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#3983 of 4027 Swap engine or junk the car - Opinions please
Feb 17, 2010 (9:26 pm)
I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla with 172K on it. I have a mechanic that would install a 2001 engine with 51K on it for $1500 (Total). The car's engine is shot with white smoke coming out of the tail pipe (shut the car off immediately). Prior to this the car burned and leaked oil...a quart a week.....and one of the spark plugs always had a lot of oil on it.... The car is in decent shape with newer tires, newer starter, newer brakes, and has been maintained on an above average basis. This car would be used for my daughter as a 1st car... What are the pros and cons of an engine swap? If fixed, the car will be worth a bit more than the cost to cure.... but I don't want headaches. There would be a six month guarantee with the engine replacement. What say you?
#3984 of 4027 Re: Swap engine or junk the car - Opinions please [southflorida3]
Feb 18, 2010 (8:28 am)
To me that's a no brainer. I have a 2001 Corolla with 50,500 miles on that runs like a clock. I also have a 1998 Corolla and a 2009 Corolla. If my motor went on my 1998 and I could get the deal for a Toyota motor with 51,000 miles on it for $1500.00 like you were offered, I would jump at it to throw into my 1998. That car would probrably gain another ten plus years of life.
#3985 of 4027 XM radio
Apr 02, 2010 (6:24 pm)
Does anyone know on the LE 2009 Corolla that is not equipped with XM if besides the bracket and unit does it need a antenna or is it already installed.
#3986 of 4027 toyota corolla compressor
Jul 02, 2011 (7:37 pm)
my airbag light aswell as the engine traction and p/s lights keep coming and going, i took it to the main dealership and they said the wiring for the airbag has come off the circuit board and that the airbag is coverered under my warranty but the wiring aint im not sure if thats right is it true plz help./;
#3987 of 4027 Re: toyota corolla compressor [naz786]
Jul 03, 2011 (4:54 am)
I guess the easiest answer would depend on the age and mileage of your Corolla. If it's under 3 years old and under 36,000 miles I would say Yes, the wiring should also be covered also.
Jul 03, 2011 (11:22 pm)
hi i have a 2002 toyota corolla that drives pretty smooth but recently i found out that when i start the car after the car being parked for a few hrs or overnight, and i shift from park to reverse or drive, doesnt matter which, there seems to be a loud gear side that wasnt there before. this only happens the first time after starting the car in the morning or something, after i shift a few times and after i start driving, the transmission shifting becomes smoother. is this because the transmission fluid is low and needs to be drained/refilled? because i recently drove from la to north california which is like a 6 hr drive, and i noticed after driving halfway when i stopped to take a break that there was fluid dripping from under the car. i thought it was the coolant fluid, but i checked that and the water was still full, so it most likely is transmission fluid leaking perhaps? does anyone have any opinions on this? thanx!
#3989 of 4027 Re: 2002 toyota corolla [elementofice]
Jul 04, 2011 (4:09 am)
I assume that when you state"a loud gearside" you mean a loud noise when doing this shifting. The easiest way to check if you lost transmission fluid would be to follow the cars manual on how to do this by using the dip stick under the hood. If it is the case that you are low on fluid perhaps you blew a seal on the transmission that needs to be replaced. To do this you check the fluid with the car's motor warm and running; after you shift all the way up and down the shift selecter stop in park and check the fluid using this dipstick.
#3992 of 4027 2000 Toyota Corolla LE
Nov 29, 2011 (3:01 am)
my car has developed problems with rear stop lights. Rear stop lights will not turn off when I switch off ignition. Auto parts store informs me that a switch located on brake pedal needs to be replaced. The switch costs $34.99. I was also informed that the problem could be rectified by purchasing a rubber grommet that attaches to the existing defective switch Please help. I just purchased car only four days ago for $5000. Thank You