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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
Feb 19, 2001 (6:15 pm)
Two generations came out of the Corolla GTS. The first one is 85-87. The second generation is 88-91. All of the details below refer to the second generation. I have owned a 89 GTS since 1992. All were 5 speeds. The 4A-GE 1.6 put out 115 hp in 88-89 and 130 in 90-91. I have read recently that Toyota still uses the engine with it now producing somewhere around the mid-200's. The options on the GTS were air conditioning, cassette, cruise control, power sunroof, power package which included power windows and locks (power mirrors were standard), alloy wheels, and the sport seats which are 6 way (the standard seats were 4-way). The exterior colors were solid white, solid red, solid black, two-tone light/dark blue, and solid gray. The interior colors were burgandy, blue, and grey. The car has plenty of power. Its around 8.0 seconds for 0-60 and I have had mine up in the 130's for a top speed. The car averages around 32 on the low end and 40 on the high end. The biggest thing to watch for is blown cylinder gaskets. You can tell this real easy, it starts to sound like a VW Beetle (old one). The exhaust system was awful on this generation. I would assume that the previous owner has already replaced it. If you have to replace it, make sure you get the dual exhaust, not the single exhaust that was on the reast of the Corolla lineup. Also make sure the timing belt has been changed in its 60000 increments. The car redlines at 7700 rpm and it gets there quick. This what makes the car so much fun. Toyota did it before Acura/Honda ever did it. The shifter is about as good as it gets. However, a bad clutch can be detected quite easily. I had to replace mine when I got mine and it only had 63000 on it. Some people can wear out the clutch. The car supposed to have 14 inch tires on it riding 185/60. You can tell real quick if that has been changed. A nice one should run around 2500 to 6000 depending on the year. These cars were Toyota's secret and it is shame that stop making them in 91. However, the new 2000 Celica and up is really the new Corolla GTS.
In eight and a half years:
timing belt at 66,000
new brakes (this car has 4 wheel discs)
3 and 1/2 set of tires
replaced factory radio and speakers (not very hard - has double din mount 4 inch in front and 5 1/4 in rear)
several cylinder gaskets (around $40 to fix), has not happened in the past 4 years
replaced leather shifter knob
added cellular phone (hands-free)
You can tell how much I love this car. I only paid $6300 for it.
#452 of 4027 Thanks for the info
Feb 19, 2001 (8:58 pm)
I was looking at a couple of 90 and 91 models but I didn't pull the trigger. I am more serious now and if I find a nice one I will buy it this time.
$6300? Great price. They still are going for $4-6K.
Feb 20, 2001 (6:25 am)
I forgot to add a RADAR DETECTOR to the list.
Feb 20, 2001 (2:50 pm)
Great pics. Thanks man! The look is more up scale, and more like a mid-size car.
#456 of 4027 liufei
Feb 20, 2001 (5:55 pm)
liufei the same question bothers me too. Why Toyota doesn't sell Avensis here in US?
#457 of 4027 wenyue & vlady
Feb 20, 2001 (9:27 pm)
Yeah, i think its look more classy as well. It matching up real nice with the Honda Civic City.
Don't think they will get the 2002 Corolla though, since this model just released last year in Asia.
What is an Avensis? Is that the Corolla that i posted? or another one of Toyota's model, non-existing here in the USA?
Feb 21, 2001 (7:43 am)
Avensis is the next step up in the Toyota latter. It's like the Nissan Altima/Mazda 626. I think it falls in somewhere between the Corolla and the Camry.
It's available in Europe, but not in the U.S.
#459 of 4027 When Corolla redesign?
Feb 21, 2001 (8:47 am)
Do any of you know w/ any certainty when the redesigned Corolla will come to the U.S.? I've seen several references here to it as the "2003", although at least one reference to it arriving "next year," too. (Would that be a redesigned 2002 model, arriving late this calendar year, or a 2003 arriving in late 2002?)
We own a 1998 Corolla (bought new) and have been quite satisfied. We need to replace our dying 1986 Accord, and soon'd be best. If the Toyota Corp. plan was to give the U.S. market the redesigned Corolla in the 2003 model year cycle, can they really wait out the criticism critics have been piling onto the 2001 (vs. its competitors' newer redesigns)? We are less interested in style, car fashion, cornering performance, or roominess than the current Corolla's other virtues--and compared to the interests of most reviewers. But photos here and on other Edmunds Town Hall Corolla sites that picture the already-out (begun when?) Japanese Corolla and the different one in SE Asia, as well as their reported larger size, make 'em seem attractive--'tho' they'd probably cost more, right?
Answers, please, about the new Corolla design's date of arrival to U.S.! Thanks.
#460 of 4027 Folks
Feb 21, 2001 (10:38 am)
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