Sep 14, 2007 (10:04 pm)
This Wal-Mart mechanic really seemed to know what he was doing (I know, bad excuse on my part)but I assure you the 06 that is still under warranty only sees the dealer.
Yep, regarding Oklahoma, my parents moved out there and worked for Globe Life; decided they were too far from home, retired, and moved to their condo at the beach in gulf shores, Alabama!
#3935 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [irismg]
Sep 15, 2007 (3:44 am)
While it seems to be becoming somewhat more acceptable to some, the term "ricer" does have insulting connotations to others. That link goes to a Wikipedia entry and I'm sure you could find more history of its dubious origin if you are interested.
#3936 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [pat]
Sep 15, 2007 (10:01 am)
Whoa, that's interesting. Wikipedia, with it's many mistakes, is not my first source for reliable information, especially given the dearth of content in that particular article. Still, it certainly gives food for thought. I'm giving thegraduate the benefit of the doubt and chalking the term up to Southern culture.
Me, I'm African-American, and I eat more rice than bread, so I'm not offended as far as the context in which he used it.