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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
#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.
#3937 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [thegraduate]
Sep 15, 2007 (10:41 am)
You definitely have too much time on your hands.
"Wow, you don't have to be hateful about it."
Not being hateful. Just pointing out that three months ago you used the same rhetoric.
"relentlessly boring to operate" isn't a bad thing.
What's this? An opinion? I thought these weren't allowed
Not my opinion. YOURS . I was simply agreeing with your statement of relentlessly boring to operate and posted it isn't a bad thing.
I honestly hope you are as happy with your Honda's as my wife is with her Toyota.
#3938 of 4027 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [irismg]
Sep 15, 2007 (1:17 pm)
I certainly didn't mean it in a racial context - in central AL, Asian-Americans aren't as plentiful as I would imagine they are in say, SoCal, or anywhere on the left coast for that matter. Here, you point out a "rice-rocket" referring to the way the car is souped up in a silly way - heck, lots of late-model Neon SRT-4s and Cobalt SS coupes are rice rockets to me.
I certianly didn't mean it in a manner as to be derogotory to a race; only a niche of car-modification. I was using "ricer" in the same way I'd use "rodder", which would be someone in a giant-engined muscle-car. My mind never went to the asian-american sect of society. Honest.
No offense intended, and if any was taken, those of you have my sincerest apologies. I'm really not someone who says things just to make pointless waves.