Last post on Nov 01, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
#4006 of 4027 Re: Is this a picture of the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla? [aladdinsane]
Apr 05, 2012 (8:06 am)
Not much "all-new", right?
#4007 of 4027 Re: Is this a picture of the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla? [terceltom]
Sep 20, 2012 (9:28 pm)
I'm user of used car Toyota Corolla, any feedback on mileage when you bought it?
#4008 of 4027 Re: Is this a picture of the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla? [michika12]
Sep 21, 2012 (3:28 am)
I drive almost all city driving and get 25 mpg. consistantly with all three of my Corollas ("92", "09" and "01" ). When I do drive highway for a trip or something like that, I usually can get 35 mpg. or better.
#4009 of 4027 8th gen vs 9th gen
Sep 30, 2012 (5:29 am)
It was a bitter sweet week for me. Last Friday night I was on my way home when I got a flashing check engine light on my '99 Corolla. After going through a multitude of troubleshooting steps I've learned the engine has a bad valve in cylinder #4 (cylinder would not hold more han 15 PSI when doing a leak-down check). With 295K miles I've decided the car isn't worth fixing and that I've more than gotten my money's worth.
I picked up a really nice, one owner '04 Corolla LE with 149K. Before purchasing, I took the vehicle to my mechanic to have him check it out. He gave it the all okay and said he found no problems. I got a good deal...paid $5600 and the Kelly Blue Book is $7500.
As I spend more time driving this car I realize the huge improvements in design over its predecessor. The interior seems huge compared to the '99...not only more leg room up front, but in the back as well. The seat is much more comfortable as well...more lower back and lumbar support. The dash layout and user controls are also more ergo-friendly. One thing I never liked about the '99 was the sloppy suspension. I always said the car "swashbuckled" down the road....lots of body lean in turns, and just in general the suspension always seemed to have too much travel and moved way too slowly. Even with new struts and springs (which I just had installed this spring) it was still sloppy. In contrast, the '04's suspension feels taught (almost sports car-ish), and yet still soaks up bumps better than '99...how is that possible? The '04 is also much quieter, especially on the highway...road noise was always pretty bad in the '99. The '04 is an automatic, the '99 a manual....when I bought the '99 I wanted a manual...when I bought the '04, I wanted an automatic...I like driving a manual, but not in heavy traffic...plus getting older the auto just seems more pleasant to drive to me...
Overall, I have to say I'm amazed at how large of a difference there is between these two models. Don't get me wrong, I loved the '99 and it served me well, but the differences between these two are literally like going from a Yugo to a lexus...I really don't know of any other way to put it....
#4010 of 4027 Re: 8th gen vs 9th gen [bottgers]
Sep 30, 2012 (1:42 pm)
Sounds like you certainly got your monies worth out of your "99"; good luck with the 2004. You only have 146K miles to catch-up, LOL.
#4011 of 4027 Re: 8th gen vs 9th gen [terceltom]
Sep 30, 2012 (7:54 pm)
...of course my goal isn't to catch up, but to surpass...
#4012 of 4027 Re: 8th gen vs 9th gen [bottgers]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Oct 01, 2012 (8:47 am)
You really did get great use out of your '99!
With the earlier generations of the Corolla (and the Sentra), you were basically paying for a rock-solid engine and transmission, and they threw in a basic, functional interior and everything else. This car has come a long way over the years, from being just reliable transportation to a truly nice vehicle.
#4013 of 4027 What's your Toyota Corolla Experience? Okay or not okay?
Oct 04, 2012 (11:29 pm)
Please share your experience with Toyota Corolla
#4014 of 4027 Re: What's your Toyota Corolla Experience? Okay or not okay? [michika12]
Oct 05, 2012 (3:24 am)
Absolutely wonderful! I'm on my fifth Toyota Corolla in thirty years and all have been exceptional and gave me great service. In fact, as I look back I wish I wouldn't have gotten rid of some of them. No need for extended warranties with these cars, all of mine have rarely been in the repair shop.
#4015 of 4027 Re: What's your Toyota Corolla Experience? Okay or not okay? [michika12]
Oct 05, 2012 (4:02 am)
Definitely very positive. Some people on here like to beat up the Corolla, but it is still exceptionally reliable and fuel efficient. Check Consumer Reports, JD Power, True Delta. Also, some people are quick to point out that the automatic is only a 4 speed, but the Corolla in Consumer Report's real world MPG tests was beat by only a diesel and a hybrid in it's class. I thnk this was a test done about a year ago.
Will the new Corolla be better - no doubt, and it will I am sure come with a new transmission, etc.
But the current one is reliable, fuel efficient, smooth, quiet, and safe. Also, very easy to work on (oil changes, air and oil filter changes).