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#775 of 4027 2001/2002 Corolla
Jun 18, 2001 (1:27 pm)
morgageman- I highly doubt that the post 1999 Corollas are slower than their 98 and 99 examples. Toyota hasn't, as far as I have read, changed gearing for either of the automatics transmissions, but to ANYONE thinking about purchasing a Corolla, I would strongly advise against the 2001/2002 "CE" models with the optional (archaic) 3speed mechanically controlled which kills hwy fuel economy, refuses to downshift between 40-50 mph when passing, and creates excess noise. (My father owns a 99 VE model with the same trans, and its frustrating to drive b/c the 1.8 engine is so willing and able to move the car quickly and efficiently, but is robbed b/c Toyota is cheap.)
#776 of 4027 Synthetic Oil
Jun 19, 2001 (10:16 am)
Hi, I've got a 93 Corolla with about 125k miles. I love it and plan on keeping it until the doors fall off. I am beginning to look for the best ways to extend its life. Yes, I have loyally followed the maintenance schedule. Has anyone switched to synthetic oil in his or her Corollas? Have you seen any benefit in fuel economy or engine condition? Anyone got any other preventative maintenance tips?
#777 of 4027 india97
Jun 19, 2001 (5:04 pm)
believe me, the engine and transmission in your car is so exceptionally durable that they are definitely going to outlast the car's other components. Forget about synthetic oil. What's the point of spending extra money while your engine can sure last 200000 miles with dyno oil ?
Just keep up the dyno oil changes and you will be fine.
#778 of 4027 '96 Corolla Idle Problem
Jun 20, 2001 (7:10 pm)
I have a 1996 Corolla with 48k. A good performer except for the fact that the when the trans is in drive, brake pedal depressed, the idle seems to be rough and the engine shake seems to be transmitting to the steering wheel. I just tuned the car with factory plugs and air filter, but the car continues to shudder at idle. Its more pronounced with the a/c on. Has anyone had a similar experience?
#779 of 4027 great gas mileage on '01 Corolla
Jun 21, 2001 (9:38 am)
I have been monitoring the mileage on my new Corolla - the last time I filled up, I put in 89 octane (mid range) unleaaded gas instead of 87 - I got 32.1 MPG - city driving, running A/C, on the 87 I only got 30.1 MPG - for years, most people have told me that paying more for anything higher than 87 octane was just wasting $, well, my last car was a '86 Honda and I ran it on 89 or higher octane unleaded gas about 90% of the time, and did so for almost 15 trouble-free years! Maybe the higher octane gas does make a difference in gas mileage?
#780 of 4027 britton2
Jun 21, 2001 (1:02 pm)
Well, it certaintly wouldn't hurt to drive higher octane gas. And who knows, it might even allow the car to run a little cleaner and last a little longer. But I wonder if it's really nessary. I mean, how many years do you really planning on keeping a car? When will you just get so sick and tirely of looking that that thing?
Well, holding on to a car for 15 years is a little too long for me. The last time I kept a car that old was when I was broke and lived on Ramen noodles in college.
Now, no need to be driving old out dated cars any more. I plan to change cars every 10 years (or 2 generations). My wife and I both have a car, so we space them out 5 years, so we will always have one car that's "up to date". I think driving 87 octane shouldn't give me any problem for at least 10 years. By then, it's time to trade in the oldie.
Jun 21, 2001 (1:55 pm)
one reason I drove my Honda for so long is because my husband is one of those people who believe in driving a car until the wheels fall off! Also, I really thought I would be getting another Honda and I was waiting for the '01's to come out - but after some extensive research and test-driving I went with the Corolla and so far I'm really glad I did - someone suggested that the better mileage was due to the engine being "broken in" a little more than before - I really believe it's due to the higher octane gas - I don't plan to purchase it every time I fill up, but I thought it was interesting and wanted to share the info -
#782 of 4027 Jets - '96 Idle
Jun 21, 2001 (2:03 pm)
What you are describing is by no means normal or average. These tend to be butter-smooth at idle. I could rack up a whole list of suspects: oxygen sensor would be one, and a broken motor mount would be another. In a case like this, a good mechanic may be your only recourse.
#783 of 4027 '96-'97 Trimlines
Jun 21, 2001 (9:29 pm)
Hi everybody! I'm getting ready to buy my second Corolla, and as I don't have a lot of free time to go out to the automalls and look at the cars, I do most of my browsing online and go from there.
Since a lot of times there's no back end view to the car, I can't be sure if I'm looking at what I want. I think the 96 and 97 DX models are the ones with the red glass between the tailights, not the gray chunk of plastic. Am I right? I've asked tons of people, posted messages on lots of forums, but I get all different answers! If there are any proud owners of a 96 or 97 out there, could you let me know? A black DX (if I'm right) with a spoiler would be too darling. Thanks in advance!
Jun 23, 2001 (4:11 pm)
all the below refers to the back of the car
a 93 has the toyota on the left and the designation on the right
in 94 and up toyota is on the right and the designation is on the left
in 95 DX's got new interiors
LE's were only made in 93-95 which had the red piece in the middle instead of the grey and unique pinstriped interior
in 96, all Corolla's had the white taillamps in place of the yellow, but still gey middles
in 97, the final year of this style, all Corollas got the red middle
I own a 89 and a 95.